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Gator Tail Jambalaya
A few years ago, my youngest brother, Darryl Martin, drew a gator tag and took an 8 1⁄2-footer in South Georgia. He was looking for ways to cook the big lizard, so he gave me several bags of gator tail to try in various recipes. Jambalaya was my first thought. What better time to test gator tail jambalaya on unsuspecting family members than the day after Thanksgiving? Everyone at the Martin gathering would be burned out on turkey and dressing, and would enjoy something with a kick. As the sun set on Turkey Day, I spent the evening trimming away fishy fat from the gator tail and plotting my recipe in secret. Knowing gator tail is chewier than chicken, I soaked the beautiful white chunks in a bowl of buttermilk overnight in the fridge to tenderize and flavor them, then substituted it in the jambalaya for chicken without notifying my kin. On Black Friday, all the womenfolk went Christmas shopping, so I had three generations of unsuspecting men and grandkids to use as guinea pigs. They were hungry for something hot, so I loaded up their plates with spicy lizard-meat jambalaya. More

Gator Tail Jambalaya
A few years ago, my youngest brother, Darryl Martin, drew a gator tag and took an 8 1⁄2-footer in South Georgia. He was looking for ways to cook the big lizard, so he gave me several bags of gator tail to try in various recipes. Jambalaya was my first thought....
 

Beef or Venison Tips
I first met Chef Paula George, in all places, on an Auburn University football message board. When the Tigers are between seasons, board members often share recipes in the Tiger Café, a forum for AU tailgaters and all food lovers. It didn’t take long to see Pa...
 

Chicken & Buttermilk Dunklins
Seems like most chicken and dumpling recipes are too thin and soupy for my taste. And they leave guests fighting for their fair share of dumplings. Not my recipe! When proportioning it out, I accounted for those common shortcomings and created the best possibl...
 

Buckmasters Big Red Chili
Buckmasters annual Chili Cook-off is an event Buckmasters employees look forward to each fall. Everyone has a great time whether they're entered into the chili competition, the Halloween costume contest or simply standing by with a spoon, a judge's card and...
 

Troy Landry's Crawfish Étouffée Stuffed Peppers
In 2012, I had the privilege of sitting down with Troy Landry for a few moments at the Buckmasters Expo. While he and his sons were taking a break from signing autographs at the Swamp People booth, Troy and I spoke at the lunch table about his love for cook...
 

Will Primos' Cheesy Chicken Chili
I've put my own spin on this recipe using red meat from wild game. I've found substituting deer or elk for chicken works great. Although it won't be white chili anymore, you can use backstraps for a wonderful variation. Slice the backstrap as thinly as poss...
 

Ten Cooking Questions for Kristy Lee Cook
Q: If you were cooking dinner for Simon Cowell, what would you serve him? A: Probably Rattlesnake. Ha! No! In all seriousness, I would cook him something like elk steaks, sweet potato casserole, bread and salad. (I know rattlesnake sounds best for the perso...
 

Bayou Bunnies Beat the Blues
I always get the blues when deer season ends. It's too cold to fish in early February and my stack of unattended honeydoos has grown into a mountain since October. This season, I decided to beat the blues by taking advantage of Alabama's February small gam...
 

Stacy's Sweetheart of Story
Stacy Harris loves chocolate. So much so that a box of chocolate covered Alaskan berries helped solidify her choice for a future husband. Stacy's then-boyfriend, Scott, bought a box of her favorite treats at the beginning of his caribou hunt on Alaska's Mulch...
 

Bear Camp's Magic Moments
Recently, while cleaning out my hunting closet, I found my journal from a black bear camp. It's dated May 1997. The memories of Saskatchewan came flooding back when I opened the first page. I'd forgotten how much fun this hunting trip was, my first as a Buc...
 
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