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  • user warning: Table './db21429_purple/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>When Justin Marx approached me with this bird challenge, I wanted to do very different preparations for the two types of birds I got. For the <a href=\"http://www.purplehousedirt.com/content/poulet-rouge-challenge\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Poulet Rouge Challenge\">poulet rouge</a>, I wanted to play with traditional dishes from North Africa and the Middle East - mostly because many of their traditional dishes call for birds like pigeon and chicken.</p>\n', created = 1419199539, expire = 1419285939, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:88ea1dcbfa0d420c794532d7b116c912' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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  • user warning: Table './db21429_purple/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>It wasn\'t until I had a bite of my second mole this week that I made the connection between it and curry. I was eating out the other night and had chicken mole, or at least what I had traditionally thought of as mole. It was mole negro from Oaxaca, the impossibly dark chocolatey sauce with layers and layers of spices. We\'d been talking about the last pheasant dish and realized what a natural combination that flavor profile would be for the pheasant - and it was decided we\'d make a mole too.&nbsp;\n<div>\n</div></p>', created = 1419199539, expire = 1419285939, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:25e1c4fb4bf5d23a44edd4beab5597af' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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  • user warning: Table './db21429_purple/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><strong>Pheasant in Green Mole</strong> (adapted from Rick Bayless\' <em>Authentic Mexican</em>)\n<div>1 tsp salt</div>\n<div>1 pheasant, separated (giblets saved for another dish), at room temperature</div>\n<div>1 small onion, halved</div>\n<div>1 c <span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">hulled</span>, unsalted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas, these can sometimes be found in the bulk bin at Whole Foods)</div>\n<div>8 medium tomatillos (about 12 ounces), washed</div>\n<div>3 roasted Anaheim peppers, seeded</div>\n<div>5 leaves Romaine lettuce</div>\n<div>1/2 medium onion, chopped</div>\n<div>3 small cloves garlic, chopped</div>\n<div>1 T ground coriander (freshly toasted and ground)</div>\n<div>1/8 tsp cumin seeds, toasted</div>\n<div>1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper</div>\n<div>1/8 tsp ground cloves</div>\n<div>1+1/2 T bacon fat</div>\n<div>1/2 tsp salt, or to taste</div>\n<div>\n<ol>\n<li>Place the salt, pheasant, and onion halves in a small stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and skim the foam, and then continue simmering for about 10 - 12 minutes until the pheasant is cooked completely. Remove the pheasant from the broth and set aside to cool. Reserve the broth.&nbsp;</li>\n<li><span>Toast the pumpkin seeds until they have all toasted and popped. If you haven\'t toasted hulled pumpkin seeds before, it\'s not like the ones that you get out of the pumpkin - these already have the hard shell removed. When you layer them in a skillet or a baking sheet, they will pop and turn into little hot missiles aimed right for any patch of bare skin. You have to move them a bit for even toasting, and to keep them from burning.&nbsp;</span></li>\n<li><span>When the seeds are uniformly toasted, set them aside to cool briefly, then grind them in a spice grinder or a small blender or food processor.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;Note: we broke our fancy blender grinding these, so take care that you do it in an appliance that can handle the thickness. Put the ground seeds into a bowl and add 1 cup of the reserved pheasant broth. Set aside. &nbsp;&nbsp;</li>\n<li><span>In a separate pot, bring some salted water to boil and simmer the tomatillos in the water for 10 - 15 minutes or until they are tender. Drain and put the cooked tomatillos into a blender.&nbsp;</span></li>\n<li>Add the roasted chiles, lettuce, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, black pepper and cloves to the blender and process until smooth. &nbsp;</li>\n<li><span>In a Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pan, heat the bacon fat.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</li>\n<li><span>Add the ground pumpkin seeds to the hot bacon grease and stir constantly as it thickens and darkens, about 4 - 5 minutes.</span></li>\n<li><span>Add the vegetable puree and cook another few minutes until thick, and then add 2 cups (or a little more if that\'s remaining) of the reserved pheasant broth.</span></li>\n<li><span>Lower the heat to a simmer and cook slowly until reduced. This should make about 3 cups of mole, so simmer accordingly.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</li>\n</ol>\n<p><span>We cooked the mole for about 2 hours at a very very low simmer, and then rested it overnight before serving it with the pheasant. You can heat up the sauce and place the meat into the sauce directly, or slice the meat and spoon the sauce over the top. Both are excellent methods, and just stand in the way of getting the pheasant into your belly. Served with beans and homemade pickle and a few tortillas.&nbsp;</span></p></div>\n</p>', created = 1419199539, expire = 1419285939, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:ed1479e3dbe7307a74c26633401a138e' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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  • user warning: Table './db21429_purple/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><strong>Pork and Pheasant Pate</strong>\n<div>6 T olive oil<br />\nhearts and livers from 2 pheasants and 3 poulet rouge (you could substitute chicken bits for these)<br />\n1/4 c white port<br />\n1 pheasant, boned with breast meat set aside intact (you may need to butterfly the breast meat so it\'s not so thick and it fits well into the pan)<br />\n1+1/4lbs smoked pork belly, finely chopped<br />\n2 small shallots, finely chopped (you need only about 3 T total, so adjust accordingly if you have a large shallot. Additionally, if the shallot is very strong in smell, you might want to reduce the amount a bit so it doesn\'t overpower the terrine). <br />\nSalt &amp; pepper<br />\n8 oz mushrooms, sliced (we used local ones recommended at the market to match the pheasant and pork, only because we couldn\'t get chanterelles this time of year. Any good fresh mushrooms with flavor will do, but stay away from the bland white mushrooms. You need more character than those for this terrine.)</div></p>\n<ol>\n<li>Preheat the oven to 350F.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>In a small sauté pan, heat 3 T of olive oil until very hot (not smoking).&nbsp;</li>\n<li>Add the hearts and livers to the pan and sauté until they are completely cooked, lowering the temperature as needed.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>Remove the hearts and livers from the pan and deglaze with the port,<br />\nscraping off any nibbly bits in the bottom of the pan, and then set<br />\naside to cool.</li>\n<li>Chop the hearts and livers and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the deglazing liquid to the hearts and livers.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>Chop the dark pheasant meat (everything except for the breasts) and add<br />\nto the mixing bowl along with the pork belly and shallots.</li>\n<li>Add salt and pepper to the mixture.</li>\n<li>Using your hands, mix everything together so it is very well combined.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>Set some water to boil in a kettle or in a pan. You\'ll use this to cook the terrine.</li>\n<li>Heat the remaining olive oil in the sauté pan and sauté the mushrooms<br />\nuntil they have a light color and are clearly cooked but not slimy.<br />\nRemove from the pan.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>In a terrine pan (or loaf pan), spoon in a layer of the meat mixture, about 1.25\" deep.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>Layer some of the mushrooms onto the meat, and then carefully place the<br />\npheasant breast(s) on top so they form a layer too. Cover with the meat<br />\nmixture and repeat until you run out of filling. You should finish with<br />\nthe meat mixture on top.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>Cover the terrine and place into a roasting pan filled half-way with<br />\nboiling water. Note: I used a terrine pan with a weight on top to force<br />\nthe meat to compress, and I placed it into a large loaf pan so the sides<br />\n were deep enough to pour boiling water 1/2 way up the side of the<br />\nterrine. Also, I keep the water boiling in the kettle and add it to the<br />\npan once the terrine is in place.</li>\n<li>Cook for 2 hours. Remove from the oven and carefully remove from the water.&nbsp;</li>\n</ol>\n<p>Allow this to sit in its pan for several hours, and then place it in the refrigerator - pan and all - to cool completely. The gelatin will solidify and it will be easier to remove it from the pan later. <br />Serve cold with bread, mustard, cornichons - all of the usual accompaniments. Pickled figs were especially good with this terrine!\n</p>', created = 1419199539, expire = 1419285939, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:4c3728246e3236b369fa4d1fcf1966c4' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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Chicken and Spelt Flour Stroopwafels

