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Happy Healthy Family Tracking the Outdoors In

Stacy Harris

Verlag: Gray Forest Publishing, 2011
ISBN 10: 0983879907 / ISBN 13: 9780983879909
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Titel: Happy Healthy Family Tracking the Outdoors ...

Verlag: Gray Forest Publishing

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

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Inhaltsangabe: Happy Healthy Family Tracking the Outdoors In: Nutritious Wild Game, Fish, and Vegetables that are Exceptionally Delicious and Surprisingly Easy to Prepare is a refreshing cookbook that focuses on recipes from the wild such as venison and other wild game and heirloom vegetables. Stacy's simple way of explaining how to create tender, non-gamey meat from ordinarily tough meat is front and center in this book with the message that eating from the wild is not only the healthiest way to eat, but the tastiest way to eat! This book is filled with heartwarming photographs of her beautiful family catching the fish and gathering the vegetables to their healthful meal of Crispy Bream and Roasted Vegetables only to be topped off with Gray's Peaches and Vanilla Cream Dessert. Not only are the recipes delicious, there are health facts and cooking hints sprinkled through the book along with vivid photographs of every recipe. Stacy clearly is inspired and inspires others from her overflow of love and priority for family and home and it is beautifully translated to the pages of her cookbook. Anyone with a desire to be healthier, dine on exceptionally delicious and surprisingly simple food, and get back to the natural ingredients that were meant for the body, needs this book. Stacy writes from a passion that wild venison, turkey, duck, quail, pheasant, fish, fruits, and vegetables without hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and without being genetically modified are the most nutritious and tasty foods that one can eat. She states that whether you hunt, fish, and gather yourself, or whether you purchase from a reputable harvester and shop at farmers markets, changing your eating habits to wild foods is the best choice in health you will ever make. For many, preparing wild game seems to be a daunting task. In her book, not only does Stacy give the information needed to melt away any intimidation of cooking from the wild, but she also gives the techniques to simplify the process of making succulent, excellent meals. Her tried and true recipes come from a heart to love her family through cooking extraordinarily delicious food gathered from the garden, and hunted and fished from the wild.


