Cool Stuff – Appetizers

Dove & Fig Kabobs

Raise your hand if you’ve been dove hunting this fall. I have been and I’ve been eating lots ‘o dove. I think the doves know it because the other day I came home to put this recipe in the oven and I looked out my glass door onto the deck and a dove had run into it and was just laying there. What does it mean? That they’re trying to […]

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Blistered Figs with Marsala and Gorgonzola Cream

Guys + Gals, here is my latest video for you today, all about the fig, my favorite fruit that deserves a lot of celebrating this time of year. This simple, luscious dish can be served as an appetizer or dessert. It tastes and appears more complicated than it really is. The salty Gorgonzola tempered by the whipped cream and paired with the warm, caramelized figs is sublime. Give it a […]

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Barbecued Alligator

I made you some alligator! I don’t cook alligator meat regularly, mostly because I don’t live in alligator country. But on a recent trip to Arkansas I was gifted a cooler full of alligator meat that was hunted locally by a farmer friend of mine (ie., the one who appears on the very first page of my book “Girl Hunter.” I luuuurve him.). Since we were planning a big outdoor […]

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Chorizo Scotch Eggs

When I first went on a hunting trip in England a couple of years ago, I was introduced to Scotch Eggs and fell in love with them forever. They were served in the greenhouse during “Elevenses” which is the break the hunters take between the first three “drives” and the last three. We drank cherry brandy too during elevenses. The British are civilized that way. To see what I mean, […]

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How to Make Fresh Mozarella in 30-Minutes

A few weeks ago I was blessed to end up, somehow, serendipitously, among some of my favorite people who also happen to be food bloggers. We met at Ree’s ranch in Oklahoma and I’ll tell you more about the magic of the place later. But now, I’ll tell you about some of the deliciousness that ensued. We made fresh mozzarella! Rebecca from Foodie With Family gave us such a wonderful […]

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How to Clean & Cook Soft Shell Crabs

Soft shell crabs are in season! “Soft shell” is just the term used when regular crabs have recently molted their outer shell. Blue crabs for example, are most common. Ideally you buy them when they’re still alive and bring them home for a feast. They are in season May through September, but can be found frozen the rest of the year typically. Oh, and did I mention they’re delicious? And […]

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Homemade Gift Idea: Potted Cheese

Here I am with another homemade holiday gift idea! On a scale of 1 to 10, how far along are you with your Christmas shopping? I have a little poll on my sidebar that you can take. I’m about 50%… it’s a Christmas miracle really, since I usually am down to the wire. Here is a another fun homemade gift idea that you can make and give away or use […]

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Homemade Gift: Preserved Salmon in a Jar

I got a little makeover around here! We’re still working out a few kinks but there are a few new features that I want to point out now so you can start using them! My recipes page now has a visual recipe index as well as a way for you to search for recipes by ingredient. There are also many categories that you can search for visually. I’m a visual […]

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Blueberry Brie Galette

Because it’s Monday. Because I decided to try a beverage last night that may or may not have contained vanilla vodka. And may or may not have tasted like candy… Because the best things in life have a little sweet and a little tang… I’m sharing a simple recipe that can be thrown together in a cinch and will make you look fabulous because of how stunning it really looks. […]

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Every September I always have at least a few green tomatoes dangling in the garden. This is always a good thing because while ripe juicy red tomatoes are wonderful, green tomatoes are much more of a delicacy for me and hard to come by any other time of year. Here are some of the candidates from the garden in various sizes. Strange looking but tasty in their own right. And […]

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