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Stacy Lyn Harris

How to Make Venison Scaloppine

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Harvesting your homestead bounty is one of the greatest accomplishments you’ll ever achieve (especially if it involved harvesting meat, like venison). I can remember the first garden I planted—it was a disaster. Not only that, but I had the worst time trying to find a cookbook specifically tailored towards the homestead harvest and garden. It didn’t matter anyway, I was a horrible gardener. But the really hard part was finding a cookbook for our venison bounty. Wild game is never easy to cook when you first start down that journey, and I was determined to master venison.

It helps, however, to have mentors and experts sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. We find these people by reading books and watching videos. Most of them are humble, generous, and kind in nature. And Stacy Lyn Harris is one of my favorite of them all.

I  can remember the first time I talked to Stacy on the phone. Her heavy southern accent was enough to capture any heart, and her down to earth attitude and outlook on life was encouraging. Since then, each time I connect and talk to her, I find a new thing to love about her. She’s someone I could talk to for hours about womanhood and motherhood, and she totally “gets it”. So when she published her harvest cookbook, Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook: The New Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living, I knew I had to have it on my bookshelf. Not just because she’s a beautiful person inside and out, but because I know she gets this entire homesteading lifestyle, and the beauty that surrounds it.

Through vibrant photos, personal stories, and tips, I can hear that beautiful southern draw come through every page of this book. I was first sucked in by the photography and personal stories, but when the recipes came, my goodness, what a beautiful life we really do share.

This book takes you from garden to field, from woods to creek—Stacy has covered it all. Begin with the basic gardening harvests, how to preserve them, and how to use them. From recipes like common fried green tomatoes, to more unique recipes like strawberry clafouti. Then move on to herbs, more fruits, tree nuts, poultry and eggs, beef, fish, wild game, and more! Every single homesteader that cooks their harvest needs this book on their bookshelf. It has been one of my favorites for quite some time.

I am constantly trying to find new recipes for venison. Since venison is the main meat source on our homestead, after awhile, you can get tired of the same old recipe. This book help me combat that issue and broadened my horizons in new and amazing ways when it came to wild game. Not only that, I had some incredible side dishes and desserts to go along with it! But more than that, hunting for you own meat source is an incredible experience as a family.

I find that preparing for and hunting wild game has contributed to the closeness of our family. . . Each person contributes to the family’s sustenance whether it is to gather or hunt, or whether itis to prepare and cook the venison. It is all an adventure for every age whether male, female, old, or young.

There are no phones, gadgets, or distractions; just you, the kids, and the great outdoors. After the meal is prepared, the stories come to life of the hunt, and all the preparation and hard work together is rewarded with a delicious, succulent meal. — Stacy Lyn Harris, Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook

Here is this easy and delicious recipe from Stacy’s book!

Venison Scaloppine

Serves 6

1.5 lbs venison loin
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 extra large eggs
2 cups breadcrumbs, dried and seasoned
1 lb large button mushrooms, quartered
1.5 cups sherry or marsala wine
4 tbsp cold unsalted butter
3 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

  1. Slice venison into 1-inch pieces. Pound to 1/4 inch thick.
  2. On a plate, mix together flour, salt, and pepper. Beat the eggs with 1 tbsp of water on a second separate plate. On a third plate, add the breadcrumbs.
  3. Lightly dredge venison in the flour mixture, the the eggs, and lastly the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat oil and half the butter in a large cast iron skillet or saute pan. Cook venison about 2 minutes over medium heat on each side until brown. Transfer pieces of venison to a cooling rack.
  5. If necessary, add a little more olive oil and the mushrooms to the pan until juices have been absorbed. Add sherry to mushrooms and reduce by half. Add remaining butter to the pan and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and cook for about 5 more minutes.
  6. Stir in the thyme leaves. Pour mushrooms and sauce over the venison and serve.

Here’s what you can find in Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook:

  • The Garden: Heirloom gardening, growing and cooking, types of gardening, preserving, and more!
  • Beyond the Garden: Foraging for wild fruits, herbs, and greens; beekeeping and honey; poultry and eggs
  • From the Pasture: Beef, pork (and other white meats), and lamb
  • Woods and Water: Venison and red meat, sausage making, substitutions, wild game, seafood and fish
  • . . . along with personal stories, history, and packed full of over 100 recipes!

