All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Follow Up

I hunt for several reasons it comes down to partly recreation and partly culinary.  I like eating wild game.  I've never killed an animal with the intention of just harvesting a trophy.  I always hunt with the intention of eating what I kill.  Varmint and predator hunting are the exception to the rule, and even in those circumstance I hunt with the intention of improving the ecosystem by helping balance habitat and animal numbers.

One criticism I frequently hear about antelope is that it isn't very good to eat.  This is a crap excuse.  If you don't like the meat you shouldn't hunt the animal.  That said antelope, in the field do have a particular odor.  This odor is strong and some find it unpleasant.  However if the antelope on your plate tastes like it smells in the field, the problem is you and your preparation techniques not the meat.

You've made your shot and it was a good one.  The antelope is down.  Take a picture or two if you like.  Now field dress the animal immediately.  If possible rinse our the body cavity.  Antelope blood has a strong sent to it.  If you get the blood out of the meat you will eliminate the scent and much of the flavor. 

If you remember yesterdays picture, my antelope was hanging in the garage.  I do this to cool the carcass, to finish getting the blood out and to age the meat.  Depending on the weather I will do this for as little as 3 days to as much as a week before I butcher.  As part of the butchering process I clean the meat and ensure no hair, fat or dried blood is packaged with the meat.  Taking a little extra time processing the meat gives you a better end product.  Then the meat goes into the freezer.

As  a personal preference, I seldom eat the meat of what I have just processed on the same day I butcher.  This is true no matter what kind of animal, domestic, wild or poultry.  Fresh caught fish is another story.

As with all rules there is an exception.  With the antelope the exception is tenderloins.  Antelope have small, tiny even tenderloins.  These are yummy.

I like to harvest my tenderloin and marinade them in a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  I never actually measure the stuff, but I completely cover the meat in olive oil and then mix in enough balsamic vinegar to blacken the mixture.  I've cut up some garlic to add a touch of flavor.  It looks like this in the bowl.
I leave the bowl out on the counter with the meat in it for 2 to 4 hours.  Forget what your home economics teacher told you.  It's perfectly OK for meat to marinade at room temperature.  Red meat tastes better, and is more tender if it isn't cold when you cook it.  These beauties NEVER saw the inside of a refrigerator. 

After marinating the tenderloin will look slightly blackened.  This is from the balsamic vinegar and is expected.  Those little pieces of meat are "mistakes" made when cutting the loin out of the cavity.  These "mistakes" are my way of "testing" the meat when grilling it.

Method of preparation:
  • Cut the tenderloins out of the still warm body cavity.  
  • Soak them in water to remove blood
  • Clean off all blood and extra membranes
  • Put in bowl
  • Cover with olive oil
  • Add enough balsamic vinegar to blacken the mixture
  • Add cut up garlic cloves
  • Cook on grill to medium rare or medium
Then because everyone is hungry, forget to take a picture of the finished masterpiece for the blog.  Sorry guys they looked great and tasted even better.

As Waterboy can attest no meal involving red meat is complete without a pan full of these sautéed to perfection.


  1. WaterBoy11:03 AM

    Umami. The shrooms complement the meat; different types of shrooms for different types of meat.

    Would've liked to have seen the final product. Also would've liked to have tasted it, but that's a little more difficult on a blog.

  2. Mrs. Ipsa has developed a taste for the baby portabellas. Since she does 90% of the grocery shopping that's what those were. I like most of the varieties of shrooms. I agree a different kind imparts a different experience.

    The final product looks almost like a blackened steak would except the color is from the balsamic not a coating of spices. By using the olive oil, the meat remains moist provided you don't over cook it. After grilling you can't taste the olive oil. The flavor is similar to venison with a slight tang from the vinegar. The garlic is the only spice and it is very faint. I don't even salt or pepper this dish.

    If you wanted you could use Baggs apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic. I've had good luck with it. A splash of tamari in with the Baggs lends a nice touch as another variation on the same theme.

  3. WaterBoy1:03 PM

    Portabellas are good with most red meats, as are the standard white mushrooms. I use shitakes with my grilled salmon, and they're good in most any stir-fry, too.

    Olive oil is great for grilling as long as it's on low or indirect heat. Brush some on fresh asparagus and lightly sprinkle with grated parmesan, then grill just until tender (I put these on the rack above the main grill so they don't catch fire). I also use sesame oil with the salmon instead of olive oil -- mixed with ginger, it gives it a more oriental flavor.