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“A Saint Valentine Menu”

Here’s the thing about Valentines Day. I think it’s strange. It is impossible to get into a restaurant. Flowers double in price. Bad quality chocolate makes the rounds. Lots of pink lacy undergarments abound in various store windows. Saint Valentine, was a Christian martyr. I don’t think he thought very often about Victoria’s Secret’s latest line. I do think there is something nice about setting a day aside to tell […]

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“Morels in Marsala”

The morel is my favorite mushroom. I think it is its richness and wonderful hearty texture that I like so much. The morel forces you to really chew it. They have a honeycomb type construction. And hollow stems. I spent many an hour trimming the stems and cleaning off the hard bits in my restaurant days. But I’ll never forget those morel and Marsala stew smells wafting through the kitchen […]

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“Duck Confit”

I spent all day yesterday recipe testing. My freezer had gotten unruly and I had declared that nothing else was allowed in it so that all of the game meat I had collected since September could have a proper home until I could test it all for the “Girl Hunter” book. That has been the rule, strictly enforced with a deer antler. But then I decided I wanted my freezer […]

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“Sweet Porchetta ‘Wild Hog’ Sausage”

Have you ever made sausage? Have you ever thought about making sausage? It is a fun affair. I would rather talk about sausage right now than the aftermath of the horrible loss I experienced last week. That has consisted of drama and me eating a box of truffles in preparation to open three Fedex boxes that I didn’t want to open. So I’m going to talk about sausages instead. These […]

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“Wood Fired Wild Hog Loin”

After I spent the day solving the “plague of pigs” crisis a few weeks ago, I began a hog cooking extravaganza. There were so many parts to break down and ponder. This is my friend Mike breaking down and pondering: Isn’t he doing a nice job? He’s a scholar of the woods and the kitchen. The thing about wild hog is that there is just no fat in there. The […]

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“How to Cook a Whole Hog”

One of the questions I get most often from interviewers is “what is your favorite wild animal dish?” I always describe this one. From the first moment I tasted it, it earned itself a special place in the crevices of my mind. This is a whole wild hog, marinated for days and then smoked for many hours. There is also bacon and apples and molasses involved. We need to talk […]

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“Fried Venison Cutlets & Campfire Eating”

There something about campfire eating. Maybe it’s the coziness or the color. Maybe it’s the flavor the wood and smoke impart on the food. I just took a trip to Arkansas and we did quite a lot of campfire eating. The very first thing I ate when I arrived were those things in the shovel. Can you see what they are? Peanuts. Warmed, salty, roasted peanuts. I have not had […]

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“Q&A with Freddie Black + Apple Juice Smoked Pig Ribs”

The first official hunt I ever went on was in Arkansas with the Commissioner of Fish and Game. He was the family of a friend of mine, and I was told that hunting with him was something people bid on at auctions. Down in Arkansas, he was a bigger deal than the President of the United States. So I showed up to Arkansas and went to their hunting camp to […]

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“Braised Pheasant Legs with Cabbage and Grapes”

Standing in the fields at Joshua Creek was a special kind of experience. There is a mystical quality in the rooster pheasant as he shoots into the air like a feathered arrow, in all his green and red and purple, and speckled brown-black. The long spike of his tail feathers taper for aerodynamic flight and he leans to his side and paints the wind. You hesitate when you see the […]

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“Partridge in Orange Brandy Sauce”

This is a delicious little dish I made while bird hunting in Montana. You should really try it. Even if you don’t have a partridge handy, it will work with other bird meat… like chicken for example. I recommend keeping the bone in whatever meat you use so the meat doesn’t dry out. These are the things you will need: pancetta, orange, lemon, salt, pepper, brandy, olive oil, orange juice, […]

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