Cool Stuff – Winter
“Chicago-Style Beef Sandwich”

In honor of the gratuitous number of shots of me eating steak on last night’s Iron Chef episode, I thought this recipe was in order for today. Now before all of the hard core Chicago beef sandwich eaters start freaking out, let me tell you that this recipe is very much my own version… it’s not perfect, it is not from the religious order of Chicago-style beef eating folk. But […]

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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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“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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“Spicy Seared Quail with Kale Slaw”

I’m in New York doing all sorts of things, one of which is to go through 100 years worth of family stuff that has been collected since my great grandparents. I have to decide what goes into a garage sale, what gets donated, what goes to the dump, and what gets boxed up into a nice clean plastic box and tucked away. Why do we humans collect so much stuff? […]

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“Oryx Fajitas”

One of the perks that comes with being a chef who hunts is that I’m sometimes gifted exotic foods. For example, in the past week I was given beet and mint ice cream, a box of olive oil from someone’s farm in Greece, and a bag full of oryx meat that a Texas guy had hunted in a nearby Texas ranch. I was teaching a cooking class and doing a […]

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“Wild Boar Meatballs”

I just finished a whirlwind trip to L.A. where I made some meatballs. That’s what I went to L.A. for, to make meatballs! It was the right thing to do. I’ll post about my time there and the hilarity that ensued as soon as I sleep for two days straight, but first, I want to share the meatball recipe that I made so you can make it for Sunday night […]

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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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“Homemade Almond Milk”

I made this a few months ago and failed to share it with you. How could I? From time to time I test and photograph a recipe from one of the members of Tasty Kitchen, the fabulous community recipe website of my friend Ree. Well I tested this one and it was lovely and you ought to know about it. One thing that is pretty much always in my refrigerator […]

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“Spiced Key Limes in Oil”

Sometimes in the colder months, we need a little spice in life to keep things lively. And sometimes when I cook in these months, I get into a rut and feel like I’m making the same things over and over again. What I love about this recipe is that it is an instant way to add intrigue to any of the dishes in your standard repertoire. Have a favorite chicken […]

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“Homemade Gift Idea: Potted Cheese”

Here I am with another homemade holiday gift idea! On a scale of 1 to 10, how far along are you with your Christmas shopping? I have a little poll on my sidebar that you can take. I’m about 50%… it’s a Christmas miracle really, since I usually am down to the wire. Here is a another fun homemade gift idea that you can make and give away or use […]

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