Monday, October 22, 2012

Venison Heart Sandwich Spread Recipe

I grew up eating mainly venison (deer meat).

And.  I grew up eating sliced-deer-heart sandwiches; I always liked them.  I particularly remember my Dad's immense enjoyment of these sandwiches.

Since Hubby and I married, I've prepared deer heart the same way I'd grown up seeing it prepared.  Boiled, then sliced for sandwiches.

For years, I'd assemble the king-of-all-deer-heart-sandwiches for Hubby and I'd think "you lucky, lucky man...".  Furthermore, I would save the entire heart for him; no one else really got to partake of it.  So he got sandwich after sandwich...

Now, I'm a lucky, lucky girl; in that, Hubby never complains about what I cook.

Last year, he offhandedly mentioned that his grandmother used to make a meat spread with the deer hearts when he was kid. 
I cringed inwardly. "Meat spread."

This year, earlier in the archery season, Hubby mentioned his grandmother's meat spread again.  I thought nothing of it. 
 (Just cringed again, and thought "interesting.")

Then Hubby shot a doe this past week in archery season.
I sprang into action preparing the heart. 
Hubby finally "went out on a limb" and casually remarked that he isn't terribly fond of boiled, sliced deer heart.

Bells! A light went on.  We laughed.

I didn't have time to get his grandmother's recipe, but this is what I came up with; and the results aren't too shabby (nor was it "rocket science", I realize).

Venison Heart Sandwich Spread Recipe
1 Deer Heart
2-3 oz cream cheese/or neufschtal spread, softened
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 T salsa (or ketchup, or picante sauce)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Thoroughly rinse heart until it doesn't drain red or pink.  Put heart in pot with enough water to cover. Add a few "glugs" of apple cider vinegar or wine. 
 Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer covered for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours, until done.  Allow it to cool and slice, cutting out fat or any hard tissue.
Run it through a food processor until it is the consistency of bread crumbs (or the consistency of whatever you like...I don't like "chunks".  But maybe you do.)  Add the cream cheese and process until well blended.  Add the rest of the ingredients; blend. Spread and enjoy.

And to the rest of you who are still cringing at the thought of eating "heart"....
It's got to be better for you than lunch meat
Try it sometime. :)

My stoic-looking child ate all of hers... onions, pepper jack cheese, and all.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pookin's Punkins

Strapping Young Lad had his own garden this year.
Hubby actually extended the family garden, and Strapping Young Lad got his own patch of land composed primarily of composted horse manure.

To make a long story short, his pumpkins and other viney plants...excelled..bounding out with no regard to their boundaries... in their respective locations.
So much that, Strapping Young Lad had a Pumpkin-for-Sale wagon on our road.  (I tried to talk him into putting "Pookin's Pumpkins" on the sign...we called him "Pookin" when he was a tyke.  However, his 6-year-old-MAN-self wasn't having any of that.  So we put his "real" name on the sign, just like any other self-respecting farmer man would do..)

The pumpkin wagon contents sold.  And we reloaded it; several times.

And he was cleaned out.   
Of every last pumpkin that he was willing to sell.
His coffee tin full of cash.
He will save most.
He'll give some to Jesus.
He'll buy more seed, of his choice, for next year.
And he was allowed to spend $5 of it at the Fair, in any manner of his choosing.

 I was pleased that he didn't spend all that he was allowed to, at the Fair. 
 He was very "tight" with it.

 Now that he is more personally acquainted with earning "the fruit of your labors."

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Teal Bench

I've been pondering what kind of bench our porch "needed", for two years.
I felt it should be Sleek.
And Modern.
I thought it should be a Color.
I wanted to still see "wood grain."
(Did you know you can dye wood with RIT dye?)
Now, it is not lost on me that,
in spite of my intentions for this bench...

That it looks like it should be on the cover of Country Living magazine.
(aside from that it would be more artfully arranged)
No matter, I still love it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

For the Birds

I used to hate making "little things."

Now I like it. 
 Probably due in part that, for a small time investment
(not to mention the chance to delve into my wealth of fabric scraps),
 I can make a happy-little-thing for a Little Person.

Strapping Young Lad has a bird house on the wall of his room (don't ask...). 
He needed some Birds.