2014 is almost a distant memory and at the end of every year I like to put together a post of some of my favorite dishes. I had a pretty good year this year and had a few new experiences. In 2015 I am going to try to do more fish and spend some more time fishing, we will see if that actually happens. I am starting 2015 with something new. On the 2nd of January I am teaching a coking class featuring all wild game which should be entertaining. As far as resolutions go I am hoping to be more organized with my posts and plan on post more frequently, again we will see if that happens. Thank you all for reading and I hope you all have a good New Year.
I really tried to expand my fish cookery this year. This Butter basted walleye was delicious.
I figured I would get a few off color remarks when I posted about cooking and eating beaver
, what I didn't expect was to start a debate about ethical hunting and trapping practices.
This year was the first year I have actually cooked some smelt
, I didn't catch any myself but I was given several bags of smelt to play around with.
It is no secret that I love Ramps, this year I took that love to the next level with a Ramp dip
that will blow your mind.
In an attempt to use pan fish in as many ways possible I tried Crappie Tom Kha
And used it in a lot of different pasta dishes, like this bucatini all'amatriciana
I spent a lot of time with my fishing partner.
I am always playing around with new ways to use up some of the offal I get and dry cured a deer heart
this year, it was a lot better than you might think.
I took my first trip over to lake Michigan and caught a couple of decent fish. I have eaten a lot of salmon in my life but having it that fresh has spoiled me an now I will be going every year to resupply my freezer.
Thin Fried catfish
was new for me this year and will be a regular part of my cooking from now on.
I finally had a good crop of tomatoes and was able to can about 30 quarts of different tomato product. I made ketchup
and pickled green tomatoes and chutney and sauce and salsa you name it I probably made it.
These golden pear tomatoes were my favorites.
The yellow pears made some of the best tomato soup
I have ever had.
I spent a little time fishing this summer and thought I caught a few bigger fish, this one was probably my favorite.
Probably my favorite discovery of 2014 were dry cured egg yolks
. Incredibly simple to make and they can be used on just about everything.
Early in the hunting season I got a couple of nice sized fox squirrels. I love eating squirrel and decided to try something different.
Not everything I made this year made it on to the blogosphere, these duck breasts were an experiment of sorts made with a peach habenero pan sauce and serve or blue corn grits with Pickled corn.
These duck breast were roasted with salt and pepper and served with a green tomatoes, Apple and squash chutney.
Sometimes I don't have to look very hard to find something wild to eat this chicken of the woods
mushroom dish was found on a Willow tree in my neighbors back yard.
Walking through he grouse woods in northern Minnesota.
I shot my very first Sandhill crane this year, I haven't cooked it yet but will probably get to that early in the New Year.
I have wanted to make a boudin Blanc
out of pheasant for many years and thanks to a friend of mine giving me a bunch of pheasant I was able to.
I had a nearly perfect day of duck hunting
in early November.
2014 was a great year, I didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted out hunting, fishing and foraging but I still managed enough time to continue writing this blog for another year. maybe 2015 will bring more time in the field. Until then I will sit back and enjoy a cocktail
Thanks for reading.