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Portabello Elk Backstraps with Tapenade Sauce

When it comes to wild game meat, there are few things more coveted than the backstrap on a big game animal.¹  While cuts like the round and the flank are excellent, the loin (the muscle running along either side of the spine on the outside of the animal) is one of the most tender and flavorful cuts of meat and is very carefully rationed by the hunter when sharing with guests and friends.  I grew up hunting, and to receive a package of backstraps in exchange for helping someone out was payment as valuable as gold.  So when it comes time to prepare backstraps – whether from your own hard-earned harvest or the gift of a generous friend – it is important to treat them right.

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Creamy Cashew Chicken Salad

This recipe contains a perfect blend of chicken, stir-fried veggies, and salad greens all coated in a creamy cashew dressing.  It is easy to make ahead and serve cold – making it perfect for lunch or for a summer potluck.  The dressing by itself would be great for dipping coconut-breaded chicken tenders, or as a sauce over grilled asian-spiced pork chops.  And feel free to toss in your own variations on the veggies rather than sticking simply to the carrots and red bell peppers we used.  I know this would go great with the addition of mushrooms, snow peas, or just about anything else you can think of.

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Brazilian Chicken Curry

Today is the 31st anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  That has absolutely nothing to do with this recipe whatsoever, but just thought I would share 🙂 Here in the Pacific NW it is a big deal to ask, “where were you when the mountain blew?”  Well, according to my mom, I was in bed.  It was an early Sunday morning after all.  We take for granted the fact that we live near a volcano.  We see it every day, beautiful now with all the snow covering it.  If you are in this area during the late spring through the summer, definitely check out the observatory and get up close.  The power of the blast and the damage it caused in just a few short minutes, well, to say it was incredible is an understatement.  It is hard to wrap your head around.

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