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Venison-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Venison-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

My grandmother was a first-generation Polish immigrant, and I fondly remember the smells overtaking the entire house when she made stuffed cabbage rolls. Nowadays, at the end of every year, my family and I make a big Polish feast to celebrate the holidays. With two young kids blazing their own...
Duck Rueben Sandwich

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Duck Rueben Sandwich

I like to follow the mantra "set it and forget it" with this recipe. We're all busy, right? And the two most important steps to making these delicious sandwiches involve waiting. Pop the duck breasts in the brine, tuck them in the back of the fridge, and remove the meat in a few days, then toss them...
Rabbit Alfredo

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Rabbit Alfredo

Small game hunting season is in full swing here in Minnesota. It’s a great way to get back in the field, as well as the perfect adventure for kids itching to experience the great outdoors. Plus, rabbit season lasts nearly six months of the year. This hearty alfredo will fuel you through an entire...
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...