Crab Chowder!!! Amazing Recipe by Leslie Crawford
Jan26

Crab Chowder!!! Amazing Recipe by Leslie Crawford

I know it sounds impossible, but sometimes after a big crab boil (which is the best dinner around, even if it does make for slow eating…), we have leftovers. Gasp! After your cleaned crabs are boiled, first and foremost, you gotta pick em. Which isn’t nearly as fun when you’re not stuffing your face…. but still totally worth the effort! So now you have fresh caught, deliciously boiled, and clean picked lump blue crab meat. What to do? Crab cakes come to mind first… but that seemed a little too typical for me. Too easy. I was looking for something out of the box. Plus, yesterday was a cold and drizzly day, so I knew a soup would hit the spot!   So, here’s the skinny on making your own delicious pot of crab chowder: Which, by the way, is not a “skinny” soup. This is a full fat, delicious comfort food soup. Crab Chowder Recipe Boil the carrots and potatoes: The first thing you’ll want to do is peel and chop 3-5 medium potatoes (I used red potatoes because that is what was in my pantry) and 3 large carrots, also chopped. Place these in a soup pot and add just enough stock to cover the potatoes and carrots well, but don’t make them swim! Cover, turn the heat on med/high and let them boil. Fry up some chopped bacon: Now you’ll need 5-10 slices of bacon, chopped into bite-size pieces. Fry these up in a large skillet until they reach your preferred crispness level. These will be served as a topping for the soup. I got mine a little too crunchy for my tastes, but that’s ok! Now, drain the bacon pieces on a paper towel and forget about them until setting the table. Sautee onion, celery, garlic, and mushrooms: To the bacon grease, add one large diced onion and about 3 stalks of chopped celery (which I was out of…boo) and let them cook until the onions start to get clear. Now add a Tbsp of chopped garlic and some chopped mushrooms if you have them (I was also out! Eeek!). Let this cook another minute or so until it smells fragrant. Make a roux, like a gravy: Now while you’re grease is still hot (but don’t let it start smoking!) you’re going to add flour, in a less than exact manner, as if you were making white gravy… Add a little at a time (1-2 Tbsp) and start whisking. You want the grease to be soaked up by the flour, but not be quite as cakey as mine was (I was a bit heavy-handed with...

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Limits Are Made To Be Pushed..  Angie’s Journey With A Spear
Jan21

Limits Are Made To Be Pushed.. Angie’s Journey With A Spear

“Failure is only an option if you quit.” This is something I tell myself often, and especially when I’ve set a goal that to some may seem unattainable…even to myself at times. I’m frequently asked if there is anything I cannot do. First of all, I am no Wonder Woman, or even close to being perfect, I am simply stubborn, and when I put my mind to something I WILL figure out a way to accomplish it. So with that said, I guess I haven’t found anything yet I cannot do. Other than, as my husband Adam would say, “pee standing up.” Like I did with bow hunting nineteen years ago, I simply decided one day I wanted to hunt with a bow. I didn’t really know anyone at the time that was a bow hunter, and absolutely knew little to nothing about bows, or hunting with one, but it appealed to me on many levels. I was really getting tired of the rat race of rifle season in Central Nebraska. After I picked up the bow I had a ton of help from many different people for which I am forever grateful. The spear however has been a completely different story. As with the bow, about a year ago I just up and decided I wanted a spear. I enjoy throwing knives, so why not try a spear? Adam took it in stride just like he does everything with me and simply said, “Lord, have mercy,” and then promptly put a homemade spear together, a broom handle with a spear head screwed on the end of it. Now you might ask as I did, “what should I use for a target?” It would be the first of many questions I had about spears, and no one to ask the questions of. I had a thin section of a cotton wood tree that I used for throwing knives, so that’s what I used. The next few months I threw that broom-handle spear thousands of times at that piece of cottonwood. Thankfully it came fairly natural for me, and was pretty easy to throw. So the idea of actually hunting with a spear started to creep into my head and consume me until one day I finally blurted it out. I don’t remember Adam’s exact response, but I’m sure it involved laughing. However, he is fully aware after nineteen years of marriage, to know that I wasn’t joking, so the very next day he brought the loader tractor into the yard, parked it over the top of a round bale and said, “Get your spear. If you think you’re going...

