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Why people hate on javelina I have no idea. They are excellent eating, and the infamous stink gland on their back is very easy to dispense with. Here’s what you need to know about cooking your “skunk pig.”
Char siu is basically Chinese barbecue, usually done with pork, or in my case, wild boar (it works with bear meat, too). It’s sweet, spicy and so damn good you owe it to yourself to master this recipe.
There are lots of variants on the classic Spanish chorizo, and this is one from Argentina. It’s a very simple fresh sausage, grilled and served with chimichurri on a roll. Here’s how to make it.
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.