Sunday, August 7, 2011

Venison sausage!

Good friends have you over for dinner. Better friends invite you to stay all night and serve you breakfast as well. The very best friends send you home with venison sausage and chili meat from the deer they personally hunted.  

The other night, we were discussing my attempt to eat ethically raised animals who were allowed to forage and act like animals and I was telling Greg and Carol about the farmers’ markets in Houston where you can buy such pastured animals.  And Greg said, “Deer!”  And he is absolutely right. You can’t get further from factory farming than hunting for your own wild meat.   The deer was processed by some local folks in Katy, who turn it into a variety of cuts, including sausage.  I think they are culinary geniuses.

Tonight I am simply pan-frying one package of four wonderful links of smoked venison sausage. I have been cutting off small pieces for tasting and it is delicious! Smokey and spicy and full of flavor!

I will have mine with leftover mashed potatoes.  Cecilie has chosen Buitoni Light Four Cheese Ravioli to accompany hers. We will both enjoy a fresh cucumber salad, made from the cucumbers I got in my most recent Share basket from Central City Coop.  Twenty-three dollars (if you pay online with Paypal) will get you this from nearby Gundermann Farm.

Grace Lutheran church at 2515 Waugh Street

Cucumber Salad

Simplest recipe ever.  Peel the cucumber if the skin is a bit thick, otherwise, just give it a scrub. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scrap the seeds out with a teaspoon. Cut each half in half again lengthwise. Then cut the long pieces into moon shapes about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, white balsamic vinegar and good extra virgin olive oil.  Give it a stir and eat!

Thanks again to the Nutters!  I will think fond thoughts of you all with every delectable bite.

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