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Replicating Georgia Pellegrini’s Stuffed Pheasant

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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In keeping with our post-Pheasant Fest dinner theme this week, my wife and I replicated Georgia Pellegrini’s stuffed pheasant recipe in our humble kitchen.  I found it interesting that both Georgia and Hank Shaw employed a meat mallet in both their Fest pheasant recipes, which happens to be a tool I’d never used prior to Monday night.  In the end, we found the pounded pheasant meat to be very tender and juicy.

I believe you’ll find this recipe to be tasty, easy and a healthy preparation for any rooster meat you’ve still got in the freezer.

 

Stuffed Pheasant 2Stuffed Pheasant Breast Ingredients 

Serves 4

4 pheasant breasts, deboned

10 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons finely diced shallots

4 celery stalks, peeled of outer strings and finely diced

1 cup white wine

8 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

4 tablespoons dried currants

4 cloves garlic, diced

4 tablespoons bread crumbs

8 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-parsley leaves

2 tablespoons fresh thyme

Salt and pepper

 

Stuffed Pheasant 1Recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in a sauté pan and sweat the shallots and celery over low heat, until translucent.

2. Add the white wine and reduce by half.

3. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, currants, garlic, bread crumbs, parsley,

and thyme.

4. Once the wine is reduced by half, stir the bread crumb mixture and cook until

it thickens and forms a paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set

aside.

5. Pound the pheasant breasts between two shetts of plastic wrap until thin.

6. Lay on a baking dish and distribute a lump of stuffing onto the breast meat and wrap the meat around the stuffing and tie to secure.

7. Add 4 tablespoons of butter to the baking dish and place in the oven to bake for 12 to 15 minutes, basting the top of the quail with

butter three times during the process.

8. Remove from the oven, and remove the twine and serve immediately.

 

For more wild game recipes from Georgia, please visit www.GeorgiaPellegrini.com

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

My Pheasant Fest Agenda

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic plays to the weaknesses of upland hunters: dogs and shotguns, and not always in that order. PF File Photo

Pheasants Forever will celebrate its 30th anniversary beginning this Friday as part of National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Like most attendees, I’m going into this year’s event with my own personal search agenda complete with dogs, shotguns and friends from the past.  Here’s a look at what my eyes will be focused on at the show.

1)      L’Escarbot Kennels.  With a last name like mine (St.Pierre), I have always been intrigued by the idea of owning a French Brittany (Epagneul Breton).  At this year’s Fest, I’m going to make a point of stopping by Booth #1540 to visit with some Minnesotans who have made a name for themselves as America’s leaders in Epagneul Bretons.

2)      28 Gauge Side-by-Side.  There must be some connection to growing older and gravitating toward smaller gauged shotguns.  The last couple of weeks, I’ve been on an internet and sporting goods store search for my first side-by-side and 28 gauge.  I’m looking forward to checking out what Browning (Booth #s 635 & 734), Beretta (Booth #s 447 & 534), Caesar Guerini (Booth #s 1034& 935), Connecticut Shotgun (Booth #1105,1204) and CZ (Booth #s 607, 609, 611, & 613) have on display for me to shoulder.

3)      Georgia Pellegrini.  One of my favorite books of the last year was Pellegrini’s Girl Hunter.  Although, I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Georgia on the phone and during FAN Outdoors radio interviews, I’m looking forward to actually meeting her in person and taking in one of her cooking seminars on Saturday of the Fest (11AM, 1PM & 4PM).

4)      Braque Francais.  With more than 300 exhibitors, I don’t even know what I may or may not find on the Pheasant Fest show floor.  The current Gun Dog magazine’s feature story on the Braque Francais has piqued my interest, so my eyes will be scanning the Bird Dog Parade and kennel booths in search of this rare breed.  As a current German shorthair owner, these pups strike a stunning resemblance to my GSPs.  #Intrigued!

5)      Ruffed Grouse Society.  When your mission is conservation, no group can succeed alone.  In that spirit, I am excited to visit the RGS booth (#1140 & 1142) and renew my membership with this fine conservation partner.  For you elk hunters, also be sure to check out the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s booth #1719 as well.

6)      Friends.  Without a doubt, the best part of Pheasant Fest is seeing the good people that share in the cause of conservation.  From Wild Wings to Hecla’s Dakota Hunting Farms; Focus Outdoors Television to Scott Linden; High Fly’n Kennels to Berg Brothers Setters, Pine Shadows, Casey from Aberdeen and the list goes on; I am fortunate enough to call these folks my friends in conservation.  See you all soon!

