While enjoying a nice visit with Elise and Tom at Tom's old family home in West Virginia, we put together an impromptu venison tasting menu. With a decently equipped kitchen, but not much in the way of ingredients, here is what we came up with:
- Venison Puntas al la Mexicana, doctoring up some red sauce left over from breakfast pizza the day before.
- Venison kebabs, wrapped in bacon and cooked on the barbecue.
- Venison with a red wine reduction, using a bottle of wine that had been steaming in our trunk since we left San Diego.
- Orange-marinated venision, with an orange and red onion relish.
So, why the plethora of venison dishes? Given that this area was obviously deer country, I happened to mention in passing that it would be great if we had some. Word spread, neighbors-brother's-friend-style, and soon we had a bunch of venison on our hands:
When we thawed it, it turned out to be pre-cut in thin slices:
Here's a shot of venison prep in full force:
When not cooking and eating, the most popular activity while we were in West Virginia was Porch Sitting.
Porch Sitting is always a good way to spend time, but it is even better when your view looks like this: