Cool Stuff – Fall

Squirrel Brunswick Stew with Acorns

Young squirrel is good simply quartered and fried. Old squirrel is good stewed. When in doubt, it is safest to braise or stew a squirrel. Sometimes, for flavor and for whimsy, I like to add acorns to this recipe. Native Americans used to eat acorns, usually by grinding them and then boiling them. They are sometimes bitter because of their tannins, but this can be improved by grinding them and […]

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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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Homemade Gift Idea: Potted Cheese

Here I am with another homemade holiday gift idea! On a scale of 1 to 10, how far along are you with your Christmas shopping? I have a little poll on my sidebar that you can take. I’m about 50%… it’s a Christmas miracle really, since I usually am down to the wire. Here is a another fun homemade gift idea that you can make and give away or use […]

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Homemade Gift: Preserved Salmon in a Jar

I got a little makeover around here! We’re still working out a few kinks but there are a few new features that I want to point out now so you can start using them! My recipes page now has a visual recipe index as well as a way for you to search for recipes by ingredient. There are also many categories that you can search for visually. I’m a visual […]

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Homemade Gift Idea: Cranberry Chews

I’m at Bakerella‘s book signing in Austin! We’re about to embark on a fun Girl Hunter Weekend to celebrate outdoorsyness, togetherness and my upcoming Girl Hunter book release. Amazon just named it a “best book of the month,” which is pretty exciting. But I want to talk about cranberries and another homemade holiday gift idea. I love homemade gifts, they’re so satisfying and thrifty and pioneering. This one I call […]

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Homemade Gift Idea: Chinese 5 Spice Blend

Hi there. I just got back from some Thanksgiving traveling. I drove all the way up through the state of Texas and into Oklahoma for the very first time! The clouds were looming and there was a rain storm and it was thrilling. I’d thought I’d share some of my favorite homemade holiday gift ideas in the next few weeks, since it is easy to become inundated by so many […]

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French Apple Tart

There are so many wonderful bakers out there and I can’t say I am one of them. I’m more of a fly by the seat of your pants person in the kitchen. I have good instincts from being trained by lots of stern French chefs but I can’t say I have ever been a masterful pastry maker, simply because it requires much too much precision and patience. But then there […]

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Skillet Stuffing

It’s Day 3 of Thanksgiving Revisited! We’re moving right along here. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I am not a fan of doing dirty dishes. I love spreading out in the kitchen and making a beautiful mess. But I have a hard time facing a big stack in the sink. That is why I love skillets and why I love this stuffing… all […]

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Stuffed Pumpkin

This is day 2 of my “Thanksgiving Revisited” series… a tad late but my airplane to New York didn’t have wifi, gasp, the outrage! I have a pumpkin fetish, I bought so many this year just to look at. And I like a good pumpkin dessert as much as the next girl. But I think we need more savory pumpkin dishes on the Thanksgiving dinner table. To show the pumpkin’s […]

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Cranberry Relish

This week I’m doing a series of Thanksgiving recipes before I announce some big news next week. Get ready! I’m going to call this series “Thanksgiving Revisited: How to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner.” It includes a lot of the usual food themes but with a little twist or two. First off, is the wonderful irreplacable cranberry dish. Most people have a nice cranberry sauce. I have to admit, that […]

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