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Shelby

'Tis Hunting Time--A smallish blog

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2 hours ago, rotuts said:

group of Hunters,  Nice.    Hungry .   would probably eat anything,   

 

Excelent way to get rid of all your eggplant.

 

esp. if you covered it all up w sauce , then some melted cheese.    

 

you could put anything under that.

 

smart.  

 

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LOL now you've spilled my secret!

 

Happy Friday, everyone! 

 

I didn't do the dishes last night.  I hate it when I do that.  So that's what's up right now.  

 

The great hunters went dove hunting again so we'll see what they bring home today.  I was secretly hoping they would fish, but oh well.

 

I'll be slowly getting things together for tonight.  Be back later :)

 

 

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I skip the dishes often when we have company.  For some reason, my five year old child's  brain pops up and tell me not to worry, the dish washing fairy is bound to show up this time.  As usual, I'm punked once again.  Most of the time, I'm glad I put it off anyway.   Seldom have guests but always have dirty dished.  


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Damn! Are you meant to wash dishes? I've been throwing them away and buying new ones for years!

 

But seriously, I'm loving this mini-blog. A whole different, but fascinating world from mine.

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2 hours ago, IowaDee said:

I skip the dishes often when we have company.  For some reason, my five year old child's  brain pops up and tell me not to worry, the dish washing fairy is bound to show up this time.  As usual, I'm punked once again.  Most of the time, I'm glad I put it off anyway.   Seldom have guests but always have dirty dished.  

 

Damn dish fairy always skips me, too.

2 hours ago, liuzhou said:

Damn! Are you meant to wash dishes? I've been throwing them away and buying new ones for years!

 

But seriously, I'm loving this mini-blog. A whole different, but fascinating world from mine.

Thank you!!!  

 

 

 

More dove pictures from this morning just came in :)

 

Today's sunrise

 

 

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The patch

 

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Chum with some serious bird feathers in her mouth.  Blech lol.

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The pile for today

 

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The migratory doves have started coming through.  As you can see, they have more fat and are bigger and also a lot tougher.  Those are the ones you want to bake low and slow or maybe try sous vide.  I can't wait to try them SV and see what we think.

 

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This is a smaller and more tender local bird

 

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After that they went and scouted the water holes for duck hunting tomorrow.  Looks like they should have a good hunt.

 

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Tired girl on the way home

 

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Fantastic thread - thank you!

 

Interesting color variance in the different types of duck's meat.  Do you confit any of it and store for longer term use?

 

 

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2 hours ago, TicTac said:

Fantastic thread - thank you!

 

Interesting color variance in the different types of duck's meat.  Do you confit any of it and store for longer term use?

 

 

I have not tried to do that.  In fact, I'm interested to see if anyone else has.  I'll have to google.

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So, Ronnie smoked the last of the trout that my Mom and Mike gave us (thanks guys :) ) in the cold smoker

 

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I then deboned them to make a dip.  Picking out trout bones is NOT my favorite task.  

 

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I made a smoked trout/cream cheese dip with scallions, dill, lemon, pepper, etc. etc. to serve with crackers

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Dinner tonight

 

Tomatoes and zucchini --zuke was marinated in fresh lemon juice and salt.  It's simple, but it's SO good.

 

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Zucchini casserole.  Good stuff.  Eggs, Ritz crackers, onions.  A true Kansas dish.

 

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Sous Vide pork tenderloin

 

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Plated--our hunter took great pains to make this pretty

 

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My guys are cleaning up the dishes.  Bless them.

 

 

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Thank you so much for this blog.  Am loving it.  Makes me want to find and try dove.  There must be some in Northern California.


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Wow @Shelby.  Everything looks so delicious. I am so happy that the hunters are sharing some of the domestic duties.  I think Chum might be my favourite eG dog.  I really must try that zucchini with lemon.  I have written it down in my "must make" list. If I don't write things down they never happen. It is an age-related thing I think.  xD

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Please thank the hunters for taking us with them via the photos.  I love getting a sense of the place and especially seeing your sweet Chum at work (food-related work, at that :D)!

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my second Lab , Ridge , was black.  with help from friends I was able to teach him to retrieve    whistle commands , hand signals  etc

 

on the level called a Senior Hunter.    he loved this.  he was invited to retrieve pheasants some times , but usually settled mostly for bumpers.

 

based on this , I can telll Chum put in a lot   repeat  a lot  of work retrieving those birds.

 

Ridge used to have an LLBean dog bed in the back of the SUV's I had at the time , and slip into a coma on the way home after a days retrieving.   and snore  .

 

but he was very happy.  as was I.

 

so Cheers and Kudos for Chum !

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Thanks, everyone, for reading along.  And, good morning!  

 

I'm slowly moving around.  I feel like I should start cooking already for tonight.  I wish it wasn't too early for wine lol.

 

I walked into the kitchen and found this zillion lb. bag of jalapeños from my brother-in-law

 

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His neighbor planted like 40 jalapeño plants so he is sharing with half the county lol.

 

I guess I'll pickle and can some.  Maybe some jalapeño jelly?  Any other ideas?

