American Hamstand

gnarly ham

When you cook something you’ve never cooked before, there’s always trepidation in the first taste. I get that I-sure-hope-this-doesn’t-suck feeling every time I try something new, whether it’s a dish I’ve concocted or a recipe I’ve followed to the letter (that noise you hear is Kevin snorting from across the room – his way of […]

From chickens to chicken: slaughter day

meatbirds

It’s been six years and change since Kevin and I moved to Cape Cod and, in that time, we’ve killed a lot of things. Hundreds of fish, dozens of birds, three pigs, assorted varmints. (No deer yet, but this is my year. I can feel it.) Yesterday, we added 13 meat chickens to the tally. […]

One man’s meat chickens

meatbirds

The subject of the e-mail was ‘“soon”???’ The e-mail itself went like this: “Your definition of “soon” must be waaaay different from mine. Since Aug 11, virtually every day, I go to “Starving”, to see the new post, and it’s never there. I’m aware that you also write to make a living, but it seems […]

Coming soon: Another O’Gyver engineering project

waterer

I know a lot of you have a fondness for my husband.  In fact, I harbor a suspicion that, if Kevin weren’t a big part of Starving, I’d have almost no readers at all.  His projects — particularly the ill-fated chicken-plucker — seem to be the most interesting part of what we do here. So […]

UNCLE!

Sometimes, there's just no substitute for an annual.

I have had, until now, a rule that I never apologize for absences. Apologizing for being gone assumes that somebody, somewhere, is waiting breathlessly for your return. I assume no such thing, but at least a couple of you have been good enough to miss me, and so I break my rule and apologize. My […]