Monday, September 19, 2016

Fisherman's Pie with Bacon and Saffron Sauce

Wild sockeye salmon, large fresh shrimp, thick-cut bacon and fluffy potato topping, this recipe will be a hit for this fall and winter. The saffron sauce is decadent, tying everything together. For the recipe, visit:


Beautiful sunrise on day of teal opener in Nebraska.
 In other business, what's going on with us? We know we've been quiet, and probably a little distant. You may think we're cooking less, but we've been cooking a lot. It's just that we are doing more work for clients now, which has been a nice change of pace from before. Whenever a new recipe is posted, we'll share it with you here. We hope we haven't lost you because of this, but Rick and I have bills to pay. It's great to finally have sponsors for the work we've been doing.

Dove hunt with the Bisgards in Tekamah, NE.
Hunting season is just beginning. I (Jen) have been able to tag along on a teal and dove hunt so far. Poor Rick has been working a ton and hasn't been out in the field at all. This past weekend, we did volunteer at the Missouri River Exposition at Ponca State Park in Ponca, Nebraska. We gave out all sorts of samples ... snapping turtle tacos, venison tacos, venison wrapped in bacon, venison cheeseburger sliders, turkey and pheasant legs noodle soup ... The samples went out a thousand times faster than it took to make all of it. We were able to sell some books (which you may purchase by clicking "Book" in our navigation bar) and meet some nice people. This was our second year cooking at the Expo and I expect we'll do it again next year. If you're in the Ponca, NE, area the third weekend of September next year, come visit our booth!

We also just recently moved, AGAIN-- but we finally made the big leap and bought our first house in Omaha, Nebraska! We're in it for the long haul now-- committing to be true Nebraska residents. Hopefully we won't have to move again for a long time. We've moved so many times in the last few years. We hate moving. 

Briana on her first crappie fishing experience.
And oh my, where has the summer gone? We've been so busy that it's amazing to look up and see that the leaves are beginning to turn. My longtime friend Briana from California came out to visit in July, and it was hot as hell. But I think we showed her a good time. She's never been out to the Midwest before. We taught her how to fish for bluegills and crappie at Lake Wanahoo, took her to Bob's Bar in Martinsburg, an evening boat ride on the Missouri River and also experienced fine dining in Omaha. She was only out for 3 days, but I think we gave her a good crash course on what Nebraska has to offer.

I'm still doing the horseback riding thing. It's what I love. It's what I do. A bunch of friends and I went out to Fort Robinson in western Nebraska and rode through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. I'm also looking forward to foxhunting season, which is just starting. 

I also traveled to San Francisco and spent some time in Napa Valley to expand my knowledge of wine. But really. I just drank a lot. It was such a fun time with friends who drove up from SoCal to meet me there. 

A bunch of other stuff happened this summer, but I can't remember it all. We'll try to keep you guys in the loop more often. Hope you all had a great summer and best of luck to you this hunting season!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Grilled Wild Salmon with Bacon and Bleu Wedge Salad

Our latest recipe is grilled, wild sockeye salmon seasoned with a touch of Herbes de Provence-- one of our favorite seasonings for fish. We serve it with a pretty wedge salad with ranch dressing, crumbled blue cheese, Jones Dairy Farm's healthy turkey bacon, chives, diced tomatoes, and red onion -- the only way we enjoy eating iceberg lettuce. And when you live in the Midwest, no meal is complete without fresh sweet corn!

This is an impressive dish to serve for lunch or brunch in the summer or a light, quick dinner. It's finally starting to cool down in Nebraska so eating outside has become much more enjoyable. Fall and then winter will be here before we know it. We try to grill as much as possible while we can. Hope you're doing the same!

Check out our recipe for grilled wild salmon with bacon and bleu wedge salad here:

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Also, look forward to our review of the new and improved Weston Pro Series Commercial Grinder. This size #8 grinder is an improvement from the previous model, which we really loved. We can't wait to see how this one performs. From first glance, it does look like it has a few more bells and whistles and much more power. If you're looking to upgrade your grinder, Weston is the way to go.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Venison Bacon Burger with Roasted Poblano Aioli

Let's face it, most of us are obsessed with bacon. If you're looking to give your ground venison some extra flavor, grind some bacon into it as well. It'll add fat to an otherwise lean game and will help keep your venison burgers nice and juicy. 

