carrots-tacos

I came across carrot relish as a folded, typed page jammed into my grandmother Rosemary’s old family cookbook.  Long ago, she worked as a typist and would sometimes type important notes or an errant recipe shared along the way. I called her to see if she could remember where this one had come from. SheContinue reading

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sauerbraten

My friend Dean and I have an arrangement: he hunts and harvests fresh venison and I cook new things for him to try. Greta and I love having wild game to cook with, and pushing the envelope in the kitchen is natural for us. My dad remembers his great grandmother preparing small game like rabbitContinue reading

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kohlrabi

  Kohlrabi is a variation of cabbage bred from artificial selection to represent a turnip with a round center stem. I first heard of it from a friend who had suggested it to me as an entry to Cannibal Sandwich. He had grown up with kohlrabi as a snack his Dad grew in the garden: rawContinue reading

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egg-lemonade

I recently scored an excellent cookbook at the flea market, the Indiana Farmers’ Guide Cookbook, 1945 edition. It contains a few charming and a few potentially revolting recipes in its old, torn pages. The first contender to catch my eye was egg lemonade. As it sounds, the egg lemonade is simply an entire raw eggContinue reading

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Elvis in his later years, sagging under the weight of n'er-do-wells and astonishing belt buckles

Here’s the recipe found in George Kappeler’s 1895 cocktail book (and is almost exactly the Old Fashioned I prefer): “Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece ice, a piece lemon-peel, one jigger whiskey. Mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass.”Continue reading

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pickle-ingredients

There must be a million ways to brine a pickle on the internet. A world of customs, cultures, spices, and vegetables provide an endless variety of options and flavors. But for this, I didn’t need endless combinations. I need a place to start. The starter pickle. The training wheels to what would (hopefully) become anContinue reading

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