Cool Stuff – Antlered Game

Venison in Red Wine + Port Mushroom Sauce

Recently, I had a friend over for dinner. It was impromptu and she brought along some venison that her dad had hunted. We whipped up something that was quick and delicious, so I thought I’d share it with you since we’re all always looking for quick weekday meals. The best part is that this sauce can be used with so many different types of meat. Try a beef loin, pork […]

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Braised Venison Tacos

On Sunday I went to watch an Australian car race at the shiny new track in Austin, but that is for another day. Then I made Venison Tacos! They were tangy and full of crunchy colorful bits.   I highly recommend making a big batch of this and having a taco party. If you don’t have venison try bison, beef, wild boar, elk, pork or whatever you fancy. The idea […]

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Venison Roast with Red Wine & Juniper Berries

A roast is often times made from a tougher cut of meat, a portion of the leg, for example. But I recently decided to turn two aged venison backstraps into a roast, which produced wonderful results in a much shorter time. If you don’t have venison, I highly recommend beef as well. The idea is to fold them over and truss them together with kitchen twine so that they are […]

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Cumin Crusted Venison Loin

This is one of my favorite simple preparations for tender cuts of meat. I use it often on lamb chops and it is ready in less than 20 minutes. I had some purty venison backstraps from my Girl Hunter Weekend in Arkansas, aged 20 days, so I tried my magic rub on them and it was mighty fine my friends. You should try it too with your favorite tender cut […]

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Venison Curry Stew

I brought a nice venison haunch back from my Girl Hunter Weekend in Arkansas. Ain’t it a beauty? It was aged for about 20 days. And since I was having a gathering of a large group of people I decided to put it to good use. I’ve made many stews before so I decided to think a little bit outside the box and made… Venison curry! You should make it […]

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Bison Pizza

Do you ever have scraps of meat that you’re not sure what to do with? Save your scraps in the freezer and then grind them up or chop them well and use them as a delicious pizza topping. This pizza dough recipe is great to make in advance and store it in the freezer in plastic bags. Then when you’re having a busy day like I am lately, you can […]

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Oryx Fajitas

One of the perks that comes with being a chef who hunts is that I’m sometimes gifted exotic foods. For example, in the past week I was given beet and mint ice cream, a box of olive oil from someone’s farm in Greece, and a bag full of oryx meat that a Texas guy had hunted in a nearby Texas ranch. I was teaching a cooking class and doing a […]

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Corned Venison

When Lewis and Clark set out on their Corps of Discovery they struggled to find fresh meat, especially during the coldest winter months. The meat they obtained came from hunting and fishing, through trade, or through the kindness of American Indians. The Corps ate everything from dog, to whale, to horse, and because fresh meat spoils after a few days without refrigeration, what they could find needed to be preserved. […]

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Elk Jerky

I used to think of it as the strange stuff I’d see in strange gas stations on my strange cross country road trips. It was usually in stick form, a long tubular stick, wrapped in a coating of plastic, with a peculiar name like… Slim Jim, not because it made you slim, but because it was a slim, tubular portion…in a coating of plastic. But then, I made my own. […]

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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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