- Wild Game
Fiddleheads are in season in the East and Pacific Northwest, and these crunchy, pretty looking shoots are one of the hallmarks of springtime. They’re featured here in a simple Asian stir fry with wild boar backstrap.
Pickling ramp bulbs — or the bulbs of any large wild onion — is a great way to preserve the harvest. These are fantastic served with cured meats and cheeses, or chopped into a relish or just eaten as a snack.
Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and this is a recipe for a spicy, hunter’s style salami you can carry around with you in the field. I make them with narrower hog casings so they’re easier to make than traditional wide salami. Use pork, venison or boar.
This is a very traditional recipe for duck sausages, made with caraway, juniper and sage. It works very well with “off” ducks like spoonies, snow geese, diver or sea ducks, or Canada geese.
When life gives you arugula — a wild version grows like a weed in my yard — you make arugula pesto. A peppery, bracing pesto that matches really well with homemade pasta.
Simply roast quail is the bedrock skill of any quail hunter, or anyone who wants to cook store-bought quail. Roasting these little birds isn’t rocket science, but there are a few tricks to getting it right. Here’s how I do it.
Simple seared fish — in this case sturgeon — served with spring awesomeness, in this case asparagus, spinach and peas. Use this recipe as a model for whatever fish and whatever spring bounty you can find. This dish tastes as clean as a cool spring breeze.
I grew an awful lot of fennel over the winter. So much that I needed to find a use for it. I found one. Fennel sauerkraut. It may be my new favorite kraut.