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duBreton President, Vincent Breton, Promotes Former Chief Operating Officer
Vincent Breton, President of duBreton, has appointed Aaron Corbett as Chief Executive Officer of duBreton USA and its subsidiary, North Country Smokehouse. In his new role, Aaron will contribute to the strategic planning and development of both companies, as well as oversee daily operations, sales, marketing and management of the smokehouse in Claremont, NH. Prior to accepting the role of COO at North Country Smokehouse in 2015, Corbett held the Director of Operations title for Boulder Organic Foods, and received an MBA from the University of Southern California.
duBreton, the leading organic and certified humane pork producer in North America, acquired North Country Smokehouse in 2015. Aaron was tasked with scaling efficiencies at the new, 62,000 sq. foot facility, maintaining exceptional quality standards and overseeing entry into new retail markets. “It’s an exciting time for North Country Smokehouse.” says Corbett. “For decades, the company focused solely on Foodservice. We’re committed to maintaining those partnerships but realize there’s a growing consumer demand for sustainable, smoked meats. Our relationship with duBreton gives us an advantage over other producers. We’re vertically integrated, so we’re not exposed to the risks associated with sourcing meat from outside our own network. That means our farming, feed & husbandry standards are never compromised, which positively impacts consumers and customer partners.”
North Country Smokehouse products can now be found in several leading retailers including Whole Foods Market, Hannaford’s Supermarket, Stop & Shop, Big Y, Market Basket and HEB. The company continues to pursue expansion in the US.
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Taking the Hassle Out of Keto Meal Prep with Three Easy Meals
Whether your goal is to feel good in your body or lead the pack at your next CrossFit class, eating keto is the current king of diets. From weight loss to managing various health conditions, keto has many proven benefits. Before you dive into that bacon-filled can of worms, hang on! Keto eating can be time-consuming - first ask yourself, is this way of eating right for you?
Keto, aka, the ketogenic diet, is a low-carb, high-fat diet that’s designed to help you burn fat more effectively. The goal is to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis where your body burns fat - not carbs - for energy. This way of eating may not be right for everybody, though, and it’s advisable to talk to your doctor before trying.
Here’s what you can eat on a keto diet:
- - Natural fats like butter, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil
- - Meat
- - Fish and seafood
- - High-fat diary like cheese, heavy cream, butter
- - Veggies (that grow above ground, aka, non-starchy)
- - Eggs
- - Most nuts and seeds
- - Berries
And here’s what you should avoid when eating keto:
- - Breads, pastas, rices
- - Sugar and sugary foods
- - Sugary drinks, soda, beer
- - Fruit
- - Milk
- - Potatoes
Of course, this is just a thumbnail view. Menu restrictions, paired with the time-consuming nature of meal prep can make the keto diet a bit intimidating for anyone who’s short on time.
Take the furrow out of your brow because we’re committed to helping our keto-eating friends find a way to have their bacon and eat it too. Use these delicious recipes to have some quick and delicious wins up your sleeve for when you’re hangry, hungry, or simply short on time.
BREAKFAST: Egg Cups With Deli Ham
If it has North Country Smokehouse Ham, it’ll be somewhere in the ballpark of full-blown delicious, and that’s why we breakfast with this protein-packed meal. It’s genius, really - use our Organic, Sugar-Free Deli Ham to hold together egg and cheese and voila! you’ve got yourself a keto-licious breakfast.
To Make It: Line a muffin tin with slices of Deli Ham and sprinkle in some cheddar cheese. Crack an egg into each ham cup, and do your best to not drool into your food. Bake at 400 F for 12 minutes or until cooked through. Check out the full recipe here.
LUNCH: BLT Lettuce Wraps
It’s lunchtime, not cook-for-3 hours time, so whip up this bacon-filled meal for a convenient way to stave off hunger without straying from your state of ketosis.
To Make It: You’ll need four slices of bacon - we recommend Organic Applewood Smoked, 1 diced tomato, a tablespoon of mayo, pepper and, if you’re feeling wild, some avocado. Just mix it up, distribute it evenly into three large lettuce leaves, wrap those babies up and feast away. Need further instruction? Helpful pointers can be found here.
DINNER: Zoodles N’ Kielbasa
Need dinner in a pinch? Call on this quick and flavor-packed zinger. Your taste buds will thank you and you won't miss the carbs.
To Make It: Cook up some of our Organic Kielbasa and set aside. Saute some shallots and garlic with wine, cook until reduced by half and then stir in heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Add your zoodles (zucchini noodles - pro tip: you can buy these pre-cut at most grocery stores) and stir in the Kielbasa for a fast and filling dinner. See the full recipe here.
Not only can a keto diet be quick and easy, but when you’re eating high-quality protein produced with high quality ingredients and slow-smoked to perfection it makes a world of difference in flavor and satisfaction. We know that’s what you’re here for.
