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Fennel salami, finocchiona, is an Italian staple. There are lots of variations on this salami, but they all require a decent addition of fennel seeds. My version has wild fennel seeds, fennel pollen and ouzo.
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.
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 the “little black dress” of salami. It’s meat, fat, salt, black pepper and garlic. Nothing else. A basic salami is a measure of its maker. Master this and then add all the fancy spices. Or not. After all, the spare, simple black cocktail dress is a classic for a reason.
Exactly 20 years ago I found myself in South Africa, alone and afraid. An act of kindness and bravery helped me through that scary night, an act I repaid in the only way I knew how. By cooking.
It’s tough to cure a whole ham on a wild pig: You’d need to scald and scrape it in the field, and that ain’t happening. But you can make a traditional Easter ham with a skinless piece! Here’s my version, smoked and glazed with honey.
Fromage de tete. Coppa di testa. Presskopf. Brawn. Anything but “head cheese.” Only that’s what this is. This is the head of a wild boar I shot, cooked and pressed into a terrine pan. It’s actually damn good. No, really.
After my pig hunt on Monday, I’ve spent the past few days butchering, curing, making stock and such. When it came time for dinner, all I wanted was something simple and easy. Stir fry hit the spot.