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Venison Chili Mac and Cheese

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Venison Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili mac is a Midwestern staple and the ultimate comfort food. This recipe is the result of combining two of the best side dishes ever invented: chili and mac n' cheese. What's not to like? You can use any version of chili that you'd like for this recipe. If you prefer a darker, spicier version...
Beer-Battered Fish Torta

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Beer-Battered Fish Torta

The torta is the national sandwich of Mexico, but it's very popular in the United States too. They're traditionally sold at marketplaces, bodegas, convenience stores, and street stands. Although fillings change from region to region, one thing remains the same: This is a sandwich teeming with...
Venison Juicy Lucy Burgers

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Venison Juicy Lucy Burgers

Minnesotans proudly claim that the Jucy Lucy was invented here in the North Star State. But the exact location of this unique burger's inception is up for debate, leaving many supporting one of two iconic establishments. Fans of the 5-8 Club and Matt's Bar, both in Minneapolis, have been locked in a...
Fry Bread Fish Tacos

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Fry Bread Fish Tacos

Traditionally, fry bread is served with ground meat and classic taco toppings. But this crispy and chewy bread can be topped with limitless combinations—from savory to sweet. For this recipe, I use fried crappie accompanied by a bright, acidic mango salsa that pairs perfectly with the fish. Fry...
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

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Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup can be a delicious entrée or versatile addition to other dishes. This version uses wild ingredients and is every bit as comforting as the condensed Campbell’s version used in casseroles. Campbell’s doesn’t contain much cream in order to remain shelf-stable. If you plan on...
The Ultimate Fish Chowder

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The Ultimate Fish Chowder

Here in Minnesota, the lakes are starting to thaw and anglers are getting open water fever, especially for spring crappie. Targeting crappie is the perfect outdoor activity to scratch the fishing itch and fill the fryer for the family. This steamy pot of chowder is a play on the classic clam version...
How to Make BBQ Sauce

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How to Make BBQ Sauce

There’s no shortage of people and places in the U.S claiming to have the best BBQ sauce in the world. For the general populous, that’s a pretty good problem to have. Who doesn’t like slow-roasted, smoky meat slathered in a fantastic sauce? There are plenty of variations on what BBQ sauce is and...
Venison Pasties

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Venison Pasties

For those in the know, pasties are about as Midwest as it comes. A special shoutout should go to all the folks in Michigan, particularly in the Upper Peninsula, who tout these hand pies as a traditional staple of the state. Lesser known is the fact that these little bundles of joy originated across...
The Ultimate Fish Cakes

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The Ultimate Fish Cakes

I made my favorite fish cakes recipe on the Stab ‘Em and Eat ‘Em episode of the Fur Hat Ice Tour, and we wanted to share that process with you. The most important aspect of building a top-notch cake is the ingredient proportions. I don’t douse the cakes in breadcrumbs, for instance. The point is to...
Venison Salisbury Steak

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Venison Salisbury Steak

Looking for a quick meal before you hop back in the stand this afternoon? Look no further than Salisbury steak, or what I like to call the Midwest meatball. Laced with classic flavors, topped with a thick mushroom gravy, and served with mashed potatoes, it’s the perfect pick-me-up before a hike into...