Cool Stuff
“Jello Eggs”

It’s entirely possible I’ve lost my mind. But I prefer to call it investigative blogging. It has a better ring to it. I was talking to Grandma Pellegrini the other day about Easter, and food, and food, and Easter, and she started telling me about these jello eggs she used to make. “Wait, what?!?!” I replied very casually. And so she set about telling me that she used to use […]

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“Brown Bread”

A while ago I uncovered a recipe book from my great-great grandmother. It was full of recipes for brown bread. She was mildly obsessed with it I think. Maybe it tapped into her Puritan nature and she felt satisfied by its simplicity. Then a while after that, I got the latest edition of our family recipe book in the mail, a compilation of six generations of recipes from the family […]

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“Pioneer Skills”

We all had them at one point. For some of us, they’re right below the surface. For others, it requires some deep digging. But pioneer skills are a wonderful tool to have, because you can interact with the world in a more fluid, more satsifying way. One of my favorite things about having this little site ‘o mine, are the emails I get from you all asking questions, and sharing […]

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“A Lifetime’s Supply of Firewood”

In honor of spring, there was a hurricane at Tulipwood. Massive trees that have been around since my great grandfather went down like dominoes. One hit another, which hit another, which hit another… and down they went, and up came the roots. This one was outside the kitchen door. It was extremely tall. It was one of the reasons we scrapped the whole idea of building an arbor of grapes […]

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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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