Cool Stuff – Fall
“Picasso, a Pumpkin, and Its Toasted Seeds”

Do you like my pumpkin? It was designed by a talented artist named T. Kristian Russell. In fact, it looks a lot like one of his recent works, don’t you think? Or this one… It’s the first pumpkin I’ve seen with a legitimate nose. I think it looks like Picasso… a very snazzy pumpkin. Once I pulled out all of the wet orange goo from the insides, I roasted the […]

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“Devils on Horseback”

These are some very fine treats. The kind of thing that leaves a lasting impression. The kind of thing that becomes seared into your mind the moment your teeth chomp down on that first bite and the sweet, salt, and tang begin to crawl along your taste buds. That is why they are called Devils on Horseback I suppose… they gallop along your tongue, too good to be good. I […]

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“Bananas Foster Cupcakes, (a.k.a. The Nielsen Ratings for Food)”

In preparation for my book… I’ve been testing out quite a lot of recipes. These I like to call “Bananas Foster Cupcakes,” because they celebrate cream and rum and cake in three lavish bites. (There’s cream inside!) I’ve discovered that to get a truly unbiased opinion on a recipe, it is best to set it in the kitchen of an anonymous office where people whisk in to grab a diet Mountain […]

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“A Master Class in Brussels Sprouts”

As you know, I like changing people’s minds. It makes me fuzzy inside. Most people don’t like brussels sprouts. It’s the black sheep of vegetables… “eeew brussels sprouts,” is the default way to use it in a sentence. But they really are lovely little things, if you cook them to the edges of crispiness rather than the edges of mushiness. And they’re so fun to snap off of the tall […]

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“Baked Caramelized Crab Apples”

I am a tad obsessed with apple picking. I have spent many minutes rallying people to go with me on an apple picking adventure. Those that always resist are male… something in their nature doesn’t desire a day of frolicking in an orchard with a basket and a long pole, and eating apples until your stomach hurts. Everything in my nature does. The sweet and tang of a Fall apple is unmatched the rest of the year…

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“Beans!”

Such a noble food. The cranberry beans are tender and ready. So tender you can pop them out of their shells and eat them raw. Or if you’re not feeling so adventurous, you can cook them til they are stewy and delicious. Here’s how: Print“Cranberry Beans, Georgia-Style” Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 45 minutesTotal Time: 50 minutes Yield: 2 servings Four ingredient cooking. My favorite kind.Ingredients1 cup of cranberry beans […]

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“Eggplant Surprise”

Changing People’s Minds: A Step by Step Guide: One particularly fine friend recently said he didn’t like eggplant. So I made eggplant for dinner. When someone tells me they don’t like a particular food, I don’t hear them. I go conveniently deaf. Then I’m suddenly possessed by the overwhelming urge to make that particular food. Annoying? Probably… but I like to take the more highbrow view — it is a […]

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“Recipe: Quince 4 Ways”

Today, we make this: One fruit, so many possibilities. Quince granita, quince pâté de fruits, quince soup, poached quince, quince jelly, quince sauce, quince fritters…oh wait… They are one of my favorite fruits. Look how nice and pink they become when you cook them, a soothing glamorous pink. But they start off this color. Green with a hint of yellow. Hard as a rock. And a strange fuzz on them. It’s the pectin […]

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“Sunday Roasted Chicken”

There’s been so much rain in the Northeast this summer, that the quince trees have borne rotted fruit. I’ve missed most of that rain though, and I never thought I’d say so, but I miss it. I’ve spent most of this summer in arid climates where you can’t count on rain to wash away the sidewalk stains. Last night, I felt my first rain in months. It was misty and […]

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“14 Dove Puttach”

Over the weekend, my new friend Michael from New Orleans taught me how to make Puttok. If anyone can tell me how to spell it properly I’ll give you a gold star sticker. It’s a lovely stew of tomato, rosemary, vinegar (or in our case red wine) and braised meat. It’s that silver pot in the left corner, see? Of course I was too distracted by the ambient smells of a good cuban […]

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