Cool Stuff – Recipes
“Quince Jelly”

Do you know what a quince is? Have you ever tasted one? If you have, it was likely in a cooked form, quinces aren’t tasty raw. They are one of my favorite fruits. They become nice and pink when you cook them, a soothing glamorous pink. See these recipes to know what I mean. They start off green with a hint of yellow. Hard as a rock. And a strange fuzz […]

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“The 24-Hour Pickle”

I did an episode of Iron Chef two summers ago with a very talented chef named Joe Isidori. I got to eat approximately 15 courses of steak prepared by him and Bobby Flay. It was pure heaven. I just wish I could have distributed those meals out over a longer period of time… they had to roll me out on a cart. Joe Isidori recently opened a new restaurant in […]

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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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“Homemade Maraschino Cherries”

Aren’t you desperately curious to know what I did with those cherries I picked from my cherry tree with my homemade cherry picker? Well let me show you… My arms got rather tired and I wasn’t especially ambitious about getting them all that evening, since it seemed like an impossible feat. But! I had enough to make homemade maraschino cherries which really thrilled me. To make them, gather together: cherries […]

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“Herbal Sugars”

Since we’re officially in Spring now, herbs are going to take over my life. I love every minute of it. They are growing like wildfire on my deck and on a stump in the front of my house. It thrills me to the core. So I’m going to do everything I can to embrace them. First up: Herbal Sugars. This is a cinch and makes a wonderful gift. And it’s […]

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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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“Homemade Gift Idea: Chinese 5 Spice Blend”

Hi there. I just got back from some Thanksgiving traveling. I drove all the way up through the state of Texas and into Oklahoma for the very first time! The clouds were looming and there was a rain storm and it was thrilling. I’d thought I’d share some of my favorite homemade holiday gift ideas in the next few weeks, since it is easy to become inundated by so many […]

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“Cranberry Relish”

This week I’m doing a series of Thanksgiving recipes before I announce some big news next week. Get ready! I’m going to call this series “Thanksgiving Revisited: How to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner.” It includes a lot of the usual food themes but with a little twist or two. First off, is the wonderful irreplacable cranberry dish. Most people have a nice cranberry sauce. I have to admit, that […]

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“Fig Jam & Other Silliness”

I’ve decided that I might be insane. For example, I drove up to Dallas last night after attending a very important pumpkin carving party where I ate ribs and chicken legs like a cave woman. I couldn’t tell how fast I was going because for some reason the speedometer on my car changed to kilometers so basically I feel like a race car driver at all times now. 125 baby! […]

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