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Cooking En Papillote

Cooking en papillote is a very traditional French technique that is designed to trap the flavor and the aroma until it reaches the diner. The protein, traditionally fish, is baked in a parchment envelope sealed with egg white, which puffs dramatically in the oven. For today’s recipe, though, I made a quail en papillote. French gastronome Brillat-Savarin described the quail as “everything that is most delightful and tempting. One of […]

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Pheasant Tagine

I first learned a version of this recipe for pheasant tagine while cooking in the south of France, where the cuisine is so heavily influenced by the Mediterranean. The combination of spices is wonderfully aromatic and lends itself well to any combination of vegetables and protein. In true Mediterranean fashion, the dish itself is light and tangy, using only olive oil, not butter, and a good dose of lemon in […]

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Chukar with Cabbage and Chestnuts

This recipe for Chukar with Cabbage and Chestnuts is a wonderful game bird recipe because it can be interchanged with any other game bird meat of choice, or even domestic bird meat if you’d like. Chukar is a lighter game bird meat, similar to pheasant or chicken breast. This recipe also works well with grouse. Grouse meat is dark red with a rich game flavor. Ruffed grouse have the strongest […]

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How to Smoke Ground Beef

This recipe for How to Smoke Ground Beef is contributed by Brian Kleinhans and was so intriguing that we wanted to share it with you here! Take it away Brian. I’m like everyone and always looking for different flavors to make my dishes unique. One time, while smoking ribs I wondered if it would be possible to get that pit smoked flavor into ground meat.  I figured out how. Here is […]

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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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Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I have been making all kinds of recipes with figs, from this lemony jam to this fontina fig pizza to these caramelized blistered figs with gorgonzola. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Have you ever had quinoa? Quinoa originated from the Andean region of South America about six thousand years ago. It is grown for its edible seeds but is actually not a […]

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Fresh Fig, Fontina and Thyme Pizza

On New Year’s Eve, my family multiplies this dough recipe and serves pizzas fresh out of the oven all night long. Because the crusts are thin and delicate, it is easy to eat a pie or two (or three!) all by yourself. Really good pizza dough is a canvas on which to drop your favorite ingredients and express your culinary creativity. It is also a good place to scatter fresh […]

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Venison Braised in Quince Juice

Last month I wrote to you about my grand quince experiment at Tulipwood. I was determined to conjure up more exciting quince recipes aside from our annual quince jelly. And so I dabbled in Quince Membrillo and Quince Pâte de Fruit. Well I also tried one more thing and it was sublime friends! I made Venison Braised in Quince Juice and I think you should make it immediately. And don’t […]

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5 Dove Recipes That Will Win Over Picky Eaters

September marks the beginning of hunting season, and with it some of my favorite protein in the sky: dove. Most people haven’t tried dove before either because they don’t know any hunters or because they think they don’t like the taste of wild game. But we want to change that! Below are 5 tasty dove recipes that will win over even the most picky eaters. Trust us, people will be […]

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