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  • January 21, 2014

    Bushnell Donates Venison to Fight Hunger in Kansas City

    By David Draper

    If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m passionate about the ability of hunters to help end hunger in America. In the past, I’ve highlighted positive stories about how and where hunter-donated venison has given homeless people a hot meal and pointed out times when government ineptitude and pointless bureaucracy has caused families to go hungry. Last summer, I even spent a day in a Chicago outreach facility, learning more about the Sportsman’s Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed program.

    It’s programs like Hunt.Fish.Feed, where members of the outdoor industry take leadership roles in ending hunger, that interest me the most. I think they are huge resources that have gone untapped—resources that could help spread the message of how game meat can be an essential component in feeding the homeless and hungry.

  • January 13, 2014

    Would You Eat Insects?

    By David Draper

    CC image from Flickr

    In scanning through the lists of food trends that inevitably pop up in January, one idea that consistently pops up is eating insects. In fact, this so-called “trend” has showed itself more and more often in recent years, almost as if food pundits are trying to will the western world into crunching into creepy, crawly bugs.

    The argument behind the trend toward eating insects is based on the popular idea of sustainability. Protein from insects is better for the environment, and better for the body, than that from factory-farmed animals. Bug-friendly research claims 80 percent of the world’s population already make insects an important part of their diet and if we Americans can get on board, the world will be saved from imminent doom.

  • January 10, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Goose with Cumberland Sauce vs Venison Barbacoa

    By David Draper

    It’s no secret that Hank Shaw has had an impact on the way we cook wild game today. As evidence, both readers this week found their respective recipe on Shaw’s blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, so I thought it would be a good fight to see which one gets the nod.

  • January 6, 2014

    Any Ice-Fishing Boilo Drinkers Out There?

    By David Draper

    I’m a reformed ice fisherman. Reformed as in I don’t spend nearly every waking winter moment either on the hard water or planning for my ice-fishing trip like I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to sit on a frozen lake hoping to pull a big fish through a small hole (which sounds like a metaphor for my current career). I just don’t get out there as much these days. When I was an ice angler, I liked to take along a little nip to keep me warm, usually a bottle of Dr. McGillicuddy’s Mentholmint Schnapps.

  • January 3, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Antelope Lasagna vs Turkey Leg Enchiladas

    By David Draper

    When Nathan Carson’s Food Fight entry showed up in my inbox last week, I knew I had the perfect competition for a photo of my own. This week’s pan-to-pan combat highlights what the Wild Chef blog is all about. Though we often go for the backstraps and bacon-wrapped whatever, I try to emphasize there are so many different, yet easy, things you can do with game meat. It’s nice to get fancy every once in a while and show off your skills, but for the day-to-day cook, often the best thing to do is incorporate game meat into tried and true classics like these two dishes.

  • December 30, 2013

    Food Fight: Whitetail vs. Antelope Backstrap

    By David Draper

    After being on a binge-eating spree for the last couple of days, heck, the last few weeks, the last thing I want to think about today is food. Unless it's backstrap. There's always room for backstrap.

  • December 23, 2013

    Searchlight’s Saddle of Venison Recipe

    By David Draper

    Chances are good that your grandmother owned a copy of the Household Searchlight Recipe Book, which was first published in 1931 and was printed continuously, I believe, into the 1980s.

    The Searchlight, as it was known to home cooks, was made up of recipes submitted by readers of Household magazine. According to the book’s forward “One thousand questionnaires were sent to readers of Household who were known to be especially interested in food preparation…each recipe was tested for accuracy, dependability, palatability, and balance of readily obtainable and economical ingredients…In war or peace homemakers may rely implicitly on every recipe published under the auspices of Household.”

  • December 20, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Mallard Breast vs. Bacon-Wrapped Goose

    By David Draper

    If you've been hunting waterfowl and are running out of ideas for what to do with all those ducks and geese, this week's Food Fight should inspire you. Readers Steve Caudill and John Rosasco are going head to head in a battle of ducks versus geese. I predict the bacon will put the goose over the top, but the real winners here are the rest of us who now have two new recipes to add to our waterfowl arsenal.

  • December 18, 2013

    A Few Cocktail Recipes for Christmas

    By David Draper

    Normally I'm not a spiced rum or flavored-whiskey kind of guy, but I will admit a certain affection for Jack Daniel's apple-flavored Winter Jack. It's like a hot-toddy in a bottle and just needs a few seconds in the microwave to make a great steaming cider for sipping in front of the fireplace.

  • December 16, 2013

    Six Great Cookbooks for Christmas

    By David Draper

    My family knows cookbooks make great gifts for me, as evidenced by the overflowing bookshelf in my kitchen. While I appreciate all of them, more than a few become all-time favorites that I turn to again and again. If you’re making a late Christmas wish list or are looking for ideas for the Wild Chef in your family, here are five new cookbooks worth considering.