July 1, 1998 |
Yo, Chefs! We were at the New Orleans Cafe in Eddystone and had the most interesting dish - venison chops with blueberry brandy butter sauce. Could you find out how the sauce was made? I've tried to make it, but this was totally different. Thanks for the help! Beverly Kokas, Aston Dear Beverly, Excellent Cajun and Creole food is served in this quaint, tiny restaurant. Owner/chef Daniel Funk learned his trade from a former chef at K. Paul's kitchen, Paul Prudhomme's world-famous New Orleans eatery.
June 21, 1995 |
Ah, summer, The lazy days of cookouts and cool quick meals. Today, in recognition of the summer solstice, I'm going to fire up the outdoor grill, mix up a batch of barbecue sauce, toss a salad and cook venison. Venison? In the summertime? Even if you're a venison fan, you might not think of grilling it like London broil or stuffing leftovers into a sandwich because venison is associated with the hunting season, when it's cold outside. Or maybe you have been reluctant to try venison at all because you think it's tough and gamey.
October 18, 2007 |
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - When Henry Ahern's first 27 red deer ambled off the trailer and onto his grandfather's farm 13 years ago, he was just looking for a way to save the 200 acres from developers. He'd considered farming cattle, elk, bison or even fish. But when he learned that the United States imported more than 3 million pounds of deer meat a year from New Zealand, he became convinced a niche domestic market could be created. He was right. Since he started Bonnie Brae Farms, farmed venison has become a fast-growing cottage industry fueled by strong interest in the low-fat, low-cholesterol meat with all the flavor but none of the gamy bitterness of its wild cousin.
July 25, 1999 |
Coleen Williams' husband, Tom, doesn't miss his mom's meat loaf. "He always thought it tasted too mushy," Williams says. Not so his wife's - especially not since inspiration descended upon her during the Blizzard of '96. Williams, a self-described "adventurous cook," had braved the elements and trekked to the Italian Market from her home in Queen Village. "I was across the street from Sonny's," she recalls, "and the thought occurred to me, 'Why not make a meat loaf using game?
December 4, 2002 |
Like a ghost, an eight-point buck emerged from the morning mist. With a slow, stately gait, the deer marched uphill by a line of naked trees in a Susquehanna County field in northeastern Pennsylvania. When it appeared, I stopped breathing. I was 175 yards off, on the far side of the field. I followed the animal, then squeezed the trigger. Some call what I did that day three years ago a sport, like baseball or golf. Don't believe it. As Ted Nugent, the rock star and in-your-face nimrod put it, "This is no bird-watching walk in the woods.
April 5, 2001
For eight weeks, sharpshooters have culled 429 deer from Fairmount Park. The huge and hungry deer population has been a threat to other plant and animal life, since their numbers far exceed the park's ability to sustain them, a fact lost on local animal-rights activists. As a public service, we provide the following recipe for venison stew: 2 lb venison 3 lg onions, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tb Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried oregano 7 potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 lb carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 c all-purpose flour Heat 2 T of oil in Dutch oven.
December 2, 1992 |
It's deer season in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and elsewhere. The signs are inescapable - the pickup trucks full of men (and, occasionally, women) in bright red-and-orange clothing, the always startling sight of deer carcasses tied over fenders or slung into truckbeds, the handwritten posters in the Poconos advertising hunters' breakfasts and game suppers. I do not hunt, but I appreciate the skill of hunters and the lure of the season. And I do not hope to or want to convert those who, for whatever reason, oppose the practice.
February 9, 1990 |
For Valentine's Day, how about something wild? You could rent the 1986 movie by that name and watch drab Wall Streeter Jeff Daniels get scared stiff by a kinky, handcuff-toting Melanie Griffith. Or you could opt for something tamer, like a dinner of wild boar, New Zealand venison, Canadian elk or black bear. Games or game - your choice. Since this column is not into handcuffs, you're going to read about dinner. Many area restaurants add an exotic special or two to their menus during the winter months, when game is traditionally in season, even though the products are likely to be farm-bred and available year-round.
January 1, 2009 |
What would Michael Pollan, acclaimed author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, think of Mike Marino's annual Wild Game Luncheon? Pollan has been a writer, teacher and advocate for informed, sustainable eating for about as long as Marino, a former Montgomery County district attorney (1988-99), has been hunting and cooking his own fish and game. The professorial Pollan documented the ills of agribusiness in America and its effects on our well-being, while the politically inclined Marino (R., definitely a raging R, though he voted for Barack Obama)
January 1, 2009 |
Clearing the Record This article about Michael D. Marino?s annual game luncheon incorrectly stated that Marino voted for Barack Obama. While Marino says he is impressed with Obama, he cast his ballot for John McCain. What would Michael Pollan, acclaimed author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, think of Mike Marino's annual Wild Game Luncheon? Pollan has been a writer, teacher and advocate for informed, sustainable eating for about as long as Marino, a former Montgomery County district attorney (1988-99)