Cool Stuff – Food + Drink

Homemade Spaetzle

I just love spaetzle. It’s so comforting and German. It’s pasta with a twist, with some crunch, with some extra butter, and some herbs when you feel like it. It’s also only 4 ingredient cooking. Or 5 if you want to add a little flair like I did with the mustard powder. Once you mix up the ingredients, you don’t even need a spaetzle maker. You can do it with […]

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Wild Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Raise your hand if you’ve been turkey hunting this season! Or raise your hand if you like turkey! Because this recipe works perfectly with both domestic and wild birds. I know some of you have been telling me your turkey hunting stories via email. It’s a thrilling time, turkey hunting season is, it’s so uncertain and adrenaline pumping. And when you put all of that work into your dinner you […]

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Spicy Crunchy Moroccan Chick Peas

Since I have been hijacked by life lately, it’s taken me a while to share these crispy treats, but they are an important topic. I just love chickpeas. Or is it garbanzo beans? Well, I love them either way. Sometimes, when I’m in a rush, I just empty a can of them into a bowl, add some of my favorite dressing and any herbs I can find and it’s a […]

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How to Fix a Bee Swarm

We had a bee swarm around here at Tulipwood earlier this week. It all happened very quickly — we were planting vegetables in the garden, toiling and sweating away because somehow we decided it would be a good idea to plant 25 varieties this year. Think it was a cold long winter? We are embracing the sun and got a bit overzealous… luckily, my brother has friends and enlisted them […]

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Dandelion Wine

I could show you this fully finished step-by-step recipe a few months from now, [scroll down, I’ve added the finished steps!] but what good would that be if you had to wait many months for dandelions to come back around? So instead, I’m going to give you the recipe and show you the step-by-step up to where I have it, so you can get picking in the fields and follow […]

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Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas

Right now I am in a small town in Illinois, along the Mississippi in a very strange hotel on a very wide highway eating very hot chicken wings and drinking a very large strawberry mojito. All of this traveling is well… making me miss my own things and my own familiar faces. And making me think about those familiar lady faces that I love. So here are some recipe ideas […]

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Wild Garlic Soup

Quick! Take to the front yard. Or the back yard if you prefer. It’s wild garlic season, and in another month it will be much too hard to pull up. They look vaguely like a bunch of chives, though decidedly more hearty. There’s something woody looking about them at the base. They will smell faintly like garlic if you get your nose very close. Pull them up, at least a […]

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Beurre Blanc

Butter sauce, that is, in English speak. Butter is such a magical thing, don’t you think? I call it udder nectar. Sometimes. Only with people who know me well, like you for example. But I usually don’t call it that at a first encounter. You see, we get so caught up in recipes, but sometimes it can be simpler than that. Sometimes butter sauce is all you need to “enlighten” […]

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Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes & A Giveaway

I got a wonderful gift in the mail yesterday that compelled me to host a giveaway because I want one of you to have it too. One of my favorite food bloggers, Elana Amsterdam, of Elana’s Pantry has a new book coming out this week called “Gluten-Free Cupcakes,” and it looks heavenly. I have talked about Elana’s food philosophy in the past when her last book hit the shelves, but I want to say it again…

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Whiskey Glazed Wild Turkey Breast

I know you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seats, clicking refresh, just dying to know what I did with all of that turkey meat I hauled off the field and field dressed. Right? Right?…. Is this thing on? The moment has come! First up, is Whiskey Glazed Turkey Breast. Turkey and whiskey, what could not be good about it? Here is the cast of characters: Turkey breast, whiskey, […]

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