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Dandelion Fritters – Wild Harvested Appetizer

Dandelion Fritters – Wild Harvested Appetizer

Dandelion Fitters – Wild Harvested Appetizer Wild harvested dandelion fritters -doesn’t that sound nicer than going out to the backyard to pick the flowers off what most people think of as a week? When I was a kid we picked the flowers with the longest stems. We held them just right, thumb beneath the flower, and said “momma had a baby and it’s head popped off,” and then we’d flick the flower off with our thumbs. We stuck the small…

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Lemon Custard Recipe – On The Fire

Lemon Custard Recipe – On The Fire

Lemon Custard Recipe Custard is one of those foods most people could give or take. I love a flavorful custard. Bland? ehh…I’ll pass. It’s easy to add flavor, especially something as simple as lemon custard. You need the zest of two lemons. That’s all. I’ll add variations to the end of this post. You can add more flavor with the lemon or omit the lemon and change it up completely. If you want more lemon flavor you can add a…

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Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout One of the best parts of spring, at least for me, is open-water fishing. The only place we’re finding open water this year in early April is streams and the outlets of lakes and ponds. They’re great places to find brookies and salmon. We like to make the best of cold water fishing now since the salmon will head down to deeper water when the temperature rises. I like trout best but I don’t say no to…

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Rhubarb Muffins – On The Fire

Rhubarb Muffins – On The Fire

Rhubarb Muffins I think rhubarb is an under-appreciated vegetable. It’s a vegetable. You knew that, right? Ya…me either for a long time. Here’s an easy way to get folks who don’t like vegetables (I can’t believe that’s even real.) to eat one. Disguise it as a treat. These Rhubarb Muffins are sweet and a nice change from the typical strawberry rhubarb pie or jam. Chop the rhubarb into small pieces, no larger than 1/4″. Rhubarb is bitter. You can minimize…

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Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese – On The Fire

Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese – On The Fire

Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese Kristin brings a wonderful marinated sheep and goat milk cheese to me when she comes to visit. I stretch it out as long as possible by eating only one one-inch cube at a time. I use every drop of the olive oil, usually on Crostini, to get every last bit of goodness. This lemon marinated Feta cheese isn’t the same but it’s just as good in its own way. Preheat the oven to 400°. You’re going…

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Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus – On The Fire

Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus – On The Fire

Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus It isn’t asparagus season here yet, the garden is still covered in snow. I’m grateful that it’s in season somewhere, and I’m overlooking the distance it’s traveling to get to my table. Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is easy to make but more time consuming than other ways I prepare asparagus. Note the temperature – not the usual 350°. Set the oven to 450°. The Panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese will meld together and get crusty in…

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Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin can be used in many ways. I like to dice leftover tenderloin for pork fried rice, slice it into 3″ thick slabs to butterfly and stuff, pan fry, and one of my favorites – Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin. Adjust the amount of crushed red pepper to suit your tastes, but be careful to not overwhelm the sweetness of the sauce. Pork tenderloin is mild.

Teriyaki Meatballs – appetizer or main course

Teriyaki Meatballs – appetizer or main course

Teriyaki meatballs are a great make-ahead dish that can be used as a side or the main coarse. I use my standard meatball recipe and then adjust the teriyaki sauce to suit what we feel like eating at the moment. You can make the sauce a little thicker with a pinch more cornstarch. Add more garlic if you’d like. If you’d like a bit of heat you can add red pepper flakes. Basic Meatball Recipe 1 pound of ground beef…

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Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon and Walnuts

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon and Walnuts

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon and Walnuts With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner we’ll be able to stock up on red and green cabbages at low prices. The sales are always great this time of year. Thank you farmers for growing mass quantities of cabbage over the winter so that we may feast! I like the contrasting textures of the crispy bacon, crunchy walnuts and soft cabbage in this dish. We traditionally have a New England boiled dinner with…

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Pulled Chicken

Pulled Chicken

Pulled Chicken It’s nice to have the makings of easy meals tucked away in the fridge, cupboards and pantry. There are days I look forward to having a pot of chicken soup simmering on the back corner of the wood stove and a loaf of bread rising in the cold corner of this old farmhouse’s kitchen. And then there are days I don’t want to cook. Maybe I’ve been working on the book and forgotten to take meat out of…

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