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Ultimate Fish Chowder Recipe

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...

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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...

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Venison Pasties Recipe

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...

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Ultimate Fish Cakes Recipe

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...

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Venison Salisbury Steak Recipe

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...

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Venison Spaghetti Pie Recipe

In my household we always plan for leftovers. Whether I’m making tomato sauce, classic spaghetti and meatballs, or a simple meat sauce, there’s nothing better than digging into a re-heated plate of pasta the next day. One of my favorite ways to repurpose those leftovers, or to simply whip up a quick...

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Venison Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

The one-pan meal rules over all others when it comes to quick and easy chow. One version stands out and reigns supreme here in Minnesota, and that’s the good ‘ol hotdish. Is this tater-tot-topped wonder as Midwestern as bumping into someone and them apologizing? You betcha. Tater tot hotdish is one...

Foraging

The Total Guide to Hunting Chanterelle Mushrooms

Mushroom hunting runs deep in the outdoors adventure community. It’s a great way to get kids outside to learn about nature, and it’s a solid way to stock the food reserves. For me, there is nothing better than hiking through the woods, feeling the crunch of the duff under my feet, the wind on my...

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Venison Frito Pie Recipe

Taco-in-a-bag. Frito boat. Walking taco. Just plain awesome—doesn’t matter what you call it because it’s so damn good. Just thinking about Frito pie brings back smells from the school cafeteria on taco day. My friends and I hacked that lunch line and mowed down Frito pies every Tuesday for years. I...

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Walleye Po’boy with ‘Fancy Sauce’ Recipe

I’ve always held firmly that a sandwich isn’t perfect unless you’re wiping sauce off your face. It should be messy and entertaining; an all-out experience between two pieces of bread. The time-honored Po’boy is the epitome of that sandwich and one of my favorites. This Louisiana classic gets a...