Cool Stuff – Food + Drink

How to Field Dress and Butcher a Turkey

Disclaimer: This is one of my “Not for the Faint of Heart” posts. If you fall into that category, please come back another day when I’ll be talking about pudding. ****************** Since it is turkey season, and since I found myself with two turkeys to haul off the field not too long ago, I thought I’d show anyone venturing out this spring how I field dress and butcher a turkey. […]

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Homemade Bagels

I was visiting a friend recently and she casually offered me bagels for breakfast—she just had to finish baking them she said. Baking them? You see, she had let them rise overnight, then finished them off in the morning so they’d be warm and crusty for breakfast. She had made them from scratch. If that isn’t impressive I don’t know what is. I asked her to move in with me. […]

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How to Make Hot Sauce: Habanero

As you well know, I have a thing for hot sauce. At one point I thought I had tried all of the bottles in the store. Then I made this whiskey hot sauce for my book Food Heroes. I felt it was my job to preach hot sauce to the world. Then I found one more recipe to try… it was magical. Lots ‘o fresh ingredients like cilantro, cherry tomatoes, […]

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Buttermilk Fried Rabbit

I know it is a bit early, but I bet some of you are already wondering what to make for Easter. Are you feeling a little provocative? A tad tongue-in-cheek? Then this is what I recommend. It was part of my Arkansas cooking extravaganza a few weeks ago and I thought it was high time to share. Young rabbits are best fried, because they are so tender. The best way […]

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How to Eat Crawfish

It’s crawfish season in Arkansas. Maybe it’s crawfish season everywhere, I don’t know, but I participated in the eating of 25 pounds of the little red lobsters and it was a fun affair. They were from “Grandma’s Best” after all, and boiled in a whole lot of salt water. Actually, I like a crawfish boil for its potatoes just as much as its crawfish. You see, sometimes, someone smart puts […]

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Corned Venison

When Lewis and Clark set out on their Corps of Discovery they struggled to find fresh meat, especially during the coldest winter months. The meat they obtained came from hunting and fishing, through trade, or through the kindness of American Indians. The Corps ate everything from dog, to whale, to horse, and because fresh meat spoils after a few days without refrigeration, what they could find needed to be preserved. […]

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Elk Jerky

I used to think of it as the strange stuff I’d see in strange gas stations on my strange cross country road trips. It was usually in stick form, a long tubular stick, wrapped in a coating of plastic, with a peculiar name like… Slim Jim, not because it made you slim, but because it was a slim, tubular portion…in a coating of plastic. But then, I made my own. […]

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Duck Cassoulet

A cassoulet is an Occitan dish–that part of Southern France where they speak a beautiful and fading romance language, Occitan. It is a stew of beans and meat; sometimes pork, sometimes goose, or mutton or whatever else they please. It is hearty and traditionally cooked in a cassole, a deep earthenware pot with slanted sides. But since I am not Occitan, but me, I cooked mine in a skillet. I […]

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A Saint Valentine Menu

Here’s the thing about Valentines Day. I think it’s strange. It is impossible to get into a restaurant. Flowers double in price. Bad quality chocolate makes the rounds. Lots of pink lacy undergarments abound in various store windows. Saint Valentine, was a Christian martyr. I don’t think he thought very often about Victoria’s Secret’s latest line. I do think there is something nice about setting a day aside to tell […]

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Singing Muffins

I’m so delighted to introduce one of my favorite food bloggers Amy Johnson. She has got a fabulous blog called “She Wears Many Hats” and is about to embark on a new journey as a beekeeper! I can’t wait to see all of the honey this Fall and all of the recipes she conjures up. Today she is going to share a fun recipe with you, which would be good […]

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