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Hunting Chicken of the Woods in Alaska

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Late August is the time of year when the day-glo orange-and-yellow fungus called Chicken of the Woods crops up on the dead and dying trees in the deep woods. I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days wandering the forest around Juneau, Alaska, where I went hunting for some of this edible mushroom.

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Two Days Left!

In News, Scovie Awards by Mark MaskerLeave a Comment

You’ve only 2 days left to enter the 2013 Scovie Awards. The drop-deadline is midnight, Friday, September 14. All products must arrive in Albuquerque no later than September 21. Unless you’re entering the Chile Beer category, in which you have until September 22.

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2013 Scovies: Deadline Extended

In News, Scovie Awards by Mark MaskerLeave a Comment

A friend of mine used to say, “crack don’t smoke itself.” Well, your awesome spicy food won’t enter itself in the 2013 Scovie Awards, either. Unless you made some sort of zombie out of super hot peppers, of course. And if you have, we really, really want to do a story about it. Right before we put a shotgun slug in its noggin.

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Doug Keiles Talks Chopped Grill Masters

In Interviews, Stories by Mark MaskerLeave a Comment

Shortly after I interviewed Rick Browne about his appearance on Chopped: Grill Masters, a pitmaster of my acquaintance named Doug Keiles let me know he’d competed on the show as well. I was both happy for and jealous of him for that. What’s really good for you and I, though, is that Doug let me pick his brain about his television debut.