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Fat is not the enemy. We treat it as so because as humans, we so crave it that we’ve spent millennia making it more and more accessible to us. In so doing we’ve lost sight on just how precious and wondrous fat is in the wild world. Only with a diet hinging on game and fish does this come into focus
If you’ve never braised pheasant thighs, you’re missing out. Unlike the drumsticks, which can be fiddly, the thighs on pheasants (and wild turkeys) are sublime when slow cooked. This recipe is based on a French one and uses lots of mushrooms.
Merguez sausages are the signature link of North Africa, which, as you probably know, is a Muslim region — so, no pork. That makes them a perfect fit for an all-venison sausage! This is a pretty traditional merguez recipe, full of flavor and spicy, but not overly hot.
The professional mushroom pickers call this time of year Winter Pick. It’s a time of abundance here in Northern California, a time when you can conceivably come home with 20 different kinds of edible mushrooms. It’s my favorite time of year.
Hungarians are justifiably proud of their cuisine. Thus the quotes around my use of the term “goulash.” This isn’t actually gulyas, as the Hungarians would write it, it’s porkolt. But here in America we’d still call it goulash. Call it whatever you want, it’s both simple and damn good.
I have a thing for pigeons. They are super fun to hunt, and, when you hunt them on rural ranches where the birds eat grain and other wholesome foods, they are fantastic to eat. The British know this, which is why I take my cue from them in this recipe for roast pigeon.
I had the chance to fish for speckled seat trout in Texas last month, and had a helluva good time! I also managed to bring back some trout fillets to cook with back home, so I decided to do a decidedly Texas spin on sea trout.
This is a fundamental skill everyone who cooks duck or goose should know, especially if you are a hunter. Cooking a duck breast is like cooking a steak. A steak wearing a hat made of bacon!