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“Black-Eyed Peas and a Little Luck”

Black-eyed peas are one of those things I only think about on December 31st when I superstitiously rush around looking for them. You see, it was ingrained in me from the time I was a small plump infant, that this is the thing you’re supposed to eat on New Year’s Day for good luck. I’ve never really loved them. But then again, I’ve never really cooked them. So, armed with […]

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“Happy New Year!”

I like fireworks. My brother really likes fireworks. As a six year old he made us go into dark alleys and backrooms in Chinatown stores to buy fireworks from “toy store owners.” When we first entered, they “didn’t have any” and shrugged us away. But if you lingered in the store a little longer you would suddenly be tapped on the shoulder and ushered into a creaky chamber where a […]

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“Deer Hunting V: How to Cook a Deer Heart”

The Native Americans used to eat the warm heart of their prey in order to inherit their spirit. It was also a way to honor the animal, and use every part of it. So on my deer hunt in the Delta a few weeks ago, I decided to “go native.” And I’m glad I did. It was delicious. And it’s good for you. And all of the veteran hunters looked […]

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“Deer Hunting IV: Singing at Deer Camp”

Back to our regularly scheduled programming! Last time on “The Delta Deer Hunt,” we roasted a whole hog on the grill and drank whiskey around the fire. To catch up, here are the first, second, and third installments. This was the musical interlude. Warm on barbecued hog and good whiskey we were lucky to have two guys who really knew how to play the guitar. There were a couple of […]

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“A Christmas Party”

Tonight I’m going to my favorite dinner of the year. It is at my Godparents’ mother’s house and it is “The Feast of the Seven Fishes.” It is an Italian American tradition and will include baked mussels, steamed mussels, baked clams, minced clams, salt cod, crab and avocado salad, prawns in more forms than you can imagine, maybe some lobster, and some things that I’m forgetting. And there will be […]

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“Holiday Punch”

But do you really need a holiday as an excuse to make a good punch? My brother has been making this for years. It’s quite good. He makes it strong but you can make a mild version. In addition to white wine and rum (not the expensive kind), you’ll need citrus. Which you let macerate in the rum and wine. Now frozen lemonade. And frozen limeade. A little ginger ale… […]

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“Moroccan Lamb and Beef Stew”

This is one of my favorite stews. It is perfect for the really cold months and for large gatherings when you have a lot of people to feed. In isn’t your everyday beef stew. For one, it has equal parts lamb in it and then it also has a middle eastern flair…a little dried fruit, a little ginger…it’s a good thing. I recently made it for our Christmas party and […]

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“Gingerbread Castle Bundt Cake”

I have a mold. I don’t know where it came from. It just appeared one day. It’s always in the way, it doesn’t fit anywhere nicely. It was suggested at one point that we throw it out, but it wouldn’t go. So today I finally used it, in honor of our Christmas party this evening. I decided to do a gingerbread flavor, though any flavoring would work. Even Grandma P.’s […]

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“Fun Holiday Gift Idea”

I’m going to take a pause from my deer hunting adventures to share with you what showed up on my doorstep yesterday. I think my non-hunting oriented readers might need a rest. Plus I want to talk about chocolate. This chocolate. It comes from a charming chocolate factory called Charles Chocolates in Emeryville, California. His things are really a work of art and the flavors he uses are quite unique. […]

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“Deer Hunting III: Pig, PBR, and Paul”

That brown thing glistening in the florescent light is a whole hog. It has been roasting on that big grill all day. The man puffing a cigar is my host Paul Michael and in his hand is a nice cold PBR. “I don’t drink it cause it’s cheap, I drink it cause it’s deelicious,” he says. He is one of the most philosophical and interesting human beings I have ever […]

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