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Paw paws, the Hoosier banana, custard apple or Indiana banana. America’s largest native fruit, is indeed a little bit like a banana — and it makes a great ice cream.
The process of coming up with recipes for this site isn’t always an easy one. Working with wild ingredients is very different from using standardized, store-bought stuff. It can be maddening, but when the recipes work, it’s all that much better.
I do an awful lot of salmon and trout fishing, and have so many recipes for these fish that I’ve separated them out on this page. The default species for these recipes are king salmon and rainbow trout, or steelhead, but in most cases these dishes will work just fine with all sort of other […]
Deer fat, venison tallow, whatever you call it, this is the stuff of controversy. A great many sources, including some trusted ones, say it’s inedible. Others, including me, have long said it can be damn tasty. Here’s some science behind both claims.
It’s fennel seed time here in NorCal. We have wild fennel everywhere here, and now is the time — before the first real rains — to gather the seeds, which have dried nicely.
I am fascinated by Nordic cooking, in no small part because it’s a cuisine of scarcity – and scarcity fuels innovation. Here in NorCal, we live in the soft, warm center of the world’s cornucopia. As I try to form my own personal style of cooking, I find myself looking for scarcity among abundance.
In hot weather, a cold, crunchy-spicy-acidic ceviche really hits the spot. I make it all the time. But you just can’t make ceviche with any old fish. Any parasites living in the fish will survive the citrus bath. Here’s my ceviche recipe and how to make your own ceviche without fear of parasites.
If you’ve never paired salmon with cucumbers, you are missing out. It’s a surprisingly natural combination, and since both are in season now, I thought I’d put them together in a pretty little date-night dish.