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It is a perilous thing, this wild diet of mine. Twice this week I’ve eaten known edible plants that have similarly looking cousins that happen to be lethal. Even after all these years, it still gives me a bit of a flutter. But perhaps that’s as it should be.
There is a legend among a certain set of pastry chefs about the miraculous qualities of rendered bear fat in pastry. Well, it’s true. While these may be pretty classic buttermilk biscuits, they are the flakiest you will ever eat.
Apios americana, the hopniss or potato bean or American groundnut. It’s a plant that has fascinated me for some years, so much so that I began growing it in my garden in 2011. Since then I think I have a handle on growing, harvesting and eating these native American tubers.
Wood ducks are both beautiful and tasty; and if you know much about them, you know they love acorns above all else. So I felt I needed to make a wood duck recipe that highlighted that. Wood duck, with acorn dumplings and a winter salsa.
I hit the road again on Saturday for the final leg of my “Duck, Duck, Goose” book tour; I’ll be tour the Southwest and Deep South this time, and I will be carrying with me a stack of these homemade energy bars. In honor of my next book dinner, in Santa Fe, these are Desert Style “Clif” bars.
Of all the dishes I have made over the years, this one might just be my signature: Duck heart tartare, puttanesca style. I know, it sounds awful, even slightly dangerous. I can assure you it isn’t.
Yep. You heard right. Crispy, light as air. Chicharrons, a/k/a pork rinds. Only these are made from fish skin. Once you learn how to make them, you will never throw away fish skin again. Ever.
I recently met a Tlingit Indian woman in Alaska who dried sea beans, a/k/a Salicornia, saltwort, sea asparagus, etc. and used it as a seasoning. It occurred to me: Why not take it one step further and make “sea bean salt.” Here’s how you do it.
Hanging upland game birds is a lot like dry-aging beef: It concentrates and refines flavors, tenderizes meat and generally transforms a pheasant from a rather boring chicken into a bird fit for a king. Here’s how to do it safely.
Hollyleaf redberry is sweet, pretty and abundant. It is also a mystery. I am confident about eating this berry now, but it took some research — the kind of research anyone who dares eat something unknown ought to do before popping it into your mouth.