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21 Jul 2007 03:51 PM  
Grillin' venison chops

LIVING OFF THE LAND

     The other evening as we had dinner, it occurred to me that  nearly everthing on our table had come from our land. We enjoyed grilled venison butterfly chops seasoned with mesquite flavoring, corn on the cob, yellow squash, fried potatoes with turnips, sliced tomatoes and greenbeans.
     The venison came from the 11 pointer I took last season with a bow. The vegetables were the result of the sweat equity I have in my garden. The only exception was the sweet corn which came from my father's one acre patch.
     Having a meal that was put on the table by the sweat of one's brow satisfies more than the physical hunger. It is a satisfaction that stays with you for a good long while. It brings back the memories of the hunt when you took the animal. The veggies taste so much better when you know they were on the vine just a short time ago and you were the one who broke the ground and planted the seeds. It is a good reason to invite friends and family over for a meal that allows you to share the bounty and relive your heroic exploits in the hardwoods and the backyard garden.
     Do you have any favorite recipes which incorporate your own garden-raised fruits and vegetables or game recipes? I'd like to hear them. Maybe I can learn a new way to prepare cabbage. I'm getting pretty tire of cabbage now.

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21 Jul 2007 06:34 PM  
Nothing better than sweet corn right now. I can eat 5 or 6 ears in a sitting.

As far as recipes have you ever heard of a Zuchini boat? You take a real big Zuc. and cut a opening in it. Sort of like how subway cut their bread. The you take out all the seeds and innards. Keep some the innards for later. Take some ground deer or beef or pork and add onions and whatever else you like and brown the meat. Then take the meat and some of the Zuc innards with other veggies and maybe some cheese and put it back in the "boat" put the lid on and bake it up.

Slice and enjoy.
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21 Jul 2007 10:17 PM  
Hey, I like the sound of that. I'll have to try it! Thanks for that suggestion.
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22 Jul 2007 06:59 PM  
hmmmm...that meal sounded really good
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25 Jul 2007 08:19 PM  
that sounds really good
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26 Jul 2007 01:39 AM  
that sounds good!a great way to use the big zuchini's
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26 Jul 2007 01:40 AM  
any idea on how long to bake?and what temp?
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26 Jul 2007 04:57 PM  
Nothing better than fresh vegtables to go along with deer meat,chicken,steak,pork.............let's see what else?
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26 Jul 2007 07:36 PM  
Well now you have gone & made me hungry
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27 Jul 2007 03:57 AM  
Better for ya than that frozen junk some people buy at the stores
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27 Jul 2007 04:20 AM  
deep fried morel mushrooms breaded and froze last spring-
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28 Jul 2007 01:50 AM  
Excellent post Archerev.
Summer 2005 my brother wasgrowing tomato, bell pepper (sweet peppers, whatever), some kind of Japanese eggplant, cayenne, habenero, chili, tai, and tobasco peppers.  Yeah, he was a freak with the peppers but they tasted great when cooking!

He moved last year and started up another garden and grew more Japanese eggplants, tomato, bell peppers and some tobasco or cayenne peppers.  He harvested some and I still have some in the freezer. 

Since I'm a city dweller I'm forced to buy from supermarkets and wally world...also have a trailer housing unit in the backyard blocking everything.
At least it was a satisfaction to harvest, clean, and butcher my own deer.
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28 Jul 2007 04:51 AM  
"At least it was a satisfaction to harvest, clean, and butcher my own deer."

There you go, Howard!

I got some hot banana peppers from my dad's garden last week and preserved some of them in vinegar. These babies make your eye's water but thay are good with a sandwich.
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12 Aug 2007 05:39 AM  

One thing you can do with cabbage is deer cabbage rolls.

 

  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground deer meat
  • 1/2 cup instant rice or cooked rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) tomatoes

PREPARATION:

Tear the leaves off the cabbage and cook in boiling water or steam until wilted enough to be flexible. Cool. Mix ground deer meat, rice, egg, onion, and salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon together. Form a few tablespoons of the mixture into a cylinder, then roll up in a cabbage leaf. Secure rolls with toothpicks. Combine the soup and tomatoes in a Dutch oven. Place cabbage rolls in the Dutch oven. Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Serves 6.
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12 Aug 2007 04:44 PM  
Dang,I don't eat cabbage and that sounds good!
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15 Aug 2007 06:05 AM  
I'm going to have to try the cabbage rolls this weekend. I'll let you know what we thought. Damn my mouth waterin'
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04 Sep 2007 10:22 PM  
TUBY I THOUGHT ALL ALABAMA BOYS EAT CABBAGE....THAT RECP. DOES SOUND GOOD.....
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04 Sep 2007 10:25 PM  
ARCHER ..THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD DINNER TO ME..THE BEST VEGGYS I HAVE EVER EATEN WAS STRAIGHT FROM MY GRANDPAW'S GARDEN.....
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04 Sep 2007 10:40 PM  
Nope not all of us pinetree,was a very picky eater as a child.I got older and found out what all those gardens were for!
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05 Sep 2007 07:02 PM  
Sweet pickled okra... really good come deer camp with a sandwich or some fried heart.
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