Now it’s your turn.  What’s on your To Do list at this year’s Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre and listen to Bob and Billy Hildebrand every Saturday morning on FAN Outdoors radio on KFAN FM100.3.

The Mindful Carnivore Delivers Philosophy High in Protein and Conservation

Monday, June 18th, 2012

 

If you’ve read my blog over the last year, you know my leisure reading often focuses on the connection between hunting and food.  Steven Rinella’s two novels, The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine and American Buffalo, first hooked me on the subject.  Hank Shaw’s Hunt, Gather, Cook and Georgia Pellegrini’s Girl Hunter extended my interest in the theme.  My latest exploration of the topic was Tovar Cerulli’s new book The Mindful Carnivore.

 

Admittedly, I was skeptical beginning Cerulli’s book.  The jacket cover promoted the book as a vegan’s journey into hunting, so I was on alert for a disingenuous story of incongruous ideologies to simply turn a couple bucks.  My fears were quickly calmed with Cerulli’s scholarly treatment of the subject, and ultimately I became fascinated with his internal struggles coming to terms with the decision to put the killing of his family’s food into his own hands.  Like Aldo Leopold, Cerulli came to recognize the problems associated with society’s lack of understanding about food and its connection to land.

 

The Mindful Carnivore

What I enjoyed most about The Mindful Carnivore was the amount of focus Cerulli spent on the connection between wildlife habitat conservation, hunting and food.  While Rinella, Shaw and Pellegrini all addressed conservation to varying degrees, Cerulli dove deep into the topic and even held conservation up as the reason hunting made sense to him over vegetarianism.  In the process, he came to the realization that all food – vegetables and meat –result in the death of animals one way or another.  As you can imagine from Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s perspective, I was excited to read Cerulli’s compelling arguments for a conservation ethic when making food choices.

 

The only trouble I had with the book was the majority of Cerulli’s hunting focused on whitetails.  While it’s hard to argue with the volume of meat and taste of venison from a deer, I’d have liked to read about Cerulli’s perspective of hunting birds in cooperation with animals- dogs.  Perhaps that’s part of his future plans.

 

Although this is his first book, Cerulli writes with the confidence of a seasoned vet.  His voice is engaging, his rationale logical, and his research thorough.  Overall, The Mindful Carnivore was a really easy, thought-provoking read.

 

 

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

 

Glamping and Glunting: What You Need to Know

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I must admit, coming back to this after a day of elk hunting out west could have its advantages...

In the world of hunting and wildlife conservation, we’re always looking for new people to join us in what we love. Recently, fellow blogger, Bob St. Pierre, wrote about Georgia Pellegrini and how women’s participation in hunting has increased 36.6 percent over the past decade. A pretty staggering number, isn’t it? I think this new trend is a great sign for the future of hunting and conservation.

Someday soon, I envision a time when every instance a woman takes to the field or writes about hunting isn’t a big deal just because of her gender. True outdoors women deserve credit for being good hunters who happen to be women. Plain and simple.

In fact, I’d like nothing more than for hunting to be widely accepted no matter what demographic factor you examine; gender, ethnicity, zip code or tax bracket. More people in the woods, waters, and fields will equal more people who believe in the virtues of conservation.

So the million dollar question is “how do we accomplish making hunting so mainstream that it’s accepted as a common occurrence for anyone and everyone?” Could the world of fashion be hunting’s gateway? *

In that vein, I bring you “Glamping” and “Glunting.” These are the terms the fashion world has created to describe the new trend of combining high glamor with what us “normal folk” often refer to as camping or hunting gear.  Hence, glamor camping equates to “glamping,” and glamor hunting creates “glunting.” How else can you explain the exorbitant amount of Duluth Packs and Red Wing Irish Setters ending up in Brooklyn, NY?

I know I essentially said “the more the merrier” when it comes to people being interested in the outdoors, but… let me try to weigh the pros and cons of this latest fashion trend:

High fashion's take on a classic upland boot.

 

 Pros:

  • More people viewing the outdoors as being “cool” or “hip” equals more voices willing to stand up to protect the wild places we love
  • It’s now acceptable for me to wear my hunting boots to church
  • I can finally wear that camo “sport coat” out to dinner

 Cons:

  • It’s fair to say we all saw what happened to trout anglers when pheasant feathers became a hit with hair stylists
  • Honestly, did you see that pair of high heeled upland boots?…

Now that I think about it, maybe it’s a good thing fashion tends to be like technology in the fact it’s obsolete before you even get it home.

