Cool Stuff – Spring
“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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