Pumpkin Cornbread

Ingredients 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup yellow cornmeal ½ cup AP flour ½ cup pumpkin (canned) Kernels from 1 ear roasted corn (~ 1/3-1/2 cup) 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups…

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Thanksgiving Menu

OK Food Nation, Thanksgiving is upon us. Over the next 96 hours let’s put together an awesome feast. Here’s the menu and schedule. Appetizer Potato and Leek Soup Main Course Hickory Smoked Heritage Turkey Cornbread Pumpkin Stuffing with Giblet Gravy Pickled Beets Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Wilted Red Chard with Juniper Vinegar Dessert Fried…

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Grilled Shrimp stuffed Calamari with Poblano sauce

Stuffing 1/4 cup fiely minced onion 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic 8 oz shrimp,chopped 2 tbsp finely minced parsley 1 tbsp finely chopped thyme 1/4 cup finely ground parmasean cheese 2 tbsp bread crumbs 2 tbsp olive oil Salt & pepper to taste 1/2 -3/4 pound calamari tubes Poblano sauce 4 poblano chiles (Roast your…

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Fried Chocolate Truffle Apple Pies

Filling: 3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and finely diced 2 tsp lemon juice (~ juice from 1 lemon) 1 cup water 2/3 cup sugar 3 tbsp cornstarch 1 tsp Apple Pie Spice (see Apple Pie Granita recipe in sidebar for spice mix) 1/2 tsp salt 1 Package Egg Roll Wrappers, Chocolate truffles of choice…

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Tea Smoked Salmon

A unique but absolutely delicious taste and a great last light meal before we forge into Thanksgiving preparations tomorrow.  I use a Brinkman smoker (Home depot, ~$70) but you can smoke it as you would anything else on whatever rig you usually use. The exact time depends on the smoker, thickness of the fish and fire; but…

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Grilled Shrimp stuffed Calamri with Poblano sauce

Prior to the upcoming Thanksgiving feast, I like to cook lightly. Here’s a simple quick grilled dish that can be made hours or a day ahead and then cooked quickly on the grill. Lightly oil the grill to help prevent sticking as well. Stuffing 1/4 cup fiely minced onion 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic 8…

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Fried Chocolate Truffle Apple Pies

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, it can be difficult to keep up with the daily food needs. This is a super easy recipe to keep around to prepare a great dessert or snack during holiday season. I don’t usually recommend a lot of pre-made items, but you can do as much or as little from scratch as you like.…

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Fuse-On Cuisine

I was getting all ready to ease into our Thanksgiving Day preparations. Yet I came upon an experience so decidedly wrong I had to rant. First, let me declare my love for all food things fusion. I am so cool with fusion cuisine I could make Kelly McGillis look like Tom Cruise’s Long Island Lolita.…

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Real World

Hey Food Nation! Real world travails a bit overwhelming. Be back Wed with fresh posts! Doc

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Before the Feast

Following our Fall Feast to start the season, another holiday is upon us. Despite what the retailers would have you believe, it is not Christmas. It is Thanksgiving. A time for all of us with deep gustatory desires to allow ourselves some permitted indiscretion. Next week we will work through a sample Thanksgiving menu and…

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