Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs Our Christmas edition of Big Wild is all about food. It took me two weeks to decide on a dessert for the show. Denny Corriveau and John Schumacher returned to cook with us. At first I felt like I’d really need to step this up and make something fancy. Christmas is all about family and food, but food was never fancy. I reminded myself of my own words of advice – good food doesn’t have to be fancy…

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And Now It’s Winter

And Now It’s Winter

It came late this year, the first snow. A flurry here and there, nothing that added up, but no snow that dusted the ground until December. No snow to track deer during hunting season (no deer for us). It started snowing at 2:55 pm on Saturday, noted by stopping my work outside to look at the time. And now it’s winter. We got five inches of snow overnight and it’s snowing again now. In a while the temperature will rise…

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Bourbon Meatballs – On The The Fire

Bourbon Meatballs – On The The Fire

Bourbon Meatballs I love these meatballs. Love them. I’m not a big fan of bourbon alone but Bourbon Meatballs is one of my favorites. I make these for appetizers or increase the size of the meatball and use them as an entree. The bourbon gives this recipe a rich flavor. Definitely not for kids so if you want to make a meatball everyone can enjoy you may replace the bourbon with apple cider. If you’re in a time crunch or…

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Christmas Tree – check!

Christmas Tree – check!

Christmas Tree The Christmas tree has been a big deal for my entire life. We had Charlie Brown trees when I was a kid. Funny story, those trees, one I should tell soon. I’m a  little fussy (Steve would not agree with “little”) when it comes to our tree. I’m not looking for perfect. The tree should be full, green instead of nitrogen-deficient yellow, and nicely shaped. Gaps are okay, they’re nice places to tuck in a birds nest or…

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Rosemary Garlic Moose Roast

Rosemary Garlic Moose Roast

Rosemary Garlic Moose Roast I love a good French dip sandwich. Heck of a way to start a moose roast recipe, eh? The first ingredient in the sandwich is thin slices of Rosemary Garlic Moose Roast. A generous friend who hunts with a bow filled his moose tag again this year. He sent a cooler with meat and I returned it with bread. We definitely got the better end of this deal so I’ll be sending bread and baked goods…

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Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts

Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts

Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts It’s been a good hunting season for ruffed grouse, or partridge as most folks here call them. Do you know the difference between grouse and partridge? The locals say grouse is what you hunt with a guide and bird dog while partridge is what you hunt on your own, the difference being the amount of money spent on the excursion. 🙂 We’re going with grouse today. Baked grouse, brown rice, cranberries and…

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Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef  Vegetable Barley Soup Beef Vegetable Barley soup is one of my favorite soups. I like to make it on a Friday morning, store it in the fridge, and serve it as a hearty, easy dinner at the end of a busy week. This soup stores well in the fridge for three or four days, long enough to keep you well fed over a weekend or during a long week. If you don’t have stew beef on hand you could…

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Tip for New Deer Hunters – Opening Day 2017

Tip for New Deer Hunters – Opening Day 2017

 Opening Day of Deer Season Saturday morning, opening day of deer season, and we were not up and out before dawn. We weren’t sitting in tree stands or ground blinds or in the bushes in hopes of shooting ten point, 250 pound bucks. When reality isn’t productive it’s best to stay in bed, comfy cozy, and go out later on.  I have a tip for new deer hunters to share, one that’s done well for me, and two more equally…

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Unrealistic To Do Lists

Unrealistic To Do Lists

Unrealistic To Do Lists I bet most of us have them – unrealistic to do lists that make us feel bad, lazy, inferior, unworthy, incapable, blah blah blah. Sleep and I aren’t getting along these days. I’m running on four hours and a few catnaps a night. It’s a great time to run through the to do list, over and over again. I add to it, scribble things out while I organize the list, add more, decide something doesn’t really…

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And the Rain Came – Drought’s Probably Over

And the Rain Came – Drought’s Probably Over

And the rain came The beavers have been unemployed in the “Flood Robin & Steve’s Woodlot” project since early summer. We breached their series of small dams until the rain stopped. A few natural springs kept a two foot wide low spot in front of the lodge damp but the rest of the water was gone. Over the summer the soil started to recover. Plants grew and eventually filled in all but the worst spots. Deer and bear visited to…

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