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“Black-Eyed Peas and a Little Luck”

Black-eyed peas are one of those things I only think about on December 31st when I superstitiously rush around looking for them. You see, it was ingrained in me from the time I was a small plump infant, that this is the thing you’re supposed to eat on New Year’s Day for good luck. I’ve never really loved them. But then again, I’ve never really cooked them. So, armed with […]

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“Moroccan Lamb and Beef Stew”

This is one of my favorite stews. It is perfect for the really cold months and for large gatherings when you have a lot of people to feed. In isn’t your everyday beef stew. For one, it has equal parts lamb in it and then it also has a middle eastern flair…a little dried fruit, a little ginger…it’s a good thing. I recently made it for our Christmas party and […]

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“Solo Brining and Dining”

I had a pork chop yesterday. I was dining alone, and I ceremoniously made myself a proper meal. I took a visit to the butcher who had all sorts of glossy selections piled high in the coolers, and I settled on a pork chop, bone-in. It was a good choice because it was well aged, and came from a good place and when it hit the pan I could tell from the sizzling […]

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“How to Age Venison, then Braise It”

In a few weeks I’ll be deer hunting. Someone recently told me that squirrel is the best meat in the woods. And while I plan on testing that theory and presenting you with a squirrel recipe one of these days, until then I’m clinging on to the notion that venison is the best meat in the woods. The key to good venison is aging it properly. Just like a good 12 ounce T-bone […]

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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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“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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