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Good Eats: Tasty Duck Recipes | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Tasty Duck Recipes

Tasty Duck Recipes

Here is another Good Eats concept with Duluth Pack, and this time we are utilizing duck as our main source of protein. We discovered some delicious recipes that we are excited to share with you and cannot wait for you to try them out for ourselves and let us know what you think. Here is an assortment of different duck recipes for you, grab your apron, and let's get cooking.

Maple Syrup Meal Recipes | Duluth Pack

Maple Syrup Meal Recipes

Duluth Pack is back with another Good Eats concept and this time we are excited to share inspiration for some delicious maple syrup meal idea recipes. Whether you are craving a quick treat or different ways to implement the sweetness of maple syrup within your dinnertime meal, there are plenty of recipe suggestions for you. We recommend creating your own maple syrup and utilizing it within these meals. Here are some maple syrup recipe ideas brought to you by Duluth Pack. 
Good Eats: Coffee Crusted Meat Recipes | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Coffee Crusted Meat Recipes

Coffee-Crusted Meat Recipes



Take your favorite summertime smoky meat recipes from grilling to roasting and try them with a delicious and creative twist by including a coffee-rusted exterior. The bold flavors of the coffee pair extremely well with smoky meats and we are eager to share these mouthwatering recipes with you to try during your evening backyard grilling. Here are some coffee-crusted meat recipes: Grab your apron and let's get cookin'.

The History of Wild Rice | Duluth Pack

The History of Wild Rice

One of Minnesota’s claims to fame is our wild rice. You will find no shortage of wild rice in our grocery stores, gift shops, and even in our very own Duluth Pack. Us Minnesotans love to use it in soups, casseroles, pilaf, just on its own, and some use it in desserts like Wild Rice Krispy Bars. Wild rice is harvested mostly in August and September, so to celebrate harvest season almost being upon us, your friends at Duluth Pack want to give you the history of our state grain.
Good Eats: Homemade Venison Burgers | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Homemade Venison Burgers

Before you know it, the deer season will be back in full swing. We thought we'd get you excited about hunting season with a fool-proof homemade venison burger recipe. Venison is gamey tasting meat. It has a very rich and almost earthy flavor to it. It isn't as juicy as beef for example, but the texture is smoother and firm feeling.

Most individuals love a good burger and a venison burger offers a variety of unique possibilities. Making a tasty burger from venison can be tricky because of how lean the meat is. Deer meat on average has about half the amount of fat as beef does. This means that the meat can dry out more quickly and the flavor can come out duller than a classic beef burger. By basting the burgers in butter, you can preserve the richness of the meat without sacrificing juiciness.

Good Eats: Venison Stew | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Venison Stew

In Minnesota, venison is one of our specialties when it comes to hunting and consuming. In northern Minnesota, deer are incredibly common animals, and therefore are great for hunting along with processing. Venison is incredibly tender and lean protein. It's healthy and delicious. Today we have a recipe for a tasty venison stew. This simple and hands-off recipe is ideal for busy nights when you need to feed the whole family. You can either use a dutch oven or a slow cooker, whichever you prefer. Here is how we recommend you make venison stew. 

Foraging For Dandelions | Duluth Pack

Foraging For Dandelions

Most are familiar with that pesky yellow weed that grows in the lawn every year. Dandelions can grow from spring through fall and are recognizable to almost all. But before you bring out the weed killer this year, consider another option: foraging.

You may not know this, but dandelions are edible and full of nutrients. If you or someone you know is interested in foraging, these are the right natural ingredients to begin on. Dandelions are some of the most abundant and recognizable foraging targets out there, which make them ideal for beginners.

Good Eats: Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to get to grilling and to test out some fun, delicious, and smoky recipes that pair well with the long, warm nights we experience throughout the summer months. Whether you are preparing a full course BBQ meal, a small picnic in the park, or a leftover lunch created from last night’s dinner, here are some extraordinary homemade BBQ sauce recipes that will enhance your grilled/smoked meats and will leave you lingering for more. Below is a list of different styles of BBQ sauces located around America, and also a couple of recipes that we could not resist to include.
Grip, Grin, and Grilling | Duluth Pack

Grip, Grin, and Grilling

Grip, Grit, Grin, and Grilling

The outdoor guide on how to properly cook fish over an open campfire.

