Cooking All Things Wild


I probably have a better memory of the first time I ate beef or chicken than the first time I ate venison. Honestly, I probably ate squirrel before I ever ate store bought pork chops. Before you click that big red box with the x at the top of the screen, my point is that I was raised eating from the land. My family was average middle class. My parents were hard-working people. They recognized the value of the food God provides to us in the world around us, and they chose to feed our family with the bounty of God’s woods.

My own children, Bucky, Badger, and Moose, will never be able to tell you the first time they ate venison. I couldn’t either, except that I know Moose’s first meat ever was in pureed venison stew.

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Venison is what we eat. On a rare occasion we’ll add a little variety with some chicken or pork chops, but seven nights a week there will be meat, and five nights out of seven it will be some form of wild game or fish.

After ten years of marriage and fourteen years of cooking on my own as an adult, I have run into a few roadblocks from time to time. Sometimes I think “There’s only so much I can cook with this meat!” In recent years I have been on a quest to expand and diversify our menu. I understand that typically anything that can be made with beef can be made with venison, but that isn’t always the case. Venison, as most of you probably know, is extremely lean, and while that makes it very good for you, it also presents the possibility of dry and sometimes tough meat, if you’re not careful.

The purpose with this blog is to share my experiences in the world of cooking all things wild.

…For the young wife who just realized she’s suddenly a deer season widow and that her entire freezer is busting at the seams with venison and she has no idea what to do with it.

…For the experienced venison chef who has run out of ideas and needs a little inspiration.

…For the adventurous side of any individual.

My goal is to bring a little wild side to your family table.

So pull up a chair. Have a glass of sweet tea. Soup’s on. Let’s eat.

 Herd of Wild Pigs - Flagler Ranch, Mountain Home, TX


Genesis 9:3 “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”

Want to get to know Noel a little better? Listen to her interview at the Married to the Game Podcast!