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Soup is Good Food . . . and it’s traditional!

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on May 8, 2016 0 Comments
Soup is Good Food . . . and it’s traditional!

As the Campbell’s company has been insisting for ages, soup is good food.  Indeed it is, though preferably not from a can!  Soup has a number of advantages that go back to the dawn of humanity.  Even before the advent of ceramic cooking vessels, we can readily surmise that hunting and gathering bands made soup […]

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Fish Philadelphia

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry, The Sporting Angler by on February 17, 2016 0 Comments
Fish Philadelphia

Fish Philadelphia came to my attention during a period in my life when I was attempting to overcome a medium grade phobia about deep water.  I had always been a poor swimmer due to a natural tendency to sink like a stone so taking my delight in field sports as a entry to a ‘cure’ […]

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Waterfowl Cookery: Reviewing Duck, Duck, Goose

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on December 1, 2015 0 Comments
Waterfowl Cookery:  Reviewing Duck, Duck, Goose

Have you noticed that the shooting parties on Downton Abbey never shoot waterfowl?  The reason seems to be that the great estates used game as a crop to be managed and sold and waterfowl are notoriously uncooperative with the gamekeeper.  Grouse to a degree and pheasants very much so are quite manageable.  You can modify […]

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Legumes and the Cyber-Squire

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on October 13, 2015 1 Comment
Legumes and the Cyber-Squire

With the exception of Heinz Beans on toast, legumes don’t seem to have been part of the traditional countryside cuisine.  Even my copy of Irish Countryhouse Cooking, which is chock full of ways to cook the fish and game of the British Isles, has only a couple of recipes and those are for those odd […]

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Fowl and Fruit, a Combination Made in Heaven!

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on September 29, 2015 0 Comments
Fowl and Fruit, a Combination Made in Heaven!

One pot, fowl and fruit or vegetable meals are not only great for entertaining but they make an easy meal when cooking for one.  Just add bread and you’re ready to eat.  And with the onset of bird season I thought that a discussion of the various possibilities would be in order.  And, as any […]

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Turkey Hunting in My Dreams: Longing and Planning

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry, The Gun Room, Uncategorized by on February 28, 2015 0 Comments
Turkey Hunting in My Dreams:  Longing and Planning

For many of my readers and internet friends it seems that wild turkey hunting is an important part of their outdoor lives.  I wish I could say that it were part of mine.  I’ve been in good turkey country a couple of times in my day but either the season was closed, I had other things […]

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Sourdough: The Original Bread

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on January 30, 2015 0 Comments
Sourdough:  The Original Bread

There is a body of opinion in the anthropology community that believes agriculture grew out of a desire for more alcohol than the natural world provided.  We really can’t prove much about that but I can’t help but believe that it wasn’t too long after the development of brewing beer that some bright spark came […]

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One-Pot Meals: Sensible and Satisfying

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on January 20, 2015 0 Comments
One-Pot Meals: Sensible and Satisfying

Now that I live alone I come more and more to appreciate one-pot meals.  Much as I love to cook, I really don’t like either cooking for one or eating alone.  Meals become more of a way to refuel than the aesthetic and social ritual that they should be.  And since one cannot be always […]

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Shanks: Don’t Throw Them Away!

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on December 1, 2014 1 Comment
Shanks:  Don’t Throw Them Away!

Shanks?  What about them?  Well the last time I was deer hunting in Texas I was appalled to see the guide skin and dress my deer and them cut off the shanks and almost throw them away.  Horrors!  It falls in the same level of sin as boning out the entire carcass and grinding the […]

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The Joy of Gumbo: Adventures in . . . Anything!

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on October 23, 2014 0 Comments
The Joy of Gumbo:  Adventures in . . . Anything!

What is the Joy of Gumbo?  The Joy of Gumbo is that no matter what you have to cook, so long as you have flour, oil, onion, bell pepper and celery you can make gumbo.  Honestly!  You can make gumbo out of anything edible and be assured that you and those you cook for will […]

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