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...]

Julie Gracie’s Sumac Rabbit Stew

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Thanks to Julie Gracie for giving me yet another one of her fabulous recipes!! This one uses a Middle Eastern spice called "sumac" along with rabbit!! You can also substitute squirrel for rabbit.  Sumac can be found in most grocery stores in the spice aisle.   Sumac is a flowering plant that is grown in subtropical regions throughout the world.  The shrubs or small trees produce … [Read more...]

Sous Vide Wild Pig Leg Shiitake Mushroom Terrine

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A yummy appetizer made by creating wild pig rillettes with a Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven (or immersion circulator), which can be served as part of an elegant first course or as part of a charcuterie platter for a buffet.  While the preparation takes up to three days, most of the time is refrigeration or inactive cooking.  Once you season and seal up the vacuum bags with the meat inside, … [Read more...]

Turtle Soup

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This turtle soup is a mild creamy soup recipe. I served it as part of a birthday dinner for my husband, Danny.  The variation of this soup comes from a cookbook created from a series of mystery novels written by Rex Stout, called Nero Wolf.  In this series of books, the character, Nero Wolf was an old gumshoe detective in the 1930s-50s, who had a passion for gourmet food.  In the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Ideas

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It’s amazing the amount of preparation that goes into one day a year! As early as summer, folks are scanning airline websites searching for the best deal for Thanksgiving flights. It’s the eternal challenge: What is the cheapest flight with the least amount of stops, in the early morning one can take from the West coast to the East coast? And if you’re anything like my sisters, you’d begin working … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Normally I tend to plan far ahead for Thanksgiving, but for this particular Thanksgiving tablescape in 2013, I didn't have a ton of time to get it together, so I decided not too sweat over it and kept it very subdued. I figure the Pilgrims didn't worry themselves with too much fancy dinnerware and besides, and when it comes down to it, it's all about the food anyway. I pulled out everything I had … [Read more...]

Panettone Italian Sausage Stuffed Quail with Grand Marnier Orange Sauce

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Every year around November I look forward to the first box of Panettone to hit the shelves in my local grocery store, or Homegoods.  This Italian treat lends itself to sweet or savory dishes.  The tart candied citron and raisins are sweetened by the sugary bread.  It's buttery and makes great croutons, bread pudding, or slathered with warm brie cheese and orange marmalade for a … [Read more...]

Bacon Wrapped Dove with Cranberry Chili Glaze

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I found myself all alone for lunch (hubby was away), and I had a couple dove given to me by a fellow hunter, Dave.  I dug around the pantry for a quick glaze.  I had a few pieces of bacon left from a previous breakfast so I just wrapped those little birds up and tossed them on the grill with this quick glaze I threw together.  You can substitute any kind of jelly, or marmalade for … [Read more...]

Salt Baked Whole Striper with Orange Meyer Lemon Hollandaise

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Salt Baked Wild Whole Wild Caught Striper with Orange Meyer Lemon Hollandaise Creating a “salt oven” is so easy and bakes/steams the fish to create one of the most flavorful, moist pieces of fish I’ve ever created… and the best part, “it’s so simple!” Start by seasoning the fish with black pepper and herbs of your choice (I used thyme). Then stuff with your choice of fruit slices, onions or … [Read more...]

“HAAAY RABBIT” Hay Smoked Rabbit with Sauce Veronique

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Rabbit eats hay… rabbit smoked in hay. It sounds strange, I know, but go with me on this. Smoking rabbit, game birds, and fish in hay isn’t crazy. When you think about it, smoking meats in hay is just like using any other smoking medium. But the difference is in the flavor. Meats smoked in hay give off an herbal, wheat quality. It’s far more subtle and sweet than meats smoked in hickory or … [Read more...]

Canned Venison with Mushroom Pan Gravy

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I was really short on time tonight so I decided to forgo a lengthy recipe. And instead, I grabbed a jar of canned venison. Before adding the venison, I made a quick pan gravy with mushrooms, shallots, and canned venison stock. OMG is was so yummy…. and quick!! To make the pan gravy, I’m going to use the “singering” method. It’s what is used in Southern cooking. It’s so easy and no … [Read more...]

CORN!!!

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CORN!!! I love corn everything! So I created this tablescape to go along with a corn themed menu.  Each dish incorporated corn in some way.  Corn is a great starch because it lends itself to savory and sweet flavors. I figured roosters eat corn so I used them as my jumping off point, as well as the color of corn, "yellow."  Blue is another color that works so well with yellow … [Read more...]

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