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Monday, November 5, 2012

Braised Venison with Potatoes & Carrots

venison stew

i don't know how it was for you growing up but dinner was a big thing in both households i grew up in. i always ate at the table with my grandparents, silently picking at my bowl of rice, observing my gpa dipping a morsel of meat into the chili fish sauce, and mainly resisting the urge to ask if i could have a sip of water. when i lived with my parents it was a little more formal, complete with napkins and our very own place mats. moral of this story: we always ate dinner as a family.

in my own household now it's no different. ok, fine, it is different in that i am allowed to have a beverage with my meal, and if i so choose, i can have dessert first.

these days dinner is a faux formal affair. we have our beverages, linen napkins (dw is so very civilized, i love it) plate or bowl of food on the coffee table and jeopardy on the tube. we don't say grace, nor do we ask to be excused, but we do try to keep our noise level to a minimum as we attempt to show alex trebek that we're really smart.

venison stew

being smart aside, it's venison season again and i've stocked up the freezer with recently hunted deer.

this is my contribution to the Food Matters Project, a weekly reminder that we are a perishable item and we need to eat accordingly. we draw our inspiration from Mark Bittman's cookbook of the same name. this week was sponsored by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. if you'd like to join in the fun, invest in the cookbook & check out the schedule for what recipe is hot for the week.

venison stew

my other venison posts:

11 comments:

  1. Ooooh I wish I had venison filling my freezer! How wonderful. We also always ate sit-down dinners together as a family growing up. I secretly love that now we get to watch tv while we eat, if we want (and we do -- I grew up without television and now I love it!!). I also have a beer with every single dinner, I'm pretty sure. That is not such a good habit. But one I really enjoy.

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  2. I'm still trying to warm up to venison, and to Alex Trebek's humble-yet-ostentatious demeanor (even after all these years)(#kind of love it). ;)

    The last time I had venison, it was too gamey. I don't think the chef knew what he was doing. :D I'd definitely try your version!

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  3. Nice Lan! It's been years since I have had venison. Lucky you.

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  4. Can I come over your house for dinner sometime? You obviously know what's what. (And I could use some comfort. And some laughs at the dinner table. And a beverage.)

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  5. We seldom ate together growing up. At first it was because mom worked nights, but even as our schedules evolved, we never bothered. And certainly nothing was served as earnest and succulent as this venison stew.

    I like how the broth looks a shade brighter than one would imagine it should be - hope it was as delicious as it looks!

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  6. Ohhh fancy! I also wouldn't mind a bit of venison crowding our freezer. Your stew looks delicious :)

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  7. I haven't tried venison but I love braised meats - so tender and flavorful!

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  8. Love it! Venison, huh? Yummy. Thanks for cooking this week.

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  9. I love venison! Such a healthy sustainable option and so deliciously rich in flavour too. How coincidental that we both blogged about venison lately eh? Must be stew season.

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  10. When D and I moved in together, my mom told me we should always light candles at the dinner table, because every supper together should feel like a special occasion. We aren't as good about it as we should be, but we do always sit at the table and use real plates and utensils and placemats, even if we have takeout or leftovers. It really does make a difference!

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  11. There's something romantic about using venison. Living in NYC it wouldn't cross my mind, but I like the homesteading image it creates in my mind.

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