I hope that you’ll check out this delicious homestead cookbook from my friend, Stacy Lyn!

Buy Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook here!

Watch Stacy Lyn make Venison Scaloppini below!

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Are you ready to take your garden to the next level this year? Here’s your chance to learn how to grow an incredible vegetable and herb garden for the ultimate gardening experience! You’ll also learn how to put those harvests to good use with recipes, products, and more!

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Stacy Lyn Harris, co-host of The Sporting Chef, shares her tips and more than 100 recipes for food from the garden, pasture, woods, and water

With nine mouths to feed on a daily basis, Alabama chef Stacy Lyn Harris keeps it simple, but doesn’t skimp on elegance. Her seven kids enjoy homegrown food, prepared beautifully and sustainably thanks to a few chickens in the back, a year-round kitchen garden, milk from a dairy farmer just outside of town, and locally-sourced free-range meats. Always served up in Stacy Lyn’s rustic-refined style, her dishes are classic Old South, but with a fresh, healthy, beautiful twist.

Featuring full-color photos, Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook includes more than 100 field- and farm-to-table recipes that meet her three-part criteria: family friendly (easy, with simple ingredients), fresh, and tasty. There are cherished family recipes, free-range meat dishes derived from her husband’s hunting obsession, and lighter takes on decidedly southern classics all prepared simply, in the freshest way possible. The book covers food from the garden, pasture, woods, and water in four sections: The Garden features Fried Green Tomatoes, Jalapeño Poppers, Corn Chowder, Fried Squash with Tomatoes and Pesto, and other recipes to make you wish it was summer all year long. Beyond the Garden delves into beekeeping and raising chickens for an amazing Honey Butter to pour over Cinnamon Pear Buns and your favorite Egg Salad Sandwiches with Refrigerator Pickles. From the Pasture focuses on free-range, pasture-fed game recipes like Braised Short Ribs, Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo, and Juicy Pork Chops, plus a how-to on sausage-making. Seafood and Fish includes Stacy Lyn’s favorite entertaining recipes, Best Ever Clam Bake and Perfect Fish Tacos.

Included are 15 how to articles sprinkled throughout the book offer steps for cooking and eating sustainably in any setting including container gardening, saving seeds, preserving, foraging, composting and more.

You can read a more in-depth book review, with an amazing venison recipe, by clicking here.

 

Praise For Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook

“These recipes grabbed me, and I was almost too hungry to finish writing this blurb. Stacy Lyn took me back to Sunday Suppers at my Granny’s when I was growing up. Whether you’re a farmer, a hunter, an avid gardener, or just a lover of really good food, you’ll be drawn in by Stacy Lyn’s Harvest. She’s the real deal!” —Carla Hall, Chef, Co-Host ABC’s The Chew, and Author of, Cooking with Love and Carla’s Comfort Food.
 
After having spent the past few years working with her on The Sporting Chef TV show, I vebeen able to get to know the behind the scenes Stacy Lyn Harris. From the moment I took my first bite of her Venison Scaloppine, I was hooked on Stacy for life. 
This book captures the essence of Stacy Lyn Harris sustainable lifestyle, devotion to her faith and family and true love of incredible, yet uncomplicated cuisine.– Scott Leysath, best selling author and host of the award-winning show The Sporting Chef.
 
“Stacy Lyn and I have a long-standing love of sustainable living and blurring the lines between the indoors and out. But I’ve always thought she shined the brightest when creating recipes in the kitchen. With this cookbook, she gives traditional Southern recipes a fresh, modern take with lighter ingredients. My soul is singing with happiness.” —P. Allen Smith, lifestyle expert, author and host of PBS series P. Allen Smith s Garden to Table, P. Allen Smith s Garden Home, and Garden Style. 
 
