Cool Stuff – Hunting

Blues Where It Was Born

Because it’s Wednesday… Because some days you need a little blues… Because today I do… Because I just made some barbecue sauce and it made me remember… Because there is nothing more badass than a really good blues band playing live during a dove hunt… Because. I thought I’d share a little video clip with ya. These guys were playing last time I went dove hunting. They were awe inspiring. […]

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Cigars and Scotch

I’m not a man. I just play one on the Internets. That being said, I am mildly obsessed with good whiskey. And now good cigars. But maybe just cigars because you don’t have to inhale. And I have no idea how to inhale. I have no future as a chain smoker. I’ve tried and failed a time or two. I look like a dorky awkward kid coughing and red faced. […]

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Laguiole

When I was cooking away at a restaurant in the underbelly of Provence not too long ago, I didn’t have many people to talk to. In a way, it was like a silent retreat. My French was pretty flimsy and not many people spoke English. And the ones that did, well… they didn’t. I lived in a run-down house in the middle of nowhere on the estate of an old […]

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Deer Hunting VII: Venison Tenderloin

Tenderloin. Is there anything better? Please name it. Go ahead… I’ll wait… …. …. …. That’s what I thought. Tenderloin…the stuff of Gods. There were dozens of deer aging in Paul Michael’s snazzy cement hanging room at deer camp. And he let me go in and pull the tenderloins from as many as I wanted. Christmas come early, I say! I took 6. There were a lot of mouths to […]

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Deer Hunting VI: How to Cook a Deer Liver

It ain’t pretty, but it’s gooood. Just remember as we go on this journey together that we believe in certain principles around here. That animal protein or vegetable protein, if you’re going to eat, something has to die. And if I’m going to kill something in order to eat, then I want to use every part of it. So as you shimmy your way down the page keep reciting the […]

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Deer Hunting V: How to Cook a Deer Heart

The Native Americans used to eat the warm heart of their prey in order to inherit their spirit. It was also a way to honor the animal, and use every part of it. So on my deer hunt in the Delta a few weeks ago, I decided to “go native.” And I’m glad I did. It was delicious. And it’s good for you. And all of the veteran hunters looked […]

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Deer Hunting IV: Singing at Deer Camp

Back to our regularly scheduled programming! Last time on “The Delta Deer Hunt,” we roasted a whole hog on the grill and drank whiskey around the fire. To catch up, here are the first, second, and third installments. This was the musical interlude. Warm on barbecued hog and good whiskey we were lucky to have two guys who really knew how to play the guitar. There were a couple of […]

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Deer Hunting III: Pig, PBR, and Paul

That brown thing glistening in the florescent light is a whole hog. It has been roasting on that big grill all day. The man puffing a cigar is my host Paul Michael and in his hand is a nice cold PBR. “I don’t drink it cause it’s cheap, I drink it cause it’s deelicious,” he says. He is one of the most philosophical and interesting human beings I have ever […]

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Deer Hunting II: Camera Men and Me

We spent a lot of time in a cold wet deer stand this weekend. And sometimes you have to entertain yourself as a distraction from your numb toes. So Freddie Black, the commissioner of fish and game in AR (and also my hunting partner), stole my camera from behind me and started snapping photos. That’s my cameraman friend Sam. He was a real trooper. But then I stole the camera […]

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Deer Hunting I: Arriving to Camp

I just returned from a beautiful place. It was a deer hunting lodge along the Mississippi river near Lake Village, Arkansas. The weekend was filled with a remarkable set of characters from the surrounding south, a whole roasted pig dripping with molasses and bacon, good scotch and cigars, and good guitar playing. And it was there that I shot my first doe right through the heart and made venison for […]

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