Cool Stuff – Food + Drink

Hot Smoked Trout & Pickled Onions

When I was a child growing up in the Hudson Valley, I used to sit on a rock by the side of our creek, push a fat worm onto a hook, and catch my trout. Then I would fry it in a skillet and eat it for breakfast. It was a normal pattern in my eight year life that seemed as natural as breathing, or throwing skipping rocks. Then, as […]

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Meyer Lemon Tart

So as you’ve probably heard by now, I have this new friend named Julia. Julia has a Meyer lemon tree. Julia also has a plum tree. Julia also made that lovely lemon tart for the Tuscan photo shoot we did not too long ago. Want to know how to make it? Well, you’ll have to ask Julia. But this is my version! First you start off with the tart dough. […]

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Homemade Fruit Leather

I’m so happy to share this video version from my new Modern Pioneering series. Fruit roll-ups were a big thing when I was growing up. There were so many iterations at one point that I was in pure fruit candy bliss. Then there were the healthy versions that we’d always find at the health food store. They were called “fruit leather,” because they were thicker and made out of pure […]

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Chicken Tagine

Remember way back when I made my national citrus fruit appeal? Actually I think it was a global citrus fruit appeal. Well either way it was epic, okay? Remember when I then preserved some Meyer lemons for a rainy day? Well today is that rainy day. Even though it’s sunny. It’s high time we use those preserved lemons, don’t you think? I know some of you have them in your […]

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Tofu Mayonnaise

Grandma P. is in rehabilitation. She’s slowly getting her movement back. But she is not pleased with the situation. She said, “Well I guess you’re learning a lot about life, aren’t you.” Then she said, “I’m learning a lot about life too.” One of the last things we made together was tofu mayonnaise. She really loves tofu and its magical powers, about as much as she loves stevia. In fact, […]

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Lemon Basil Ice Cream

I planted Grandma P.’s herb garden and got to thinking about basil. A few years ago, when I was feeling especially experimental with food, I made lemon basil ice cream and everyone who set their lips to it said it was the best ice cream they’d ever tasted. There’s something so intoxicating about basil. And while the latest trend to put strange flavors into dessert form has probably gone beyond […]

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Honey Bee Healthy

Remember yesterday how I showed you a glimpse of a strange figure in a hazmat suit wandering through the woods? That was my dad. He only comes out of his hiding place to feed the bees. My interactions with him are solely when he’s wearing netted head gear. Just kidding. But we do both have hermit tendencies. But we overcome them when society demands it of us. He enjoys interacting […]

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Clam Chowder

Also known as… “how to cook a clam.” Word on the street is that my clam digging pictures are freaking you out. I’m sorry to give you the heebie¬†jeebies. But they taste good, I promise. Besides, don’t you want to know what to do if someone drops you on an island somewhere and tells you to fend for yourself? Here is what I did with the horseneck clams from my […]

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How to Clean a Clam

Yes, they made it off the island. The little boat made two more trips and the last ones on the island were the ones who had the tallest boots… they had thigh boots. They took one for the team because they had thigh boots. When preparing your clams for dinner, it is best to let them soak in a bucket of water over night so that they “relax.” This will […]

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How to Dig a Clam: Part 2

…also known as “How to dig a clam like a gentleman (or lady).” Alan had discovered that instead of getting yourself covered in mud, a little PCB pipe, and a double sided shovel kept one nice and mud-free. So we were the clean ones on the island. Alan drove his three person boat back and forth until we were all there. Then one of the girls tried her hand at […]

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