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Help! I'm marrying a hunter...

And I was raised by a mostly-vegetarian mother and a chicken-and-beef-eating father. I'm a bit at a loss for what to do with venison and elk. Please, please, please, get me excited about wild game so I can stop hoping for a failed hunting season!

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  1. I'll talk to my sister - she also married a hunter, and was just learning to cook at the time. I think she has a couple of favorite cookbooks/recipes.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Thank you! I'd love cookbook recommendations...one more excuse to add to my already shamefully large collection.

    2. Fortune has smiled on you. Venison and elk especially, are very tasty provided you realize from the getgo that they aren't fat meats and it is easy to over cook them. There are some game cookbooks out there but it is more important as to how the meat is treated from the time it is killed until it gets to the table. DON'T HANG IT OUTSIDE! Cold age it under controlled conditions.
      http://www.wildgamerecipes.org/ might be of comfort to you.

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      1. re: houdini

        OH, you lucky, lucky girl! Ditto the advice on proper handling of your prizes. I have seen loads of great game recipes in a huge variety of cookbooks....browse through your library and pick a few recipes to try out. My hubby doesn't hunt anymore, but when he did, I often substituted venison or elk for beef with good results. My 78 year old MIL just bagged a big buck yesterday, and I am going to make sure we get some of that venison!

        1. re: kmr

          Thank you! Reading everyone's posts is making me much more enthusiastic about this - and less nervous about cooking something entirely foreign to me. I love Chowhound!

      2. I'm a vegetarian but my childhood was spent eating wild game - mostly elk. I stopped eating meat when "steak" became "cow". Elk or venison "steak" is SO much better!

        I was too young to really recall mom cooking with wild game. I don't think she used any game-specific recipes. Actually I am sure she didn't (still has the same, growing, collection of cookbooks).

        1. It should be fun to experiment with different cooking methods and things like that. Does his family have any traditions or favorites? (My rule is to never make anything that is my mother-in-law's specialty.) But maybe other family members have tips or suggestions.
          (PS: Lock up those guns in the house...)

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