Jackson Hole, Wyoming, home cooking, wild game, high altitude baking, high altitude gardening, foraging, mountain adventures
I'd like to share with you, my fellow food enthusiasts, a few of the more interesting foodie gifts under our tree this year.
One crate of thin-skinned, fragrant and sweet ruby red grapefruit from Lil and Pete. No longer can I complain about the lack of good fruit around here.
One homemade stollen with a marzipan core, from Hanneke, which we are enjoying down to the last crumb.
One meat grinder, with a sausage attachment, compliments of the Mountain Man. I wanted to show you a picture of Mountain Man out hunting, but I'll show you the meat grinder instead. Sheep meatballs, anyone?
An original multimedia piece of art by Cindee George. The seashell apron represents my ethnic origins in Sicily.
This is her backside. Her banner says jacksonholefoodie.com. I think this will be my new kitchen witch.
Locally roasted coffee and homemade biscotti from the Wilbrechts, with a personalized label. That's 15 year old Riis on the label.
A vegetable peeler that looks like a gorilla, a cheese grater that looks like a mouse, and an ice cream scoop that looks like a whale.
One cookbook devoted entirely to S'Mores. This is Nick's, but I wish it were mine.
Flour, by Joanne Chang, the Boston baking whiz kid who has a mathematics degree from Harvard, but decided she wanted to bake cookies instead. Can't wait to make the Homemade Pop-tarts.
One jar of homemade granola from the Carlmans, which saved me from having to eat rum balls every morning during a very busy week.
One jar of vanilla bean paste. Anyone know what to do with vanilla bean paste? I can envision this being stirred into rice pudding, or oatmeal, or hot fudge sauce.
And so much more: an ebelskiver pan, a large and a small crock-pot, a wine tote (which Jack says will make Mountain Man look like Alan in The Hangover), and a popsicle machine (it's going to be minus 26 this week, but we'll probably make some popsicles). Our friends and family are a thoughtful, crafty bunch. We love you all so much.
I promise to post a very special recipe in time for New Year's Eve: Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Curry Sauce. It's easy. You're gonna love it.
Annie Fenn, MD
Cooking, growing, and foraging for food in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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