Cool Stuff
“Liver Mousse”

If I was sent to that proverbial island and there was one food I could take, it would be liver mousse. I can hear your collective gasp. Most people are reviled by the stuff, but I call it God’s pudding. It’s slightly sweet and very rich and I could eat it endlessly. It serves as the basis for all kinds of internationally popular and unpopular foods – depending on who […]

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“Daylilies”

When I was a line cook at a restaurant in the Hudson Valley long ago, I used to pick daylilies right before dinner service. It was my favorite thing to do. Not because I’m a girl and I like picking flowers…but because it was an escape from the brutal kitchen. An excuse to leave and experience a few minutes of fresh air and quiet woods. I especially liked running out […]

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“The Food Heroes Map!”

I’m so thrilled to share this new little invention with you. It’s called “The Food Heroes Map” and is a constantly evolving map of food heroes from across the world. Are you a food hero? Add yourself to the map! Do you have a food hero that you adore? Add them to the map! Below is a screen shot, to show you what it looks like. To access the interactive […]

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“Hot Smoked Trout & Pickled Onions”

When I was a child growing up in the Hudson Valley, I used to sit on a rock by the side of our creek, push a fat worm onto a hook, and catch my trout. Then I would fry it in a skillet and eat it for breakfast. It was a normal pattern in my eight year life that seemed as natural as breathing, or throwing skipping rocks. Then, as […]

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“Meyer Lemon Tart”

So as you’ve probably heard by now, I have this new friend named Julia. Julia has a Meyer lemon tree. Julia also has a plum tree. Julia also made that lovely lemon tart for the Tuscan photo shoot we did not too long ago. Want to know how to make it? Well, you’ll have to ask Julia. But this is my version! First you start off with the tart dough. […]

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“The Horse and Wagon Schedule”

I finally posted my book tour schedule for this fall and I’m going to be taking my horse and wagon around the country hawking books. I’m going to yell about it from town squares. So if you see a strange girl doing that sort of thing in your town, say sometime starting in late August, it’s probably me. I’ll be adding more dates and cities along the way as I […]

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“Behind the Scenes of a Tuscan Photo Shoot”

Last week I took part in a “Tuscan Photo Shoot.” I was the food and food styling girl, and the other two masterminds were photographer Nicole Hill Gerulat of A Little Sussy, and prop/model stylist Danielle Gold. Nicole is an excellent photographer so I didn’t bother taking any money shots, but I did take the behind the scenes shots for my entertainment. In between plating spaghetti and sausage and radicchio and […]

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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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