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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.

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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Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings MMmmmmmmm  Comfort food warning! Comfort foods don’t have to be eaten only when one is in need of comfort. Sometimes the best time to partake is in the company of a friend you haven’t seen in ages. The maple season started early this year and so did the maple treats. I was invited to visit a friend on her homestead in the early days of tapping. She made maple syrup dumplings that we enjoyed with hot coffee…

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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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Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine

Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine

Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine Brining a turkey seemed to me like a lot of time and unnecessary ingredients. What’s wrong with normal turkey? We either raise or buy our turkeys locally. I like the flavor of a pastured, fresh, home-grown turkey. Turns out there’s nothing wrong with plain turkey at all but it really can be even better. I love apple spice turkey brine. It’s sweet and savory, adds a bit of salt to the flavor, and…

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Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe – On The Fire

Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe – On The Fire

Cranberry Nut Bread When I walked into the grocery store and saw big, beautiful fresh oranges on display my first thought was “Time to get out my favorite cranberry nut bread recipe.” That’s what everyone thinks of when they see oranges, right? Cranberry nut bread without orange zest and juice lacks flavor. Fresh squeezed orange juice and zest make all the difference. I double this recipe so I can share a loaf or keep one in the freezer for later….

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Chicken Pot Pie & Homestead Chicken Stock

Chicken Pot Pie & Homestead Chicken Stock

Chicken Pot Pie & Homestead Chicken Stock My new cooking friend Holly is home from college and wants to cook. She’s going to make this for her three best friends while they’re home together on break. Holly doesn’t cook, or so she says, but she’s going to be a cook by the time she’s done. We chose a simple and inexpensive dish. There’s very little room for error in chicken pot pie. To save money, Holly is making chicken stock…

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Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs Our Christmas edition of Big Wild is all about food. It took me two weeks to decide on a dessert for the show. Denny Corriveau and John Schumacher returned to cook with us. At first I felt like I’d really need to step this up and make something fancy. Christmas is all about family and food, but food was never fancy. I reminded myself of my own words of advice – good food doesn’t have to be fancy…

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Bourbon Meatballs – On The The Fire

Bourbon Meatballs – On The The Fire

Bourbon Meatballs I love these meatballs. Love them. I’m not a big fan of bourbon alone but Bourbon Meatballs is one of my favorites. I make these for appetizers or increase the size of the meatball and use them as an entree. The bourbon gives this recipe a rich flavor. Definitely not for kids so if you want to make a meatball everyone can enjoy you may replace the bourbon with apple cider. If you’re in a time crunch or…

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