Cool Stuff – Wild Game
“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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“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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“Duck Cassoulet”

A cassoulet is an Occitan dish–that part of Southern France where they speak a beautiful and fading romance language, Occitan. It is a stew of beans and meat; sometimes pork, sometimes goose, or mutton or whatever else they please. It is hearty and traditionally cooked in a cassole, a deep earthenware pot with slanted sides. But since I am not Occitan, but me, I cooked mine in a skillet. I […]

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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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“Wild Duck Terrine”

This is one of the many food items I made out of the gizzards and hearts and liver and legs from my New Orleans duck hunt. It is called a terrine. A terrine is a piece of architecture which takes several days of work. There are many components that go into it and a bit of “pre-cooking” that needs to be done. I think the results are worth it. But […]

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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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