Cocoa Chile Spice Rubbed Antelope and Whitetail Eye of Rounds with a Raisin Demi-glace and Smoked Corn Sauce, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

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A simple dry rub with black cocoa and chile powder coat antelope or venison eye of rounds, and after a quick grill, served with a jalapeño raisin demi-glace, smoked corn sauce and yummy tangy cheddar mashed potatoes.  The demi-glace, and smoked corn sauce can be made the day ahead, and just reheated while the meat is grilled.    … [Read more...]

Antelope Tagine with Vegetables and Dates

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My Ras el Hanout spice blend contains 28 ingredients, and I've included the list and method for making your own "k'meesa"(aka "secret stash"). But If you're not up to purchasing and creating the spice blend, African, Middle Eastern and other specialty grocery stores will have bags of Ras el Hanout already mixed.  Williams-Sonoma has good one too!   … [Read more...]

“Teetar Makhani” Butter Pheasant

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This dish is a version of an Indian dish called Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken). In my version, I first braised the pheasant with Indian spices and then added heavy cream, toasted cashews and melted butter to finish cooking the pheasant in a creamy, slightly spicy sauce. The result was a creamy, sweet, spicy, tender pheasant!! I served the teetar makhani with jasmine rice and an Indian bread called … [Read more...]

Chinese Red Stock Braised Venison Shanks

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Traditionally used for braised duck legs or pork belly, the red cooking broth imparts a distinctively Chinese flavor to these venison shanks. This “red cooking stock” has several Chinese spices, as well as a touch of rock sugar and sherry to create a salty-sweet-spicy braising liquid for slow braised venison shanks. Make a double batch of the red cooking stock and freeze half to use for whatever … [Read more...]

Hay Smoked Game Birds with Hay Steeped Mustard Cream Sauce

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Smoked meats always remind me of Autumn and I’ve created a twist by using brined game birds and I add them to the smoker… with hay!! French farmers use hay for not only feeding their livestock, but also to cook with. And to make it even more special, I steeped cream in a handful of hay to create a yummy mustard cream sauce. Grab a glass of white wine, a lap blanket and dine outdoors and enjoy all … [Read more...]

Squirrel Spanish Chorizo Paella!

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Squirrel Spanish Chorizo Paella For some time now, I’ve been waiting patiently for Danny to hunt enough squirrels to make one of my favorite dishes…Paella!! Like Italian risotto, paella is the signature dish of Spain. It’s the communal, rustic, quintessential Sunday meal of Spaniards, from Cantabria all the way South to Andalucia. Just like risotto, this one pan dish has it’s learning curve. … [Read more...]

Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped BBQ Glazed Smoked Antelope Meatloaf

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YEP! It’s okay if you need to read that again! Since I run my own personal chef business, called Cookin' Wild, I’ll admit my approach to wild game cooking can be a bit more on the gourmet side. When I receive calls from Silicon Valley execs, or celebrities, wanting a wild game dinner, I’m challenged to create their vision of wild game. I pull out my culinary tweezers (yes, that’s right, … [Read more...]

Pan Seared Halibut with Sautéed Spanish Chorizo, Snowcap Beans and Oven Roasted Peperonata

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Halibut and Spanish Chorizo are a classic duo! This is an easy summer time dish that really doesn't need a recipe, since all the ingredients are just cooked and plated together.  I made a nice pot of snowcap beans I bought through https://elegantbeans.com They have a wonderful selection of dried beans and they taste amazing. I simmered them along with 2 bay leaves, thyme sprigs and … [Read more...]

LOBSTER SKEWERS BASTED WITH “MARGARITA BUTTER” LIME PEEL ORZO, GRILLED ASPARAGUS, AND RADISH SPROUTS WITH LIME VINAIGRETTE

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The other day I was taking a break from my work day by relaxing on the patio, and I was thinking it would be a nice time for a margarita!! Margaritas are like the perfect drink. They're tangy, salty, and sweet with a citrus kick! And I wondered how it would taste poured over grilled meat or fish.  For obvious reasons, pouring a margarita over an open flame is probably not the best idea, but I … [Read more...]

“Braised” the step by step instructions for making the toughest cuts mouthwatering tender!

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On any animals, the legs, shanks, and shoulders have the worst reputation for being tough, stringy, chewy, full of tendons and basically, only thought of as usable for grind or the soup pot.  But when cooked properly, these cuts can be transformed into a flavorful showstopper!  My favorite way is to use a low and slow method of OVEN BRAISING these cuts.  The work is minimal, and … [Read more...]

Port Red Wine Braised Venison Shanks with Mushroom Sauce, Asiago Polenta and Sautéed Kale

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Do you think the shank meat is best suited for the grind pile because it's not good for anything else? Well, after a long slow braise, the tough, stringy, sinewy shanks are fork tender, and full of flavor.  This dish is reminiscent of the Italian countryside when paired with creamy asiago polenta, and kale.    … [Read more...]

Dukkah Spice Crusted Wild Striper Fillets with a Date Caper Brown Butter Emulsion or “Sauce Proposal”

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Dukkah/Duqqa/Du’ah (dook-ah) is an Egyptian spice mixture containing a variety of spices and ground nuts. In Egypt, it’s usually used along with bread and oil. A piece of bread is first dipped in oil, then in a bowl of dukkah. It’s also used to crust meat and fish. Spice markets sell small paper cones of dukkah, and it varies from vendor to vendor. Typical mixes contain cumin, caraway seed, and … [Read more...]

Crockpot: BBQ Wild Pig Shoulder Baked Potatoes

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This easy recipe makes a whole crockpot full of yummy BBQ meat that can be used for all kinds of dishes.  I LOVE stuffed baked potatoes and I load it with the bbq meat and lots of extra toppings!! One of these potatoes is a whole meal by itself! Great for taking to a picnic, Super Bowl party, or anytime you want. I used a spice rub recipe adapted from Cheryl and Bill Jamison's cookbook … [Read more...]