Saturday, December 29, 2012

One Of Our Favorite Wild Edible Food Recipes

Venison.  It's low in saturated fat, an excellent source of protein, and deer are plentiful here.  In fact, while driving home recently, we barely hit one.  We continued down the road about a mile, and we almost hit another.  Thankfully no damage was done.  
Jordan was blessed with this one just before Thanksgiving. The timing was really nice as the younger ones thought it quite authentic to have venison as a part of our holiday meal, and I thought it wonderful to have so much meat!  Of course, we had to include a bit of popcorn, too!
Some people marinade in a vinegar bath because of a sometimes strong or gamey flavor, but the recipe we used for the tenderloin in the picture was not marinated in vinegar, and the flavor was incredible.  A ratio of 2 tablespoons of vinegar per quart of water can be used, if desired, and left to soak for at least one hour. 
A 100 pound deer will yield approximately 50 pounds of meat, and a family with whom we recently had dinner told me that they can the unused parts to be used as food for their dogs.
Johnathon, no doubt, will find some use for the pretty hide.  He's become quite interested in such things.:)
And here is one of our FAVORITE recipes using the tenderloin:  Mix together 2 cups of brown sugar and 2 cups of soy sauce.  Cover 2 to 4 pounds of tenderloin in the mixture and let it marinade overnight.  Place the meat on a drip pan and the marinade , and wrap the tenderloin with pieces of bacon.  Cook at 350 for approximately 45 minutes and baste often.  If you like, you can place on broil and crisp the bacon a bit, but watch carefully.  This recipe we adapted from one found on recipeZaar, and it is absolutely wonderful.  The marinade juices can be spooned over rice or mashed potatoes, and leftover meat and drippings make an excellent base for soup.  Succanat, natural sugar, maple syrup, or honey can be used in place of the brown sugar, and soy sauce could be replaced with Bragg's Liquid Aminos.  Blessings from the Lee family!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Gift of Gifts

~Blessings to you and yours from the Lee family~

O Source of all Good,

What shall I render to thee for the gift of gifts,
thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,
my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,
his self-emptying incomprehensible,
his infinity of love beyond the heart's grasp.
Herein is wonder of wonders:
he came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like him.
Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to him he draws near on
wings of grace,
to raise me to himself.
Herein is power;
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
he united them in indissoluble unity,
the uncreated and the created.
Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
he came, God-incarnate, to save me
to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.
O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my Redeemer's face,
and in him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart,
embrace him with undying faith,
exulting that he is mine and I am his.
In him thou hast given me so much
that heaven can give no more.

--The Valley of Vision--