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Dark Days Meal 8: Venison Burger on Grilled Jalapeno-Cheddar Bread

venison burger on grilled jalapeno bread

Fresh venison, local veggies and cheese, and locally made bread...a perfect dinner.

For the record, I am having a blast with the Dark Days Challenge. (That’s why I am no longer counting weeks, but rather meals.) I am loving trying to figure out how to make a local meal, and what local really means to me. What I mean by that is that for me local isn’t just locally grown (or raised) food, but local is about supporting small, mom-and-pop businesses. I’m amazed by the number of people who have taken their passion for food and started businesses. They’re going up against big business. They deserve support.

Rocking the Leftovers: Onion Tarts

onion tarts

Savory with just a little sweet...the onion tarts are the perfect appetizer.

For my Dark Days Challenge meal this past week, I made a Root Beer Glaze for a Venison Roast and made a meal of sandwiches and homemade potato chips. As often happens with roasts, I ended up with a lot of left overs. Not only did I have plenty of meat left, I had the wonderful root beer flavored au jus. I COULD NOT let that go to waste.

Dark Days Week 4: Christmas Kale and Sweet Potato Stew

kale potato stew with venison

hearty winter stew with local venison, kale, and sweet potatoes

Merry Christmas! It is 6:31 a.m. and I’m the only one awake (at least when I started this…it’s almost 9 now and presents are opened.). Every year I think I’ll sleep in, especially when we don’t have the kids with us. Every year I’m awake at 5:30. Nothing beats Christmas morning! (new slippers and a ruby ring. nice.) While I’m waiting for Rick to wake up to open presents, I thought I’d get a start on my Dark Days Week 4 challenge post. This week I went old school and made stew.

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