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Wild Wednesday Dinner 
Mar. 7, 2013 4:38 pm 
Updated: Mar. 11, 2013 5:03 am
Dinner wasn't really all that wild, as in crazy wild. It was wild as in wild game dishes were on the menu.  My dad invited Jon and I to an Izaac Walton League wild game dinner.  Dad has been going to cardio-rehab for several years now and has become friends with a group of "old guys" that are also regular attendees; one of which is the vice-president of a local Izaac Walton League chapter.   The vice-president, Thom, invited my mom and dad to attend the dinner.  All they needed to bring was a dish to pass. 

Knowing that Jon and I enjoyed such things, Dad asked if we wanted to come along - and make the wild game dish to pass.  I did not even hesitate to say yes.  The chance to sample various wild game dishes interested me greatly.  I knew right away that I would make a pot full of wild duck gumbo to take. 

We met at the shelter-house of a local city park and were very warmly greeted by the club members.  The club owns property not too far from our house and they sponsor many youth hunts and events.  While we ate, a slide-show was on highlighting their youth pheasant hunt from this past Fall. 

There was so much food to choose from I felt like a kid in a candy store!  I didn't even get to try everything, there was just way too much.  I did sample several pheasant dishes. I really liked the sweet and sour pheasant.  The Lake Erie walleye was good.  Several venison dishes graced the table, as well as a buffalo chili.  There were almost as many desserts as there were main dishes and sides to choose from.  I had no trouble choosing dessert - whatever was chocolate went on to my plate!  We ate until we could not fit another bite into our stomachs.  Then the club held their monthly meeting.  It was very interesting to hear the things they have accomplished and what they have planned for the future.  The county wildlife officer was in attendance and spoke as well. 

When the evening came to an end we spent a little time talking with some of the members.  Jon volunteered to help them if ever they cared to have his help.  He was assured he was definitely welcome anytime.  I feel certain it won't be long before he begins to hang out with these guys. The atmosphere of comraderie and desire to accomplish like goals reminded me of how our club used to be in years past.  Jon and I have been members (Jon holding the office of President for many year), of a dog club for 30 years.  Our club owns over 100 acres of land and we host an AKC springer field trial each year.  The past 10 years or so has seen a decline in the social aspect of the club.  There aren't many women interested in attending and the men don't really have much in common with one another besides training their dogs.  I miss the Sunday afternoon training sessions with the potluck dinners after.  Back in the day it was a competition among us women to make the most impressive dish on the table.  Jon and I were the youngest members, some of the "old-timers" were older than my grandparents, and I would get such a thrill when one of those women would compliment my creation I had brought. 

Last night was an enjoyable evening out.  I can't think of a better way to spend an evening than to be with good people, eating good food, sharing good stories.  There was even enough duck gumbo left over for my lunch today! 
Mar. 7, 2013 5:25 pm
After I retired, I was looking around at the various coffee and gossip hangouts and there wasn't anybody but old folks there. One day, I told my wife about it and she seemed all too willing to tell me that I'm one of THEM!!! ... Nice easy read, Mother Ann!
Mar. 7, 2013 5:34 pm
Hi Mike! I have to admit that Jon and I are getting closer and closer to being one of those "old folks".
Mar. 7, 2013 9:28 pm
Mother Ann I guess you could put me in the category of "old guys" but when it comes to something in common I don't think age matters nor gender. I've been to a few AR round ups and have been the only old guy among younger ladies and never felt out of place. As long as I'm alive I look forward to good people, eating good food and sharing good stories about food among other good chatter. What a great way to spend time with your Dad.
Mar. 8, 2013 3:11 am
bd.weld - I agree 100%. I mentioned my age around another woman the other day and she was shocked I'd tell. I figure - I'm just glad to be alive - age is nothing but a number! My husband did some work for an 80 year old woman who still worked and when he asked her what she did - she replied "I take care of old people." Any time I can spend time with my mom and dad makes me happy!
Mar. 8, 2013 5:03 am
What a wonderful evening! I would have enjoyed sampling the different dishes too. Sounds like you found a great group.
Mar. 8, 2013 6:46 am
What a great way to share some unusual dishes. Enjoying food with friends and family is what eating is all about.
Mar. 8, 2013 1:10 pm
Cat - They did seem like mostly nice people. And the food was all good.
Mar. 8, 2013 1:10 pm
Lela - I agree 100% - food and family/friends just go together!
Mar. 11, 2013 5:03 am
Glad you had a good time Mother Ann,so true about family and friends,and of course food.
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About Me
I've been married for 33 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 two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. 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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