How to smoke a trout

I know, I know. It looks like dead fish. But it tasted really good.

We didn’t buy our house with food in mind. It was only after we moved into it that we started thinking in terms of dinner. And so we put in a garden, we got chickens, and we built a hoophouse. There was one food, though, that came with the place. We live on a 110-acre […]

Fishing in my sleep

Half of this year's catch.  Top is a rainbow, I think.  Bottom? Speckled?

We’ve been ice fishing for about a week now, and I’m happy to report that our trout harvest has already quadrupled our previous record, set two years ago. I’m less happy to report that our previous record, set two years ago, was one. One rainbow trout. Last winter we were skunked altogether, but that’s not […]

Felony angling

Kevin, setting tip-ups

I find, to my surprise, that I’m feeling less cranky about winter. Maybe it’s because the days are getting longer, so I’m getting more sunshine. Maybe it’s because it’s about to be February, which means we’re only 28 days away from its being about to be spring. Maybe it’s because I’ve decided to throw economy […]

We interrupt this dinner …

Our backyard

… to bring you a fish. It was actually last night’s dinner, and I was in the kitchen, preparing the dough for my smoked oyster ravioli. I was listening to an audiobook (I’d like to report that it was something edifying, but it was one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels), and I thought I […]

Name that phenomenon

There will be other trout

I know this happens to you. You’ve got a favorite dish – maybe a pasta sauce, a crab cake, a beef stew, whatever – that you make over and over. Everyone in your family loves it, and it’s a part of your regular recipe rotation. You could make it with your eyes closed. You don’t […]