Cool Stuff – Winter

Blue Grouse with Roasted Apples and Pears

These are the facts that we know: 1. There was an apple tree and a pear tree growing nicely outside the cabin minding their own business. They were producing nice fruit and dropping it on the ground at their leisure. 2. In the morning there were claw marks down the side of the pear tree and most of the branches had been torn down. 3. All that remained were these […]

Continue Reading


Quinoa Salad

In just a few hours, I’m going to be picking up two of my favorite people from the airport, Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple. Then we’re jetting off to Joshua Creek Ranch, the place where I shot that magazine cover a few months ago, and guess what we’re doing there? We’re shooting the Girl Hunter book trailer! It’s going to be so fun. I can’t wait to […]

Continue Reading


Chicken in Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce

I get such a craving for Asian food sometimes. I’m not very good at cooking it myself, there’s something about the flavor combinations that aren’t intuitive to me while cooking, but are so delicious when put in front of me at a dinner table. In my recent piece for Tasty Kitchen, I featured one of my friend Marla’s recipes because it looked amazing and because her recipes are always so […]

Continue Reading


Peanut Butter Pie

Right now, I’m on a mini road trip from Little Rock, Arkansas to Austin, Texas. Don’t worry, I’m not the one driving as I write this. I’ve been traveling as much as ever, without a kitchen most days, save for the times when friends and family let me take over theirs. As many people witnessed, the food blogging world erupted in Peanut Butter Pies on Friday. It was to hold […]

Continue Reading


Saucy Shrimp Recipe

When I was in Arkansas I made a new friend. And one night, while we all were digesting our 237th feast, she told us about this recipe she’d dreamed up using shrimp she’d had. It was smothered in scallions and tomatoes and lots and lots of butter. She agreed to make it for us as soon as possible. Feast number 238 was scheduled. What I like about this is that […]

Continue Reading


Carrot Marshmallows

I have a pretty nutty week ahead. In the span of four hours I’m going to be transported from rural Arkansas where I have been hiding out and have  had to take desperate measures for an internet connection….to the meatpacking district of New York City where the internet and just about everything else is fast. Talk about culture shock. I’ll have to put some eucalyptus oil on my temples. Or […]

Continue Reading


Apple Cider Potato Salad

It begins with an Amish man. Like most of my stories do. Okay fine it doesn’t begin with him, it begins with a 5 pound sack of potatoes that we purchased at a run down store in a vacant town across from this abandoned house that I really want to buy and fix up but am told I’m wasting my time because it would cost more than it’s worth. Waaaaah. […]

Continue Reading


Homemade Nutella

The idea of homemade Nutella just thrills me. There is something so addictive about Nutella to begin with, but then when you tell me there’s a healthy version I can make… sign me up! My friend Elana over at Elana’s Pantry created this recipe. It has natural, whole ingredients, including unsweetened cocoa powder, protein rich nuts, and agave nectar, a natural sweetener. Once the hazelnuts are roasted the skins slip […]

Continue Reading


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 […]

Continue Reading


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 […]

Continue Reading