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Foraging for Food (or bait!)

Foraging for Food

Fishing small creeks and little brooks is something that I love to do. I grew up fishing for brook trout in eastern Ontario and I have some great memories. Brook trout (specks) are fairly abundant where I live in Nova Scotia. I mean, they live in the brook that’s right behind my house… And, if given a choice, I’d use a 4 weight fly rod when I can. But, tiny creeks don’t often allow much room for casting, so that’s [Read More]

Warm Up Those Plates!

Warm Up Those Plates!

Have you ever wondered why your food is usually cold before you are finished eating it?   Well, if you’re like most home cooks, it’s because you put the hot food on cold plates, then served it.  Anyone who is serious about their cooking craft, warms the plates up first, then lays out the food. Any restaurant chef or cook worth a pinch of salt knows the value in heating the plates.  Sometimes, the plated food must sit for a minute [Read More]

Frontier Food With The Rugged Dude

Frontier Food With The Rugged Dude

Frontier Food with the Rugged Dude… Yes, I know it rhymes, it’s supposed to.  Andy, one our ultra-rugged camera dudes first suggested “Wild Food with the Rugged Dude,” but we quickly found out there is already one or maybe even two shows with the words, “Wild Food” in the title.  So, what with the frontier part? Well, a friend of mine once told me that my “frontier kitchen” looks pretty rugged. I thought that could be part of a cool, [Read More]

RD on the Food Network

In 2009, I was invited down to California co host a show with Bobby Flay.  If you’re not familiar with his name, he has several shows on the Food Network and he is also one of the “Iron Chefs” on Iron Chef America.  It was his “Grill It” series that I did with him.  So, there’s me, the Rugged Dude, walkin’ around in one of the most unrugged parts of the world… I must have looked kind of funny walking around in Hollywood [Read More]

RD’s Cabin

RD’s Cabin

Here’s a cooking show special I produced back in 2009, in Thunder Bay, in front of a live studio audience.  We had a great time, lots of good response from the crowd of about 110. Also on board, were some of the Confederation College culinary students from that year and they kicked ass!  Special thanks to Ling Lee (who sadly passed away in 2012) for lending a hand… and a boat load of Chinese food!   Here are the four segments [Read More]

Pork… medium cooked.

pork medium cooked

  I remember, as a kid, watching my Grandmother cooking on the old woodstove. She would often make delicious meals of roast beef, turkey and roast pork. That is of course, on top of all the ducks me and my ultra-rugged hunting buddies would bring in from the blind. Speaking about pork now, we were always told to cook our pork to well done. In fact, my Grampa wouldn’t eat “the goddam stuff” until it was cooked… and cooked… and [Read More]

The Bait Debate

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“Corn and apples on the ground, 25 yards out.” Sitting about 17 feet up in a tree sure gives me, the hunter, a great view.  It also makes it a little less likely for the deer to see me, smell me or hear me.  And, when they come in to eat the apples and corn I put there for them, they are distracted by all the free food! Since the deer is distracted, it gives me a good opportunity to [Read More]

Ask RD

Ask RD

Attention all rugged dudes and rugged dudettes… if you have a question for The Rugged Dude, here’s your chance! You may have a question about cooking, fishing, hunting, or just a question about bein’ rugged. RD will answer your question and we’ll post it up here on the site. Anything goes… even if you think he’s just a damn idiot and you want to tell him. He’s rugged, so he can take it! Let ‘er rip! Recent Questions: Q – [Read More]

RD’s Wicked Wings

RD’s Wicked Wings

I really don’t buy a lot of meat from the grocery store these days, with living in the middle of the woods surrounded by lakes and rivers.  There’s food all over the place where I live… so, yes, I hunt and catch a lot of my food and I raise my own chickens for the meat and for eggs.  But, there is one food I do buy from the store and that is chicken wings!   I’d need to butcher 5 [Read More]

Contact Rugged Dude

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I normally answer all emails (accept the ones from idiots who hate me because I hunt and fish and eat great food,) but depending on the time of year and what’s happening (like deer season) I sometimes can’t get to them right away.  If you do get a reply it will be from me.  Ghost writers are uncool, stupid and waaaaaay unrugged!  Besides, aren’t they only for big shots? Send ‘er over -ultrarugged@gmail.com   Send me a message!