Our guest curator for this post is Beth A. Zinsli, a member of a large deer hunting clan from central Wisconsin. She was raised on venison, Colby cheese, and other typical Wisconsin fare. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in art history and visual culture studies at UW-Madison.
Hunting whitetail deer is an annual fall ritual for many Wisconsinites. Is deer hunting a tradition in your family? Share your stories in the comments section below.
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Venison Chili Green Bay Style (view original)
Milwaukee Journal, March 7, 1977
2 pounds ground venison (if lean, add ground pork)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon flour
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans
1 package (8 ounces) noodles
Brown meat. Blend garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, oil, pepper and chili powder and stir into meat. Simmer 30 minutes. Add flour. Simmer another 30 minutes.
Meanwhile heat kidney beans and cook noodles. Mix meat, beans and noodles. Makes 8 servings.
Note: This recipe does not have the tomato flavor often associated with chili.
The materials in this slideshow come from the following digital collections. Click the links to browse the full collections.
- Cyril Colnik Archives, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
- Historic Recipe File, Milwaukee Public Library
- Krohnographs: Photos by Don Krohn, South Wood County Historical Corporation, Wisconsin Rapids
- McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
- Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database, Wisconsin Historical Society