I have been inordinately obsessed with red huckleberries ever since I ate a handful at a friend’s house years ago. This year is epic for them, and I finally managed to pick several pounds. Here’s how to find, harvest, prep and eat your red hucks.
In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I team up with Minnesota’s Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef, to talk about native American cooking and cuisine, and what everyone can learn by paying attention to how the various Indian groups worked the land for thousands of years.
Easy to make, lip-smacking teriyaki duck legs, finished on the grill. The trick is to braise the duck or, in this case specklebelly goose legs, until they’re tender, then get them sticky and charred over coals.
Blackened fish is so 1980s, I know, but I still love it. Here I use catfish, a Cajun staple, but you can blacken any fish sturdy enough for this ferocious cooking process. Blackened redfish is the classic example. Alongside the fish is Cajun succotash, called maque choux.
Beer with spruce or fir tips? Sounds crazy, but it isn’t. Spruce tip beer was a thing in Colonial America, and many craft brewers are making modern versions. This is my recipe. It’s an amber ale with enough Sierra Nevada fir tips to act like dank, Northwestern hops.
Homemade root beer is easy to make when you use this syrup as a base. No fermentation needed, you just add it to sparkling water and you’re done. And if you live east of the Great Plains, sassafras lives everywhere.
Tidepools capture me like nothing else, and I am certain I am not the only one who has carried this fascination well into middle age. Tidepools capture us because they are a microcosm of life: A world in a puddle. And, as it happens, an edible world.
Marinated mushrooms are a staple on any antipasti plate, and if you can get porcini, which are popping in the Rockies now, so much the better. Here’s how to do the technique the Italians call sott’olio.