Venison Pastrami (wet cured)

A bit more work than corned venison, but the result is simply spectacular in flavor and texture. Corned is no slouch, but side by side? I’m on “Team Pastrami”.

Venison Jerky

There are as many jerky recipes as there are people making jerky. This basic recipe is great “as is” but also a fine platform for tinkering.

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.

Venison Country Style, with Gravy

This is a great way to show off tougher venison steaks, like rounds. Even a tough old buck that chews like a superball will be fork tender and delicious. It also works for steaks with lots of connective tissue, like sirloin or shoulder. It’s serious Read More …

Cocktail Sauce

It’s sad that many restaurants no longer accompany shellfish like shrimp and crab with this iconic American dipping sauce.  Nowadays what they bring seems bland and sort of pointless, completely lacking “zing”.    Yeah, I get it. Shellfish flesh has a delicate flavor. And there Read More …


Cioppino is a seafood stew invented in the 1800’s by the Italian fishing community that worked the San Francisco bay and nearby Pacific waters. They would pick from whateve was least marketable from their haul and turn it into this

Russian Dressing

For venison Reubens, etc. Less “meh” than Thousand Island.

Caesar Salad

It is NOT hard to make excellent Caesar Salad! The big secrets to making it “pop” are anchovies, good fresh crisp romaine, and properly emulsified dressing. The other ingredients are important too… but those three are where most people take shortcuts that make the result Read More …

Berlin Currywurst

Currywurst is a popular street food that originated in post-WWII West Berlin. Many of the US troops who served in occupied West Berlin get a far away look in there eyes at the mere mention of it, overcome with memories of late-night visits to a local Imbiss (German street food vendor).

It’s a bratwurst, cut into bite-sizes pieces served in a little paper bowl, slathered in a ketchup/curry sauce. It came with a toothpick as your utensil, usually accompanied by “Pommes frites mit Mayonnaise”…. yep, french fries with mayo (yum!).

Miraculous Onion Dip

Of course you can increase the quantities. But if you do try to use a cooking vessel that is wider than standard, rather than taller. Otherwise it can significantly increase the amount of time needed to caramelize the onions..