Cool Stuff – Spring
“Sweet Porchetta ‘Wild Hog’ Sausage”

Have you ever made sausage? Have you ever thought about making sausage? It is a fun affair. I would rather talk about sausage right now than the aftermath of the horrible loss I experienced last week. That has consisted of drama and me eating a box of truffles in preparation to open three Fedex boxes that I didn’t want to open. So I’m going to talk about sausages instead. These […]

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“Wood Fired Wild Hog Loin”

After I spent the day solving the “plague of pigs” crisis a few weeks ago, I began a hog cooking extravaganza. There were so many parts to break down and ponder. This is my friend Mike breaking down and pondering: Isn’t he doing a nice job? He’s a scholar of the woods and the kitchen. The thing about wild hog is that there is just no fat in there. The […]

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“How to Make Kefir”

I have fond, peculiar memories of a glass jar sitting on the fireplace mantle, holding a liquid that constantly reinvented itself. It changed by the day, by the hour sometimes, from something strange to something more recognizable. This liquid, as it turns out, is intensely good for you, a drinkable yogurt full of good bacteria, and even better when flavored at the breakfast table with fruit purees. This is one […]

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“How to Cook a Whole Hog”

One of the questions I get most often from interviewers is “what is your favorite wild animal dish?” I always describe this one. From the first moment I tasted it, it earned itself a special place in the crevices of my mind. This is a whole wild hog, marinated for days and then smoked for many hours. There is also bacon and apples and molasses involved. We need to talk […]

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“Elana’s Gluten Free Olive Rosemary Bread & A Giveaway”

*Update:* The winner is… Gloria. Congratulations! You’re going to love this book. Send me an email to claim your loot! _______________________ I met a woman named Elana not too long ago. We met in a hallway of a hotel at a conference and as soon as we met I felt like I had known her for a long time. I just stopped going where I was going and sat on […]

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“Q&A with Freddie Black + Apple Juice Smoked Pig Ribs”

The first official hunt I ever went on was in Arkansas with the Commissioner of Fish and Game. He was the family of a friend of mine, and I was told that hunting with him was something people bid on at auctions. Down in Arkansas, he was a bigger deal than the President of the United States. So I showed up to Arkansas and went to their hunting camp to […]

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“Jalapeño Grits”

As you may know by now, based on the affair I’ve been having with sriracha, and my infatuation with chicken wings… I like spicy foods. I love spicy foods. I would make sacrifices for spicy foods. I think I’ve run out of hot sauces to try. Well I thought I did, but then my friend Amy just gifted me some that she brought back from vacation somewhere tropical… and I […]

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“Homemade Crackers, Friday Night Lights & A Giveaway”

Scroll to the bottom to enter the second giveaway of the week… we’re on a roll baby. I’ve been bewitched by Friday Night Lights. The show and the real life fantasy of mine. It is partly because I want to be as cool as Tim Riggins when I grow up, minus the jail bait, but also because I’m enamored by the football culture, and the tailgating culture that can bring […]

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“Liver Mousse”

If I was sent to that proverbial island and there was one food I could take, it would be liver mousse. I can hear your collective gasp. Most people are reviled by the stuff, but I call it God’s pudding. It’s slightly sweet and very rich and I could eat it endlessly. It serves as the basis for all kinds of internationally popular and unpopular foods – depending on who […]

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“Meyer Lemon Tart”

So as you’ve probably heard by now, I have this new friend named Julia. Julia has a Meyer lemon tree. Julia also has a plum tree. Julia also made that lovely lemon tart for the Tuscan photo shoot we did not too long ago. Want to know how to make it? Well, you’ll have to ask Julia. But this is my version! First you start off with the tart dough. […]

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