Dad helps Oliver get a fish off of the hook.

Columbia couple take on Cooking Wild

Ann Koenig was inspired by the Missouri Department of Conservation’s new cookbook called Cooking Wild in Missouri by Bernadette Dryden. So inspired that she is attempting to make every recipe in the book in a year. While this would be a challenge with any cookbook, it is particularly challenging with Cooking Wild because every recipes involves at least one ingredient that you don’t buy in the store. You have to either hunt or gather in Missouri’s great outdoors.
The recipes are also not your typical wild-game recipes, but are a diverse, and sometimes exotic, collection of gourmet recipes that has taken those week night, after school and after work meals to a whole new level.
But this quest goes well beyond the kitchen. So far the project has taken the family of four fishing, hunting, nut collecting and gathering berries and mushrooms. Sometimes they are successful, and sometimes they come home empty-handed. And the seasonal nature of game and wild edibles keep’s the pressure on. But it’s a challenge the family is enjoying every page along the way. They are blogging about the experience at

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