Cool Stuff – Fall

Chorizo Scotch Eggs

When I first went on a hunting trip in England a couple of years ago, I was introduced to Scotch Eggs and fell in love with them forever. They were served in the greenhouse during “Elevenses” which is the break the hunters take between the first three “drives” and the last three. We drank cherry brandy too during elevenses. The British are civilized that way. To see what I mean, […]

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How to Make Caramel Apples

I was just in New York where I did my all time favorite fall activity. It gives me pangs of nostalgia. And all of those childhood memories of frolicking through the orchards come rushing back. (Photo credit: Gordon Pellegrini) I went apple picking! My brother and I have plans for cider making and we were on a mission to get just the right apples. (Photo credit: Gordon Pellegrini) I ate […]

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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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Whiskey & Peach Rabbit Stew

Before I show you this recipe, I thought I should mention that if you like exotic meats like Wagyu Beef, Venison, Elk, Lamb and Bison, I’m giving away an organic Exotic Burger Collection from Fossil Farms on my Facebook Page, so be sure and enter! Now for the recipe… I just finished a mini road trip through the South. From Texas to Oklahoma to Arkansas to Tennessee to Louisiana and […]

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Chicago-Style Beef Sandwich

In honor of the gratuitous number of shots of me eating steak on last night’s Iron Chef episode, I thought this recipe was in order for today. Now before all of the hard core Chicago beef sandwich eaters start freaking out, let me tell you that this recipe is very much my own version… it’s not perfect, it is not from the religious order of Chicago-style beef eating folk. But […]

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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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