in the kitchen with the butcher and the baker + giveaway

When a nose to tail butcher meets a crafter who loves to bake, their kitchen always smells divine. Material Lust was lucky enough to get invited to dinner made by The Butcher and The Baker. On the menu, pork butt braised in milk with sour cream corn bread.
An artist and butcher, Jake Levin got his training a year ago at Fleisher’s Meats in Kingston, NY while balancing an MFA at Bard. Butchering quickly became an art form on its own.
Jake knew he didn’t like working in the ‘art world’ and wanted to work with food – “I wanted to do something that helped change the way people ate and farmed. I like having a job where I use my hands. And I love meat. I was first exposed to the idea by Tom Mylan of Williamsburg’s – The Meat Hook, who told me about Fleisher’s Meats in Kingston. I like the physicality of it, and the versatility of it. I also love helping people learn about sustainable meat, and also to give them access to it, which helps support small farmers.”
Pork Butt Braised in Milk
  • 2-3 lbs boneless pork with cross-hatched skin
  • 1 quart of milk (non-homogenized or raw if you can get it)
  • 5 whole peppercorns
  • 5 juniper berries
  • bay-leaves
  • grated nutmeg (optional)
Place a heavy dutch oven (either cast iron or enamel) on a burner with high heat. Add a couple of tablespoons each of butter and olive oil. When the butter stops foaming put in the pork, skin side down, browning it on all sides, a few minutes per side. When the pork is browned pour in two cups of milk. If you want you can also throw in a few bay-leaves, five whole peppercorns, five juniper berries and some grated nutmeg. Bring the milk to a simmer, then turn the heat all the way down and cover with the lid slightly ajar. Check the pork every now and then, turning it onto each side occasionally. After about an hour or so the milk should be curdled and turned into a nutty brown sauce. At this point add another cup of milk, bring to a simmer again then turn the heat to low and cover completely. Let it cook for another two hours, checking it occasionally, adding milk if all of the liquid is gone, and turning the butt. When the pork is tender and falling apart, take it out and put it in a baking dish or an all-metal pan and put it under the broiler, skin side up. Cook until the skin is crisped golden brown. Meanwhile, bring the sauce to a boil adding a few tablespoons of water. Serve the pork covered in the sauce.
As for the Baker, Silka Glanzman was the girl who made all the birthday cakes – “I always enjoy baking more when I know there will be company. It’s just escalated from there. Baking is really meditative for me and I love the science. Whatever you put in the oven comes out completely different. There’s a lot of suspense, which I love, but of course also gives me anxiety. My favorite thing to bake is an apple pie with a lattice crust. Classic and beautiful.”
Smitten Kitchen’s Sour Cream Corn Bread
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried aleppo flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Generously butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or coat it with a nonstick spray.

Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, aleppo and salt together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, buttermilk and olive oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones, mixing until just barely combined. Spread the batter in your prepared pan and bake for 22 to 25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

For even more mouthwatering recipes from their Kitchen, head over to The Butcher and The Baker.

Now for a little giveaway – get a piece of Headwest Design, perfect for any Butcher or Baker on their next trip to the green market.

Sacramento Street and Material Lust are giving away a tote set made from vintage linens with two small drawn string bags by Headwest Design. To enter:

– Tell us what farmers market vegetable or fruit you love picking up for Sunday night dinners.

– Follow
@MaterialLust on twitter or facebook

– Follow @headwestdesign on twitter

Also be sure to check out their adorable Etsy shop. Giveaway ends on September 30th. Good luck everyone!

Photos by Material Lust


  1. Chelsea

    I would love to hover around that kitchen. Yum! They are just the cutest. xo

  2. LMF

    The farmers market at the San Francisco Ferry building on Sundays is absolute perfection.

  3. pomme designs

    what an exciting giveaway! my favorite vegetable to pick up at the greenmarket is sunchokes. They are so versatile and delicious in any dish.

  4. Chelsi Liddell

    All looks delicious – including the stunning linen bag – can one ever really have too much linen? My favorite farmers market pickup – heirloom tomatoes and possibly fresh raspberries for a desert – whatever is best in season!

  5. Meagan

    Thanks so much for sharing about Fleisher’s! I'm friend's with the owners and I can tell you first hand they share such a passion for sustainable living and humane butchering, it really is inspiring… and they're opening up a restaurant soon too! PS: That mirror is to die for! 🙂

  6. Brittany B.

    Hi caitlin. Your blog is so inspiring, even for your favorite ” undomestic goddess”!! I love summer mornings at the farmers market where my favorite score is bite sized cherry tomatoes!

  7. youwannawhat

    We have a market in our downtown area…it really is just called, "The Market". We pick up our fresh veg and fruit for the week every saturday morning there!

  8. youwannawhat

    Would love that trio of transportation themed prints for my little guys room!

  9. Anonymous

    Wonderful-beautiful apartment, raising the bar of truly stylish decorating- made really fantastic by the occupants, so attractive and full of the best kind of vitality and charm. All that and fantastic food as well. Wow, do more stories about the butcher and the baker, please.

  10. Lisana Piro

    Difficult to choose, but I would definitely go for tomatoes, which I can use in so many ways and they always seem to impress.


    Trips to the farmers' market are among my favorite Sunday activities! I love, love this bag – too perfect 🙂 I love picking up zucchini for zucchini cake with clove-spiced frosting. YUM. *fingers crossed*

  12. Paper Ice Cream

    I would have to say romanesco. I think it is one of the most beautiful designs nature has come up with-food or otherwise. I can't believe most people don't know about it.

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