To add a bit of smokiness, we roasted a large poblano pepper, some garlic, chopped it all up and then added it to mayonnaise for a mild, peppery spread. You can roast the poblano on the grill, under the broiler or over the fire of a gas range. This is a super easy recipe that is perfect for the grill this summer. We hope you get the chance to try it!

You can find the recipe here:

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Hunting season is just around the corner! Gift your favorite hunter (or yourself) our guide to hunting, field dressing and cooking 13 different types of wild game. There's something in here for everyone!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Steamed Walleye with Pork Sausage and White Wine Sauce

We've partnered with Jones Dairy Farm to create wild game and fish recipes that incorporate their products. To date, this is one of our favorites! Perfectly steamed walleye fillets lay on a bed of fresh tomatoes and a white wine sauce made of sausage, thyme, and saffron, sprinkled with fresh herbs such as marjoram and parsley from our "garden"-- this made a lovely lunch for two. Find a good loaf of French baguette to mop up the rich broth. 

To view this recipe, visit:

To view Jones Dairy Farm's other wild game and fish recipes, visit:

We also wanted to share a photo from this past weekend. Rick and I went walleye fishing at Johnson Lake in Nebraska with cousins Pete and Aletha Brown. We didn't catch our limit, but it was still a fantastic haul! We caught so many drum, too, which we kept. Even though most people throw them back, drum are tasty-- good enough for a fish fry. Keep that in mind if you ever catch a drum. 

Hope you're all staying cool this summer. It's been in the 90s and pushing 100 here. Makes us a little uneasy because it's only June. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Butterflied Grilled Trout with Compound Butter

I have to give my compliments to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Yeah, I do work for them, but the trout fishing opportunities the state provides are phenomenal, especially if you're looking to fill your freezer. No, you won't find Montanan, Where a River Runs Through It-esque, trout fishing here. We have some cold water streams scattered around but the majority of trout fishing occurs in ponds and lakes. Thousands of rainbow trout are raised in hatcheries and stocked in local waters every year. Hardcore trout anglers may scoff, but we work with what we can. These trout are meant to be easy to catch but that doesn't mean that they aren't fun to fight, providing yet another fishing opportunity for young and old, beginners and experts in Nebraska. Not only that-- the trout are quite tasty. 

Just 20 minutes from our house is one such pond. Rick and I have caught limit after limit there this spring and have introduced a few friends. If you know what you're doing, it's like taking candy from a baby. We get to spend a nice morning outdoors and return home with a guaranteed dinner. That's a great time, in my book. Every trout we've caught have been good eating size, and some of the females we've reeled in have been huge. We've been able to catch enough fish to enjoy throughout this summer when the fish will probably be less active. They are so tasty-- a mild salmon flavor. Six bucks per tag for four trout. We'll take it!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
- 4 whole trout, scaled and deboned
- Your favorite lemon and herb spice blend seasoning
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Olive oil for brushing
Compound Butter
- 4 tablespoons of salted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon of shallot, chopped 
- Chives, chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Pinch of salt

1. Debone and butterfly trout according to the video at this link: You'll need fish tweezers to be able to get all the pin bones out. I've done this when the fish have been completely thawed and when it's still partially frozen. I find that deboning trout when it's partially frozen keeps the meat intact better. Trout meat is delicate and when you handle it too much, it does get a little mushy, but it's not a big deal. If necessary, rinse fish under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

2. To make compound butter, combine softened butter, chive, shallot, zest and a pinch of salt. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface, place compound butter in the middle and then roll up compound butter into a log. Twist the ends and refrigerate to harden.

3. Prepare grill to cook over high, direct heat. After the trout have been deboned and butterflied, brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle lemon-herb seasoning and salt on both sides. Be careful not to over salt. 

When the grill grates get hot, scrub grates with a wire brush and clean thoroughly. Never cook fish on a dirty grill-- it will stick.
4. Cook trout skin-side up for about 3-4 minutes, or until meat is slightly golden. Slide a metal spatula under the fish and carefully flip. Cook skin-side down for an additional 3-4 minutes or until skin is slightly crisp and fish is cooked through. 
5. Serve fish hot with pats of compound butter on top. Warn dinner guests about bones that may have been missed.
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