'Suet' on Serious Eats
Suet is my new favorite fat. It is, for reasons baffling to me, the least known of all the animal fats we use in our kitchens. Its porcine equivalent is leaf lard, the cylindrical mass of fat surrounding the kidneys of the pig; suet is the term we use for the fat surrounding the kidneys of cows.
In my family, change is largely avoided. While this attitude can prove maddening in some cases, it has imbued our Christmases with a warm, comforting predictability and sense of tradition.
The English Food Pyramid is pretty hilarious to me—but then I'm not an English nutritionist. The very tip of the pyramid is labeled "Fats, Oils and Sweets", contains lard, suet, bacon, shortbread, heavy cream and castor sugar, and has the notation "eat sparingly". [via malaclyps del.icio.us]...