Cool Stuff – Blog
“The Road to Grandma’s House”

As you know, I flew to New York at the peak of a major snow storm last week. I went from spring day to winter wonderland in six hours. All the power in my hometown was out. The snow was so heavy that massive trees were dropping branches left and right. In some cases whole trees went down in the middle of the wooded road. They took not just the […]

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“How to Cure Salmon and Other Fatty Fish”

This is the time of year when a lot of your proteins are in the freezer, since in many places, it is the “in between” season. One of my favorite things to do in these months is cure meat and fish. If I can manage to do it before it hits the freezer even better, but you do what you can. Salt curing inhibits the growth of microorganisms by drawing […]

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“On the Radio, On the Radio…”

Ever heard that Regina Specktor song? It’s one of my favorites. This morning I was “on the radio, on the radio…” and I didn’t stutter too much. High five for me. In case you slept in this morning and missed it, here’s the radio interview with Joel Shangle’s “Northwest Wild Country,” on Sportsradio, 950 KJR in Seattle! They played my theme song and everything… Scroll down and upload the podcast […]

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“Writing High”

A few things. 1. I’d been sitting in an airport waiting for the snow to clear so I can take an impromptu birthday trip to New York. What better way to pass the time than with you? First we were supposed to take off at 9am, then 11am, then 12pm, then the captain made an announcement over the loudspeaker that we would be taking off at 2pm, then 30 seconds […]

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“Today, I Shall Blush Pink”

I recently got the news that I shouldn’t drink much alcohol. You see, it makes me rather red faced. See? This was me and my boyfriend Francoise in Arles, France after the September “Feria du Riz.” Okay, his name wasn’t Francoise. Okay, he wasn’t my boyfriend. He was just a jolly French man who wanted to teach an American girl about Pastis. But like I was saying, the Feria du […]

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“How to Render Duck Fat & Other Important Matters”

I rendered some duck fat and wanted to tell you all about the glorious experience. I plan on using it in all of my recipes, from pie crusts to steaks to milkshakes. Just kidding. Sort of. I made the rendered duck fat and have step-by-step instructions over at my “second home“… I just had too many boxes and filing cabinets and needed to spread out a bit. It’s much more […]

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“Things I’m Thinking of Giving the IRS Instead of Money”

Two wild stallions. Or domesticated. Whichever I can find first. A transexual rooster. With army tags. And one good eye. A hearty piece of honeycomb straight from our beehives which will last forever. It truly will, honey is the only food that never goes bad. Now can you really say that about money? Honey is better than money. Oh, I crack myself up. Badly baked scones. Kind of reminiscent of […]

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“Guess Who This Is?”

I’ll give you three clues… 1. She still lives in the same house. 2. She was five years old here. 3. I want a bike like that. Okay, that’s not a clue but I just wanted to make that public in case someone has one they’re looking to get rid of. I never said I was good at giving clues. Update 5pm: Okay, in case you’re a visual person here’s […]

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“The Dinner Files: My Skillet & Me”

This is what I ate for dinner last night. I ate both of those with my bare hands straight out of the skillet. Then someone walked in on me with a drumstick in each hand and adobe pepper sauce all over my face. And they shook their head in disappointment and kept walking. Just kidding. That would have been fun though. But do you know what I liked most about […]

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“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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