The Over/Under blog is written (sometimes tongue in cheek) by Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever’s Marketing Specialist.

*There might be some sarcasm laced in this thought….

Girl Hunter

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

 

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, women’s participation in hunting has increased by 36.6 percent over the last decade.  That percentage represents 660,000 new female hunters busting cattails, climbing into tree stands and hiding in camouflaged pit blinds.  One of those women is Georgia Pellegrini, author of the new book Girl Hunter.

 

Theories abound as to why women are picking up firearms or bows in greater numbers these days.  As near as I can tell, women’s reasons for enjoying hunting are as diverse as their male counterparts.  In Georgia’s case, her love of food was the genesis for her interest in hunting.  She explains, “I’m an omnivore who has solved her dilemma; I’m a girl hunter.”

 

Like Steven Rinella’s The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine and Hank Shaw’s Hunt, Gather, Cook, Pellegrini’s Girl Hunter leads the reader on a variety of hunting adventures through the eyes of a chef first and a woman second.   The end of each chapter also features a handful of recipes associated with the game she pursued during the chapter. 

 

In the book, Georgia pursues upland birds, waterfowl and big game.  She even slays a wild boar with only a knife in hand.  All the while, her hunts are shaped by the people who serve as mentors, guides, and friends.  There are also a few encounters with the kinds of unethical people who give all hunters and men bad reputations. 

 

Girl Hunter’s characters are well-rounded and the stories move at a rapid pace making for a very fun read; however, it’s Georgia’s own thoughts about hunting for food that resonated most for me.  In particular, the book’s last chapter about squirrel hunting stands out.  I have never been a fan of squirrel meat or squirrel hunting, but the juxtaposition of this beautiful and intelligent city girl waxing poetic about her love of the nutty flavor of squirrel meat has made me anxious for September’s squirrel season.

 

Whether you’re a man or woman, long-time hunter or newbie, I highly recommend you find some time to read Girl Hunter

 

NOTE: I also had the pleasure of interviewing Georgia for FAN Outdoors radio on KFAN 100.3FM.  Listen to the March 31st podcasts for Georgia’s own recount of the book and her introduction to hunting. 

 

 

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

 

 

 

First Place Pheasants, Dieting 28 Gauges and Pheasant Chicks in Friday Linkage

Friday, May 21st, 2010

"You are looking much lighter these days."

New to Anthony’s Antics Afield, every Friday I’m going to post the stuff I’ve recently checked out and found worthwhile on the World Wide Web. Well, some of it’s worthwhile, anyways.

  • My Georgia Peach. I’ll just put it out there: Georgia Pellegrini, I’d be happy to dine with you any time. Georgia has put herself in the running to become The Official Pheasant Chick of Anthony’s Antics Afield. If you have other suggestions, I encourage you to post them below.
  • Semi semi-auto. The new Benelli 28 gauge Legacy is billed as the lightest semi-auto available. I handled the model that came in for the annual Pheasants Forever Shotgun Review, and if this thing was any lighter, it’d have to get checked for an eating disorder.
  • Sioux Falls Pheasants. Baseball fans who love pheasant hunting now have the perfect team to cheer for, the Sioux Falls Pheasants. Not surprisingly, these roosters are in first place.
  • Win a Gun. If, like me, you own a Remington firearm, and made a memory with it, you could win 13 Remington firearms, a case of ammunition for each gun, and a Remington safe.
  • HyperSonic. While we’re talking about Remington, they’re the latest to the high velocity waterfowl shotshell party.
  • Hunting Regs. A comprehensive site with up-to-date hunting and fishing regulations? Yeah, and that hot tub time machine was real.
  • Four! Idiots. The city of Forest Lake is just 10 minutes north of the Pheasants Forever national office, and home to at least four low denominators. Thankfully, we hold PF’s national golf tournament on the nearby lake-less Stillwater golf course.
  • The Brees Knees. No matter where it is, Super Bowl champion quarterback Drew Brees is always on target. Fellow Pheasant Blogger Andrew Vavra’s NFL lookalike also makes this gallery. Seriously, tell me they don’t look alike?
  • Great Cover. Let’s end the work week on a high note.

Enjoy your weekend outdoors!