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.
If you’ve never eaten a cardoon, think artichoke stalks, which is essentially what they are. Cardoons are a little work to prepare, but baked with Italian cheeses they are lovely.
I hit the road again on Saturday for the final leg of my “Duck, Duck, Goose” book tour; I’ll be tour the Southwest and Deep South this time, and I will be carrying with me a stack of these homemade energy bars. In honor of my next book dinner, in Santa Fe, these are Desert Style “Clif” bars.
This is my favorite way to eat zucchini: It’s an old Sicilian method where you dry the zukes and then saute them with oil, chile and mint. I grow zucchini almost solely for this recipe.
Chunks of venison marinated in North African harissa and skewered with vegetables. Grilled right, this is about as good as it gets for a summertime dinner of wild game.
Chimichurri is one of the best sauces for warm weather: It’s an herby, garlicky, tangy sauce usually served with beef. Here I am using wild mountain pennyroyal and serving the chimichurri over venison.
Grilled venison heart. Yep, you heard me right. And don’t look away. It’s as awesome as it looks. High heat, great meat and a good marinade are the keys.
We’re in the thick of our Dungeness crab season here in California, and crab risotto is one of my favorite things to do with them.