Cool Stuff – Upland Game Birds

Quail Starters

What to do with a mess of Scaled quail and some rabbits? That was the question after our last winter quail hunt to New Mexico. A dinner party plan was being hatched. We’ll need some starters for the event was part of the discussion, so my wheels were turning and I remembered a dining epiphany from early last year, Panko. Quail Starters: I had seen it in the grocery stores […]

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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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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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Game Bird Pie

Autumn has me thinking of flaky pie crusts and warm hearty meals that fill the soul. It also has me thinking of game meats and how much I love them when they are cooked just right. A pie is perfect for a medley of game bird scraps that wouldn’t necessarily make a meal on their own. After all, when you have worked so hard getting your meat you don’t want […]

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Pheasant Primavera

The birds and the bees and the springtime greens. I love how colorful everything from my backyard to my plate becomes when spring, finally, arrives. This is a great welcome to spring dish–you have the heartiness of the pasta, paired with the freshness and crunch of the colorful springtime veggies. You know what else pairs spectacularly with pasta and veggies? Pheasant! You know what I still have a ton of […]

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Pheasant Confit

To “confit” something, is to cure it in salt and then cook it slowly in fat. It makes the meat buttery and fall off the bone. Is there anything that sounds more glorious than that? It is common to see it done with duck legs, and other muscular cuts of meat, but here I’ve done it with a slew of pheasant legs that I brought back from my women’s Adventure […]

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One Pot Pheasant Stew

This is a recipe that I made last week while cleaning out some of the extra game meat in my freezer and I just loved it. I had several whole pheasants left over from my Adventure Getaway in Virginia this past December and I decided given this never-ending winter, it was high time to make the most of it, and turn them into a warm and hearty dish. You’re going […]

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Spicy Seared Quail with Kale Slaw

I’m in New York doing all sorts of things, one of which is to go through 100 years worth of family stuff that has been collected since my great grandparents. I have to decide what goes into a garage sale, what gets donated, what goes to the dump, and what gets boxed up into a nice clean plastic box and tucked away. Why do we humans collect so much stuff? […]

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