Shrimp Curry

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Summer Chili @Cabela’s

When your mother-in-law is recovering from a double bypass, you want to do all you can to help her recovery. Doctor’s orders are to eat healthy to promote the healing process. The problem is, after invasive heart surgery, most people don’t feel like eating. Scott’s mom has always loved my chili so the day she came home from the hospital, I made a big batch. With all the summer veggies I had cluttering up the counter, I decided to pack this batch of chili full of extra nutrition. The result was a fresh, healthy, flavorful chili that was completely different from my usual recipe. It was the most Jean had eaten since going into the hospital and my family gobbled it up as well. Two days later, another batch was requested so I decided to bring the recipe to my Cabela’s seminars with the yummy addition of freshly butchered goat backstrap and tenderloin. If tougher cuts of meat are used, increase cooking time until meat is tender or finish in a slow cooker. Please note, any meat can be used in place of the goat or crumbled and sautéed tempe is a great meat substitution (use vegetable broth instead of beef broth).

Summer Goat Chili

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon for browning meat
  • 1 1/2 cups minced onion
  • 2 cups chopped orange, red and/or yellow bell pepper
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes or 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground or chopped wild game or goat meat
  • 1 15-ounce can corn, drained or 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 15-ounce cans beans, drained (black, kidney, pinto or black-eyed peas)
  • 1 cup chopped spinach or baby kale
  • 1-2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • Lime and chopped cilantro for garnish if desired

In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add onions and caramelize 5-10 minutes. Add peppers and garlic, sauté 5 minutes. Add all spices and continue to sauté 2 minutes. Reduce to medium heat and add tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Sauté until all liquid evaporates. Push tomato mixture to the edges of the pan, add olive oil to the middle of the pan and brown meat 2-3 minutes. Combine meat with tomato mixture and add corn, beans, greens and broth. Add as much broth as you would like, less for thick chili, more for a thinner chili. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to low, simmering 5-10 minutes before serving. Garnish with lime and chopped cilantro.

Justin Hyland works hard to create a great learning environment every time we work with him at the Springfield, OR Cabela’s.

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Kefir Adventures

I have Tim Akimoff to thank for my introduction to kefir. He generously shared his grains to get me started on my probiotic adventure. There’s loads of research out there on kefir but all I needed to know about it was how healthy and healing it can be for your gut flora. I’d tried it from the grocery store but nothing could have prepared me for the difference when you make it yourself. Honestly, it took me a while to get over the feeling that I was drinking sour milk. But after a few weeks, the whole family actually looks forward to their morning kefir smoothie or kefir pancakes.The site,, describes kefir as a “substance made from gelatinous white or yellow particles called “grains.” This makes kefir unique, as no other milk culture forms grains. These grains contain the bacteria/yeast mixture clumped together with casein (milk proteins) and complex sugars. They look like pieces of coral or small clumps of cauliflower and range from the size of a grain of wheat to that of a hazelnut. The grains ferment the milk, incorporating their friendly organisms to create the cultured product. The grains are then removed with a strainer before consumption of the kefir and added to a new batch of milk. Another bonus is for the lactose intolerant, kefir’s abundance of beneficial yeast and bacteria provide lactase, an enzyme which consumes most of the lactose left after the culturing process. Kefir can be made from any type of milk, cow, goat or sheep, coconut, rice or soy. Although it is slightly mucous forming, the mucous has a “clean” quality to it that creates ideal conditions in the digestive tract for the colonization of friendly bacteria.”

Terms like gelatinous, bacteria, fermented and mucous may not make you want to run out and procure your own kefir grains, but trust me, your gut will thank you! Once you’ve gone through the process a few times, it’s easy to keep your grains alive and happy. They can also be stored in milk, in a sealed container, for up to 3 weeks if you want to take a break from kefir production. The following is my production routine. I am sure there are lots of ways to do this but this is working for me.

