Cool Stuff – Soups & Salads

Venison Chili

I love a good chili recipe. Even with the weather warming up, there is something special about a hearty bowl of chili at a summer cookout. Plus, when you have a pot of chili on the stove, your whole house will smell amazing. As you can see, a delicious chili recipe takes just a few ingredients… But I promise it’s so worth it to go foraging into your pantry for […]

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Venison Curry Stew

I brought a nice venison haunch back from my Girl Hunter Weekend in Arkansas. Ain’t it a beauty? It was aged for about 20 days. And since I was having a gathering of a large group of people I decided to put it to good use. I’ve made many stews before so I decided to think a little bit outside the box and made… Venison curry! You should make it […]

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Squirrel Brunswick Stew with Acorns

Young squirrel is good simply quartered and fried. Old squirrel is good stewed. When in doubt, it is safest to braise or stew a squirrel. Sometimes, for flavor and for whimsy, I like to add acorns to this recipe. Native Americans used to eat acorns, usually by grinding them and then boiling them. They are sometimes bitter because of their tannins, but this can be improved by grinding them and […]

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Quinoa Salad

In just a few hours, I’m going to be picking up two of my favorite people from the airport, Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple. Then we’re jetting off to Joshua Creek Ranch, the place where I shot that magazine cover a few months ago, and guess what we’re doing there? We’re shooting the Girl Hunter book trailer! It’s going to be so fun. I can’t wait to […]

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Summer Salad

I spent hours weeding yesterday. I think it was approximately 400 degrees out. There were four of us weeding my great-aunt’s former vegetable garden at Tulipwood that I ambitiously thought we should “plant” this year. All of it. I don’t think anyone has ever successfully completed the task of  taming all of that garden. It is big. There are many deer. Many woodchucks. A 7-foot deer fence and underground fence […]

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Purslane Salad

I have a thing for purslane. I think I inherited it from my grandmother. She is just obsessed with it. Whenever I visit she says, “have you seen any purslane in the garden?”   It is such an intriguing plant, purslane. For one, it is everywhere, in many countries, from the sidewalk cracks in the cities, to your vegetable garden, likely where you don’t want it to be. It is […]

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Apple Cider Potato Salad

It begins with an Amish man. Like most of my stories do. Okay fine it doesn’t begin with him, it begins with a 5 pound sack of potatoes that we purchased at a run down store in a vacant town across from this abandoned house that I really want to buy and fix up but am told I’m wasting my time because it would cost more than it’s worth. Waaaaah. […]

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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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Clam Chowder

Also known as… “how to cook a clam.” Word on the street is that my clam digging pictures are freaking you out. I’m sorry to give you the heebie jeebies. But they taste good, I promise. Besides, don’t you want to know what to do if someone drops you on an island somewhere and tells you to fend for yourself? Here is what I did with the horseneck clams from my […]

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Root Soup & Polenta

Because she loves you, Grandma Pellegrini made you a Valentines soup. She even put hearts in it. It’s a work of art. And because he loves you, Gordon snapped some photos of it. And because I love you, well… I’m just writing to tell you about it. I can’t take any credit. I can just share. This is a root soup, colored with red beets. It is delicious, I have […]

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