The “Summer Kitchen”

I’m a big fan of a certain television show wherein the host travels around the country interviewing people who cook on unusual, outdoor setups. It’s compelling for two reasons: first, it’s just nice to see folks standing around a fire and cooking a meal without a lot of fake time constraints or competitive judging. Second,Continue reading “The “Summer Kitchen””

Basic Popovers

#RecipeUpTop: 1 part egg (by weight) 1 part all-purpose flour (by weight) 2 parts whole milk (by weight) Method: Pre-heat a popover pan in a 450F oven. Mix ingredients in a blender until well-combined, spray pan with non-stick spray, and pour in mixture. Bake at 450F for twenty (20) minutes, then drop the temp toContinue reading “Basic Popovers”

Golden Roasted Cauliflower Soup

#RecipeUpTop: 1 head cauliflower 1 quart chicken stock (homemade preferred; low sodium otherwise) 1 cup whole milk 1 yellow onion 3 ribs celery 2 nubs fresh turmeric 4 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil Salt (to taste) Green onion (optional) Oyster crackers (optional) Method: Preheat oven to 450F. Remove the leaves and stemsContinue reading “Golden Roasted Cauliflower Soup”

Jerky Boys

No #RecipeUpTop on this one, folks, because this is more about the basic process than an instructional roadmap. Fact is, if you search “jerky recipes,” a light goes off in a back room at the Department of Agriculture, and they re-route you to poison control. Okay, not really, but there’s a LOT of hand-wringing andContinue reading “Jerky Boys”

A Persistent Rhythmic Clucking

I’ve never raised chickens. In fact, the closest I’ve come to governing domestic fowl was an antagonistic relationship with a nasty parrot in a rented room in Miami. But I do know a lot of people who keep chickens, or lich fowl, or ornamental heritage whatevers. And when you ask them why, their eyes growContinue reading “A Persistent Rhythmic Clucking”

Ribs to Spare

No #RecipeUpTop today. Like our prior BBQ posts, this one is all about technique and intuition. But, we do have a grocery list: Pork Ribs – Spare or St. Louis Cut (I’ll explain this later); Brown sugar; Kosher salt; White or apple cider vinegar; Grenadine (trust me); Worcestershire; Cayenne pepper; Corn starch; Your favorite BBQContinue reading “Ribs to Spare”

Fettuccini with The Whole Damn Garden

#RecipeUpTop (details below): For the base: 2 tomatoes; 2 bell peppers (either red, yellow, or a combination); 4 cloves garlic; 2oz tin of anchovies in oil; 1 TBS olive oil For the flair: Green garden veg of choice (e.g. sugar snap peas, green beans, broccoli florets, pea shoots, etc.) 1/4 cup pine nuts; High-quality parmesanContinue reading “Fettuccini with The Whole Damn Garden”

Char-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower with Bacon and Balsamic

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 head of cauliflower; 1lb of fresh brussels sprouts; 4 rashers of bacon; 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar; Salt and black pepper (to taste); Method: Render the bacon in a large cast iron skillet, and remove. Split the sprouts in half, and break down the cauliflower into florets. Add to the bacon fat,Continue reading “Char-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower with Bacon and Balsamic”

Shrimp and Grits, the 10Chickens Way

#RecipeUpTop (details below): For the grits: 1 pint Maine lobster stock (or shellfish stock, or chicken stock, or water if you’re boring); 1 cup coarse yellow grits; 1 bay leaf; 1/4 cup whole milk; 1/4 cup shredded jack/colby cheese blend; Salt (to taste) For the shrimp: 1lb of U.S. wild-caught shrimp, preferably shell and headContinue reading “Shrimp and Grits, the 10Chickens Way”

Introducing: “Yeah, but is it worth it?”

I grew up in a disposable household, in the heyday of impossibly-cheap products destined for limited use and quick replacement. It wasn’t my parents’ fault, of course, it was the nature of society at the time. Why pay more for something that will rack up wear-and-tear when you can pay less and get a newContinue reading “Introducing: “Yeah, but is it worth it?””