Friday Feast

A few years ago friend, mentor and occasional son-of-a-bitch Ed came back from a business trip to Atlanta swearing he’d eaten the best fried chicken on the planet. This was back in the day when Scott Peacock was cooking at The Watershed in Atlanta; this point of history being significant in that Peacock had been […]

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The other day SWMBO and I hit the Alabama Farmers Market just northwest of downtown Birmingham, a 49-acre ‘farmer’s market’ on steroids, open 24 hours a day with just about every imaginable variety of fruit and vegetable known to the southern cook right at hand. Even better, it’s owned and run by local and regional […]

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They’ve been rolling by on trucks, filling the fruit stands and are displayed proudly in just about every grocery you walk into these days. The Alabama and Georgia freestone peaches are coming in and hot damn are they tasty. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I are finally settling into new digs this week and […]

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She Who Must Be Obeyed has been living in a hotel for six weeks now (I’ve only been in for a couple of weeks as of today); we’re finally about to get access to new living quarters this weekend. As strange as it might sound, it appears we’ve both come to miss having our own […]

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A couple of days ago I was sitting in my truck waiting for She Who Must Be Obeyed to finish up at the Orvis shop, enjoying a soft Alabama evening. Thunderheads were putting on a great lightning show from the next county over and there were a few lightning bugs dancing above the green space […]

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As Mark is currently engaged in driving across the nation, I have taken it upon myself to provide this week’s Friday Feast.  This week’s meal is not quite the bountiful repasts that Mark usually provides though.  Welcome to the world of the broke ass mid-20 year old. The Popeye is a damn simple dish, but […]

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Here’s to a happy and safe Fourth of July for all of our Chi Wulff friends today. It’s been a crazy week around camp Chi Wulff West, enough so that I actually lost track of the days of the week, thinking today was in fact Thursday (dammit). This bizarre week culminated in watching all of […]

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a good chicken wing is kryptonite to most of our team. What’s not to like with the high ratio of uber-flavorful, crispy, glaze-slathered skin to tender, moist dark meat gnawed right off the bone? While I’d never pay $2.99 a pound for wings (the usual […]

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With the vision of catching small, wildass native cutthroats out of high alpine meadows dancing in my head, the past few months have been spent working out a little harder and eating a little better. (While collapsing from a cardiac event high in the Montana backcountry wouldn’t be a bad way to go at all, […]

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While we earnestly hope your Father’s Day weekend finds you fishing, man (and his family) must eat too. As if made to order for Father’s Day and another fine summer grilling weekend, lately one of our go-to grocers has been rolling out fairly consistent specials on bone-in chicken thighs ($1.09 / lb. yesterday, skin-on). We […]

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A spate of late-May warmer weather pushed the arrival of the season’s first local strawberries up a few weeks early; last Saturday I stopped at our favorite berry stand to grab the first strawberry flat of the year. The ‘berry stand’ is actually a plywood-walled shed, probably 12×12, usually manned by a flock of rosy-cheeked […]

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Almost three years ago this week we wrote here about what tinkerers fly fishers are (and chorizo)… Many, if not most, fly fisher folk are inveterate tinkerers. We tie flies. We wrap rods. We build boats. We tweak equipment… We fiddle almost endlessly with lines and leaders, rods and reels, boots and waders, vests, sling […]

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The respectful and somber Memorial Day remembrances (very appropriately) upcoming three days from today duly noted, for many of us the Memorial Day weekend has also been a time to gather with friends or family to welcome the summer season and eat good food cooked over fire. Our family clan has spent a fair number […]

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Sourdough bread has been a favorite around our camp for a long time. About a year ago we finally pestered several baker friends for some of their starter and they all answered with the same retort – brew up your own. Even though food historians attribute the rise of sourdough (no baking pun intended) to […]

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Last week a discussion first focused on North American regional fly fishing options (d)evolved into a spirited debate as to the merits of different regional American cuisines. While our fly fishing hearts will probably always be centered in the Northern Rockies, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho clearly don’t have an absolutely unique cuisine or food heritage […]

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