STEP ONE: Get some grains. It may take some networking but look online or start asking around, perhaps at a local health food co-op. And although these kefir granules will make a few batches of kefir, they are not the same as the grains. My grains from Tim are a combination of Italian and Midwestern grains that may very well be thousands of years old!

STEP TWO: Start with organic, whole milk if possible. Try to stay away from ultra-pasturized (although I have accidentally used it and it worked fine). Once you get your kefir production going you can experiment with all kinds of milks and 1/2-n-1/2 for kefir cheese if you would like. I have also heard that kefir really likes raw goat milk and I have a request in to a friend that has goats.

STEP THREE: You need 3 quart jars, two sealing lids, a canning ring, paper coffee filters, plastic spoon or spatula, plastic strainer and a plastic or glass bowl.

STEP FOUR: Strain kefir grains out of your starter milk. Add whole, organic milk and secure coffee filter with a canning ring. Let sit on the counter 24 hours.

STEP FIVE: Pour strained kefir back into starter jar and seal with an airtight lid. Let sit on the counter 24 hours. This second 24 hour ferment is when the lactose gets eaten up by the friendly bacteria.

STEP SIX: So 24 hours later, you can consume the kefir, you may want to put the sealed jar into the refrigerator for later use. This may be the consistency of thin yogurt, Greek yogurt or it may have separated and look more like cottage cheese floating on a cloudy liquid (sorry, Julie Foshay and Angie Hampton, I know this is the place where you start gagging). I have read that the kefir will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator but I have only had it last a few days because we are using it up.

STEP SEVEN: Repeat STEP 4, straining kefir grains out of the milk that had the coffee filter lid. Proceed to STEP 5, placing the kefir back in the jar and seal. Let sit on the counter 24 hours.

STEP EIGHT: Add new whole, organic milk to the strained grains and secure coffee filter with a canning ring. Let sit on the counter 24 hours.

That’s it! The kefir that has fermented 24 hours with the coffee filter lid and then 24 hours with an airtight lid is ready to consume right away. I prefer to put it in the fridge so it is cold and ready for the morning smoothie.

Oh, and don’t forget STEP NINE: Share your grains as they grow! You only need a tablespoon or so of the grains to properly ferment almost a quart of milk so once they start to grow, share them!

My friend Angie who is trying very hard to love the good bacteria!

KEFIR PANCAKESThese taste like sourdough pancakes and are delicious with maple syrup or a little jam.

  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a mixing bowl, whisk kefir and flour until thoroughly combined. Place a paper towel over the bowl and leave to ferment on the countertop 12-24 hours. When ready to make pancakes, add remaining ingredients. Depending on the initial thickness of the kefir, you may need to add a bit more water or flour to the mixture to make it proper pancake batter consistency. Cook pancakes over medium-high heat in coconut oil.

KEFIR CHEESESimply strain kefir overnight through a coffee filter and add fresh herbs, salt and pepper to the thickened mixture. Be sure to put the strained whey into a smoothie, in pancakes or simply do some kefir whey shots for a boost of energy. Our dogs LOVE it poured over their food and I have also heard it’s great for chickens.

Not much to the smoothie, simply put the 1/2 quart or so of kefir into the blender with a banana or two and some frozen blueberries or strawberries and a cup or so of ice. Possibilities are endless!


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Wild Turkey Cutlets

One of my favorite recipes for wild turkey breast, this recipe is from the book, Cooking Game Birds, available online. My preferred method for cooking turkey legs and thighs is available here. For more information on cooking wild turkey, watch my Oregon Department of Fish & Game live Facebook segment or see my show notes.

Turkey Cutlets

Make this meal quickly by using a favorite prepared spaghetti sauce for the marinara sauce or make the marinara sauce from scratch.  Cutlets can be pounded and tenderized ahead of time and kept covered in the refrigerator between sheets of waxed paper.  

