Grilled Chimichurri Pheasant

Grilled Chimichurri Pheasant

It’s too hot to use our oven and we’ve moved all of our nightly meal cooking out to the grill.

Pheasant can be difficult to prepare. I’ve found it easy to overcook rendering a tough, white meat lacking flavor.

This recipe was none of that. Marinated all day in a clean, homemade Chimichurri sauce, the meat is tender and flavorful.

Even better, this recipe requires little work. While spending morning ours in the kitchen, quickly add the pheasant to the marinade and forget about it as you go through your busy day of work and chores.

Chimichurri Pheasant

Grilled Chimichurri Pheasant
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Chimichurri sauce
  • 4 Pheasant breasts
  • Hot grill
Instructions
  1. Place the pheasant into a plastic baggie.
  2. Cover with chimichurri sauce.
  3. Seal the bag and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
  4. When ready to cook, remove the pheasant and allow to warm while the grill preps.
  5. Light your coals in a charcoal chimney and dump once they are all covered with a grey ash.
  6. Cook pheasant in a grill with hot coals and on clean grates using indirect heat. Do not close the grill cover.
  7. Allow the pheasant to cook on the first side until it begins to look cooked up around the edges, about 4 minutes.
  8. Flip the pheasant and cook about 2 minutes more or until cooked through.

To make the Chimichurri for this recipe, try this recipe.

Enjoy this tender grilled pheasant over a bed of Arugula or along side some quickly grilled vegetables.

How have you been beating the summer heat in your kitchen this season?

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DIY Raised Garden Bed Design: Part 1

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Today is the start of a 3 part series. So, you’ll need to return two more Tuesdays for all the details on building the hoop fencing and setting up a similar watering system.

These beds began as a general idea; they became an evolving project.

For our designs, we knew we needed pest control to keep out rabbits, and the occasional curious dog. We also had some general considerations. Did we need shade cover, what type of watering system would be best, how much space did we really need?

A month after beginning this project, we have our answers. Below you will find everything you need to build this sunken bed and you can return next Tuesday for all the fencing details.

Garden Bed Plans

Materials

  • 6- 4’ 10” beams
  • 6- 10’ 10” beams
  • 3’ x 25’ feet chicken wire ($19.77)
  1. Measure your beams. We repurposed beams we found in the yard and worked with 4’ and 10’ beams that were 4 inches thick.
  2. Dig your bed. Based on beam measurements, dig a hole to fit your structure. I dug a 11 x 5 foot hole that was 8 inches deep.
  3. Lay the beams. Lay the beams beginning with one of the longer sides. Lay the beams so they interlock in each corner.

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  1. Line the beds. To prevent rodents from breaking into the beds, line the interior of the beds with chicken wire. Be sure your chicken wire covers the seam between beams.
  2. Secure the wire. Using a staple gun, secure the chicken wire in place.
  3. Prevent external growth. Line the bed up through the sides with recycled cardboard. We used a classy collection of PBR cardboard and banana boxes.
  4. Fill the beds. Given our soil composition, we chose to buy materials and mix our own soil (I did not include this in the pricing of our beds).
  5. Gravel around beds. Lay weed block and gravel around each bed to prevent weeds from growing into the beds. Secure the weed block to the beds with staples.

In total, this bed cost $19.77 for all materials. Had we needed to buy wood, our expense would have been considerably higher; however, taking the time to pull apart bolted beams can save you a bundle! This bed was so fantastic we built two more just like it.

Want to know more about how to build this bed? Check out Part 2 and Part 3.

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Monthly Menus: July

For the past several months, I have been sharing our monthly menu. It all started back in this April post as I worked to refocus our monthly spending and aligning our grocery expenses with our budgeted goal.

This month, the menu is taking a different turn. We’ve mastered the art of sticking to our budget. July’s menu focuses more on producing dinners from the garden. We are trying to produce all the food we will need on our own land. This month we get a step closer; we are hoping to be eating all of our own produce at dinner time by the end of the month.

1-      Bacon, eggs, and creamed spinach

2-      Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado

3-      Avocado Arugula Salad

4-      Ribs with Coleslaw and Roasted Zucchini

5-      Veggie Stir Fry

6-      Pizza

7-      Seared Scallops with Squash Puree and Sage Butter

 

8-      Vegetable and Bean Tostada

9-      Pad Thai

10-   Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

11-   Eggplant Parmesan

12-   Fettuccine with Pesto and Tomatoes

13-   Grilled Zucchini Flatbread

14-   Summer Salad and Garlic Bread

 

15-   Shrimp Salad

16-   Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

17-   Garden Vegetable Alfredo

18-   Pizza and Arugula Salad

19-   Garden Vegetable Frittata

20-   Stuffed Zucchini

21-   Fish Tacos with lime and fresh peppers

 

22-   Grilled Cheese and Tomatoes with Salad

23-   Egg Rolls and Braised Baby Bok Choy

24-   Margarita Pizza

25-   Shrimp Stir Fry

26-   Asparagus Salad with Poached Eggs

27-   Lamb Burgers with Cucumber and Tomato Salad

28-   Baked Sweet Potato and Grilled Garden Vegetables

 

29-   Fried Chicken with Grilled Corn and Salad

30-   Salad with Leftover Chicken and Herb Vinaigrette

31-   Vegetable Burgers over Greens

 

What are you planning for your monthly menu?

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Raising Chickens: What you need to know

Raise ChickensWhen I first brought six adorable chicks home, I had no idea what I was doing. Truth be told, I still don’t.

Since that day, I’ve been trying to decide whether being well versed in the ways of chicken raising is important. It’s not.

You can learn how to raise chickens as they grow to develop their natural behaviors and unique personalities.

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Raising chickens is fun, it’s a learning experience, and it’s a commitment. Although I don’t think it’s important to know everything about chickens before jumping in, it is important to know a few things first.

  1. Build the coop before bringing them home. I ignored this piece of advice. It was a mistake. Weekends fill up faster than you can build!
  2. Know how to best feed and water your birds. Different ages requires different types of feed, know what’s appropriate for the age of your bird. Have a plan for providing a constant supply of clean water.
  3. Understand their “normal” behavior. You don’t need to know every warning sign from day one. You need to know what’s normal. The largest of my birds enjoy digging themselves cool dirt nests on hot days. When they begin panting, they are too hot. Understanding these irregular behaviors helps me make healthy changes to their living space.
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Darkling Beetles

Darkling Beetles

In Nevada, there is an insect referred to as stink bugs. They are everywhere.

I’ve always known stink bugs as a serious garden pest, which worried me as I started getting our garden started this year. How would I ever keep things alive?!

A little research revealed these clumsy beetles are in fact Darkling Beetles, not the stinky, shield shaped insect I had feared. (sigh of relief)

But what is a Darkling Beetle?

As larvae they are meal worms. As adults, they are large clumsy beetles. These guys do release a stinky odor when threatened (hence the nickname), but they are virtually harmless.

Are they bad for the garden?

Darklings enjoy noshing on small plants; in the garden this means seedlings. After a plant becomes more than a few inches tall it is strong enough to survive a feasting Darkling. Overall, they are not a significant garden pest.

How do you keep them away from your newly planted garden?

Keep the space around your garden clear. Darklings love to live in the naturally occurring ground cover. Keeping the ground space bare around your beds prevents these beetles from getting too close. We’ve managed to keep 3 feet space clear and will soon be laying gravel, which keeps most of these little guys from getting in.

Have you seen these in your garden?

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