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Hi Friend. Have you ever wanted to take more time for creative activities but feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Or maybe you want to become a little more savvy in the garden and the wild but don’t quite know where to start? Or do you sometimes want new wild game recipes or cooking inspiration that you can turn to at a moment’s notice? Well today I want to share […]

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Fruit Vin Chaud

‘Tis the season to be jolly! As the Christmas season nears, I can’t stop thinking about one of my favorite holiday drinks: vin chaud, or mulled wine. Even better, a cup of delicious, warm fruit vin chaud is the very thing that would satisfy my festive mood. Fruit Vin Chaud: Although ingredients depend on country, there is a general agreement that mulled wine consists of a variety of spices and […]

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How to Quarter a Chicken

Do you know how to quarter a whole chicken? Buying a whole chicken is more economical than buying its parts. You can easily quarter it yourself at home and then roast the carcass and turn it into chicken soup and stock. Master these few steps to quarter your own chicken and you will stretch your dollars much further. You can cook these parts all at once, or you can wrap […]

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Orange Marmalade

Today I’m going to share my recipe for orange marmalade with you, but I have a special twist that you may want to consider — use blood oranges! Blood oranges, which are in season in the winter months, lend this marmalade a dark-red or deep-orange color, and a wonderful bitterness to balance out the sweet. If blood oranges aren’t available, Seville oranges have a bitterness and pectin that will work […]

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Cooking En Papillote

Cooking en papillote is a very traditional French technique that is designed to trap the flavor and the aroma until it reaches the diner. The protein, traditionally fish, is baked in a parchment envelope sealed with egg white, which puffs dramatically in the oven. For today’s recipe, though, I made a quail en papillote. French gastronome Brillat-Savarin described the quail as “everything that is most delightful and tempting. One of […]

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Pheasant Tagine

I first learned a version of this recipe for pheasant tagine while cooking in the south of France, where the cuisine is so heavily influenced by the Mediterranean. The combination of spices is wonderfully aromatic and lends itself well to any combination of vegetables and protein. In true Mediterranean fashion, the dish itself is light and tangy, using only olive oil, not butter, and a good dose of lemon in […]

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How to Smoke Salt

Last week we smoked ground beef and today we are smoking… salt! I find myself using more and more flavored salts these days–I have ramp salt, and all sorts of smoked salts, and even one specifically for apple pie desserts! But despite how fancy these salts may seem, it is very easy to make your own smoked salt rather than buy it. Smoked salts are expensive at the store and […]

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Potato, Apple, and Parsnip Skillet Tart

This Potato, Apple, and Parsnip Skillet Tart entails layers of thinly sliced potatoes laced with apple and parsnip. The amount of potato, apple, and parsnip slices you need will vary slightly depending on what size skillet you are using, but I recommend building at least five layers in the skillet, three of potato, and two of the apple-parsnip combination. Use a waxy boiling potato rather than a floury baking potato […]

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Chukar with Cabbage and Chestnuts

This recipe for Chukar with Cabbage and Chestnuts is a wonderful game bird recipe because it can be interchanged with any other game bird meat of choice, or even domestic bird meat if you’d like. Chukar is a lighter game bird meat, similar to pheasant or chicken breast. This recipe also works well with grouse. Grouse meat is dark red with a rich game flavor. Ruffed grouse have the strongest […]

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Quail Kebabs

This idea of kebabs was described to me while I was in England, sitting at the fire-side with a lovely woman, at a pub. She is married to a farmer-gamekeeper and is frequently faced with a glut of game birds. This is one of her favorite recipes, no doubt inspired by the high-quality ethnic food that is now prevalent in Britain. You can also add any medley of vegetables to […]

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