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Adventures in Antelope

June 14, 2012

A match made in heaven!

I am with a man who likes to hunt, and yeah, this girl likes to cook.

Right now, our freezer is crammed full of antelope, deer, and umm…sheep. Yup, lots of good things for me to cook up. This week I am exploring antelope and creating “man approved” dishes. I have been told (by said man) that I have a tendency to make pretentious, pretty food. But, instead of dressing down my culinary delights, I intend on easing him into my “pretty” food by making homey favorites in my upscale fashion.

First up, Tacos!

For yesterday’s dinner I layered flavors in my rice (bitter orange and cilantro), my  black beans (california chili, jalapeno, and cilantro), and my Antelope braised in a chili verde sauce heavy on garlic and onion all wrapped up in a corn tortilla ran through a cast iron pan seasoned with sesame oil. For the top, I finished it off with a quick blood orange, cilantro, avocado, and lemon salsa.

Tonight, I decided to tackle another homestyle favorite. The pot pie.

I seasoned and dredged the antelope and seared it before adding mirepoix, deglazed with an old vine Zinfandel, and finished it with a little heavy cream. At first, I was going to just go buy some puff pastry dough to cap it with…but when I got to the store I fell in love with a couple plants that looked like they wanted to live in my garden. So…I made a little dough from scratch instead and crosshatched it over my “hunter’s pie” concoction.

And now, off to work to go cook for the masses.

Apparently, I just can’t get enough.




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