In the summertime, when “real” homegrown tomatoes are available, this is one of my favorite recipes. During the tomato offseason, I’ll usually prepare this dish with canned tomatoes rather than grocery store tomatoes. Then I won’t whine about the lack of flavor from the so-called “vine-ripened” store-bought tomatoes as compared to the real deals. Who…

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Not to be confused with a Southwestern bean dish, this recipe is a somewhat spicy version of a traditional Asian stir-fry. As with any stir-fry, you’ll spend more time prepping than cooking. Just make sure that all of your ingredients are chopped and ready to go before you fire up the wok or skillet. The…

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If you have your animals processed by a pro, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with a fair amount of cube steaks. Tougher cuts are run through a tenderizer, or “cuber.” If you process several of your own deer, consider a hand-operated or electric home cuber. They’re pretty handy.

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The key to blackening is to use a heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, and screaming-hot heat. Restaurants that serve blackened meats and fish keep a white-hot skillet over a burner at all times. I highly recommend that you open the doors and windows and provide as much ventilation as possible. Done properly, there’s plenty of…

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