If you’re thinking that Alabama native Stacy Lyn Harris’ Harvest is merely a collection of well-worn Southern classics, you’d be wrong. Sure, her Southern charm shines throughout the book, but Harris’ range and depth in the kitchen will open up all sorts of new culinary worlds for your own harvest — whether it’s from the field, the water or the forest. –Hank Shaw, author of three cookbooks and the James Beard Award-winning website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook.
 
With simplicity and style, Stacy Lyn s Harvest Cookbook is an exquisite collection of tasty recipes, tips and how to s that will inspire you to play in the dirt, seek out nature, and get into the kitchen. She has a gift for simplifying the process of growing your own garden, and illustrating how tasty free-range and pasture-fed meats are when prepared the right way. Even if you don t do it yourself, Stacy Lyn will open your eyes to the beauty and benefits of sourcing local at farmers markets and local farms to find the freshest ingredients, and put the most delectable food on your table. Page after enlightening page, Harvest is a must have for anyone who savors fresh flavors! —Dana Popoff: Producer. Good Eats & Feasting on… Series with Alton Brown/Food Network & Cooking Thin with Kathleen Daelemans/ Food Network, and Rusty’s RockFeast: On the Road with Zac Brown Band/FYI Network.

 

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion is a beautiful guide for the modern day homesteader. From learning how to incorporate herbs and essential oils around your home, to learning how to enhance your family’s health and well-being, this book is the go-to guide for those wishing to live a more natural homesteading lifestyle. This book takes readers through the basics of herbalism, including the different types of herbs and the uses for them around the homestead. It also breaks down how herbs are used in tinctures, salves, essential oils, and infused oils. Better yet, if you’re a homesteader with livestock, you’ll learn how to maintain their health holistically as well.

With an array of beautiful photos and easy to read terminology, just about any homesteader, new or seasoned, can learn from The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion, and finally feel comfortable incorporating the many wonderful qualities of herbs around their homes.

 

Praise for The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion

“…The overriding word that kept coming to my mind as I read Amy’s manuscript was FREEDOM. The whole homesteader and DIY  movement screams FREEDOM. The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion is both comprehensive and enjoyable. Amy skates perfectly down the middle between science and art; what a joy to have a book like this as a resource for both beginners and old hands. If you’ve never ventured into the world of herbs, you’ll find this book drawing you in and before you know it, I’m sure you’ll be dipping your toe in this exciting pool of wisdom. The historical contexts are an enjoyable read by themselves. Thank you, Amy, for bringing into our lives, our homes, our families such a wealth of freedom.” — Joel Salatin; Foreword, The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion

“Finally! A herbal handbook for homesteaders, written by a homesteader! Amy is the real-deal and knows this topic inside and out. This is the book I could have used years ago, and I’m thrilled to have it now.” — Jill Winger, blogger at theprairiehomestead.com

“Amy makes herbalism not only easy to understand, but also inspiringly charming. Easy methods, dosages, and instructions make herbalism doable, even for the average person.” — Shaye Elliott, author of Welcome to the Farm and Family Table

“Amy’s passion and love for natural, healthy living on the homestead is evident from this beautifully written guide to “everything herbal!” There is no better herbal book necessary to the homesteader’s arsenal than The Homesteading Herbal Companion. Amy’s inspirational and conversational instruction makes this book not only a reference book, but also an intimate journey into a homesteaders use of herbs medicinally, in the kitchen, and even on the farm. This book belongs in every home whether on a 100-acre farm or an apartment in Manhattan. It’s a must-have for anyone wanting to live a more healthy and natural life. This gorgeous book will be a classic!” — Stacy Lyn Harris; Co-Host The Sporting Chef and Rural Heritage/ Author of Best-Selling Books: Tracking the Outdoors In and Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook/ Founder of Game and Garden.
 
“The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion makes using herbs even more achievable! Filled with inspiring recipes and photographs, Amy presents the harmonious relationship between our homesteads and the herbs we can grow on them!”  — Quinn Veon, blogger at reformationacres.com

“. . . a valuable resource for the beginner and the novice who wish to seek natural remedies.” — Doug and Stacy Colbert, Off Grid with Doug and Stacy

 

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