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The Localist: Steak 101 at Local Yocal

Hamilton spent his early years on a farm in rural Oklahoma growing peanuts and cotton. Similar to most local food producers, he got his start selling grass fed and finished beef at McKinney’s downtown farmers market, however he quickly learned that selling products to the public a mere four hours a week, six months a year in ideal weather was not a sustainable business model. When the opportunity to purchase a nearby storefront arose, he and his wife jumped at the opportunity. Beyond the beef selection, you can find Village Baking Company brioche buns, pasture raised chicken and eggs, locally made chocolate, and Texas olive oil.

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The Localist: Texas Raclette

That February flash of Alpine weather in Dallas brought upon a desire to consume the regional fare. The first dish that came to mind was raclette with all the traditional fixings. Raclette, when capitalized, is the name of a semi-firm, slightly pungent cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland. Otherwise, raclette is a traditional dish of its melted former self piled on a plate and enjoyed with various accoutrements.

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The Localist: Dr. Sue’s Cherry Pecan Bark

Dark chocolate consumption is a bona fide guilty pleasure of mine that I partake in regularly. In preparation for the upcoming Easter holiday, I have spent a great deal of time visiting some of the city’s most popular chocolatiers to stock up on gifts. Last weekend while visiting downtown McKinney, I made one of my favorite discoveries to date: the dark chocolate bark line from Dr. Sue’s Chocolate.

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The Localist: On Pure Ground’s Divine Texas Chèvre

Last week, while tasting my way through the display case at Scardello, I told the cheesemonger I wanted to focus on sampling Texas-made cheeses. Without missing a beat, he immediately reached for a wrapped disk of fresh chèvre. Within a matter of seconds, he handed me a small tasting spoon with a sample. It was love at first bite. I adored the creamy consistency and vibrant fresh flavor. The chalky texture that plagues so many goat cheeses was nowhere to be found here. It was mild and pleasingly rich. The flavor was gentle enough to appease the most discerning palate, while thoroughly impressing my cheese nerd friends who arbitrarily rate the quality of a cheese by the volume of its sweat sock aroma.

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The Localist: Morrison Organic Peas and Texas Caviar

Black-eyed peas are a humble yet well-loved legume famous for dotting New Years celebration tables. Known primarily for the good luck and fortune they bring to those who consume them, a satisfying bowl is all some can think about during the winter season. Their presence doesn’t stop there; I see them continually popping up as a hearty salad option and favorite dip on party tables throughout the year.

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