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Cooking and eating the American shad used to be part of any angler’s skill set. No longer. All those bones have defeated many a would-be shad eater. But here’s how to cook shad and actually enjoy it. Everything you need to know about dealing with a fish whose Latin name is “tastiest.”
In this episode of the Hunt Gather Talk podcast, I talk about silence — both of the mind and in nature — as vital to being able to truly enjoy the natural world. Maybe you don’t need to kill your cell phone, but putting it on airplane mode is a good start.
There is no form of fishing I am better at than bottom fishing in the ocean. And here in the West, that means rockfish (rock cod) and lingcod. Here’s how to catch more, from gear to technique, to little tricks and tips that have helped me over the years.
I call this recipe thistle soup. Little pheasant meatballs in a clear pheasant broth served with artichoke hearts and cardoons. It is a lovely light dinner or lunch in springtime. And don’t worry if you don’t have cardoons, you can skip them.
Gruit beer, which is beer made without hops, or with hops as a minor addition, is an ancient practice that deserves to be revived using the wild edible plants all around us.
Few places celebrate turkey like Mexico. It is where the turkey was domesticated, and there are scores of great recipes for these birds there. This is a traditional Yucatan turkey recipe, using legs, thighs and wings that are marinated, grilled, then braised.
Since I started Hunter Angler Gardener Cook in 2007, I have posted more than 700 recipes. And while I still intend to post recipes going forward, I plan on writing more about techniques you can use with the wild foods you bring home. Armed with these, you can make your own recipes.
Quite possibly the best thing to make with wild turkey drumsticks and wings, which can be really tough and stringy. Braise them slowly until the meat falls off the bone, then pull the meat, crisp it and serve it in tacos or burritos.