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I am the Deerslayer’s Wife. I did not start out as the Deerslayer’s Wife. I started out as a second-grade teacher who loved shopping and cities and wine. Then I married a man who kept carrying carcasses home and filling the freezer with them. I did not know what they were or what to do with them, and frankly, they freaked me out. But he kept bringing home more and more in various shapes and sizes. I reeled at the thought. Staggered. Guh.

I grew up in a household where meat was shaped like patties, fish was square (or stick-shaped), and everything was accompanied by pasta. In the years since, I have learned to appreciate the ways of the game hunter. Many years of research have provided me with countless reasons to prefer wild game over more processed meats. While you may never hear me refer to it again, it fits quite nicely into the concept of a green lifestyle. From this point on, however, the word “green” will refer to a color. I like lime green and chartreuse particularly.

I know that I am not the only deerslayer’s wife out there. There are countless numbers of us (many of whom started out as something very different), and I would like for all of us to embrace the benefits of our families’ hunting lives. I have adapted numerous recipes, invented a few more, found out many things about how to cook various types of wild game, will try to explain the healthy benefits, and hopefully provide a mindset that will enable every deerslayer’s wife to come to terms with the occasional need to grab her boots and jeans, hop in a pickup truck, and spend a few days in the freezing cold with your nearest and dearest, a rifle and a blazing campfire. (Don’t forget the marshmallows and hot coffee. And perhaps some wine.)

 

14 responses to “About

  1. quiestinliteris

    August 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

    What a fabulous idea! Wherever do you get your inspiration?

     
  2. ramereizrl

    March 19, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I am looking to make a rabbit dish for my family Easter–ironic, I know–any suggestions or tips?

    Thanks!

     
    • thedeerslayerswife

      March 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Do you have kids? Just asking! I’ve never tried any rabbit recipes, though I’ve been eager to. Jamie Oliver has a couple of recipes in one of his cookbooks and on his website, I believe. That’s where I’d start if I had any rabbit. But on Easter? I don’t know. Good luck and let me know what works for you.

       
  3. Liz

    April 30, 2013 at 5:54 am

    I eat game meat from time to time, mostly in restaurants. You must be having a whale of time cooking all that bagged meat. I should seriously learn more about game cooking. Thanks for this little story, it’s amusing and fresh. Best wishes on your deer cooking adventures! Thanks for liking my posts and thanks for leaving me two happy notes. Enjoy the rest of the week.

     
  4. misha

    July 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    cooking wild game? looks like i came to the right blog.

    my dear, i’m going to be throwing a lot of questions your direction in the coming months (if that is ok). i’ve been looking for somebody to bounce ideas and recipes off of, and it looks like i may have finally found the right person.

    keep up the awesome work, can’t wait for your next post.

     
    • thedeerslayerswife

      July 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Cooking with wild game is what the Deerslayer clan is all about! Soooooo good for you! I’ll do my best to answer your questions about the processing and preparation of the meat. I’m excited to hear your ideas and recipes. Welcome to the Clan!

       
  5. Jen

    March 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I’m so happy to have found your blog! I’m definitely going to need several hours to make my way through your blog to see all of the delicious recipes you’ve made! I can’t wait to try out some of them. I’m excited to see what you come up with and get inspiration from you!

     
    • thedeerslayerswife

      March 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I hope you love the recipes. Since I didin’t start out as a deerslayer, or even camper for that matter, I’ve really broadened my views on embracing the outdoor life, in general. I hope you can benefit from what I’ve learned over the years… and get a few chuckles as well.

       
    • thedeerslayerswife

      July 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Golly, I just got back from the annual camping trip in Wyoming to discover that I’d been paid a nice compliment, Many thanks. And congrats to you, my fine and knowledgeable friend.

       
  6. Rachel Turner

    August 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I make tamales but was given backstrap and tenderloin to make some for a friend I was looking for the best way to make them since I haven’t use this before. Can you help me with that or should I follow the recipe I found on your site cooking it in a pot with pork belly fat on stove I don’t have a deep cast iron pot though.

     
    • thedeerslayerswife

      August 24, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      I’m so glad you decided to use my recipe! First of all, backstrap and tenderloin are the very best cuts of meat you can get. It’s a shame to waste them on tamales. Some of the more sinewy bits actually work very well since, when cooked down, produce meat that is a great consistency with a lovely gelatinous texture. However, if a friend gives you some meat and asks you to make tamales, go for it. You will need to add pork belly since the cuts you have are quite lean. Cut the meat into chunks. When I prepare a larger quantity of “cook-all-day” meat, I use a cheap speckle-ware roasting pan, lid on. Good luck. Let me know how it turns out!

       
  7. anxioushunter

    January 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Howdy darling, I am writing about spouses who live the hunting lifestyle. Would I be able to quote you from your “about” section about how you grew up where food came in patties and problems were solved with pasta? That always makes me chuckle. Also, if you have any other thoughts you’d like to share about living the lifestyle you do with your husband and how that benefits your marriage please let me know! You can email me at kristinparma@yahoo.com if you prefer 🙂

     
  8. thedeerslayerswife

    January 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Wow, what a compliment! I’m immensely flattered that you would consider my ramblings quotable. I feel like we must be kindred spirits, you and I. Of course you can share my wisdom. 😉

     

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