Smoking Venison the Right Way

Historically, it was all about food preservation when it came to the art of smoking. Native Americans and early settlers used the process of smoking for their venison, beef and pork, making it an integral part of our cultural past. In 2017, of course, smoking methods are far more efficient. A smokehouse, although charming, is no longer necessary to get meat smoked to absolute perfection. Vertical box-style smokers include racks for the meat, a smoking box, a heating element and a water bowl that provides moisture for the slow-cooking process, which will most definitely lock in the flavor of both the meat and the marinade you create to make your meat absolutely delicious.

The Perfect Roasted Duck

The hunt, itself, is a memory that lasts a good long time. But for those who do not wish to head to the taxidermist, a recipe to create a mouth-watering meal is another path to consider.

Baked Tilapia-Stuffed Acorn Squash-Beets And Greens For Dinner

Baked Tilapia-Stuffed Acorn Squash-Beets And Greens For Dinner ~ Richard Hudson I thawed a few frozen Tilapia fillets about an hour and a half before I intended to put them in the oven. Once thawed I sprinkled on a little lemon pepper, some dried dill and tarragon, added a little butter and the juice from a […]

Today’s Recipe – Polenta with Mushrooms

  by Alfredo Zotti You will need some Shiitake mushrooms. You can buy them dry at the supermarket. All you need to do is put them in some salty warm water and leave them for a while. After an hour or so, rinse them and slice them with a sharp knife. For the polenta, you […]

Today’s Recipe: Vegetarian Pizza

by Alfredo Zotti Pizza Base For the pizza base, you will need: Approximately 7g sachet of dry yeast 1 cup of water (just a normal tea cup) 2 and ½ cups of flour A pinch or about ½ teaspoon of sugar Procedure Mix the yeast in the water and add the sugar; Introduce one cup […]

Chocolate Rose Truffles on a Spoon!

Ganache Ingredients  ½ c heavy cream 8 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate 1 t rose water pinch of salt Also- 6 oz chopped dark chocolate 12-18 teaspoons   Place the chopped bittersweet chocolate in a heat resistant bowl (stainless steel is good) Scald your cream in a heavy saucepan, then pour the cream over the chocolate […]

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients 1 c popcorn for popping 1 c plus 2 T sugar 1 c plus 2 T agave syrup ¼ c water 1# bittersweet chocolate, grated ¼ t salt Line baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside. Pop your popcorn. Place the sugar, agave syrup & water in a 2 quart heavy bottomed saucepan […]

Tarragon-Peppered Gravlax Recipe 6-8

  Ingredients 3# Sockeye salmon, filleted & pinbones removed      2 T brown sugar 2 t crushed black pepper                                             1-2 T brandy, gin, aquavit or vodka 3 T salt 1 T tarragon leaves 1 T dill   Lay salmon, skin side down, on a plate. Sprinkle with salt, pepper & sugar. Spread dill and tarragon all […]

Winter Vegetables with Horseradish 6-8

Ingredients 1 1/2 # Brussels sprouts 3 T horseradish 3 carrots 3 T cider vinegar 1# parsnips 1 t dill 2 T butter ½ t salt 1/3 c veg oil Black pepper to taste   Cut carrots & parsnips into 1” slices. Steam carrots, parsnips & Brussels sprouts together approximately 10 minutes or until just […]

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Ingredients ½# unsalted butter at room temperature  3 c flour 1 ½ c sugar                                                         1 t baking powder 1t vanilla extract                                                1 ½ t salt 2 eggs at room temperature                               1 ½ c jam- any flavor you like 2 c peanut butter                                      2/3 c salted peanuts coarsely chopped   Preheat oven to 350° Grease 9×13 […]