RD's Rugged Recipes



Okay, here’s the scoop…

I don’t want anyone to think I’m trying to come across as some veteran chef who was trained in France or at The Culinary Institute of America, because I’m not and I wasn’t. I spent a little time in culinary school, I slugged it out “on the line” in a few kitchens over the years and I ran a small restaurant of my own for a while… but none of that makes me a certified chef. But, I am a kick-ass home cook and some of my stuff is pretty goddamn good! No-one has ever barfed on my floor after a meal, that much I can assure you! I do recall this one chick barfing off my back deck once, but that had nothing to do with food.

Most of the recipes below are pretty basic… I even added French fries and chicken wings to the list. I try to mix things up a little bit, so you might come across one meal that may seem a bit advanced if you’re just learning how to cook and then, the next one is simple dish of sweet carrots.

I don’t have a fancy food stylist either and none of these pictures were touched up. In fact, I take all the pictures myself in my own kitchen, with just a crappy little digital camera because I wanted this whole thing to be realistic and believable. I’m not overly concerned about presentation either. Just put the food on a damn plate and serve it. Food is meant to eaten, not looked at.

One thing to keep in mind is that I really don’t use actual recipes when I’m cooking. I rarely measure anything accept for when I’m baking. That’s when you must measure nearly everything… You must measure when you bake!

However, I felt that I had to come up with measurements for the recipes on this site otherwise it would look pretty lame if I said, “Well, throw in about a handful of this or a couple scoops of that,” or, “Just throw in some dry oregano.” My point is that when you make any of these dishes, sure, go ahead and measure most things to start off with. But, for the most part, don’t worry too much about precise measurements. Just “go by feel,” as they say, and taste it as you go. You’ll learn a lot that way and you’ll gain some valuable confidence. Anyone can read a recipe book and follow directions. That’s not as much cooking as it is assembling. You learn how to cook by cooking. Don’t get too technical and don’t freak out if you screw something up. We’ve all been there…

Below are a few links to some outdoor cooking videos I did not too long ago.

Fresh walleyes anyone?

How to Cook Walleye - One.
How to Cook Walleye - Two

How ’bout venison?

How to cook venison.


Pork Tenderloin (or wild boar) with Apples & Pears

Pork Tenderloin (or wild boar) with Apples & Pears

Pork is one of the few meats that I buy from the store these days.  If there were any wild hogs around here, I’d likely never buy pork… but there isn’t.  And, I just friggin’ love pork! Next year, I plan to raise two hogs here at my house.  (No, not IN my house.  AT my house, outside.)  This recipe would easily work with wild boar and if you’ve never eaten it, try it.  If you have none in your [Read More]

Salsa & Guacamole

Salsa & Guacamole

Okay, this one is one of those “don’t bother measuring anything” recipes.  So, does that strategy no longer make it a recipe?  Maybe… probably, I guess.  Ah, who gives a shit?  Just make it and eat.  It’s actually good for you.  And, you really don’t need any salt in any of it.  Use your brain for the amounts of this or that.  Just wing it, baby! Salsa In a medium sized bowl, add small diced tomatoes, onions, peppers of whatever [Read More]

Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb

I absolutely love lamb!  In my opinion, its flavour is something like that of venison, only a little milder.  So, if you’ve never tried lamb, especially the rib section or “chops” as they’re sometimes called, and you like venison… you’ll totally drool over this one!  Obviously, this recipe will work perfectly with a rack of venison too. If you’re not too familiar with the various cuts of meat, you’ll notice that a rack of lamb is the same shape as a prime [Read More]

Cream of … (you pick it) Soup!

Cream of … (you pick it) Soup!

I was in my tree stand for about 6 hours today and even though it really wasn’t all that cold for November 17, it sure was nice to get back to the house where the woodstove was still burning away, doing its job.  It also made me feel like having some soup, some nice, thick and rich creamy soup.  And… no, I didn’t get a deer.  Didn’t even see one! I hate to pee in your Cornflakes, but most times when you order cream [Read More]

Spicy Grilled Venison Rib Steaks

Spicy Grilled Venison Rib Steaks

I love spicy (hot) food and I know a lot of other people do too.  I like my wings so hot, that the morning after eating a pile of ‘em, I normally end up sitting in the outhouse, with my eyes crossed while biting down on a block of wood.  But, somehow… it’s worth it!  Don’t worry, though, this venison recipe isn’t all that hot.  It’s just “warm.” I like to use rib steaks (chops, as they’re often called) because they’re super tender and mild. [Read More]

Ultra-Rugged Baked Beans

Ultra-Rugged Baked Beans

One of my earliest memories of when I was a little kid, was watching my grandmother cook on the old wood burning cook stove.  She was amazing… and one of the family favourites was her baked beans.  I used to laugh my little ass off after we all ate the beans, because when my Grampa farted, the whole house shook! I’ve done a lot guiding for fishermen and hunters in my life and I often cook for them too.  There [Read More]

Awesome French Fries

Awesome French Fries

Who in their right mind doesn’t just love good French fries?  I do… but, I know they’re not the healthiest thing in the world for a 51 year old dude to eat, so I indulge only on occasion.   And, I normally don’t brag about my own cooking… but, right now, I’ll gladly bend that rule.  My French fries are the best on the planet!  Well, maybe not the best on the planet, but they’re damn good!  However, my fries weren’t always [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]

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

For some strange reason, Eggs Benedict has been known to intimidate many home cooks.  I guess it’s the thought of making the required hollandaise sauce that freaks people out.  It can be a little tricky, but it’s really not that big of deal.  There’s really only one part that’s tricky… and I’ll cover that below.   So, let’s do this… and stop buying that crap that comes in a package because just adding water to something is not cooking, it’s just assembling.  Plus, [Read More]

Tomato Vegetable Soup

Tomato Vegetable Soup

You know, it’s drives me mental when I see someone at the grocery store who has about ten cans of soup in their cart.  Several problems here – one, that crap is loaded with sodium, along with a bunch of other shit that’s really not good for you.  Two, it’s expensive and three it doesn’t taste nearly as good as the homemade stuff.  At the top of this page, near the end of my piece, I basically say that if you “go [Read More]