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#06-341 December 18, 2006

Give new wild game, seafood cookbook for Christmas

“Wild Fare & Wise Words” is a cookbook for every angler and hunter, and it makes the perfect Christmas gift for the outdoors enthusiast in the family. Hunters and anglers are always in the market for good recipes to turn their harvests into delicious dishes. In addition to Christmas, it makes a great gift for any occasion.

The cookbook was inspired by a corps of volunteers dedicated to helping those who share the sameWild Fare & Wise Words passion for our wildlife and natural resources. With more than 200 recipes covering wild game and seafood available in most areas of the country, “Wild Fare & Wise Words” will delight any outdoors enthusiast. Inventive and delicious preparations celebrate the flavor and versatility of wild game including seafood and shellfish, freshwater fish, venison, waterfowl, wild turkey, upland game birds and small game.

“Wild Fare & Wise Words” was created through a partnership of the South Carolina Outdoor Press Association Inc., The Harry R.E. Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund Inc., the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and South Carolina Wildlife magazine. The partners on this project recognize the importance of strong alliances among conservation-minded organizations, and the constant challenges related to the funding of those organizations.

To order a copy of the cookbook by mail, send a check made payable to OJEFA for $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling to OJEFA, PO Box 2601, Lexington, SC 29071. Proceeds go to support the goals and objectives of the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America.

For more information about how to sell the cookbook as a fundraiser or for retail sales, call (803) 996-0911 or e-mail OutdoorCookbook@aol.com. Outdoor retailers may sell the cookbook through partnerships set up to donate a portion of the proceeds to help conservation-minded organizations.

“Wild Fare & Wise Words” is edited by award-winning writer Jim Casada, with recipes from cooks who have a rich heritage of preparing wild fare. Essays written by Casada and quotations from renowned outdoor writers help to make this a well-rounded experience to read as well as to cook from.

“We hope this will be the first of many cooperative projects to help support conservation-minded organizations,” said Gail Wright, project coordinator.

Sample recipe: Venison Wellington

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Season the tenderloin with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet. Sear the tenderloin on all sides. Remove from heat and cool. Heat remaining 1-tablespoon oil in the same skillet and sauté the onion, mushrooms and garlic until tender. Add the wine and simmer until it is evaporated. Remove from the heat and cool. Spread the pate over the tenderloin. Top with the vegetable mixture. Roll the puff pastry into a rectangle that will encase the tenderloin. Brush edges of the dough with some of the egg mixture and press to seal. Decorate with extra dough and brush the surface with egg mixture. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Makes 2 to 4 servings.
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