Archive for December, 2007

Moosesghetti: spaghetti with moose meat

Posted in recipe on December 30th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

As heard on twitter from alizasherman:

Just finished a plateful of Moosesghetti. Yes, spaghetti with moose meat. Hey, we live in Alaska.

Elk to get birth control

Posted in hunting on December 30th, 2007 by stormy – 1 Comment

If you follow Frank’s blog you know how he feels about their current plans to pay wildlife officials to slaughter elk in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Well, they’ve decided to add a new strategy.  They are going to implant some of the female elk with birth control.  I think that’s a good, if long term solution, to some of the elk problems that Estes Park has.  It won’t make as much money for the state as allowing hunters to harvest some of them, but it might be more palatable to more people, if a lot more expensive for Colorado.  (Letting hunters hunt would be more palatable than paying wild life officials to slaughter them and would bring in lots of revenue.)

Do you know why beavers are nocturnal?

Posted in hunting on December 28th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Maybe you know beavers are nocturnal, but did you know that they
haven’t always been nocturnal? Until they were extensively hunted and
trapped, beavers were mostly active during the day.  They switched to
the night time to stay alive and even now that they are not hunted so
extensively, they remain nocturnal animals.  But beavers really see
better during the day.

I think that’s absolutely amazing.  We changed the way an entire
species lives.  Even now that they don’t have to be nocturnal, they
remain changed.

I learned this at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature today.  I actually learned a few other things as well.  It was an interesting day.  Caleb learned that it’s really fun to run around a museum and stare at people. 

Best present: windshield wiper blades

Posted in supplies on December 9th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Believe me, windshield wiper blades make a great present!  After a tough time driving in the snow yesterday, Frank went out and bought some Bosch ICON wiper blades.  Every time we used them today (which was about 36 times more than we needed to) he would grin and look over at me and go "yeah!" 

I just wish I’d gotten them for his birthday.  He loves them!

Game meat. I’m not trying to talk you into it. Really.

Posted in Food and Drink on December 5th, 2007 by stormy – 6 Comments

I was wondering today why more people don’t eat game meat.   For background:

  • We eat a lot of game meat: antelope, deer, elk, and pheasant.  I don’t think I’ve left anything out.  Oh, we traded for some wild hog too.  And we had some moose.  And dove.  The duck and geese always go to somebody else.  And we always have freshly caught fish in the summer. (Fish tacos, yumm.)
  • I’m not a picky eater and I’ve never had any issues with eating game meat.  I didn’t realize what a big deal it was that Frank cooked moose steaks the first time I came over for dinner until much later.  (One exception: I think it’s really sad how little food you get out of a dove.  Maybe a dove isn’t as big or as smart as a deer but I guess I’m a little hung up on a life is a life and it’s kind of sad that 2-3 doves give their lives so you can have an appetizer.  So I tried to enjoy it as much as possible!)
  • I would never try to talk anyone into eating game meat.  Why?  Why bother?
  • I would vehemently argue that eating game meat is not bad.
    • Not bad for the environment. The Division of Wildlife carefully controls animal population numbers and doles out hunting licenses accordingly.  Anyone who has ever been to Estes Park knows we have too many elk! Plus hunting license fees go to pay for all sorts of good wildlife and nature type things.
    • Not bad for you.  Game meat is very low in fat and free of hormones.  (I have to admit that after reading Fast Food Nation, I’m more than a little afraid of the hormones in my beef, chicken and pork.  They really do put them in.  You can ask my dad.)
    • Not bad for your tastebuds.  Just cook it right.  Ask Frank for advice or follow this blog.  Our favorite cookbook is Amazing Venison Recipes.

I think the main reasons people don’t eat game meat are these but let me know if I’ve missed yours!

  • "It doesn’t taste good."  Then it wasn’t cooked right or it was a bad piece of meat.  In the past five years I’ve only had one or two meals that I didn’t like because of the game meat.  I’d invite you over to dinner but I’d have to ask Frank first … People at work keep oohing and aahing over my leftovers for lunch and Frank says there are fights over his leftovers if he decides to go out to lunch.  I’ve been trying to talk him into going into the hot lunch catering business … In the meantime, you can get a copy of our favorite cookbook, Amazing Venison Recipes.
  • "It’s bambi!"  Have you ever seen a baby calf?  Or piglet?  Or chick?  They are pretty darn cute too! (If you’re a vegetarian, I understand.  Otherwise, I don’t get it.)
  • "It was free."  Let’s see – you are ok with keeping a calf in a small crowded space for a year and then killing it but not with letting a deer roam free for a couple of years and then killing it?
  • "It’s expensive."  If you don’t hunt, it’s definitely expensive.

One reason often given to eat game meat that is not really true is "it’s cheaper."  If we added up all of Frank’s hunting costs and the cost of processing meat, it’s not cheaper for us.  Maybe if we processed it ourselves it would be but then you’d have to figure in the time and days off work to process it.

So why don’t you eat game meat?  Or if you do, what’s the most common reason you hear from those that don’t?