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Years from now, when you're reliving memories from holidays past, what will come to mind? Hopefully, scenes of the family gathered around the table, a crowded kitchen filled with delicious smells, and sounds of the football game coming through from the living room. It’s unlikely that memories of grocery shopping and meal preparation will stand out among the rest. Although, there’s quite a bit of that in our near future, isn’t there?
As a family-owned operation, we want you to spend more of your precious time on the things that matter most, during the holidays — and, always. To us, that means great conversation over the best food we can possibly prepare, shared with our very favorite people. If you’re on the same page, there are two ways for us to help you win your valuable time back during the most hectic time of year...
The first: preparation. We take the time to handcraft and slow smoke our hams to give you a tender, savory, and fully-cooked starting place. There’s not much more you need to do in order to serve something totally delicious to your family.
The second: We’ve compiled the most tempting holiday recipes with their very own plan for leftovers, so you can make the most of every minute and morsel.
From Cranberry-Glazed Ham to the Ultimate Scones
A glazed and glistening spiral-sliced ham at the center of the holiday table, paired with a tart, sweet cranberry glaze is always irresistible. That same smoky sweetness is the perfect addition to a batch of ham and cheese scones for the next morning’s breakfast. Buttery, flaky pastry, studded with bits of juicy ham and local cheddar melting into every nook and cranny…excuse us while we salivate.
For this route, we recommend an incredibly tender Applewood Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham because the blend of smoky and sweet is perfect for the main event and breakfast the next morning.
From Guinness-Brined Ham to Genius Breakfast Hash
The holidays are all about classic flavors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put a new spin on an old favorite. Case in point: this Guinness-Brined Ham. We took an Applewood Smoked Maple Cured Ham and let it marinade in an Irish Stout and Brown Sugar brine for a few hours before popping it in the oven. The rich, malty stout is the perfect addition to the tender sweetness of the ham and it intensifies the smokiness.
Ham this flavorful deserves a second appearance. Try adding pieces to an Irish-inspired breakfast hash with crispy, salty bits of potatoes, topped with a fried egg or two.
From Ham and Biscuits to the Best Breakfast Sandwich
Sometimes it’s best to just let its bold flavor speak for itself. An Applewood Smoked Pit Ham is incredibly lean, insanely flavorful, and slowly smoked. It’s also boneless, so it’s easy to slice and pile high on homemade biscuits, and shared around the table.
Save a few of those biscuits from your holiday meal to create the ultimate ham and biscuit breakfast sandwich, to which we love to add a smear of maple horseradish mustard. Make it your own with an egg, a bit of melty cheese, or even a handful of spinach.
All of this said, the best way to save time? Stay focused on what really matters. Be present. Hug your family.
Happy holidays to you and yours.
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Up here in Claremont, New Hampshire, we roll steadily through the year with four very distinct seasons: Short green summers, even shorter autumns, long white winters, and unpredictable springtimes. Given how long our winters can be, we tend to treat “the holidays” as an unofficial fifth season when we dig out candles and hang lights pretty much everywhere.
Straight out of a storybook, the holidays in New England are jolly and jammed with sights, smells, and tastes that cannot be imitated during any other time of year. When it comes to home cooking, you can’t beat the tried-and-true recipes of the season.
Unless, you add bacon.
Call us predictable, but here at the smokehouse we’re dreaming up ways to make our holiday feasts just a smidge tastier and that exploration led us right here, to three smoky spins on our favorite holiday side dishes.
Here’s hoping that the fragrance and flavors in your home this season have guests singing your praises. We're confident they will. Bacon sort of does that to a person.
Classic Cornbread Dressing
Whether you cook your stuffing 'in-the-bird' or choose to bake it separately, you can’t go wrong with the addition of thick-cut bacon. Perhaps marinated in real maple syrup or encrusted with black pepper—certainly smoked for hours over hardwood embers —you’ll be adding a whole new dimension to your favorite recipe. We chose to run with a cornbread stuffing and we’d highly recommend it.
Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are tasty all on their own, but in this instance, they're the vessel that brings the bacon to our mouth. We topped off this recipe from EatingWell with pure maple syrup and our sugar-free bacon that’s been smoked low & slow. This year, we’re leaving the marshmallows behind and smothering our sweet potatoes in what we believe is something far superior. Bacon.
Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Chances are that you’ve seen this one before and if so, consider it a friendly reminder that flavor and quality make all the difference when you’re choosing to add bacon to your brussels. What exactly does “quality” mean? To us, it means starting with a lean pork belly we've carefully selected from our family farms and having our butchers hand-trim it to exacting specifications before double smoking the slabs at low temperatures to create bold flavor. We could go on about bacon for hours, but we’ll let you take a look at all of our bacon at your leisure.
Alright, go on then. Share your creations with us @northcountrysmokehouse.