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Put the Kettle on....

Apr. 12, 2010 2:24 pm 
Updated: Apr. 13, 2010 2:44 pm
Many people would consider pheasant to be a special dinner.  Not so at this house.  Pheasant has always been that meat I pull out of the freezer when I can't think of anything else to eat. Or, we don't have any other kind of meat to eat.  One of the very first blogs I wrote was "Ladies of the Kitchen".  It was about the women who run the kitchen at the dog club we belong to. 

Every Fall this club hosts an AKC Springer Spaniel Field Trial where they use pheasants in the field for the dogs.  At the end of the trial there are tons of pheasants for the taking.  This year, my husband decided that he'd bring a few more home than usual.  He had plenty of time to clean them and get them in the freezer.  So, we had about a dozen packs of pheasant in our freezer.  Good deal.

Then our son, who is President of a hunting/shooting club at his school planned a pheasant hunting trip to a preserve .  The hunt was quite successful, everyone got their limit and some of the students really didn't know what to do with the birds - even though they cleaned and packaged them for the guys at the preserve.  So, my son brought them home.  Now I have about 2 dozen packs of pheasant in my freezer! 

That led me to start looking for some good recipes to prepare them differently.  Last night for dinner I made the first of a couple I found on this site.  I made<     It really turned out quite well.  Tonight we are having left overs.  Next week I'm going to make another recipe I found called Cranberry Pheasant.  

Hopefully I'll be able to find a few more good recipes.  If I can't - I guess I'll just have to have "Pheasant Under Glass"!
Apr. 12, 2010 4:58 pm
I wonder if pheasant takes like grouse? I've had grouse and it's delicious...I've never had pheasant and I would love to learn more about how to prepare them...great blog, Mother Ann!!
Apr. 12, 2010 5:23 pm
Last time I had pheasant, it was on a spit over a campfire. It tasted like burnt pheasant. You seem to have a better idea for fixing it.I agree with witchywoman, Great Blog!
Apr. 12, 2010 5:28 pm
Thanks Witchy! It sort of tastes like chicken! LOL. Seriously, it really does, and it also does taste like grouse. I haven't had grouse in years, but I remember it as being delicious and similar to pheasant. My mom and grandma both always just dredged it in flour and fried it up. My husband generally cleans them so that all we use is the breast - there isn't much meat on the legs. About 1/2 of the birds in my freezer are whole and I'll probably make them like you would a cornish hen. I don't even know - can you buy pheasant in a grocery store?
Apr. 12, 2010 5:30 pm
I'd love to try pheasant over a campfire, Mike!
Apr. 12, 2010 5:54 pm
Hi Mother Ann, I never had pheasant before as my husband doesn't hunt. I wonder where you could purchase it? Also does it have dark meat like a duck or white meat like a chicken? Your dinner for next week with cranberry sounds good, I'm a sucker for some cranberries!!
Apr. 13, 2010 1:47 am
Sounda like you girls are gonna make Sj go and get her "game Cooking" books out .... she's been looking for a suggestion for her neyt few recipe posts.... Well done on a neat blog, Mum A
Apr. 13, 2010 2:44 pm
Pheasant is white meat like chicken. I treat it like chicken when I cook/prepare it. Duck and goose I treat more like beef. Phil: If you or Sj find any good recipes for pheasant, send them my way, please! Thanks!
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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