Cool Stuff – Summer
“Bison Pizza”

Do you ever have scraps of meat that you’re not sure what to do with? Save your scraps in the freezer and then grind them up or chop them well and use them as a delicious pizza topping. This pizza dough recipe is great to make in advance and store it in the freezer in plastic bags. Then when you’re having a busy day like I am lately, you can […]

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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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“How to Make Fresh Mozarella in 30-Minutes”

A few weeks ago I was blessed to end up, somehow, serendipitously, among some of my favorite people who also happen to be food bloggers. We met at Ree’s ranch in Oklahoma and I’ll tell you more about the magic of the place later. But now, I’ll tell you about some of the deliciousness that ensued. We made fresh mozzarella! Rebecca from Foodie With Family gave us such a wonderful […]

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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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“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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“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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