The best smoked trout on the planet

First, catch a trout.

You know me. You know I almost never tell you how to do anything. There’s a good reason for that. If you want to learn how to do something, the best strategy, by far and away, is to learn from the people who spend a lot of time getting good at that one thing. Want […]

The varnishing point

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In spring, pretty much everyone – me included – is talking about spring. But can we get serious about seasons for just a minute? Because, really, there are only two, neither of which is spring. There is Not Nearly Enough, and then there is Much Too Much. Because that is how the cycle of food […]

2014: The calorie retrospective

My little button buck: 9800 calories.

Back in 2012, Kevin and I set a goal of getting 20.12% — OK, call it 20% — of our calories from what we grew, hunted, fished, and gathered. I kept a monthly tally and added it up at the end of the year. It was an interesting exercise. We did it because, the previous […]

Trolling all the way to the Bank

Sunrise over no fish

We knew it was a long shot. Kevin and I are determined, this year, to catch a bluefin tuna. We caught one once before, two years ago, but we didn’t really catch it. Our friend Jon took us out on his boat, with his know-how, and his equipment, and we caught one. It was exciting, […]

The bottom-dwellers

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Do you remember King Friday XIII, from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood? The King serves to remind us both that Fred Rogers was extraordinarily good at crafting children’s entertainment that was accessible without being insipid, and that surprises come in two kinds. “Is it a good surprise or a bad surprise?” Friday would ask, whenever someone was […]