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Zibba's Zelacacies---A zealot foodie creates delecacies in a Texas kitchen

Aug. 7, 2011 4:43 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2011 6:51 pm
My husband is an avid hunter and I have cooked more than my share of quail, dove, duck, wild turkey, venison and elk, but given the penchant for prodigious porking in the wild hog population in Texas, he has turned into a hog hunting fool. (At the rancher's insistence---wild pigs destroy… MORE
Makin' wild bacon
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Bacon after curing, before smoking
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Pressing on pepper coating
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Slicing by hand, no good!
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Feb. 9, 2011 7:03 pm 
Updated: Feb. 20, 2011 5:40 pm
In the past years---since the earth was cooling, I have bought too many kitchen gadgets to remember. Unfortunately, many fell into the "Ronco Ripoff" category where it was supposed to slice, dice, chop and feed the baby and change diapers...only to discover it could not live up to… MORE
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Feb. 5, 2011 6:27 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2011 11:24 am
Growing up in the deep south (Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina), I had never had Mexican food, Southwest cuisine or even Taco Bell while I lived in he South. I was 19 when I moved to California and I didn't know a taco from an enchilada---de nada! It was embarrasing to go to a Mexican… MORE
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Feb. 3, 2011 11:51 am 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2011 6:13 pm
Okay, enough of this already!! I am ready to see some sunshine, and to get warm. If I keep eating like this, I am going to look like Bill Paxton's character in Weird Science!! So last night I decided  against homemade pasta, but did foccacia bread instead. I am not going into the… MORE
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Feb. 2, 2011 12:22 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2011 12:02 pm
Okay, one snow day was kinda' fun...but I am starting to get "cabin fever." Our driveway is a sheet of ice---UPHILL. We are out in the coutry, on acreage, so there is no thought of driving anywhere. This morning, I donned long johns, two pairs of pants, two shirts, then a sweatshirt… MORE
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Feb. 1, 2011 2:35 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2011 9:27 am
Yesterday, on the advice of the weatherman, I decided to take some beans out to soak. (It's not remarkable that I decide to soak beans, but it is remarkable that I actually paid attention to a weatherman. As my pilots friends would say: little liars grow up to be weathermen.) Anyway, back to… MORE
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Aunt Zibba

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Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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About Me
When I was in 6th grade, my mom had surgery that kept her in bed for 8 weeks. She wrote six recipes on index cards for me to do the cooking for the family (of 6!) While babysitting for my (Greek) neighbor, she asked me what I planned to cook when I got home: I showed her mom's spaghetti recipe, featuring tomato soup! She handed me a bag of herbs, and I got hooked on cooking after that. Mom's food was really awful, but it's what I grew up eating: now I don't want to waste a single calorie to mediocre food!
My favorite things to cook
Too tough to answer! I have lots of favorites---from main courses to sweets and treats. I grow herbs and vegetables, as well as perennial blackberries and asparagus---so I also do a lot of canning, preserving and jelly-making. I really enjoy creating new flavors, like my "famous" Pomegranate Hatch Jelly. Much more intense than Raspberry Chipotle!
My favorite family cooking traditions
THANKSGIVING!! Since my Mom really hated cooking, I started doing the Thanksgiving meal when I was quite young. Today, we generally have 25-30 people---lots of family and lots of friends. The more the merrier!! I start on broth two months ahead of time...and regularly teach people how to make STRESS FREE GRAVY!
My cooking triumphs
Mmm...flourless chocolate cake. My "Wicked Patch" jelly (pomegranate hatch chili combination), as well as a cranberry jalapeno chutney that I make for Thanksgiving.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to use a downdraft as a smoker...heat built up, melted the grates. Big mistake---I removed the makeshift cover and the flames lept up five feet, setting off the alarm, and calling the fire department. I had four (good-looking) firemen show up at my front door to advise me that I had burned dinner. Thanks,guys!
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