Cool Stuff

Perfect Steelhead or Salmon

After our Arctic morning on the river, contending with Mother Nature’s bad, bad mood, we had lunch on the shore. This kind of shore lunch requires some acrobatics. It’s also a time to keep things really, really simple. Simple. Keep things simple. Okay? Simple. The first thing you’ll need is a sharp knife. Which I didn’t have. The second thing you’ll need is a flat surface on which to fillet […]

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Boys vs. Girls

First off, I’d like to point out that the location of my fishing trip keeps changing in my posts. Rather than go back and correct it, I figured I’d let my missteps dangle in the breeze for all the world to see. It was 5:30am and I was running on a green banana and acid coffee and I’d slept 4 hours and couldn’t feel my pinkies. Thank you for your […]

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A Big Boy

Can I just take a moment to say that I think it’s strange that fish eat their own eggs? Okay, I just wanted to put that out there. I feel better now. Actually, I’ve seen a lot of animals eat their own offspring. We might be one of the few animals that don’t. Just a lovely thought for a Tuesday morning. I can’t say that the fish were eagerly biting […]

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The Things I Do For Dinner

Good news! I found the one square mile of the country this past weekend where it was still snowing. Somewhere near Longview, Oregon, though I can’t be sure because it was 5:30am. And I had only slept 4 hours. It was right around this time that I asked myself, “Are you sane Georgia?” And since by asking this question I was in fact talking to myself, I decided that I […]

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The Last Box

This is really hard. But today, I’m going to send back the last box. I’ve been getting my book in its various stages from my publisher over the past several months. And I get to open the box and peruse it and nit pick, and wonder if it’s too late to crawl under a rock, and shed tears of joy and terror and wonder who am I and why on […]

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April Muffins

I thought I’d usher in a new month by making you some muffins. I’ve never used a mix before, but I was in the store yesterday and this bag struck me. For several reasons. First, it is called a Killer mix. Second, there is a woman with nice red high heels on squished by a killer piece of chocolate cake on the package. And I had to know more. Third, […]

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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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