Axis Wellington (Hold the Mushrooms, Bring the Bacon)

Every year for Valentine’s day, Ryan and I try to get out of our comfort zones and try a new recipe for supper that night. It’s kind of became a Valentine’s tradition that one or both of us cook a crazy meal that we would normally not try. This year, we went with Axis Wellington using backstrap from an axis deer. But, we’re not a mushroom eating family. I absolutely hate them, and Ryan mainly lives without them because of me, so I decided to sub mushrooms with bacon because, well, who doesn’t like bacon?! Two days later, below was the delicious result. So if you’re looking for a rewarding challenge in the kitchen, give this recipe a go. You won’t be disappointed.

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Venison Red Beans and Rice

It’s been almost 7 years since my wife and I wandered the streets of New Orleans, but I can still taste the duck from Emeril’s, the muffalettas from Cochon Butcher, and the funky po boys from Killer Po Boys in the back of the Erin Rose Café. As we traveled from the usual tourist spots to the off-the-wall locations and feasted on everything from beignets to oysters to gumbo, there was one thing my wife requested at almost every spot: red beans and rice.

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Georgian Venison Kubdari

Georgia, which is located in between the Black and Caspian Seas, is a country well known for its stuffed breads. The most famous is khachapuri, a boat shaped bread stuffed with cheese and egg that has gained a lot of popularity recently. There are many more types found around the country though, most of which are regionally specific. Kubdari are meat-filled breads from the Svaneti region and are usually stuffed with a mixture of chopped pork and beef. I used chopped bottom round steaks from a whitetail leg instead, which worked beautifully.

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