Its Been A Great Ride So Far

It has been almost nine years since I started writing You Have to Cook It right. What started as a simple way to keep track of recipes I was trying out has really come a long way. When my buddy Rick Edwards suggested I start a blog I had no...

Venison Patty Melt

Its funny to me how tastes evolve. 30 years ago you couldn't have paid me or forced me to eat a Patty Melt. Today I find myself craving one from time to time. I don't remember what it was about the patty melt that offended me so much as a...

Mulberry shrub

A couple of years ago I noticed what I thought were wild raspberries growing in the park near my house. Upon closer inspection I realized they weren't growing from the ground and were actually growing from a tree. that tree was a Mulberry tree. Unfortunately I went on vacation shortly...

Pickled Ramps

I am, just like everyone else, a huge fan of ramps. I really try to get out and find as many of them as I can every spring. There are so many recipes that I make every spring and only in the spring. Which might be part of the reason...

Creamed Nettles

There are dishes that I have wanted to try but have never gotten around to. I either don't have enough of an ingredient or I get stuck in a rut and only make one thing with it. Nettles are one of the ingredients that I have kind of gotten stuck...

Roast Venison Sandwich

  I love a good sandwich, I also love wild game. Unfortunately there just aren't very many wild game sandwich recipes out there. Its not that wild game can't be made into a sandwich it just that most people don't do it. It is possible to cure a turkey breast,...

Ramp Dip

After a long winter like the one we just suffered through, most of us here in Minnesota are anxious to get outside and enjoy some nice weather. Last week I got the opportunity to get out turkey hunting with my friend Matt. The turkey hunting started off on a promising...

Pheasant Gumbo

  "Gumbo, Gumbo in the pot, we need a princess, What'cha got". That line From Disney's The Princess and the frog has been repeated around my house a few hundred times. Finally my 8 year old daughter looked at me and asked, "What is gumbo"? I thought she would never ask....

Crayfish Tacos

  I really wish crayfish were easier to get. I know that I can go buy bags of tail meat but I like the fact that certain varieties are invasive up here in Minnesota but are still edible.  Every summer when I go with my family to Leech lake I...

Smoked Duck

I am ashamed to admit that in all the years that I have been hunting and eating duck I have never smoked a duck. Clearly I have been missing out. It was an episode of Meateater that got me inspired. Rinella and Chef Eduardo Garcia with smoking a bunch of...

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