Why not make your evening meal even more of an adventure by cooking over a fire? Whether you are camping and fire is your only means of preparing food, or if you are seeking more creative ways of tackling dinner within the comfort of your backyard, cooking fish over a campfire will allow for more natural and bolder flavors within your meal. Listed below, there are multiple captivating ways to engage upon over the fire cooking, with slight differences within each style that will bring out individual textures and flavors for each new meal idea and recipe!  

Hobo Foil Pack

The hobo foil pack method makes for a delicious meal yet is completely simple to create. This method of cooking allows for the food inside the aluminum foil to become very tender, which produces an intensified flavor for your meal. This style of cooking is our favorite when we are out camping in the BWCAW. All you need is:

  • Heavy aluminum foil (cut into large squares).
  • Saucepan (not for fish, only if you want to create a glaze/sauce for the top of your meal).
  • Cooking grate (to set hobo foil packs above open flame).
  • Fish of your choice (already gutted, filleted, and ready to be cooked).
  • Any extra veggies, garnishes (lemon, seasoning, spices, herbs) needed to enhance your meal.

The steps to create this flavorful meal are almost as simple as the ingredients themselves; first, cut aluminum foil into large square-shaped pieces and make dressing for the fish in a saucepan (optional). Next, place the prepared fish and veggies/potatoes/rice (again optional) onto the aluminum foil piece, add some olive oil/dressing into the pack for added flavor and tenderness. Then, wrap the aluminum foil up around the contents nice and tight to avoid any moisture from escaping. Finally, grill for 5-8 minutes on one side, flip and grill again on the other until the fish becomes flaky and savory. Open the hobo foil pack, dig in, and enjoy!

            Here are some recipes ideas for the hobo foil pack method:

 

Boiling Fish

Boiling your catch of the day is the easiest form of cooking a meal over a fire, all you need is;

  • A large pot/cooking grate.
  • Your fish.
  • Plates / utensils.
  • Additional Seasoning/garnishes/ elements to enhance meal (optional).

You will set the pot (fit to the size of your catch) on a cooking grate over the fire filled with water. Once the water comes to a boil, throw your gutted fish into the water and wait for it to cook. Sidenote, we prefer to keep the skin on the fish to preserve the naturally occurring oils within the fish for added flavor. Let the fish boil for about 8-10 minutes, but the easiest way to check to see if your meal is complete is to see if the meat flakes from the fish once you cut into it. You can bring extra items to cook alongside your boiled fish as well - corn, potatoes, rice, etc.

Frying/ Fileting Fish

Whether you feel like frying or filleting your catch of the day, both methods will deliver a mouthwatering and satisfying meal. Easy enough, find a recipe that you cannot resist, and try it out on an open flame for the extra natural and smoky flavor. Here is what is needed:

  • Frying/Cast Iron/Skillet Pan.
  • Cooking Grate.
  • Cooking Oil (olive oil for a healthier choice).
  • Your catch of the day.
  • Batter (if choosing to fry).
  • Bowl to make the fish batter / other side mixes for your recipe.
  • Plates/utensils.

First, you will place a pan on top of the cooking grate and pour the cooking oil (olive oil) onto the pan while it is heating up. Once the oil starts to simmer place the fish into pan/along with any other ingredients your recipe calls for. Cook the meat and other elements until tender, crisp, and the flavors have transpired together while stirring the blend occasionally. (Note: frying fish in oil will follow a different recipe and amount of oil used than fileting a dish would call for)

            Here are some recipe ideas for frying/fileting method:

 

Over Coals

Cooking over an open fire already gives the meal a more natural and smoky flavor, the process of cooking your fish right over the coals will leave you with a charcoaled and crisp tang, leaving you wanting even more! The first thing you will want to do in preparation for cooking your fish over the coals is to gut the fish, however, leaving the skin to protect the inside. Once the coals are hot enough, stick the skewers directly through the fish lengthwise and directly place the fish skewers on top of the coals, it will not take much time to cook the fish with this method, so make sure you are flipping the fish from one side to another frequently to avoid burning! Once the fish is cooked thoroughly, the meat will flake right off!

