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It’s a beautiful late summer morning and I’m sitting alone on my couch drinking my morning coffee. My hunter is in a tree, no doubt happy as can be. Bowhunting season in Virginia opened today, and it’s about time too…our freezer is almost empty.
It will be interesting to see what the season is like. For the past few years, our county has been slowly expanding an urban hunting program in the parks in an effort to control the population. Rick’s hunt club participates in it, and they were very successful in their park last year. This year the park next to his favorite private hunting spot is on the list. While that’s good for the park, he’s a little worried about how that will impact his success. We will see. I’m glad the county is running the program. We have such an overpopulation problem. And I’m really not too worried; I’m sure Rick will fill our freezer and have plenty to give to all of our friends and to donate to Hunters for the Hungry!
Now I have to focus on my jobâ€”finding more good recipes to test with venison!
I would love to go to culinary school. But I since I have no desire to be a professional chef, nor a year and $30,000 to spare, I won’t be doing that. So I take classes from local recreational cooking schools and adult education centers. It’s fun, but usually more about the fun than about actually learning great cooking techniques.
Love the internet as I do, I turned to it a year or so ago and discovered Rouxbe, the on-line cooking school for home cooks. I love this site! The tutorials are so well done and easy to follow. I can find tips on all the techniques I need to use and great explanations of why different things are important. So, I’m thrilled to be a part of the Rouxbe affiliate program, which allows me to post some of their great content on this site. As part of Rouxbe’s affiliate program, I have the power to give you a free, full-access, no-videos-barred, 14-day pass to their site. All you have to do is go to the Rouxbe Online Cooking School and redeem the 14-day Gift Membership. After the trial, you can join for as little as $29.95 per month; however, there is no obligation. It’s awesome! Check it out.
My goal this year is to not only help you improve your venison cooking skills, but all of your cooking skills because if you love everything about cooking, you’ll love cooking the venison.
Thanksgiving is almost here. We always make a venison roast as well as a turkey. Cranberries go great with venison meat; the tartness of the berries is a nice compliment with the sweetness of the deer. Last year I discovered an fantastic Cranberry-Orange Relish that I served with my venison steaks. Click here to make it.