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About Boston Mountain Chef

Food is my passion. Every day is a fresh new recipe waiting to be savored!

Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road

I have seen many dead skunks on our local roads lately. Had I asked my grandmother what kind of sign this was, she probably would have wisely said “it’s gonna be a bad year for the poor critters.” I recognize … Continue reading

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…Fire From Ice…

Survival in the Boston Mountains was always keen on the minds of the early settlers here. A bitter cold winter, with a lost flint stone to start a fire, could spell imminent disaster. Clever mountain settlers knew that they could … Continue reading

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Please Pass The Biscuits

Bread is commonly referred to as the “staff of life.” People around the world have prepared bread for 30,000 years. Here in the Boston Mountains, folks have always loved their “homemade butter on the bread.” The most common form of … Continue reading

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Boston Mountain Pear Butter

Pear butter, apple butter, plum butter, and peach butter have long been Fall staples up here in the Boston Mountains. Pear butter smeared on a toasted English muffin…is my idea of what scrumptious truly means! My neighbor at the top … Continue reading

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Chainsaw Zen

The first Christmas my wife Maggie and I spent, down here in Lizard Holler, was exceptionally memorable. Even though I asked her for her hand in marriage the Christmas before, this was the first we spent together as a true … Continue reading

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Winter “Love” Birds

Here I go with the word “honorable” again. Maggie and I “love” our native songbirds. During the Fall and Winter months especially, we make sure that all our feathered friends are offered food. When our pond freezes over we make sure … Continue reading

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Beaver Moon Soon

Tomorrow brings the Beaver Moon or Frost Moon. This full moon of November was named so because the Native Americans knew it was time to get the beaver traps out and the pelts and food ready for Winter. Once the ponds … Continue reading

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Deer Dings

Quite a few vehicles up here in the Boston Mountains have what we call “deer dings.” My wife Maggie hit a deer coming home one night a few years back. Presto! Deer ding! You can buy “deer sirens” at the … Continue reading

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Whistle-Pig Sighting

ALERT!  WILDLIFE SIGHTING! “Woodchuck,” Whistle-Pig,” and “Land Beaver” all are names used to describe our native Marmota monax the groundhog. I saw one the other day crossing our two-lane highway, AR 23 North, the “Pig Trail Scenic Byway.” I had seen … Continue reading

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All’s Well, That Fills The Well

The majority of folks living here in the Boston Mountains depend on a well for everyday water. There are a few nearby rural water associations that offer “city” water, but a major part of everyday life here in the mountains is … Continue reading

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