Cool Stuff – Wild Game
“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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“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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