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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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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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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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Warm Spicy Apple Cider – On The Fire

Warm Spicy Apple Cider – On The Fire

Warm Spicy Apple Cider If you like a warm drink on a cool autumn or downright cold winter day, this Warm Spicy Apple Cider is for you. It’s great for tailgating, around the campfire and great with apple cider or molasses donuts. I can think of a dozen ways to enjoy this drink. Fill a Thermos to take apple picking, foraging, fishing or hunting. Turn it into an adult beverage with a shot and relax on a rainy evening or…

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies I think Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are a tad bit fussy at the baking stage but they are worth it! Preheat your oven to 325°, lower than usual for cookies. And, lay a sheet of parchment paper on your cookie sheet. That’s it, the fussy part. The rest is “normal.” Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are an awesome autumn treat with a cup of hot tea, coffee or chocolate! They pack up well to take on the road because they’re soft…

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Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe After a long day of housework, bakery work, gardening and hunting, one of my favorite things to eat is a mug of Creamy Tomato Soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. This time of year there are ripe tomatoes to use up – they need to be eaten fresh, cooked into a recipe, canned or frozen. This soup recipe is simple and doesn’t require a lot of attention. You man use fresh or canned paste tomatoes (or…

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Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Disclaimer: I don’t always follow recipes. This recipe for Italian Herb Vinegar is great but feel free to use it as a starter if you’ve never made herbal vinegar. If you’ve got fresh herbs that go well together, mix them up to suit your tastes. Italian Herb Vinegar is a nice addition to holiday baskets or as a hostess gift. You can make the bottle look nice by dipping the neck of the bottle in melted paraffin…

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Zucchini Soup – Warm or Chilled, Delicious!

Zucchini Soup – Warm or Chilled, Delicious!

Zucchini Soup It’s still early in the summer growing season so there probably aren’t a lot of caveman-club sized zucchini hiding in the garden. We usually save the oversized zucchini for bread or soup, or to dry in the dehydrator for winter soups. Let’s make a summer soup with smaller zucchini. The texture is smoother, the flavor is better, and the seeds are tiny and tender. Let’s make my cousin Mimi’s Zucchini Soup. You can serve Zucchini Soup hot or…

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (low heat option)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (low heat option)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers The Jalapeno peppers started producing fast and furious all of a sudden. There are plenty in the freezer for winter (you don’t need to blanch peppers before freezing) and more dehydrated. I had some free time one afternoon so I started experimenting with cream cheese filling for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. Plain cream cheese is fine. It doesn’t overpower the flavor of bacon and it smooths over some of the heat of Jalapeno, but we like…

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Ten Minute Salsa – It’s Too Hot to Cook

Ten Minute Salsa – It’s Too Hot to Cook

Ten Minute Salsa It’s too hot to cook. When it comes to food this time of year I want to head to the high tunnel before the sun heats it up, pick what we’ll have for supper and whatever else is ready to be put up, and be done with it. If we cook meat it happens on the grill. Sometimes all I want after a long hot day of work is this Ten Minute Salsa and some chips. Go…

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