 

In retaliation I stuffed his car with zucchini.  He will never learn that he should lock his doors.

 

 

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1 minute ago, rotuts said:

my second Lab , Ridge , was black.  with help from friends I was able to teach him to retrieve    whistle commands , hand signals  etc

 

on the level called a Senior Hunter.    he loved this.  he was invited to retrieve pheasants some times , but usually settled mostly for bumpers.

 

based on this , I can telll Chum put in a lot   repeat  a lot  of work retrieving those birds.

 

Ridge used to have an LLBean dog bed in the back of the SUV's I had at the time , and slip into a coma on the way home after a days retrieving.   and snore  .

 

but he was very happy.  as was I.

 

so Cheers and Kudos for Chum !

Awwww!  Yes.  The coma and the snoring are something Ridge and Chum definitely have in common.  She loves hunting with Ronnie.  In fact, during hunting season I think I cease to exist in her world.  She follows Ronnie everywhere.  

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12 minutes ago, Shelby said:

Thanks, everyone, for reading along.  And, good morning!  

 

I'm slowly moving around.  I feel like I should start cooking already for tonight.  I wish it wasn't too early for wine lol.

 

I walked into the kitchen and found this zillion lb. bag of jalapeños from my brother-in-law

 

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His neighbor planted like 40 jalapeño plants so he is sharing with half the county lol.

 

I guess I'll pickle and can some.  Maybe some jalapeño jelly?  Any other ideas?

 

In retaliation I stuffed his car with zucchini.  He will never learn that he should lock his doors.

 

 

They freeze well for later use.  You could make a puree with onion and garlic, package and freeze for later use in chilli, etc.  If you leave them out under newspaper will they turn red?  If so then you could smoke them like chipotles....a friend is in the midst of doing this with all his extra peppers.

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@Shelby

 

 It is never too early for wine.  My motto and that of most of my family is that the sun is over the yardarm somewhere in the world!

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2 minutes ago, Anna N said:

@Shelby

 

 It is never too early for wine.  My motto and that of most of my family is that the sun is over the yardarm somewhere in the world!

I knew I liked you and yours :) 

 

Ok, gotta get a move on.  Rabbit to thaw out and eggs to devil.  Be back in a bit.

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32 minutes ago, Okanagancook said:

They freeze well for later use.  You could make a puree with onion and garlic, package and freeze for later use in chilli, etc.  If you leave them out under newspaper will they turn red?  If so then you could smoke them like chipotles....a friend is in the midst of doing this with all his extra peppers.

 

This is good to know.  I've gone overboard (as usual) buying produce and now have another idea!

 

Shelby, if you can say more about teal and how it compares to other wild duck, I'd appreciate it.  Does all wild duck taste the same, more or less? Is there one breed that's especially the best?  Could you confit any of that meat, given another source of fat?

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8 minutes ago, Smithy said:

 

This is good to know.  I've gone overboard (as usual) buying produce and now have another idea!

 

Shelby, if you can say more about teal and how it compares to other wild duck, I'd appreciate it.  Does all wild duck taste the same, more or less? Is there one breed that's especially the best?  Could you confit any of that meat, given another source of fat?

To us (and most other people around here) teal is the "creme de la creme" of ducks.  Very mild in flavor and tender.  Other duck such as mallards, wood ducks etc. are much stronger tasting.  Some can be almost "muddy".   And, they are tougher.  I'm sure you could confit it but I think you'd prefer it just done on a raging hot skillet.  I SV'd some the other day just to try it...it was super good.  Like a nice rare steak.

 

The bad thing about both doves and teal is that they really just don't freeze well.  The meat is so tender that it gets freezer burned no matter how well you wrap it.  We do freeze them--wrapped in Saran and then vac. packed-- but we prefer to try to eat them as we get them.   Which, at this time will be a challenge considering how many doves are in my fridge right now.  O.o

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Jalapenos and most hot peppers freeze exceedingly well without the need for any prep. I just  toss them in a resealable bag, squeeze out as much air as possible and toss them into the freezer.  Not sure how well poblanos would do if you wanted to stuff them or roast them though. 

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2 hours ago, Shelby said:

Thanks, everyone, for reading along.  And, good morning!  

 

I'm slowly moving around.  I feel like I should start cooking already for tonight.  I wish it wasn't too early for wine lol.

 

I walked into the kitchen and found this zillion lb. bag of jalapeños from my brother-in-law

 

P9241305.JPG

 

His neighbor planted like 40 jalapeño plants so he is sharing with half the county lol.

 

I guess I'll pickle and can some.  Maybe some jalapeño jelly?  Any other ideas?

 

In retaliation I stuffed his car with zucchini.  He will never learn that he should lock his doors.

ABT's of course. One of my wife's favorites. Well, anything with cream cheese is one of her favorites.

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Duck hunters are back.

 

Awesome sunrise this morning.  

 

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A mix of blue wing and green wing

 

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Closer look.  The blue wing are the ones that are here first.  The green migrate in later.

 

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25 minutes ago, chileheadmike said:

ABT's of course. One of my wife's favorites. Well, anything with cream cheese is one of her favorites.

 

My brain is very slow today.  Remind me what ABT's are?

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