Cool Stuff

Wood Piles, Worms and Chicken Debates

I like a good wood pile. It reminds me of what is to come… namely the smell of burning wood in cold air for months on end. I don’t know of a better smell. Wood burning in cold air is my favorite. Second only to wood burning in warm air. Getting the wood to appear as a nice overflowing lump on the ground is another matter. It requires two days […]

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Deer Hunting VIII: Whiskey in a Deer Stand

I thought it would be appropriate to conclude my Delta Deer Hunt series with one of the more amusing bits from the weekend. When you get a few good guitar players in the room, and pair them with a few people who can wax philosophically on just about any topic, good things start to happen–good and highlyentertaining things. Now I don’t want to embarrass them, so I’m going to give […]

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Root Soup & Polenta

Because she loves you, Grandma Pellegrini made you a Valentines soup. She even put hearts in it. It’s a work of art. And because he loves you, Gordon snapped some photos of it. And because I love you, well… I’m just writing to tell you about it. I can’t take any credit. I can just share. This is a root soup, colored with red beets. It is delicious, I have […]

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How to Preserve Meyer Lemons

I’m taking matters into my own hands. After yesterday’s post, no one asked for a lesson in preserving their fruit. I’m deeply hurt. Just kidding. I’m going to teach you anyway. Because I love you. Even if you don’t love me. That’s just the way it is. I saved this pickle jar. I’m so glad I did. Because it turned out to be a very useful preserving jar and I […]

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Things That Make Me Cry

Today, I am making a global appeal. Well, maybe a tropical climate appeal. Really just a citrus fruit climate appeal. Now I’m an east coast girl. Born and raised. I have nothing California in me, I’m way too type-A for the west coast way. And way too fair. BUT. I do envy one thing. One very large, important, magnificent thing. You people over on this coast can grow things that […]

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My Family Recipe Book

There once was a woman named Virginia Elizabeth Williams Gray. People called her “Jennie” Gray back in the 1800’s. She was my other great-great grandmother. Whereas, Evelyn Day Bruner was my great-grandmother’s mother, Jennie was my great-grandfather’s mother. We shall call her the tree trunk. Because she is the basis for a very wonderful tradition that links the many branches of my family. She is the basis for a family […]

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Chicken Tenders

Chicken breasts are hard to get right. Chicken tenders though… well that’s a different matter altogether. A lot of protein tastes better when it’s cooked low and slow. You can still get the brown crusty outside if you play with the fire… These are perfect for you Super Bowl watchers this weekend.You know who you are. Your guests can use their fingers. It’ll be great. And if you’re still clinging […]

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Blues Where It Was Born

Because it’s Wednesday… Because some days you need a little blues… Because today I do… Because I just made some barbecue sauce and it made me remember… Because there is nothing more badass than a really good blues band playing live during a dove hunt… Because. I thought I’d share a little video clip with ya. These guys were playing last time I went dove hunting. They were awe inspiring. […]

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Cigars and Scotch

I’m not a man. I just play one on the Internets. That being said, I am mildly obsessed with good whiskey. And now good cigars. But maybe just cigars because you don’t have to inhale. And I have no idea how to inhale. I have no future as a chain smoker. I’ve tried and failed a time or two. I look like a dorky awkward kid coughing and red faced. […]

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Grandma’s Pudding

Grandma Pellegrini has these faintly pink glass bowls in her house. She’s had them since the 1930’s. She and her sister (my great-aunt) lived together in New York City when they were working girls. I like that she still has them. She served me a pudding in them that I would like to tell you about, because it was a spectacular pudding. She has a way with puddings, she really […]

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