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“Meet My New Friend”

The first day of spring just passed which means acuppula things. 1. Turkey season has arrived. 2. I’m preparing a turkey brine for that elusive ol’ gobbler that is in my future. 3. I have a new friend. 4. I have a new friend. The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect because I really do need more friends. I officially declared a center-cut pork chop as my new best […]

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“Duck Prosciutto”

As you can tell, I’m on a bit of curing kick these days. I’m conjuring my Italian roots. It’s just that I had these duck breasts that were just begging to be turned into prosciutto. And I couldn’t help myself. Duck prosciutto is simple to make at home, and is a perfect way to store the meat when you don’t have time to cook it, and you just can’t fit […]

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“A Lesson in Lard & L.A.”

I just returned from L.A. L.A. land, and it was a lot of fun. It was a very successful trip and I saw all kinds of new things that you can only expect to see in a new place… for example, this culinary experience that I had while walking to my car one evening: Somewhere right now, a 3 year old feels gypped because they didn’t get to eat nearly […]

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“Winners!”

Let’s face it, you’re all winners in my heart. BUT two of you are big winners today. I loved reading your recipes, they were awefully delicious looking. It took me longer than expected to decide. If I weren’t roaming L.A. right now I’d be in the kitchen making all of them. They looked so good I could almost taste them. Especially these two: First Place: Venison lasagna Contributed by: Charles […]

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“You”

First of all: Beannacht la fheile Padraig. My wonderfully Irish editor just told me how to say it in Gaelic and I wanted you to be the first to know. I love it. Second of all: Many of you have emailed me saying that you’ve been trying the cured salmon recipe I posted last week, which thrills me. You’ve been experimenting with different salts and different fish which is great. […]

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“Hell’s Chicken Wings”

These are hell’s chicken wings. My darling skillet produced the hottest bits of food I’ve eaten in quite some time. My mouth still hurts. Surgeon Generals Warning: They will make you have psychedelic dreams. For example, after I ate these chicken wings I dreamt three different short stories that went like this: 1. My brother committed a murder in my childhood home and I had to cover it up with […]

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“Irish Soda Bread”

I’m 1/8 Irish. I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day go by without a nod. It is beloved by so many after all. It’s a passport to drink a month’s worth of beer in one day. And to wear buttons demanding to be kissed. But I can’t say it’s a holiday that celebrates my favorite foods. I thought about what to make for a while… and couldn’t bring myself to negotiate […]

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“Giveaway!”

I have a present for you. Well, for two of you. But I’m not sure which two. You are going to help me decide. You shall determine your own destiny! Ready? Okay, here we go… So many people have great recipes to share. I know this for a fact, because you share them with me often and I love them. Well, it’s high time we spread the love, don’t you […]

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“Homemade Bacon”

The first time I saw a wild boar smoking slowly under the soot-blackened eaves of a dome-shaped grill I was mesmerized. I was standing 100 yards from the banks of the Mississippi, deep in the beating heart of the Arkansas Delta. The body of the pig was cloaked in thick slabs of bacon which were coated in thick layers of molasses and the whole thing oozed and dripped onto a […]

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“How to Caramelize Onions”

On Friday when I was showing you my adventures in thin crust pizza, one of the ingredients that I unloaded onto the crust was caramelized onions. And then it dawned on me that maybe not everyone knows how to caramelize onions… Do you know how? Do you want a quick little demo? Hm… I’ll take your silence as a yes. If I were to just go about my life throwing […]

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