Cool Stuff – Food + Drink
“Solo Brining and Dining”

I had a pork chop yesterday. I was dining alone, and I ceremoniously made myself a proper meal. I took a visit to the butcher who had all sorts of glossy selections piled high in the coolers, and I settled on a pork chop, bone-in. It was a good choice because it was well aged, and came from a good place and when it hit the pan I could tell from the sizzling […]

Continue Reading


“How to Age Venison, then Braise It”

In a few weeks I’ll be deer hunting. Someone recently told me that squirrel is the best meat in the woods. And while I plan on testing that theory and presenting you with a squirrel recipe one of these days, until then I’m clinging on to the notion that venison is the best meat in the woods. The key to good venison is aging it properly. Just like a good 12 ounce T-bone […]

Continue Reading


“A Garlic Mincing Trick”

One of the first little bits of wisdom I learned when I decided to get serious about cooking, was how to make garlic into a paste in under 30 seconds. It was a revelation and I thought, “Wow! These are all the shortcuts that pros know!” So then I began to work in professional kitchens and was peeved to see people mincing their garlic the same way I’d done it as a “civilian”… […]

Continue Reading


“Sweet and Tangy Salad Dressing: The Feast”

Welcome to the final installment of my three part dinner series… After a full day of hunting on the ranch, and a full day of cooking by Paul, we finally got to eat the fruits of our labor.   The ranch has a very beautiful interior, with lovely wood paneling and a cozy lodge atmosphere. The fireplace was especially nice and there were many of them… one in almost every […]

Continue Reading


“Quail Marinade + Tenderloin Marinade: Hunting for the Salad Course”

Welcome to part two of my three part dinner series… After we brought  the hogs back to the ranch, Tim put them in a walk-in cooler. After debating, we decided to have the tenderloins for dinner rather than wait to let them age. So we brought them into the kitchen and got them ready for a marinade. My friend Paul, is quite the gourmand, and he was in charge of […]

Continue Reading


“Pickled Peppers: My Strange French Peppers”

I can’t really tell you where they came from. All I’ll say is that I may or may not have smuggled them from Provence. I may or may not have loved them so much in the restaurant garden that I worked in, that I may or may not have dried the seeds on the windowsil of my rundown house and tucked them into my suitcase and brought them back to the […]

Continue Reading


“Carrot Soup & A 1.125 Pound Carrot”

I want to share with you the strange things that are coming out of my garden. This carrot for example, which looks like a chicken: Or this scale-tipping carrot…a 1.125 pounder. There was a 1.5 pounder even, but I ate it. I turned it into carrot soup. I never think of carrot soup except in the moment that I’m eating it. And in that moment I ask myself why I don’t think […]

Continue Reading


“Picasso, a Pumpkin, and Its Toasted Seeds”

Do you like my pumpkin? It was designed by a talented artist named T. Kristian Russell. In fact, it looks a lot like one of his recent works, don’t you think? Or this one… It’s the first pumpkin I’ve seen with a legitimate nose. I think it looks like Picasso… a very snazzy pumpkin. Once I pulled out all of the wet orange goo from the insides, I roasted the […]

Continue Reading


“Devils on Horseback”

These are some very fine treats. The kind of thing that leaves a lasting impression. The kind of thing that becomes seared into your mind the moment your teeth chomp down on that first bite and the sweet, salt, and tang begin to crawl along your taste buds. That is why they are called Devils on Horseback I suppose… they gallop along your tongue, too good to be good. I […]

Continue Reading


“Bananas Foster Cupcakes, (a.k.a. The Nielsen Ratings for Food)”

In preparation for my book… I’ve been testing out quite a lot of recipes. These I like to call “Bananas Foster Cupcakes,” because they celebrate cream and rum and cake in three lavish bites. (There’s cream inside!) I’ve discovered that to get a truly unbiased opinion on a recipe, it is best to set it in the kitchen of an anonymous office where people whisk in to grab a diet Mountain […]

Continue Reading