Cool Stuff – Spring
“Goat Tacos”

Friends! I’m so excited to share the first of many cooking episodes here on this site. For a long time you’ve seen many posts here with step-by-step photos which take you through the recipes, but we’ve decided to spice things up around here and give some of the how-to’s in a video format for those of you who learn better this way. As always I’d love your feedback and questions […]

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“Grilled Wild Salmon with Apricot Mustard”

Update! And the winner is… Pierre Desjardins: “There is a moment in early May, about two days where, for the first time the air is warm, sunlight bathes the delicate young green leaves…the first sidewalk cafés are open, walking leasurly and all the people look young and happy. Greatest time of all the spring season…love it!” Congrats Pierre, you will love this book, and might I add, you are a […]

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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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“Bison Pizza”

Do you ever have scraps of meat that you’re not sure what to do with? Save your scraps in the freezer and then grind them up or chop them well and use them as a delicious pizza topping. This pizza dough recipe is great to make in advance and store it in the freezer in plastic bags. Then when you’re having a busy day like I am lately, you can […]

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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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“Garlic Scape Pesto”

I haven’t spent much time with garlic scapes. Ramps yes, green garlic yes, wild garlic yes, wild onions yes, garlic scapes no. But they behave similarly to the others mentioned above and since their curly tendrils at the farmers market looked rather inviting, I decided to play with them. This is what I made, and I think you’ll enjoy it in your kitchen too. You will need: garlic scapes, walnuts, […]

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“Spicy Middle Eastern Shrimp”

I’m not quite sure what to call this recipe. But since it uses a medley of spices that you’ll find in most Middle Eastern dishes, I’m calling it Spicy Middle Eastern Shrimp. Or we can also call it Darn Good. Or Shrimp That Rawks. Or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Shrimp. Nevermind. You’ll need: shrimp, fresh mint, Aleppo pepper flakes, black peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, dried ginger root, fennel seed, […]

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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 Grape Nuts”

Homemade cereal, what a revelation! This recipe for homemade grape nuts thrilled me. I’ve made homemade granola before, but never grape nuts. So I was excited to give this a try. You will need the following things: Sprouted Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (I used regular whole wheat flour and it worked well!), Light Brown Sugar, Baking Soda, Salt, Molasses, Buttermilk, and Butter. First you’ll combine your dry ingredients, then your […]

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