I had a pound of hot Jimmy Dean sausage in the fridge that I had planned to make wild rice pie with, but my son said he would prefer some wild rice soup. So, I adjusted my plans to accommodate his wishes. (I still plan to make that pie soon!) The results were fantastic, with … Continue reading Spicy sausage wild rice soup
I cooked a chicken in the crock pot the other day with the thought we would have chicken tacos for dinner. I added chili powder and taco seasoning, a whole chopped onion and some minced garlic to the pot that morning so the chicken would have the right flavor at supper time. By the time … Continue reading Tortilla Soup
Every fall thousands of Greater Sandhill Cranes gather near Grantsburg Wisconsin to beef up in preparation for their annual southward migration to the warmth of the U.S. Gulf Coast. And every fall, hundreds of folks visit the area to view the cranes for themselves. I had the opportunity last week to lead a group of … Continue reading Crex Crane Tour
The cold weather and the sniffles had me craving soup today, but I didn't have any meat thawed and I did not want to go to the store for chicken or beef. I dug around in my freezer and found a tube of hot seasoned sausage and saw that I had a few potatoes, and … Continue reading Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup
I spent an afternoon last week sauntering with my shotgun through the woods. It was a windy day on the nearby prairie but in the woods it was still and calm. White-crowned sparrows flitted in the underbrush, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers called from the oaky over-story as they flitted from trunk to trunk, but nary a … Continue reading A fall walk in the woods
The great thing about venison is that it is very similar to beef and can replace it in just about any recipe. The first time I harvested a deer my kids told me there was no way they would ever eat venison. So I started by combining the venison with beef, about half and half, … Continue reading Venison Nachos
Its fitting that National Public Lands Day falls on the opening day of duck season. I did not duck hunt today, but I did spend the day hunting for grouse and squirrels, all within the boundaries and outskirts of public lands owned by the State of Wisconsin and Burnett County. I saw lots of vehicles … Continue reading Happy Public Lands Day!
I'm lying on my cot inside my little one-pole tent this evening resting and listening to all the sounds of the Goose Creek Rendezvous around me. A thunderstorm had finally passed, and people are settling in for the evening, gathered under damp canvas awnings in front of canvas tents. Voices carry from all directions around … Continue reading A Good Day
I'm spending the weekend at the Goose Creek Rendezvous in Harris MN. Tonight was the candlelight shoot, where each competitor took two shots at lit candles with muzzleloaders shooting round ball with black powder. The shot must not only put out the candle, but it also must hit the wick without hitting the candle itself. … Continue reading Candlelight Shoot
One nice side-effect of a rainy September is the abundance of mushrooms and other fungi that spring forth on the forest floor. I took a brief stroll through a favorite spot full of fond memories this afternoon and was treated to a dozen or more different species. I was especially thrilled to find the elfin … Continue reading September Showers Bring… Fungi!