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About blaberuscraniifer

I am a mad bastard of a writer/chef who lives. I like to run around the mountains with my elderly canine, crawl around after my insano-cute demon spawn, cook amazing food and write good stories. I also enjoy gardening, long walks on the beach and making sweet love to my beautiful wife who is much, much smarter than you.

Duck Confit

A good friend of ours once described bacon as a “transcendental experience of deliciousness.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Duck confit is the closest you can get to that without using a pig.  Fatty duck legs and thighs packed in a … Continue reading

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Hearty Meatballs

Beef heart is one of the greatest, most digestible sources of iron you can find, the trick is getting a one year old to eat it.  Enter the Meatball!!  We took heart and combined it with beef and pork to … Continue reading

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Ginger Pumpkin Strudel

I love the modern usage of the word ‘strudel’.  It can mean basically anything you can get away with rolling up in filo dough and baking until golden brown and delicious.  I recently served this strudel as part of our … Continue reading

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Seared Duck Breast with Red Wine Cherry Duck Demi-Glace

I know this post is horribly late, but I want to show what I made for Pretty Bird this past Valentine’s Day. What you are looking at is Seared Duck Breast with Roasted Beets, a Ginger Pumpkin Strudel and a … Continue reading

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Dried Tomato Pesto

This was a quick pesto I threw together to fill a Turkey Roulade with.  If you want, you can chop everything by hand.  I have a one-year old and use a food processor for speed and convenience. Toss into the … Continue reading

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Turkey Roulade

Pretty Bird has wanted me to do a Turkey Roulade for a while now.  It’s one of those awesome dishes that is infinitely versatile, always impressive both visually and flavor-wise.  Best of all, its pretty easy to make.  Fortunately, we … Continue reading

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Five Grain Sausage Avocado Muffins

Wow!  Last day of January and the first post of the new year.  To all ten of our loyal readers, sorry.  We had a whizz-bang trip back home for Christmas and upon our return, SOMEBODY decided that they were no … Continue reading

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Blue Sage Cornbread Stuffing

I love stuffing, I love how versatile it is.  All stuffing (or dressing) requires is some sort of bread soaked in some sort of liquid until wet and then bake it until the top is crisp again.  It can be … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Dauphinoise

This is one of my very favorite creations, it combines the richness and texture of dauphinoise potatoes (basically French for scalloped potatoes) with the sweet and earthy taste of the traditional midwestern sweet potato dish.  Don’t let the ingredients scare … Continue reading

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Christmas Dinner

Christmas time is almost upon us, that means another excuse for a great big family meal!  Pretty Bird and I live far away from our families, so it is seldom that we get a chance to host the event, but … Continue reading

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