Cool Stuff – Videos

Video: How to Quarter a Chicken

I’m all about cooking with economy, finding ways to do more with less, save scraps and turn them into something delicious, and channel the inner pioneer in you. Buying a whole bird is way more economical than buying its parts. Plus you get the carcass left over to use for delicious soup or stock. In this How to Quarter a Chicken video, the latest episode of my YouTube series, I […]

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Bison Meatloaf (+ a free bottle of wine for you!)

Happy Wednesday guys and gals. I’m excited to share Grandma Pellegrini’s meatloaf recipe with you. Make it with your favorite meat, it’ll knock your socks off. I also have a special surprise for you in today’s video, so be sure to watch until the end… (did somebody say free wine? Get it HERE.) PLEASE NOTE: To watch a crisp, clean HD version of this video, press play, then click on […]

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How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Growing herbs indoors can be a tricky thing, especially when you live in a dry climate or are in the dead of winter. Having fresh herbs on hand really can make a simple dish magical, and when you master the art of keeping them moist, they are easy to have on a windowsill in the kitchen, within arms reach of your latest meal. In episode #3, I show you fun […]

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Wild Boar Bolognese

Happy Wednesday! Let’s celebrate the middle of the week with some hearty, juicy Wild Boar Bolognese, shall we? Here is episode #2. Stay tuned for many more cooking/how-to/DIY episodes you’ll be seeing here on this site. As always I’d love your feedback and questions in the comments section below. It is a work in progress, and like a freshly harvested pheasant, it will get better with time. Stay hungry my […]

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Goat Tacos

Friends! I’m so excited to share the first of many cooking episodes here on this site. For a long time you’ve seen many posts here with step-by-step photos which take you through the recipes, but we’ve decided to spice things up around here and give some of the how-to’s in a video format for those of you who learn better this way. As always I’d love your feedback and questions […]

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Homemade Beeswax Candles

Have you ever made homemade candles? I grew up making them from time to time, but it entailed dunking a wick into a pot of melted golden beeswax, letting it cool slightly, and dipping again. This went on and on until I had a nice fat candle. This version which I did last weekend is much easier with a lot less clean up. It would make a fun Valentines activity. […]

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The 24-Hour Pickle

I did an episode of Iron Chef two summers ago with a very talented chef named Joe Isidori. I got to eat approximately 15 courses of steak prepared by him and Bobby Flay. It was pure heaven. I just wish I could have distributed those meals out over a longer period of time… they had to roll me out on a cart. Joe Isidori recently opened a new restaurant in […]

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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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How to Make Garlic Paste in 30 Seconds

One of the first little bits of wisdom I learned when I decided to get serious about cooking, was how to make garlic paste in 30 seconds. It was a revelation and I thought, “Wow! These are all the shortcuts that pros know!” So then I began to work in professional kitchens and was peeved to see people mincing their garlic the same way I’d done it as a “civilian”… just chopping and […]

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