Hunting Caribou

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Outdoors-woman Nancy Smogor talks about her experience hunting caribou. Smogor, who works for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, was the organizer for the Oregon Chapter of Becoming an Outdoors Woman. For information about gaining outdoor skills, visit the BOW website.

Elk-a-Bou Stew
Makes 4 servings, approximately 1 ½ cup each

1 lb stew meat (any kind will work - for this recipe she combined elk and caribou)
1 cup chopped onion
2 Tablespoon flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
3 cups fresh crimini or button mushrooms, halved (about ½-pound) use more if you like mushrooms
1 cup dry vermouth
1 cup chicken broth
3 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried thyme
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (14.5 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
Parsley for garnish

Trim meat and cut into 1" cubes.  Coat a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot.  Add beef and onion; sauté five minutes.  Combine flour, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle over beef mixture and cook one minute; stirring constantly. Add mushrooms and next seven ingredients (mushrooms through tomatoes) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until beef is tender, stirring occasionally.  Garnish with parsley. 


Music break: Mindelo by Chico Serra