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A Life Changing Trip to Israel

I recently returned from a life changing trip to Israel. I had never been to the Middle East before, and it moved me in so many ways. As an American, my sense of culture and place isn’t very deep rooted by comparison. My country is young compared to a place like Israel where traditions run deep. There were so many moments that ignited my senses and my soul and so […]

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How to Identify Trees by Their Leaves

Cheryn is back today, sharing an incredibly useful set of tips on how to identify tree leaves. This is my favorite time of year to look at the leaves, so it’s just in time. – Georgia The weather (finally) seems to be cooling off a little, marking the beginning of autumn. As you enjoy a walk with your dog or a meditative stroll in the crisp, cool air, you might […]

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Venison Barley Soup

This blog post is for my dad, who called me recently and suggested that I make venison barley soup. He had just had beef barley soup at a restaurant and decided it would be even better with venison. This soup is full of autumn flavors, root vegetables and bright parsley and will comfort you and keep you warm as the months get cold and crisp. If you like venison, try […]

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Venison Meatloaf

My grandmother Frances Pellegrini was a home cook extraordinaire. Whenever she invited me to dinner growing up, I always requested her meatloaf. This is her recipe, taken from a family recipe book, as best as it can be put into words. She never was one to take measurements; it was always about whim and intuition. And there was something in her kitchen air that made this meatloaf turn out a […]

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Elk Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I once met a hearty Wyoming woman who lived in a farmhouse, and her kitchen smelled wonderful. When I inquired about the source of the aroma, she said she was making a pot of stuffed cabbage rolls. This is my version, inspired by the memory of those good kitchen smells. It is cooked in a tomato sauce base, which is the traditional Eastern European way. These are elk stuffed cabbage […]

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Italian Style Venison Meatballs

Our contributor Anjuli is back with another delicious recipe! The moment the temperature drops below 70 degrees in September, even if it’s only for a day or two, my kitchen turns into a mad scientist’s playground. That is how these home ground, Italian style venison meatballs or, as a friendly taste tester dubbed them – ‘meat candy’, came into existence. The very best part about these?! The venison came from […]

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How to Grind Meat at Home

Our contributor Anjuli is back with another amazing tutorial, this time on how to grind meat! It’s that time of year when the days are growing a little cooler and hunting season is kicking off. Before you end up overwhelmed with beautiful freshly harvested venison and other goodies, here is how you can get extra points for making the juiciest burgers and tastiest meatballs all year long – by learning how […]

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Wild Boar Rillettes

I have always been a bit of a Francophile, especially when it comes to food. The French just have a way of making the kind of food you want to bathe in because it feeds the spirit not to mention the taste buds. Rillettes are an example of just that, they are a way to prepare and store meat, and taste similar to a pâté. The meat is typically cubed or […]

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Game Bird Pie

Autumn has me thinking of flaky pie crusts and warm hearty meals that fill the soul. It also has me thinking of game meats and how much I love them when they are cooked just right. A pie is perfect for a medley of game bird scraps that wouldn’t necessarily make a meal on their own. After all, when you have worked so hard getting your meat you don’t want […]

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Natural Ways to Fall Asleep

Most of you who are reading this are probably not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. Some of the reasons why are probably highly associated with the use of too much technology: scrolling through Instagram in bed, listening to late night notification pings as you close your eyes, or even the blinking LED screen you can still see even with your eyes closed. Here are some natural […]

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