Braising neck in wine is just about the most delicious thing you can do with a neck. And when that neck is from a deer your editor shot, skinned, and butchered, all the better.
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Tartare is a preparation most commonly applied to beef or fish flesh, but the idea of eating offal in its completely raw state has always appealed to me. Oftentimes I've held a brain, liver, or heart in my hands, inhaled the sweet smell of an organ that's so wonderfully pungent and perfect on its own, and felt compelled to eat it as is. Here, with the help of NYC chef Sebastiaan Zijp, we prepare venison heart tartare.
Image from iStockphoto.com A terrific, provocative op-ed piece in the New York Times today argues that hunters were locavores before anyone had coined the term. Writer Steven Rinella, author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine, is an avid hunter and, apparently, a serious environmentalist as well: While many people will never give up their opposition to killing Bambi, others may change their minds when they realize that destroying a deer's reproductive abilities or relying on the automobile for population control is really no less wasteful than tossing fresh produce into a landfill....Hunters need to push a new public image based on deeper traditions: we are stewards of the land, hunting on ground that we know and love, collecting...