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Pheasant and Green Chili Pot Pie

Pheasant and Green Chili Pot Pie
  Pheasant and Green Chili Pot Pie  Serves four Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes  1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic chopped 4 green chilies, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 medium poblano pepper chopped 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless pheasant breast, diced into ½ inch pieces 4 cups chicken broth 1 cups heavy cream 2 teaspoons Ancho chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground coriander Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper  1 sheet frozen puff pastry   For the chili  Heat a 3 quart saucepan over medium high heat. Add the...
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Smoked Mackerel Chowder

Smoked Mackerel Chowder
I’ve been eyeing this smoked Mackerel at the market for a long time now and I knew exactly how I would prepare them. When looking at this fish it reminds me of the smoked fish my Grandfather would bring with him when visiting from  Brooklyn. He would bring us surprises almost every weekend he visited. One of my favorite was the fresh caught Bluefish that my mom would have us scale and rinse, then she would sprinkle with fresh chopped garlic and thin lemon slices along with some herbs and seasoning. She would bake the fish in the oven and then drizzle with warm melted butter. My...
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Simple Rosemary Roasted Garlic

Simple Rosemary Roasted Garlic
After growing garlic for the first time and breaking open the freshly dried bulbs to smell the heavenly aroma of fresh garlic I knew I had to roast a couple for my wife  and I to enjoy with some Pinot Noir, toasted baguete and cheese. Roasted garlic is so simple and so satisfying to make. When roasting garlic I try to stay away from using tin foil or aluminum foil for my roasting, they are just not necessary. I simply took a couple of garlic bulbs and sliced off the top to open the cloves and allow the olive oil to seep in. I put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over the cloves, a little...
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Growing Fresh Garlic

Growing Fresh Garlic
Growing fresh garlic is actually very easy and takes no time or effort at all. This is not a post about how to grow garlic but how I grew this garlic. I did not do any research on growing garlic, no internet search, nothing. Sometimes you just have to go on your feelings and trust yourself that you know what you are doing. I knew if I took the garlic bulbs and put the root end in water that it would eventually grow roots. I didn’t know how long it would take or what I would do after they sprout. So I put the garlic in some water around the beginning of September. You should change the...
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Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles

Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles
My mind wanders a lot and when it started to wander today it wander down the isles of the grocery store where I grew up. I think the name was A& P. Never new what it stood for but my Mom would take me there to do what she called small shopping, just a few things she would say. I loved walking the isles with her and watching her pick and choose each purchase with quickness and speed. The baskets always filled up quickly so as soon as I could I started  down the deli isle, straight towards the big pickle barrel. You must have seen those back then. Big barrels with different flavored...
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