Cool Stuff – Recipes
“Dandelion Green Salad with Pancetta and Pistachios”

I recently did an interview with the Austin American Statesman where I went foraging for some dandelion greens to make this delicious salad from my latest book, Modern Pioneering. I called it “hood lunch,” since it was lunch truly derived from my lovely hood in East Austin. Check out my recipe! Dandelion greens are full of nutrients and right at your fingertips. The flavor packs a punch which I balanced […]

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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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“Redfish Courtbouillon”

A few weeks ago in  Arkansas, my friend Paul Michael made a dish he makes regularly whenever someone has caught a nice redfish or bass. They all call it “coo-bee-on” and so I just assumed it was another one of their local regional dishes that this Yankee was unfamiliar with. And then I saw it written down. “Courtbouillon!” I exclaimed. It’s actually French, and if there’s one thing I know […]

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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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“Poached Loquats in Herb Semi-Syrup”

It all began when I was watching the squirrels. This is what I do sometimes when I sit in a wicker chair with my breakfast and ponder life and the creek below. The squirrels were gnawing most voraciously on a yellow fruit, many of which had dropped to the ground. I was curious. So I wandered my way over and this is what I saw, dangling from the trees that […]

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“Homemade Gift: Preserved Salmon in a Jar”

I got a little makeover around here! We’re still working out a few kinks but there are a few new features that I want to point out now so you can start using them! My recipes page now has a visual recipe index as well as a way for you to search for recipes by ingredient. There are also many categories that you can search for visually. I’m a visual […]

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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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“Rose Petal Tea”

The roses are in season. That sounds funny to say the roses are “in season” but I suppose everything is in season at one point or another, everyone and everything has a season, some longer than others. We have a rose arbor at Tulipwood, my great grandfather built it after he bought Tulipwood from the Adam’s family. Can you believe The Adams Family lived at Tulipwood once upon a time? […]

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“Elderflower Fritters”

I love eating wild foods which you can probably tell by now. Also, fried dough is delicious. So is amaretto. I had read about elderflower fritters in the process of making elderflower syrup and I just had to know more. Edible earthy tasting flowers, amaretto flavored batter, powdered sugar… let’s go! It begins with flour, lemon zest, 2 eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, almond milk, amaretto, and a whole bunch of elderflowers. […]

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