Cool Stuff – Videos

How to Clean Cast Iron

One of my girlfriends wrote me a panicked email recently with full photos of her new cast iron skillet that she had received as a wedding gift. She had been cooking with it happily and running it through the dishwasher after each use, and all of the sudden it just wasn’t working well anymore. Food was burning and sticking, and it was all a hot mess. “Oh honey,” I said. […]

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How to Debone a Bird

I have been taking requests from you over the past months on what kind of cooking and modern pioneering tutorials you’d like to see on this site. So keep making your requests in the comments and I’m happy to oblige whenever possible. Today it is “How to Debone a Bird,” which can be used with all kinds of birds, from chickens to quail. Enjoy! PLEASE NOTE: To watch a crisp, […]

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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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