       As a law school student and soon to be lawyer, my life seemed to be going in the complete opposite direction than where I have ended up, and boy am I glad!  I always wanted to be a mother but who knew I would be a mother of seven children.  I happened to marry an avid hunter and outdoorsman who seemed to have a new creature to be prepared for dinner every other day.  As he continued to bring his "catch of the day" home, his butchering and processing of deer, birds, and fish in my clean kitchen quickly became the norm.  I wondered how my sister-in-law, Carol, managed in her kitchen.  I never have known two brothers who had more of a passion for hunting.  Whatever season it happened to be Scott was going to hunt it.  Before we married and some thereafter he hunted twice a day!  He hunted before and after work and every day of the weekend.  Thankfully, he has mellowed and has fantastic relationships with the kids and me.  What was a woman who knew nothing about cooking to do with all this wild game and fish?  In an attempt to empty my overloaded freezer, I determined not to purchase any meat from the supermarket for a month.  This was extremely challenging in that my husband had cooked most of the game meat that we had eaten up until then. I thought to myself "Here we go!"
       Immediately I began testing recipes but found it more difficult for me to prepare wild game than the supermarket meat I was accustomed to cooking.  I also found that the meat seemed to be dry no matter how I prepared it.  I just knew there had to be an easier and better way of preparing this difficult meat and still have a tasty dinner.  I knew that our ancestors before us lived by hunting and gathering and could not have eaten tasteless tough meat for every meal.  
       I began asking everyone I knew about how to prepare venison.  Almost everyone told me about marinating the venison in Italian Dressing and wrapping the venison loin in bacon and grilling it.  Not that these recipes are bad, I was just looking for something a little more special.  I met with several dead ends that month and was disappointed at times but as I began studying the cuts of meat and how to extract the best flavors from them something clicked in my mind and I knew to braise the shoulder and neck of venison, elk, and moose for soups and stews, to brown the loin in a super hot skillet and serve it rare, and that the hindquarter roast was a little more versatile to do a vast amount of recipes.  Next I began creating recipes for wild duck, and pheasant.  I was surprisingly delighted in the flavor of pheasant after being soaked in wine as the French did with their old birds.  These wild birds had more flavor than anything I could find in the supermarket and they did not really take that much more time to prepare.     
      With a growing family, I needed to be able to prepare meals that did not afford my being in the kitchen for more than an hour.  Amazingly, I found that many of the recipes I created and I am sure my ancestors before me used, took less than thirty minutes to prepare.  Now that I discovered the truth about wild game, I rarely had to purchase my animal protein from the grocery store, which helped out tremendously on our finances.  These animals seemed to actually have more flavor than supermarket cuts of meat.  I also found that some of the tougher cuts of meat ended up having more flavor than the tender cuts.  I was truly astounded.
       During this process, I had no idea the health benefits I was giving to my family until a friend introduced me to a book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, that encouraged eating wild game, fish, and fresh from the garden vegetables for maximum health.  She states that game meat should be considered health food and is particularly rich in nutrients and minerals.  The meat of deer, duck, goose, pheasant, and quail among others is lower in fat and is a great source in B vitamins, zinc, niacin and phosphorus and also has higher omega 3 fatty acids than beef.  I knew that most supermarket meats were pumped with unnatural substances, but continued to rely on the government regulations, of food to protect my family and me from consuming anything harmful from entering our bodies.  Surely they would not allow anything to harm the men, women and children of this country.  I soon came to realize just how potentially harmful the consumption of hormones, and antibiotics were for the body.   
           Not only does most of our meat have harmful substances our vegetables do as well.  The number of vegetables entering the Genetically Modified category are increasing yearly, not to mention the harmful pesticides being used in the modern farming industry.  In that wild game and fish have higher omega three fats more antioxidants, less fat, and all without the added hormones and antibiotics, how could we go wrong making these proteins our staple foods? 
            Many people are choosing to take their health with their own hands and have chosen to eat wild whether they hunt or not.  There are many specialty stores and on-line resources that one can purchase any wild game that they would like.  Many of these are FDA approved.  Some have chosen to become hunters just for the health benefits of the game harvested.             
       Our children love eating from the wild in the sense that they feel they are contributing to the family's health and welfare.  It truly is a family affair.  Every time we sit down for a meal the kids will comment on the dinner's being the best they have ever eaten.  Maybe it really is the best they have eaten or maybe it is just the pride of knowing their contribution to the succulent food on the table, but whatever the cause for the comments, they are getting healthy and they are happy to be at the table with the family.  Who could ask for more?  
Because of our children's involvement in the harvesting and preparing of the food, they have a great desire to share it with others, especially their grandparents, cousins, and other extended family. This brings about much relationship building and teaches them the importance of hospitality.  When their grandparents are proud of them for serving them, the children light up with joy.  There is nothing more powerful than food that draws people together, keeps communication open, and relationships consistent, fun and loving than enjoying excellent well prepared, succulent food around a table filled with laughter and joy everyday.
        The confidence built through the hunts, the cuisine preparation, the delicious dinners and conversation around the table cannot be forgotten.  Because of the intensity of the relationships built, children are more likely to make traditions of their own in either hunting, fishing, or just cooking healthy food together for generations to come.  One never forgets these experiences in that dining is an all sensory experience.  As the cooks touch the food in preparation of a satiable dinner, aromas fill the house, and laughter and conversation is heard, there is created an anticipation for the eyes to see a beautiful array of fresh vegetables and a lovely presentation of wild game or fish to be tasted with a complete satisfaction and contentment in the enjoyment of life.  
         My hope for you is that you will become confident in making elegant, succulent dinners for your friends and family and that it would become easy and second nature to use wild game, fish, and vegetables for your main nutrition.  I hope it will bring you joy in your relationships and a happier, healthier family.   Enjoy getting back to the foods God prepared in a non-altered form for the optimal fuel.  Also enjoy the process of hunting, fishing, gathering, or cooking with your loved ones and create memories for a lifetime.

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