Oh my is this a very special Back at the Lodge podcast with Jim and Michelle! We are on location at the Dorothy Day Center (part of Catholic Charities) in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota for Outdoor Sportsman Group’s Hunt.Fish.Feed event. And with us today are TWO special guests – Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef and Jack Hennessy, wild game food blogger for the Pioneer Press (St. Paul paper). Listen on iTunes here. and on Stitcher here.
I haven’t been as involved in HFF events in the past few years since I officially left Sportsman and now am a contractor, so it was great to be back in the scheme of things and helping those less fortunate again. And it was especially fun to have Jim at the event as he attended one of our earlier HFF events at this very location in 2010 when we fed fish caught during a nearby ice fishing tourney. (Side note, we will never do that again, fish were too small and cleaning that much tiny fish was too labor intensive.) We had so many volunteers (courtesy of Comcast St. Paul’s office!) at THIS event that Jim and I were able to sit off to the side and interview Scott and Jack.
Honestly, you can talk to Scott about wild game cooking for hours – the man is a genius and wealth of knowledge. Here are a few notes from his interview:
- Scott’s show, The Sporting Chef, airs Sundays at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel
- Sous Vide is the method Scott thinks more hunters should use in their cooking. He recommended this site: http://anovaculinary.com/anova-precision-cooker/
- Scott’s “last meal” is elk tenderloin simply cooked – here’s a similar version from his website: http://www.sportingchef.com/elk-lemon-garlic-sauce/
- If you are going to smoke – use the real thing from Camp Chef.
I just met Jack Hennessy, wild game blogger for Pioneer Press paper, and invited him to volunteer at the event. A few notes from Jack’s discussion:
- His venison Juicy Lucy concoction is here:
- Read more about Jack here: http://www.twincities.com/author/jack-hennessy-special-to-the-pioneer-press/
- And his crappie taco recipe he referenced is here: http://www.twincities.com/2016/04/02/game-gourmet-crappie-tacos-its-a-spawning-season-fiesta/
And More Special thanks to:
Jim Bratten, The Sportsmen’s Blog
Mark Strand, Midwest Outdoors Magazine Editor-in-Chief
Representative Rick Hansen & Representative Barb Yarusso
Pioneer Press Outdoors Editor Dave Orrick
Dorothy Day Center chef and staff – you are all amazing folks for what you do every day!!