  • 1-2 pounds turkey cutlets
  • 2 teaspoons meat tenderizer (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Marinara Sauce

Slice turkey breast into 1/2″ cutlets.  Between two layers of waxed paper, pound cutlets to 1/4″.  Sprinkle cutlets with meat tenderizer and granulated garlic. 

Prepare three shallow dishes for the three step process.  In the first dish, squeeze lemon juice.  In the second dish, beat the eggs with water.  In the third dish place bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and black pepper.  Place pounded cutlets in lemon juice. 

In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat.  One at a time, take cutlets from lemon juice, coat with egg mixture, press into bread crumbs to completely coat and add to hot oil.  Fry cutlets, 3-4 minutes per side.  Immediately top cutlet with mozzarella cheese.  Top or serve with warm marinara sauce on the side.

Cooking up a whole turkey…

Cooking up your wild turkey with Tiffany Haugen

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Salt Block Salmon

Mined in the Himalayas, salt blocks or salt plates offer a unique cooking surface for a wide variety of foods. Salmon cooks quickly, stays moist and is seasoned to perfection when seared on a salt block. 

Check out the August 2017 issue of Salmon, Trout & Steelheader Magazine for my simple recipe searing salmon on a salt block or watch the video here. To purchase a salt block, visit your local Cabela’s or find them online.

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California Sportsman Recipe Blog

California Sportsman shares many of the recipes from my column on their website, here are a few of them. Click on the link to see the full recipe.

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A Few Foods of Israel

Last month, my youngest son and I enjoyed an amazing trip to Israel. The highlight of the trip for us was the opportunity to deepen our Christian faith while walking in the steps of Jesus. Our lives are forever changed by the blessings we received in the Holy Land. Although this wasn’t a “foodie” trip, I must say, the food was incredible. Kazden and I came back with a suitcase full of interesting snacks and spices. We were inspired by the foods and have a long list of things to recreate in our kitchen.

Our first day home, we recreated the Tomato Cucumber Salad and served it with olives, feta and Halvah on a whole grain cracker.

Made from sesame seeds, halvah is served at breakfast but can be a sweet treat any time of the day.

Typical salad served at every meal.

Our first breakfast on the Mediterranean.

Ceviche, a favorite breakfast food.

Green Shakshuka was my favorite egg dish.

Many variations of this Labneh are served with every meal.


Labneh with dill

Baba ganoush

Hummus at every meal as well.




Flavorful sauces made from beets, tomatoes and greens.

Lunch Buffet at the Dead Sea

Roasted Eggplant

So many things to fill your pita!

St. Peter’s Fish from our lunch at the Sea of Galilee.

Sweet Potato Salad

Tuna Salad

Wine Cookies

And yes, this is a teenager eating salad… at EVERY meal!

Market & Street foods up next!

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Planked Wild Turkey Breast

One of my favorites for wild turkey breast, featured on

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Trout Chowder

It’s always a pleasure to present seminars at Cabela’s! This weekend we will be talking trout on both Saturday & Sunday. After we show how to clean and fillet trout, we will be cooking up Pacific Northwest Trout Chowder for all to enjoy. This recipe is also great with fresh, frozen or canned clams. See our full schedule below.

Pacific Northwest Trout Chowder

  • 3 cups cooked trout
  • 4-6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 1/2 cups cubed sweet potato
  • 1 cup chopped, packed dandelion greens, kale or spinach
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 4 cups fish, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Remove all bones from trout and crumble into bite-sized chunks. In a large pot on medium-high heat, fry bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon and sauté onions in bacon grease until soft.  Add garlic and celery and continue sautéing 1-2 minutes.  Add sweet potato, greens, dill, celery salt and broth.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low heat.  Simmer 12-15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.  In a small bowl, whisk flour and milk until smooth.  Add milk/flour mixture to pot and bring to a low boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat, add trout and stir until chowder reaches desired thickness.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with reserved bacon bits.   

Cooking Seafood, by Tiffany & Scott Haugen

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