Name: Hank Shaw
Blog: Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
Location: Northern California
What is your all-time favorite recipe from your blog?
I have some recipes that cannot be easily repeated, and these dishes hold a special place in my mind as emblems of a particular time, and a particular place. But if you are asking me about a recipe I make over and over again, it would be my version of Spanish chilidron, a red pepper-based stew with rosemary and mushrooms. The stew is so good with almost any meat, red or white, that I make it with whatever is at hand: rabbits, squirrels, venison, wild boar, etc.
If you had to blog about one ingredient every day for a year, what food it be?
I could cheat and say fish, as there are so many it would give me an easy way to keep things interesting all year. But I’d probably say pasta. Pasta is so simple in concept, yet so complex in execution. There are endless shapes, doughs, flavorings and sauces. It would be easy to do a different pasta dish every day for a year and not repeat one of them.
What’s your go-to quick and easy dinner?
Simple seared duck breasts. We do a lot of duck hunting in the year, and there is nothing so easy or so satisfying as a seared duck breast with a simple pan sauce. All it needs is mashed potatoes, polenta or good bread and you’re done. You can have it all made and eaten in 30 minutes.
If you could invite anyone over for dinner, who would it be?
If I had to choose living people, I’d invite people like Mario Batali, Gore Vidal, Ariane Daguin — people who’d be a ton of fun at a dinner party. But If I could choose anyone, I’d have to invite MFK Fisher or Oscar Wilde or HL Mencken or Dorothy Parker. I bet they were awesome around the dinner table. I could just sit back and watch the wit fly…