Sunday, September 18, 2011

Our Family Gathers for Our Traditional Hunt

Our Family Gathers

A great family weekend!

Our family enjoyed a memorable Labor Day weekend recently. A rare occurance... our sons and grandchildren together. We missed the wives, but a recent move and work made it impossible for them to join us.

The Peterson family has gathered for dove hunting for decades. The redevelopment of most of our original farm land, our move to Mexico, the passing of parents and children marrying and moving away had caused a slight "skip" in tradition... however, this past Labor Day weekend hunt seems to have brought it all back.

The arrival of our two grandchildren and oldest son from Mexico started the four day weekend.
Our middle son drove in from Houston on Saturday.
Fortunately our youngest son lives nearby and helped us to
organize the fun weekend.
We gathered at a famous restaurant in Rio Grande City, Texas... Caro's, a family favorite Mexican food establishment
that the family has dined at for years.

Later in the afternoon we headed out to the hunt.
Children and guns are never a good mix but with very close
adult supervision all of our children have grown up to be
responsible hunters.

This is the best White Wing Dove Recipe I've ever tasted.

Rio Grande Whitewings

16 whitewing doves
salt and pepper
garlic powder

1 lb. butter
1 small bottle Worcestershire Sauce
1 c. cream sherry
1 1/2 c. water

Season birds with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Dredge heavily with flour. Melt butter in a large skillet, preferably iron, until nearly burning. Cook birds quickly on both sides and place in ungreased baking dish. Pour butter left in skillet over birds. Mix Worcestershire sauce, sherry, water, more salt and pepper and a dash of garlic powder; pour over birds. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 2-3 hours, depending on desired tenderness of birds.
La Pinata Cookbook - Junior League of McAllen, Texas
Mrs. Jerry Fair

I like to serve this with brown rice with some of the liquid from the birds poured over it.

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