My name is Stacy Harris. I have lived in Alabama my entire life and I LOVE living in the heart of the South. I am happily married to the man of my dreams, raise and home educate my seven children, cook incessantly, do mounds of laundry, garden, forage, fish, and spend hours on various homesteading projects. I spend my days teaching my children how to live off the land and live as abundantly and creatively as much as possible. At most anytime I can be found building a chicken tractor, earthen oven, smokehouse, planting a garden, fishing, bee-keeping, hunting, foraging, or preserving food. I consider myself a back-to-basics kind of gal and have made it my priority and ambition to stay away from the supermarket!
Stacy Harris – Cookbook Author & Sustainable Food Expert
My self-sustainable back-to-basics life began the day I married my husband, Scott. Scott is an avid outdoorsman who lived to hunt and fish. He brought home “the fruit of his labor” dubbing it as “the best meat known to man.”
At first I didn’t care for the taste of wild game and found that fish could be bland and tasteless. That inspired me to find new ways to prepare wild game and fish so our meals would be pleasing to him and to me. Although I went through many trials and tribulations in the process of developing recipes, I got pretty darn good at it and actually learned to LOVE it!
I love fine food and wanted to create really exceptional, nutritious, natural recipes for the wild game and fish Scott brought home to serve to our family. I poured over ancient recipes and developed the ability to make the most succulent tender meat out of even inferior cuts of wild game. It surely was challenging, but after spending countless hours learning new techniques and inventing delicious recipes for these wild foods, I felt compelled to share my knowledge and hard earned expertise with others.
I thought, “Why stop with the protein that we eat.” I planted a garden of heirloom vegetables sprinkled with flowers and voila; my adventure of eating off the land began. My children are involved in every area of this “living off the land” process right along side of us.
I believe one of the finest privileges in life is the privilege to learn! I am constantly learning new ways to prepare, preserve, and expand my culinary knowledge and self-sufficiency. As I learn, I love passing on lessons to others, either through my books, blog, or sharing it on the radio airwaves or television.
My sincere goal is to inspire and teach people of every age to live abundant, joyful, healthy lives and to do it with style and beauty, and “good taste”. The first step is taking back control of our food resources. My hope is to inspire others in some way to begin to grow and harvest their own food and to continually take steps forward toward individual freedom, self-sustainability, and optimal health, while eating the best prepared foods on the planet.
I further hope that people will step back from the super-market aisles and step up and into their local farmer’s markets and utilize the unlimited bounty found right in their own backyards, woods, and waters for the freshest most organic back-to-basic foods.
My work has been published in SouthernLiving.com, BonniePlants.com, GRIT Magazine, Mossy Oak Game Keepers Magazine, Buckmasters Magazine, and Living Ready Magazine, East Alabama Magazine, River Regions Magazine as well as many other publications and websites. I have been a featured guest on national television shows including The Jackie Bushman Show, Deer and Deer Hunting, Destination Whitetail, and I have appeared several times on the nationally syndicated Rick and Bubba Show as well as newscasts and many local television shows. I am also a regular contributor on The Sporting Chef TV Show. My blog will be featured in a book, Top Food Blogs (Hearst Publishing), in 2014. I regularly speak about sustainable living, with a concentration on healthy, delicious eating from the wild, and growing and eating from heirloom plants as well as living abundantly.
I am the author of 3 cookbooks: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living (Living Ready, 2013), Happy Healthy Family Tracking the Outdoors In (Gray Forest Publishing, 2011), and Wildgame: Food for your Family (Gray Forest Publishing, 2011), and a DVD, Gourmet Venison with Stacy Harris (Living Ready, 2013).