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It’s been a while since we posted… it’s a long story… it might be a while before we post again, but we had to get this up because it is fantastic. Perhaps May doesn’t seem like the month for roasted birds, but with the May we’ve been having here, roast bird felt right. We’ve roasted […]

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Beryl and I have learned a little bit about goat meat in the last couple years. First, we got some goat at the farmers market and we learned we absolutely loved goat meat: we found it had a slightly more complex flavor than beef, without being too “gamey” like mutton (a flavor we have both […]

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Sunseed Farm

by Beryl

in Garden

One of our favorite parts of cooking is using vegetables that we grow. On the houseboat, garden space is obviously limited, but we have a couple big boxes on the back porch that my dad made us, a ton of big pots, and some space in a raised bed in the lawn off the dock. […]

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As Harold McGee will tell you, controlling heat is one of the most basic challenges a cook faces in the kitchen. We’ve all heard that it’s important to preheat your oven, and heat your skillet before adding ingredients. With regards to preheating a skillet however, I’ve always just sort of put the pan over heat […]

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This is a bit of a follow up post to the gingerbread houses we posted last week. Our 2009 house is an almost accurate rendition of our houseboat. When we finished it and it was sitting on the table, I realized that it looks like a very modern house from the 70′s – I think […]

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When I was little, my family went through a gingerbread phase.  I don’t really know how that happened, but we got really into it.  I’ve kind of been into it ever since.  It is a really fun, frustrating, rewarding, sometimes heartbreaking project, and who isn’t looking for more frustration and heartbreak during the holidays?  The fun part […]

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Thanksgiving Ham

by Talley and Beryl

in Main Course,Methods,Pork

For the past month, we’ve been working on this Thanksgiving ham. We cured the ham, hung it, smoked it, soaked it, boiled it, roasted it, and served it. Now, after all that, it’s kind of hard to know how to measure success. Having never experienced anything but standard, store-bought ham before, we weren’t exactly sure […]

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Thanksgiving is just about the best day of the year and we hope yours is great. Tomorrow, Gingerbread Houses!! Tweet

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Our Thanksgiving ham continues to evolve.  Yesterday we told you about the curing and hanging process, and today we’ll show you how we’ve been smoking the ham.  People have been smoking meats since before recorded history.  The original purpose was probably food preservation, as the dehydrating and antibacterial properties of the smoking process allow meat […]

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For the past 20 days or so, we’ve been working on a little edible experiment that will culminate on Thanksgiving day. This year, we’re bringing a classic home-cured, smoked, boiled, and roasted ham to our family gathering, to supplement the turkey of course. We’ve done some research (with most of our information coming from that […]

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