Friday Feast

Late January. It’s far enough past the hustle, bustle and hangover of the holidays that one morning you wake up and find numbing routine knocking on the door once again. The pristine freshness of winter’s first snows has long faded; fantasies of wet wading, summer caddis hatches and bikini tops in the drift boat rule […]

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Knowing we’re from brisket country, a new friend accosted me in the parking lot of She Who Must Be Obeyed’s store just after Christmas and pressed for the ‘secrets to smoking real brisket’. Turns out he wanted more than the essential ‘low and slow for 14 to 16 hours’; we ended up at a local […]

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Last week I shared our good fortune when a friend shared a hunk of a genuine Southern country ham with us. After he spied our Country Green Eggs and Ham recipe he fired this one over with a note – This plate will run you 14 bucks and change downtown at (redacted), though is the […]

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Having been hatched smack dab in the middle of beef country (Texas Panhandle), we grew up thinking that ‘pork’ consisted solely of grocery store bacon in plastic packages, Jimmy Dean sausage and the rare sighting of a baby back rib when the brisket was running low at the BBQ joint in town. Ashamedly it really […]

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Like many folks have this week, growing up my family would some years pack up the car and make the 700+ mile drive from the Texas Panhandle to the Gulf Coast to spend the holidays with the extended famdamnily. We happened to enjoy the bonus of having both sets of grandparents living in the same […]

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Though it shouldn’t by now, I’m always a bit surprised when a grizzled, often getting-long-in-the-tooth fishing compadre has an outburst of maudlin sentimentality over something we did together in days past. Usually these outpourings are over some long ago trip where we drove to River X in my truck, pulling my driftboat and I rowed […]

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Growing up in West Texas I was fortunate to have been (unknowingly at the time) exposed to several regional culinary classics that remain hallowed for many of us even today. West Texas Cheese Enchiladas. The Bacon Wedge. Real Chile – both Green and Red. Fresh Tex Mex Chorizo. Chow Chow. The list could go on […]

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Friends and family living in various locales north of us (hell, almost everybody lives north of us currently) have already experienced the first couple blasts of serious winter weather this year. Jake and friends in Bozeman have seen temps dip into the -20 something range, which tends to make cars and people a bit cranky. […]

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Hopefully you’re waking up this morning and headed outside to chase fish, birds or four-legged critters to burn off yesterday’s big feed. For those who’ve been working hard entertaining family and friends and rustling up a pile of grub to feed the famdamnily gathering yesterday, spending much more time in the kitchen is the last […]

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With Thanksgiving looming large on the culinary horizon we’ve been fishing around for a week or so looking for a great cornbread stuffing recipe to suit our new Southern digs. As good fortune would have it a few days ago friend and uber-talented chef Libby (Austin by way of New Orleans) called with a question […]

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Roughly ten days after offering up this post about apple brandy, the Sir Isaac Newton and attractive Southern redheads, this email popped up from RA… I’m a professor (civil eng.) in Oxford at Ole Miss and long time fly fisher; I get out to Montana or Wyoming twice a year, end up fishing a fair […]

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There’s a recurrent theme in an old 1965 Western spoof – The Hallelujah Trail – (a longtime clan favorite) where the grizzled old mountain guide and soothsayer Oracle Jones can only foresee future events after several hearty pulls on the whiskey bottle. Oracle Jones is masterfully played by English actor Donald Pleasence; when called on […]

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Back on Wednesday an email from Marla popped up, the delightful semi-retired executive chef (Savannah mostly) I had the pleasure of meeting (and jousting a bit with) over Southern Skillet Cornbread a few weeks ago. She had misplaced the recipe I gave her for our damned good great southwestern corn muffins and asked if I’d […]

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Back on a steamy July night a few weeks ago I was roughly two-thirds of the way through a damned eventful drive (carjacking) from the southern-most Seattle metro to Birmingham, crawling along a busier-than-it-should-have-been two lane in the Arkansas hills, when all hell broke loose weather-wise. I’d seen the thunderstorms off in the distance in […]

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With October temperatures in our Southern neighborhood now running pretty damned close to the ideal range (low 70s for highs this week), fall and even some late summer produce is still rolling into the local farmers markets. Last Saturday I was off scrounging green tomatoes to try yet another batch of Piccalilli (Chow Chow in […]

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