Soup

Grilled Cheese & Spicy Shrimp on Sourdough Bread

Best when dunked into a bowl of Bacony Tomato Bisque 

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Bacon-y Tomato Bisque

It’s creamy, it’s bacon-y and it’s so good with a grilled cheese sandwich, or even better, a Grilled Cheese and Spicy Shrimp on Sourdough Sandwich.

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Winter Squash Soup

Few things warm you up better on a cold day than a hearty, creamy soup. Use whatever squash are available and in-season. In a pinch, this recipe can be made with canned pumpkin, but not the kind used for pie filling. Just pumpkin. 

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Shrooms Times Two

Too many home game chefs have turned to the slow-cooker and a can of cream of mushroom soup to turn their venison into something that tastes like, well, cream of mushroom soup. I understand that it’s easy and edible, but it’s just not for me. This recipe combines a mushroomy crusted venison steak with a…

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Potato Hot Dish

While working on a television show, I wound up in a popular restaurant in Brainerd, Minnesota, for lunch. One of the featured dishes highlighted on the menu was the “tater tot hot dish,” apparently the state casserole. Four out of five of us, the locals, ordered the hot dish. I was the odd man out.…

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onion soup

Vidalia Onion Soup and Blue Cheese Toast

The state vegetable of Georgia, the Vidalia onion is sweet, not hot. I’ve taken bites out of raw ones. Try that with a standard yellow onion! Available April through late fall, get ’em while you can. If they’re unavailable, substitute with another variety of sweet onion. In a pinch, standard onions can be sweetened while…

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mushroom soup

Venison Backstrap Mushroom Soup

As the name implies, this soup is crammed full of mushrooms. The type of mushrooms you use for this dish is entirely up to your personal preferences, your budget and the availability of the mushrooms. I’ve also made this soup with rehydrated wild mushrooms, and it’s just as delicious. The backstrap is grilled, but it…

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bean soup

Four Bean Soup

Oh sure, “three beans” — you hear that all the time. This soup is one bean better, but instead of green, waxed and kidney beans, it’s loaded with white beans, lima beans, garbanzo beans and black beans. Of course, if you have alternate favorite bean choices, go nuts. It’s your soup. Regarding the beans, you…

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meatballs

Italian Meatball Soup

I’m always on the lookout for something to do with a large inventory of ground venison — meatloaf, burger, sausage and, of course, meatballs. The versatility of the meatball is limited only by your imagination. Make it spicy, savory, or sweet and sour, but make it with just enough breading to bind it together so…

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