Venison Spaghetti Sauce

This is an Italian meat sauce suitable for spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, whatever. It uses an “Equalizer” technique I stumbled upon by accident.

Dove Kabobs

Meat and veggies on a stick over a grill. What’s not to love? Boneless dove breasts are delicious and the perfect size. But this recipe includes a game changing trick (see what I did there?) that works with any kabob-based culinary adventure.

Wild Mushroom Soup

Venison stock is the perfect base for this simple but fantastic traditional recipe.

Braised Wild Turkey

This coaxes even a tough old gobbler into something tender, moist and flavorful. This works best with legs and thighs, but also very well with breast.

Basic Brown Stock

This is a basic recipe for brown stock, using bones and meat from just about any fish, game, or livestock. Click here for a detailed treatise on stock.

Braised Venison Shoulder

Think of this as “pulled venison”,­ a wonderful and simple way to show off one of the least respected cuts. It’s a guaranteed hit, even among folks that aren’t too sure about wild meat.

Refried Beans

Ok, ok. It’s beans, not wild meat. Hey, it uses venison stock. And it’s so good it’s a perfect side dish for many other recipes.

Poultry Stock

Of course this works best with wild birds like turkey, pheasant — or even a big mess of quail. Don’t just “breast ’em out” and toss the rest — all those bones and meat are the ticket to great stock!

Cioppino

This is a very “hands on” presentation — be sure your guests are up for it. Frozen bags of mixed shellfish are a convenient and economical option for most of your shellfish. e.g. Costco frozen “Premium Seafood Medley” which comes in 2.5lb bags. If you’re fond of one particular shellfish (like crab or shrimp) , feel free to add more “to taste”.

Shellfish Stock

This is for the shells from shrimp, crab, crawfish or lobster, or similar critters – whether you catch or buy them. If your shells were cooked in a spicy boil, you have a decision to make: rinse them first, or not. If you don’t want the boil spices to clash with your intended use, give them a good rinse or three. But if you prefer the addition of those spicy “seafood boil” flavors, go commando!

Caesar Salad

The big secrets to a Caesar salad that pops are really good fresh, crisp romaine, anchovies, and properly emulsified dressing. The other ingredients are important too… but those three are where most people take shortcuts that impact the result.