Cool Stuff – Appetizers
“Asparagus Cheese Tarts”

Another thing about the big garden at Tulipwood is that there were asparagus popping up all over the place this year. They just spontaneously sprouted wherever they pleased… amongst the tomato plants, with the radishes. It was like a game of Where’s Waldo?… where would we come across an asparagus next? The reason for all of this is that we didn’t plant them. They were actually  planted by my grandmother […]

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“Tomato Bread Salad”

In case you missed it, or if by some small chance you don’t know about The Pioneer Woman, (is there anyone left on the planet that doesn’t know about The Pioneer Woman? I think they even frequent her site from the space station) I posted a lovely recipe for one of my favorite salads — Tomato Bread Salad — a short while ago on her site. She was busy taping […]

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“Homemade Nutella”

The idea of homemade Nutella just thrills me. There is something so addictive about Nutella to begin with, but then when you tell me there’s a healthy version I can make… sign me up! My friend Elana over at Elana’s Pantry created this recipe. It has natural, whole ingredients, including unsweetened cocoa powder, protein rich nuts, and agave nectar, a natural sweetener. Once the hazelnuts are roasted the skins slip […]

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“Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas”

Right now I am in a small town in Illinois, along the Mississippi in a very strange hotel on a very wide highway eating very hot chicken wings and drinking a very large strawberry mojito. All of this traveling is well… making me miss my own things and my own familiar faces. And making me think about those familiar lady faces that I love. So here are some recipe ideas […]

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“Wild Garlic Soup”

Quick! Take to the front yard. Or the back yard if you prefer. It’s wild garlic season, and in another month it will be much too hard to pull up. They look vaguely like a bunch of chives, though decidedly more hearty. There’s something woody looking about them at the base. They will smell faintly like garlic if you get your nose very close. Pull them up, at least a […]

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“How to Make Hot Sauce: Habanero”

As you well know, I have a thing for hot sauce. At one point I thought I had tried all of the bottles in the store. Then I made this whiskey hot sauce for my book Food Heroes. I felt it was my job to preach hot sauce to the world. Then I found one more recipe to try… it was magical. Lots ‘o fresh ingredients like cilantro, cherry tomatoes, […]

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“Elk Jerky”

I used to think of it as the strange stuff I’d see in strange gas stations on my strange cross country road trips. It was usually in stick form, a long tubular stick, wrapped in a coating of plastic, with a peculiar name like… Slim Jim, not because it made you slim, but because it was a slim, tubular portion…in a coating of plastic. But then, I made my own. […]

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“A Saint Valentine Menu”

Here’s the thing about Valentines Day. I think it’s strange. It is impossible to get into a restaurant. Flowers double in price. Bad quality chocolate makes the rounds. Lots of pink lacy undergarments abound in various store windows. Saint Valentine, was a Christian martyr. I don’t think he thought very often about Victoria’s Secret’s latest line. I do think there is something nice about setting a day aside to tell […]

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“Homemade English Muffins”

I did it. I made homemade English Muffins. I can stop cooking now, my life’s task is complete. The best part? The recipe uses a skillet… my best friend, my savior, my no-wash skillet. God’s antidote to dirty dishes I say. They are full of nooks and crannies that would make Thomas proud. You can check out the full step-by-step recipe here at a fun place that I’m writing for, […]

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“Beer Battered Fried Dove Breast”

I spent Labor Day weekend cruising the cotton fields of the Arkansas Delta. By the end of it, there were more doves than any one person could consume. This lead me to invent all kinds of recipes to keep it interesting, as well as churn out some classic recipes from the Italians in the region – 14 Dove Putach, for example. As you know by now, I’m a purist and […]

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