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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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“R.I.P. Lucy (a.k.a. I hate coyotes)”

I had a nice post about pudding that I was about to share with you today. But I need to vent. So I hope you’ll indulge me. The pudding will have to wait until Monday. I hate coyotes. They offer nothing and take everything. On the plane ride two days ago I was watching a news story about how they are becoming so aggressive that they are coming into people’s […]

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“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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“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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