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Corned Waterfowl or Game Meat – it’s not Just for St. Pattie’s Day Anymore


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Other than the occasional deli sandwich, most of us only think about corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day. Green beer, corned beef and cabbage and a few aspirin before bed means we’ve survived another bad excuse for poor eating and drinking behavior until Memorial Day weekend. I don’t think that the majority of us really […]

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Scott Leysath

High Time for Hogs


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  I always get a little depressed when the bulk of the hunting seasons come to a close. Starting with opening day of dove season and ending with the last day of duck season, it’s what we look forward to during the rest of the year. Some of us manage to fill in the calendar […]

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Scott Leysath

Valentine’s Day – Dine In, Not Out


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I like to support good restaurants, especially those that are owned by industrious, hard-working folks who understand the importance of great food and service, but I know better than to dine out on Valentine’s Day. It’s just not my thing. Go there the day before or after and choose from their normal menu and there’s […]

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Scott Leysath

Tales from the Dark Side – How to Cook Lesser Ducks


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Take the often-maligned snow goose, for example. An early season snow goose harvested in Canada is lighter in color and much less, well, gamey than the same birds we shoot in California. It seems that a young bird feeding its way through a barley field up north will taste better than the same goose in […]

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Scott Leysath

Boar Stew – Make a Tasty Stew from your Feral Swine


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Use the oldest stuff first. Frozen meat does not get better with age. I’ve been saying that for years, but I don’t always practice what I preach. I know…shocking. During a recent freezer clean-out, I found some parts of a feral hog that went into the freezer a few years ago. The parts were scattered […]

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Scott Leysath

How to Grill a Quail (and have it taste moist and delicious)


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When it comes to delicate upland game birds like quail, be very suspicious if the recipe instructions include, “Cook until the juices run clear.” A quail is not a chicken. There…we got that out in the open. If your quail is dry, it’s your own fault. Perhaps you read a recipe that instructed you to […]

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Scott Leysath

Easy Ways to Make Wild Ducks Taste Better by Scott Leysath


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Put your turkey baster back in the drawer. The drippings that you splooge over the roasting bird will only help to crisp up the skin. Crispy skin is good, but it doesn’t mean squat if the cooked bird is dry. A brine is a mixture of water and salt. You can add other stuff to […]

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Easy-to-Make (Left-Overs) Goodies for New Year’s Day


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Anything marinated and wrapped with jalapeno, cheese and bacon is going to be the first to go at the party. And, really, what’s not to like? Best of all, you can put anything inside and it’ll pretty much taste the same. You know those snow geese your friends say they don’t like? Well, I once […]

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