Cool Stuff

Loretta Had a Sex Change

Loretta has had quite a colorful life in her seven months as a bird. As you remember, she started out as the one “rare breed” sent to us in the little box with all the other Rhode Island Reds that arrived at the post office. She was called a “Buff Laced Polish Chicken” and she was pretty and yellow while the others were all orange. She was always a little […]

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My Adventures on Fox

Well, I had such a great time on Fox yesterday, chatting with Courtney Friel. As promised, here is the clip in case you missed it. Thanks for watching and for your kind emails! Watch the latest news video at…

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In Case You’re Curious…

Hello Lovely People, This Tuesday at 11am EST, I’ll be on Fox’s “Strategy Room” chatting with Courtney Friel about my latest projects! If you want to check in, this is where I’ll be streaming live: “Strategy Room.” I think you can even email in questions if you feel inspired. See you there! p.s. A very special thank you to Marc Buzzio at Salumeria Biellese for supplying me with yet another […]

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All Warm and Fuzzy

Well, I’ve been so busy blogging my heart out that I was slow to realize something very exciting… this little blog ‘o mine was just nominated “Best Kept Secret” in the 2010 Bloggies! This is all thanks to YOU my lovely readers — for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me every day, for sharing your thoughts and ideas, for asking questions, for sending me pictures of your […]

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Yellow Corn Bread with Grandma P.

A few weeks ago Grandma Pellegrini sent me an email. Yes, she does email. She also does facebook. It is the dawn of a new era. She said: “I’m just sitting down to enjoy my soup and my latest triumph in the kitchen.  I decided this morning to put my various cast iron baking pans to good use.   It entailed a major restoration, cleaning, and seasoning.  After several hours of […]

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Red Quinoa Salad

Guess what this is… I’ll give you one clue… It’s not a leotard. Okay, I’ll give you another clue… Now guess? Okay, okay, geez, one more clue! Red quinoa!!! If you’ve never heard of it before, you’re not alone. It’s been slowly rising to stardom recently but hasn’t reached full celebrity status yet. It’s a grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds. It’s considered a “pseudocereal,” whatever that means… not […]

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Laguiole

When I was cooking away at a restaurant in the underbelly of Provence not too long ago, I didn’t have many people to talk to. In a way, it was like a silent retreat. My French was pretty flimsy and not many people spoke English. And the ones that did, well… they didn’t. I lived in a run-down house in the middle of nowhere on the estate of an old […]

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Cheese Soufflé

Say that 20 times fast. I made a soufflé. I was determined. I had a 102 degree fever and I made a souffle nonetheless. That should tell you how determined I was. So although this may seem like a strange journey with strange pictures taken by a semi-delirious girl, I can guarantee you will see a soufflé at the end. It all began with a golden onion. And a pink […]

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Nature’s Strange Happenings

This is a sampling of what comes out of the chicken coop at Tulipwood. Very strange indeed. On the left is a “pullet egg,” in between are some version of medium and large eggs that you would find in the grocery store, and on the right is a “double yolk” egg. Pullets are chickens that have just started to lay, which happens in about 6 months. They start out by […]

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Deer Hunting VII: Venison Tenderloin

Tenderloin. Is there anything better? Please name it. Go ahead… I’ll wait… …. …. …. That’s what I thought. Tenderloin…the stuff of Gods. There were dozens of deer aging in Paul Michael’s snazzy cement hanging room at deer camp. And he let me go in and pull the tenderloins from as many as I wanted. Christmas come early, I say! I took 6. There were a lot of mouths to […]

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