Category Archives: James’ Favorite Recipes

Smoked Marlin Dip

Last fall after a great offshore fishing trip on the Doghouse (yes we caught citation tile fish!), we had our fished cleaned and packed at the OBX Marina in Wanchese, NC. Another boat landed a Marlin and I was given … Continue reading

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Carolina Cioppino

Since I cook to match the dietary needs of my guests, this is not your traditional cioppino (no tomatoes or vegetables). Let’s get started on a delicious hearty stew! If we’re not at the beach, I head to Wegmans and … Continue reading

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DRUM for Lunch or Dinner

DRUM & GRITS During a recent trip to Manteo, NC we got skunked on a Cobia fishing trip due to using a small craft during high winds. All was not lost! A friend stopped by the house and gifted us … Continue reading

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Friday Night Shrimp

It’s Friday evening at Kamp Karen (our home in Western Louisa County) and almost time to cook dinner.  What to do for dinner after a long day of work?  I don’t want a frozen pizza or something that will take … Continue reading

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Hickory Shad & Herring

Last week we took our granddaughter to visit North Carolina cousins.  Two of us slipped away from the family visit, heading to a small coastal river.  The Hickory Shad were beginning their annual spawning run so we planned to catch a … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Bread Pudding

 Since Karen (my bride) gets migraine headaches from dark chocolate, I’m always looking for white chocolate recipes.  Recently I found a white chocolate bread pudding recipe on Chef John Folse’s web site, which I’ve modified (My family claims that I … Continue reading

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Venison Stew at Kamp Karen

It’s deer season in Virginia so I’ll some time in the woods hunting instead of showing property.  We enjoy cooking with venison at Kamp Karen.  I’ve gotten requests for my Venison Stew recipe, so hear goes. I used to make … Continue reading

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Blue Hubbard Squash & Gorgonzola Soup

This year we joined Liberty Mills Farm Community Supported Agriculture receiving weekly bundles of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  We learned to cook with many new to us vegetables including Blue Hubbard Squash.  I reviewed several recipes before creating a soup to … Continue reading

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Scallops, Asparagus & Pasta Near Zion Crossroads, Virginia

Thanks to Jason, a commercial fisherman, we’ve got some sea scallops at Kamp Karen.  For dinner last Friday, we cooked the scallops with fresh asparagus, vegetables and a little pasta.  With the addition of a side salad, we enjoyed a tasty … Continue reading

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Smoked Virginia Lamb

Several folks asked for the process and recipe for preparing this years Easter Lamb at Kamp Karen (our home between Zion Crossroads & Gordonsville, Virginia), so here goes! Starting with a boned leg of lamb,  I rubbed smoked salt, fresh ground … Continue reading

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