Chicken and Spelt Stroopwafels

I recently worked on a special recipe for Justin Marx's Marx Food blog to celebrate their feature in July 2012's Food and Wine magazine. Check out my Chicken and Spelt Flour Stroopwafels post on his site!


Pheasant Challenge

Pheasant Challenge

When Justin Marx approached me with this bird challenge, I wanted to do very different preparations for the two types of birds I got. For the poulet rouge, I wanted to play with traditional dishes from North Africa and the Middle East - mostly because many of their traditional dishes call for birds like pigeon and chicken.


Pheasant in Green Mole

Pheasant in Green Mole

It wasn't until I had a bite of my second mole this week that I made the connection between it and curry. I was eating out the other night and had chicken mole, or at least what I had traditionally thought of as mole. It was mole negro from Oaxaca, the impossibly dark chocolatey sauce with layers and layers of spices. We'd been talking about the last pheasant dish and realized what a natural combination that flavor profile would be for the pheasant - and it was decided we'd make a mole too. 


Pork and Pheasant Pate

Pork and Pheasant Pate

We are pork people, Todd and me. Over the last 6 years, we've had over 300lbs of pork go through our kitchen. Roasted, Fried. Grilled. Sauteed. Poached. Confited. All parts, all ways, from basic pork chops with onions to whole roasted heads.

Every now and then we try a pate - sometimes it works, sometimes we get pork rain. Never though, had it turned out perfectly - until now.


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