Hunting Season

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Chef’s Many thanks for the Hunting Season.

Although I own the best kind of dog breed around for hunting, I don’t actually own any weapons necessary to make the kill. I rely on friends to share their meat once they have managed to drag it out of the forest. I am always willing to go cook a meal with elk, dear, bear or moose, especially if I get to stay for dinner.

Again I don’t kill my meat, but I am sure happy that someone does it for me. I could never become a full vegetarian I would be so miserable! I enjoy the taste of meat so much, but then I also enjoy the taste of fresh vegetables too.

When was the last time you actually seriously looked at your dinner, thankful that someone has grown and harvested your vegetables or killed your chicken and sent it to your butcher for you to simply buy it? I am all for progress and technology, but I am extremely appreciative for all the hard working farmers out there who provide us with extremely good produce and meats. More and more it gets harder and harder to convince young adults that farming is a noble profession. For example, the world sees doctors as a much more noble profession than farmers, but when you stop to think about it, without food the doctor would die and so would all of the patients.

Educate your kids as to where dinner comes from, and maybe one or two will choose to become part of the food industry, ensuring that someone is there to feed us in 100 years.

Hunting for food is great way to get in touch with nature and also a great way to be more appreciative of how easy it is to go to the store and buy food for a meal.

I hope no doctors were offended by this article.

Venison Guinness Beer Stew
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/4 pounds of venison meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
10 whole garlic cloves
2 cans of Guinness beer
Water or beef stock
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
salt & pepper, to taste

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until brown on all sides, then add the garlic & the venison and brown the meat for about 5 more minutes. (don’t stir too often while browning - leave it alone) Add the beer, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Top off with water or beef stock to cover the meat as necessary. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer for approximately 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes and carrots. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes.

Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. Season with salt & pepper and parsley before serving.

The stew is done once the meat turns soft again. Do not over cook it though, as it will turn into mush!

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


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