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HELLO 2018!!!
Jan03

HELLO 2018!!!

Ringing in the New Year was different than what I had planned.  In keeping with past years, we had planned on hunting the last day of the year and the first day of the new year.  Our New Year’s Eve hunt was bitter cold but that did not keep us from enjoying our sit in the woods watching nature.  From my stand, I was entertained by a beautiful Red Tail Hawk,  three huge gobblers, and a “herd” of does.  A spike and a 4 pointer also stopped by as I sat taking it all in. My hubby and I both had a great hunting season and between the two of us, we harvested enough venison for the year so we made the decision to pass on taking another deer this season.  With that in mind, we opted out of our New Year’s Day traditional hunt. Instead of waking up at 3 am, we slept in until 8 which is rare for us.  We used the day to celebrate the beginning of a new year with an amazing Eggs Benedict brunch and Champagne.   I prepared a venison roast for the crockpot which would be our dinner later in the day.  I loved sitting  by our fireplace,  spending most of the day in my PJ’s!! But with lots of football to enjoy, the couch was the place to be as I snuggled in with a book in hand and my best friend at my side.  This most restful day was what we both needed, and for that I was so grateful. Subscriber Winners of the Antler Oyster Knife! This antler oyster knife was handcrafted and offered by artist, Jenny Hanna of Midnight and Magnolias https://www.etsy.com/shop/MidnightandMagnolias I  want to take this time to thank each and everyone of my subscribers and followers for an amazing year.  Your support means so very much to me since I find a lot of pleasure writing about my passion for hunting.  Here are the winners of my most recent giveaways: Adda Mae Dillon, Summerville, SC, David Kramer, Greenville, SC and Pat Robertson, Columbia, SC.  All were recipients of an Antler Oyster Knife!  Congratulations!!  I have a lot of South Carolina subscribers but I have also had many other winners from other states in the past! Thank you all and wishing you a Happy 2018!!!     Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Me and My Beretta!
Jan01

Me and My Beretta!

If this sounds a bit familiar, you may recall that I wrote a blog post called “Me and My Benelli” a couple of years ago. There I go again . . . falling in love with another Italian shotgun. Embracing my Italian roots (I am of 100% Italian ancestry), I have long been drawn to these wonderful shotguns. My 12-gauge Ultra Light Benelli has been a wonderful gun and is serving me well with its versatility. I love it for hunting turkeys, ducks, doves, and clay shooting with its semiautomatic action. The fact that it weighs less than 6 pounds is a great advantage in every situation. However, there are many occasions where having a gun with a break-open action is preferred. I have attended events where you are required to have a gun with a break-open action for safety reasons on and off the field. If the action is open, there is no possibility of a shell being fired unintentionally. After much research, I started focusing on the Silver Pigeon V over-and-under 20-gauge shotgun. You might think I was gaga over the gorgeous walnut oil-finished stock and its hand-inlaid gold game scenes on the sides of the action. Or, maybe it was the oval on the stock where I can put my initials or family crest that turned my head. Yes, those Italian gunmakers know how to make you swoon! OK, the sheer beauty of Beretta may have had a thing or two to do with it, but I honestly think that I was drawn to this shotgun, as I believe it will be a gun that will satisfy my quest for quality and durability. This gun will surely be one that I pass down to the next generation of hunters in my family. I am thrilled that my daughter Caroline loves to shoot clays, and I also have three granddaughters who, although very small, share my love for anything relating to hunting, especially wearing camouflage clothes. Being a member of Back Woods Quail Club, I have had the pleasure of taking some clay shooting lessons from Ken Podraza of 2XL Shooting Sports. I was excited to learn that Ken now offers shotgun fittings and stock modifications, so I was quick to give him a call to help me get my gun fitted. Ken is certainly a perfectionist, and I learned so much from him about my new gun. “As a shooting instructor and shotgun fitter, I see many people interested in finding that perfect shotgun. A shotgun should feel balanced, swing smoothly to the target, and have the shooter’s eye aligned down the rib of the barrel...

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