Fresh on the magazine rack at the local grocery is the May/June 2003 issue of Backwoods Magazine. I picked it up tonight, and as I was relaxed and reading the magazine I came across a great article by none other than a fellow Texas blogger who actually sorta lives nearby kinda sorta, Mr. Wild Ed himself!
He may very well be a frequent writer for them, as I've only been reading this magazine for a couple of years now.
I've mentioned this magazine before. I lay no claim to being a backwoodsman, but I do come from a backwoodsman background and had lots of East Texas farm and ranch running around and summers to learn lots of the backwoods ways.
I find reading about all that stuff interesting, and as an outdoorsman and fisherman, I do find many useful tips and ads in every issue that more than pays for the cost of the magazine.
When I was a little kid, my dad's mom still had an outhouse. A well with cool, fresh and clean spring water right outside the kitchen door. She had running water and an indoor shower and they got electricity about 1940 when my dad was eight. I watched her churn butter, cook (or was it cured) lard, kill-clean-prepare chickens, dress hogs and cows and all kinds of real pioneer woman stuff.
As an aside, when my dad graduated from law school and became a prosecutor in Houston, first thing he did was got his mom a bathroom addition with a real toilet and an outside septic system. He loved his mom.
Point is, this is my heritage. My family was country living, farm working rural Texans from 1821 until more than 100 years later when my dad joined the Air Force at age 18 in 1950, and they lived the backwoodsman lifestyle.
They were not the rich and privileged folk, but the hard working folks.
So if you notice Wild Ed in my blogroll to the right on the screen, you'll see I'm already a fan of his. He's given me some good advice about muzzleloaders and I want to follow in his "custom BB gun buildin'" efforts in the near future. He does the kind of fishin' I like to do and I always like what's over on his blog.
So even if you don't regularly read Backwoodsman, or read it at all, check out their website and maybe his article will appear there, or catch it at your magazine vendor and read it there on the spot.
It's a great tutorial about Wild Ed's Texas style link sausage, how it's made and the different ways it can be prepared. This article will surely be copied for the wife and her collection of recipe and food processing ideas. There's a venison sausage recipe that sets it out in detail how to mix it up.
Seeing somebody I've actually spoken with (albeit by email), that has written an article for a magazine makes me proud of him. He's a great writer and it's often difficult to get into any type of media writing at all because competition is fierce. But as I said, he's a great writer and so it's not that big of a surprise really to see an article by him in a cool magazine.
Yee haw, Wild Ed!