 

Grilling

Everything tastes better when it is grilled, especially during these summer months when we can cook in the great outdoors. What a great way to cook your catch of the day with enriched flavors, by grilling it. All you need is:

  • A grill basket.
  • Your fish.
  • Extra spices/herbs called for within the recipe.

Prepare your fish by gutting and adding seasoning to it, once the grill basket has heated up, place the fish fillets on the grill basket over the open flame. Grill your fish until it is tender and flaky, make sure to add garnishes and extra elements for enhancement!  

Here are some recipes to follow for grilling your fish over a campfire:

 

We hope you enjoy and savor these methods of preparing a fish dinner over your campfire, along with the meal ideas above. If you have more recipe ideas you would like to share with us, feel free to give us a shout at marketing@duluthpack.com.

 

Note: All of the example recipes listed above can be tested and created with any type of fish caught or bought.

 

Happy cooking, friends! 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Eats: Dalgona Whipped Coffee and Cocktail Recipe | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Dalgona Whipped Coffee and Cocktail Recipe

A.M. Recipe:

There is nothing like starting a productive day with a delicious cup of coffee; whether the sun is shining above or the snow is piled high, a cup of coffee is the first step to a prosperous day. Your morning coffee offers a moment to relax and reflect upon the day to come, along with preparing you for the challenges and apprehensions that may be presented.

Whipped coffee is an adventurous way to tackle the start of your day, it is simplistic and easy to make, but you will find your inner creativity while taking the time to produce this delicious treat. All you need are these few ingredients;

- 2 tablespoons instant espresso/instant coffee

- 1 to 2 tablespoon sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

- 2 tablespoons hot water

- 1 cup of milk (your preference, we recommend almond milk)

- Cubed or crushed ice

- Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon on top (Duluth Pack recommendation!)

Once you have compiled all of your ingredients, the first step is to combine the instant espresso/coffee, sugar, and hot water in a mixing bowl. Whisk with an electric hand mixer until it is thickened and frothy (1 to 2 minutes). The second step is then to pour the milk into a glass or mug that is filled with ice and cold milk, top with the whipped coffee and stir with a straw. Finally, enjoy your whipped coffee and the start to your morning!

- Recipe from The Food Network

P.M. Recipe

After a long fearless day of productive adventuring, the perfect way to wind down and to begin your night of relaxation, whether it is with your friends, family, or by yourself, is to make an enjoyable cocktail during happy hour. Your friends at Duluth Pack have another idea that is just as tasty as the whipped coffee but adds a little more kick and spunk to your cocktail hour. This beverage, Whipped Coffee White Russian, is perfect for a night in, celebrating happy hour with your friends, or a trendy beverage to bring to a picnic dinner. Here are the few ingredients needed for your tasty happy hour cocktail;

 

- 1 tablespoon hot water

- 1 tablespoon instant espresso/ instant coffee powder

- 1 tablespoon honey/granulated sugar

- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka (we recommend Grey Goose or Titos)

- 1 - 1½ ounces (2-3 tablespoons) Kahlua

- 1 - 2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) whole milk/nut milk

-  ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or hot cocoa powder on top (Duluth Pack recommendation!)

Once all of the ingredients have been established, the first step is to combine the hot water, instant espresso/instant coffee, and honey in a bowl. Using an electric mixer/whisk, whip until fluffy (light 2-3 minutes). The second step would be to fill a glass with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlua, and a splash of vanilla. Pour the milk and stir to combine. Spoon in the whipped coffee overtop. Finally, drink and enjoy your sweet happy hour treat!

-Recipe from Half Baked Harvest

 

Cheers, friends!