- Wild Game
If you want to know what I am munching as I hit the road for a very long book tour, it’s these cookies. Acorn flour makes a damn good shortbread because shortbread doesn’t really need gluten to be good. These are nutty and sweet, with a hint of vanilla and maple.
My mom makes a mean lasagna. It was one of our staple meals when I was a kid. This is essentially her recipe, handed down to me, only I use ground venison instead of ground beef. I hope you like it, ’cause I sure do!
I’ve made acorn flour for years, in several different methods, and I’ve settled on this particular method — a cold process that takes a few days to leach out the bitter tannins in the acorns, but leaves them with more flavor and preserves some of the key starches in the nuts.
This is a classic recipe from Spain’s Canary Islands: Tuna, seared and then simmered gently in a rich – and slightly spicy – red pepper sauce traditionally served with little potatoes. It’s a great weeknight dinner or party appetizer.
As we say farewell to the hot weather of summer — and for many, our tomato patches — here is a fantastically simple way to enjoy a small bird such as a partridge, chukar, quail or game hen.
This is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever made: Jalapenos, fire-roasted, then smoked, then preserved with a little vinegar and oil. Put that on a taco and you will absolutely not be sorry!
It’s dove season, and when you hunt doves, you often get pigeons in the mix. Don’t feed them to the dog! Pigeons are like giant doves in flavor, and are great grilled over charcoal the way the Egyptians do. Try this recipe and I bet I’ll make a pigeon-eater out of ya!
Think of this as a Scandinavian summertime dish: Gently poached salmon served simply, with a mixture of sour cream, horseradish and dill. Perfect with little fingerling potatoes. Simple, but seriously good.
I don’t normally get excited about rockfish. They are easy to catch, and are often small. But recently in Alaska, I caught a gigantic yelloweye rockfish. I was giddy, and knew exactly what to do with it: Grilled redfish, or in this case “orange fish,” on the half shell.
I recently met a Tlingit Indian woman in Alaska who dried sea beans, a/k/a Salicornia, saltwort, sea asparagus, etc. and used it as a seasoning. It occurred to me: Why not take it one step further and make “sea bean salt.” Here’s how you do it.