Yum! Groundhog Culinary Recipes

THIS DAY IN GASTRONOME- the periodic post about cooking and cookie recipes guaranteed to boost traffic count since EVERYBODY loves cookie recipes!!

Groundhog Day! Time to fire up the grill! Break out the roasting pan! Oil up the turkey fryer!

After all, Thanksgiving is called “Turkey Day”, Christmas Tradition dictates a “Christmas Goose” for the main entree, so Groundhog day must be the day to eat young, tender, eight month old woodchucks!

Everyone share: what are your favorite Groundhog delicacies? How do you recycle leftovers?

From our friends at Wildlife Recipes:

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Tantalizing Excerpt:

Woodchuck, also known as groundhog, should be handled in accordance with the general rules for game in the field. The blood should be drained, and the entrails removed and the body cavity wiped clean. When hung for 48 hours, they are ready to the skinned and cooked.

Woodchuck meat is dark, but mild flavored and tender. It does not require soaking; however, many people like to soak it overnight in salt water. If the woodchuck is caught just before he begins his winter sleep, there is an insulating fat layer under the skin. Remove excess fat. remove 7 to 9 “kernels” (scent glands) in the small of the back and under the forearms. Parboil the meat of older animals; cook by recipes calling for chicken or rabbit.

THIS DAY IN GASTRONOME

Happy New Year!

Skinny Moose explains Mincemeat Pie over on his blog:

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Tantalizing Excerpt:

With plenty of venison in the house what to make for Christmas? I knew it would have to have venison in it so that’s when I decided to try to make a Mincemeat Pie for Christmas.
Never heard of mincemeat? Well it is an old pie that is older than our country, and probably was made by some of the first settlers to travel over from England.

Mincemeat developed as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking some 500 years ago in England, where mince pies are still considered an essential accompaniment to holiday dinners just like the traditional plum pudding. This pie is a remnant of a medieval tradition of spiced meat dishes, usually minced mutton, that have survived because of its association with Christmas. This pies have also been known as Christmas Pies. Mince pie as part of the Christmas table had long been an English custom.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a time for reflection and renewal in the company of family and friends. This year I thought my faithful readers (Thanks Mom!) and first time visitors might enjoy something old and something new, something sacred and something, well, a little more profane……in other words, a little something for everyone in this, the annual Christmas compilation post.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

First, the sacred: Chaplain to the RKBA Blogosphere Anthony Martin helps us all focus on the Holy-Day through music:

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This year a new addition: Merry Christmas from Chuck Norris!

Or, if you prefer to commemorate the (profane) ghosts of Christmas past:

A (favorited)new addition this year to the Christmas Compilation Post:

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Buried in the Real Gunfights Category Lawdog Shoots Santa Claus (hint: the second link at the end):

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From the 1879 Housekeeping In Old Virginia—Christmas Wild Game Recipes:
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The 1914 Western Front Christmas Truce:
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A bunch of Good Samaritan Santa Clauses re-enact The Boston Tea Party:
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You should definitely patronize catalog merchants who support RKBA:

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Last, but not least, Porky Pig sings Christmas Carols
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Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy New Year!

Chicago Tribune Reporter Field Dresses Deer


Credit where credit is due. Real hunting – two Chicago Tribune reporters take to the field and gun hunt their own venison.

They quickly understood the observation hunters have made for many years, to wit: Hunting is the most natural, organic, “sustainable” way to eat meat.

After several trips into the woods with no success, one reporter nevertheless volunteers to help skin, clean and butcher another hunter’s deer.

Yes, some would consider the video content graphic and may not wish to watch.

Youtube video description:

Chicago Tribune staff reporters Monica Eng and Barbara Brotman go on their first hunting expedition for deer, where they learn how to properly track, kill and butcher their prey. (Viewer discretion is advised)

From 1879, Christmas Wild Game Recipes

As I advised John Richardson over at No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money, (CLICK LINK HERE) I have been reliably informed the key to high volume readership of a gun blog is—Cookie Recipes.

Thus, for my New Year’s Resolution, I am determined to sprinkle more selections from the Culinary Arts and other Branches of Domestic Economy into this blog after the fashion of David Codrea’s THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

My contributions will be entitled THIS DAY IN GASTRONOME.

Sadly, as I perused my copy of Housekeeping In Old Virginia, (Copyright 1879) I realized in 1879 very few Housekeepers focused their attention on the preparation of cookies.

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