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“Tuscan Food Shoot”

Cooking for a camera is oh so different than cooking to eat. But there are some factors to think about in both that are important… Color is too often just considered in photography when at the dinner table it can also stimulate the diner and make the meal taste better just for the way it looks. Texture makes a difference both visually and on the palate. Whimsey. We need that […]

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“Meet My Other New Friend”

Remember that time when I brought my shotgun to Kennedy airport and got treated like the Pope? And then remember how Jet Blue decided not to put it on the plane? Well they did eventually and were very apologetic and gave me vouchers and here I am. With my new best friend. You’ve probably noticed that my friends tend to be inanimate objects. And they change often. Not to say […]

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“Where Shall I Hunt?”

I’m about to embark on a hunting odyssey for my next book. Somehow I’m going to weave it in and out of my “Food Heroes” book tour this fall. Somehow. And that’s where YOU come in. I want to hear where you think the most exciting, interesting fulfilling, delicious hunts are. Ones you would love to read about. Ones you’ve heard about. Ones you’ve been on. Recipes you’d love to […]

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“Homemade Fruit Leather”

Fruit roll-ups were a big thing when I was growing up. There were so many iterations at one point that I was in pure fruit candy bliss. Then there were the healthy versions that we’d always find at the health food store. They were called “fruit leather,” because they were thicker and made out of pure fruit I suppose… not the other nasty bits that were probably in the fruit […]

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“Chicken Tagine”

Remember way back when I made my national citrus fruit appeal? Actually I think it was a global citrus fruit appeal. Well either way it was epic, okay? Remember when I then preserved some Meyer lemons for a rainy day? Well today is that rainy day. Even though it’s sunny. It’s high time we use those preserved lemons, don’t you think? I know some of you have them in your […]

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“Tofu Mayonnaise”

Grandma P. is in rehabilitation. She’s slowly getting her movement back. But she is not pleased with the situation. She said, “Well I guess you’re learning a lot about life, aren’t you.” Then she said, “I’m learning a lot about life too.” One of the last things we made together was tofu mayonnaise. She really loves tofu and its magical powers, about as much as she loves stevia. In fact, […]

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“Hiking Like Hemingway”

I spent this past weekend by a lake 7,000 feet high, where the air smelled like pine and dirt and other bits of heaven. What I liked about it most was that the days went by slowly, very slowly, but not the kind of slow you could ever be bored with. Something about looking at the mountains and lake and inhaling pine entertains me endlessly. Until I started making lists. […]

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“The Largest Chicken Egg In History”

Okay, maybe not ALL of history. But in the history of my Rhode Island Reds. One of them squeezed THIS out the other day. I think it’s a triple yolker. Is that even possible? I’ve seen some big ones, but this takes the cake. Remember all the ones I showed you way back when? Like these and these? Go girls go!

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“Book Tour!”

So, I’m taking my horse and wagon around the country. And the wagon is going to be full of one book, called “Food Heroes.” It has my name on it too. And I’m going to be hawking it in town squares and such. That’s how I like to envision it. It’s quite possible it will be much less charming. But I hope it’s like that. I’m planning my schedule and […]

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“I’m in L.A. L.A. Land”

And I’m loving it. This place always offers up some strange experiences that I know I’ll look back on when I’m 90 in the rocking chair on my porch whittling, and get a good chuckle out of. Like that time I was sitting next to the mayor and house speaker at dinner and didn’t know it until he was trying to feed me lamb off his fork and the kindly […]

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