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October 21, 2014

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Counter Intelligence: Camping with Charlie Palmer; Terry Bradshaw’s beans; Sami Ladeki’s fundraiser; and Buddy V’s opening

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Charlie Palmer recently released “Remington Camp Cooking,” a cookbook all about outdoor cooking.

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Charlie Palmer and wine angels in new uniforms at his Aureole in Mandalay Bay on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Hot off the grill!

Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, who has Aureole in Mandalay Bay and his self-named steakhouse at the Four Seasons, has launched his new cookbook “Remington Camp Cooking.” “The best meals I can remember were those outdoors even though I’ve worked inside in plenty of kitchens. The meals that stick with me are the ones outdoors,” he says.

“It’s anyone’s guess why cooking and eating in the open air makes food taste better. Maybe it’s in our DNA — hunting and gathering is as old as mankind itself. I continue to enjoy the outdoor life since growing up in rural New York. I’ve taught my four boys to do the same — hunting, camping, taking time out from modern life to eat outdoors as a family ritual. Campfire meals are simply more rewarding when you’ve been fishing, hunting or foraging.”

Charlie, who also has just launched his line of organic specialty Tea Domain, worked with Remington Arms Co. to develop the leather-bound, 272-page cookbook. It’s divided into breakfast that include wild game and wild boar sausages; lunches with everything from duck meatballs to rabbit piccata to paprika garlic chicken; and dinners of lamb, venison, goose and salmon. Desserts of grilled peaches and poached oranges are knockouts. He even has a chapter of syrups, sauces and relishes that are musts to keep in the cupboard.

He showed me the cookbook at Aureole when he recently introduced his stunning, new uniformed wine angels. I followed his instructions for his brown sugar and bourbon-cured smoked salmon, and I can truly say that it’s one of the best dishes ever. He laughed: “Never try to make a souffle outdoors. It just won’t work. Respect the outdoors so it’s always there for us. The sunsets while cooking out never get old.”

BRADSHAW’S BEANS: NFL legend Terry Bradshaw had audiences roaring when he sang a song about his chili beans in his stage debut at the Mirage this summer with his show “A Life in Four Quarters.” Now I’ve finally got my hands on a private video he made on his Oklahoma ranch to show how to sing it and cook them.

Terry Bradshaw Opening Night at The Mirage

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Terry Bradshaw

NEW RESTAURANT: One of my all-time favorite restaurants when I visit California is the Asian-fusion Roppongi in La Jolla, where I stay every August. Owner Sami Ladeki is bringing some of those menu specialties to his brand-new 24-hour Sammy’s Restaurant, Bar and Grill, 1501 North Green Valley Parkway in Green Valley in Henderson. It’s the first of his larger-than-normal Sammy’s Wood-Fired Pizza venues we know from all over town.

It opens officially opens Wednesday, but tonight six of us will raise funds for charity with a sneak preview: Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips for Opportunity Village, hair guru Michael Boychuck for the Animal Foundation; radio DJ Chet Buchanan for the Dave Rice Foundation; car countess Jesika Towbin-Mansour for Three Square; Melissa Arias for the Epicurean Foundation; and yours truly for Keep Memory Alive. It costs just $25 per guest for drinks and tasting, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the charities. Please come support us starting at 6 p.m.!

‘CAKE BOSS’ STAR’S OPENING: Raviolis to cannolis —that’s the theme at Buddy V’s Ristorante, and baker Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro has set the opening date for his first restaurant, at Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, for Monday, Oct. 7. His partners are Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla, of Honey Salt in Summerlin, in bringing Valastro’s family recipes to the Strip.

TASTE AMERICA: The James Beard Foundation’s coast-to-coast traveling food festival “Taste America” hits Las Vegas this weekend as part of a 10-city trek across the country. Look for the official vehicle at local farmers markets throughout the weekend. The chefs will all meet at Yellowtail in Bellagio on Friday before attending various events in town.

Then Saturday starts with “Iron Chef” icon Masaharu Morimoto hosting a book signing at Fashion Show. It ends around the pool of the Mirage with a dine-around tasting reception by chefs Saipin Chutima (Lotus of Siam), Eric Klein (Spago), Brian Massie (Fix, Stack), Laurent Tourondel (BLT Burger) and host chef Christian Schmidt of the Mirage.

He who eats well lives well. Enjoy!

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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