When I received a call from the Editor of Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine asking to be part of a photo shoot for their 2014 Fall Hunting and Gathering issue, I was beyond flattered. This was an overwhelming opportunity to be part of an amazing group of local hunting TV show hosts and wild game enthusiasts. Be sure to pick up a copy or view their online version of the issue.
The dish on game
Kristy Crabtree started hunting 15 years ago, after she met boyfriend Andy Perwein, a serious hunter. At first, she was Perwein’s spotter. When that grew old, she learned to hunt, starting small, with duck hunting at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and chukar hunting in the Pah Rah Range. This year, she pulled her first bull elk tag, as well as an antelope tag.
While spending time with Perwein sparked her interest in hunting, it’s the Nevada wilderness that has her hooked.
“When you’re watching the sunrise while wild horses graze nearby, it’s so beautiful,” she says. “Friends ask how I can camp out for two weeks at a time. I don’t think about the conveniences of home when I’m out there.”
Then there’s the meat.
“It’s so good, I couldn’t understand why people didn’t like it,” she says. “I couldn’t stand the idea of it going to waste.”
A lifelong foodie, Crabtree did what comes naturally — she cooked, developing everyday recipes that substitute wild game for beef, pork, or chicken.
“I’ve cooked since I was a kid,” she says. “I don’t have formal training, but I have a lot of experience.”
As owner of a web design and marketing business, Westward Strategy & Design Group, the Reno resident did the only thing that comes naturally — she built a wild-game cooking website, Nevadafoodies.com.
She promises that cooking game is easy.
“The only trick is not overcooking,” she says. “Game is more tender and leaner than beef. It won’t need as much time.”
Add salt sparingly.
“It covers the flavor,” she says. “Try dry rubs and herbs instead. The taste is amazing.”
While Perwein doesn’t cook, Crabtree gives him credit in the kitchen.
“He does the dishes!” she says.
Freelance writer Sue Edmondson doesn’t hunt, but is lucky that her neighbors, who do, like to share.
Photos by Jeff Ross.
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