Spring Tonic Salad With Deer Heart and Morels

According to Southern Appalachian folklore, blood “falls” in the winter and “rises” in the summer. Come spring, in order to force one’s blood to start percolating again, a spring tonic was necessary. I’m not sure about the validity of my ancestors’ medical theories, but I do believe that a spring tonic salad is a marvelous …

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Hunt & Gather: Clean Out the Freezer Stew

The other day, I took a tour through our freezer and discovered a quartered gray squirrel from February, turkey wing meat from the fall of 2018 (yikes), and just two packages of roasts among our venison stash. The thought occurred to me that now would be a prime time to ask Elaine to prepare some …

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Hunt & Gather: Venison Burger with Wild Watercress Potatoes and Dandelion Salad

In mid-to-late winter and early spring on the 38 acres Elaine and I live on, I perform many of the typical tasks NDA members do: look for sheds of the never-seen buck that made all those huge rubs, conduct various timber stand improvement (TSI) tasks, cut firewood, and do something atypical – gather two wild …

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5 Venison Recipes From NDA’s Field to Fork Events

When Charles Evans and I created the pilot project in 2016 that would become NDA’s Field to Fork program, we tried a novel approach for reaching non-hunting adults who might be interested in learning to hunt for food. We reserved a booth at the Athens, Georgia farmer’s market and set up an impressive spread of …

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Hunt & Gather: Apple Venison Roast

My wife Elaine and I enjoy venison year-round, and we also enjoy gathering and eating fruits and other foods that result from habitat improvements on our land. We’ve planted apple trees for deer nutrition, but we enjoy eating them too, and Elaine found they even work well combined in this apple venison roast recipe. The …

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