Saturday, September 20, 2008
It's has been a wild few days. We've had deer coming in like crazy. They are almost all coming in from evening hunts. A few people have mentioned that acorns are beginning to fall, so consider that when scouting for your best spots.
Margaret Boykin brought in her first buck, an 8 point, on Saturday.
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Share your stories and let us know what you are seeing out there!
Friday, September 19, 2008
No time to post all the pics now, but we were loaded with deer, both does and bucks, and pigs tonight. We checked in 5 bucks that dressed over 100 lbs.! Check back tomorrow for more pics. Bobby Creech brought in this big 8 point buck.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sirloin Veggie Stir-Fry
1½ pounds trimmed boneless beef
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 bunch broccoli
1 red or green pepper
1 cup shredded carrots
3 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp garlic powder (¼ tsp=1 clove)
½ pound angel hair pasta
1 cup beef broth (1 can works fine)
1 Tbsp corn starch
Wash and cut the vegetables into slices (I like to cut my vegetables into really thin slices, but it is personal preference). Steam the veggies and set aside. (OR you can choose to stir fry the vegetables in oil).
Cook the noodles according to box directions and set them aside.
Stir fry the meat in the oil. You may need to add some water with a beef bouillon cube to allow the meat to simmer longer. Once the meat is tender, add the veggies to the pan.
Mix the corn starch with a cup of beef broth. Pour the mixture over the beef and veggies. Mix in the garlic powder and soy sauce if you want some extra flavor. Stir until it has thickened (about a minute or two).
Serve the meat and veggies over the angel hair noodles.
For more recipes, click on the title link above. Let me know how you like it!
Jeff Stone got the biggest buck for the two week period from August 31st to September 13th. Somehow we missed having him pose for a photo, but we do have one of the runner -up, Judson Franks. Judson missed out on the free deerstand prize by just one pound! Click on the title link for more photos.
The cooler weather this morning has brought in a few wild hogs along with a few morning deer hunters. No big bucks in the last few days, just lots of does.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
What You Need to Know About The Beef You Eat
by Jo Robinson, in Mother Earth News magazine
Supermarket beef is an unnatural, industrial product. It can include antibiotics, added hormones, feed additives, flavor enhancers, age-delaying gases and salt-water solutions, all in an attempt to get cattle to market faster. Industrial farming also has introduced mad cow disease and the deadliest strain of E. coli. These unnatural additives and procedures also put more stress on the animals while giving us less nutritious meat. The good news is there are better and safer options. Look for options such as organic or grass-fed, and start in your local community.
To read the complete article, click here: Mother Earth News
In the article, they describe how beef used to be raised on small farms. That's just how we do it at Cordray's. But when you get yours back, it's in vacuum sealed freezer bags, not wrapped in butcher paper and tied with string! Click here to read about all natural, locally grown Cordray Farms Beef.
Click on the title link to take a look at today's Post and Courier article on the big gator from Saturday. The article's also been picked up by the AP and so may appear all over the world! It's been quite a busy morning here with calls from the TV stations as well. They are ready to report on the next BIG one! Hopefully, we'll get in a few more big gators to show off over the coming weeks. Bring them in to Cordray's and make your gator a STAR!
For more photos of the Mertings' alligator, click here.
Monday, September 15, 2008
By now most of you know our sons, Kenneth, the taxidermist, and Tristan,the dentist, but you may not know our daughter, Michelle DiMaio. Michelle's a professional children's photographer and a full time mom. So although, alligators aren't her usual subjects, she can take some awesome shots. She was here visiting when Mark Merting brought in the big gator. So I've added some more pictures that she sent me today. Her photos will also be appearing in a Post and Courier article and SC Sportsman article due out soon. If you'd like to see her photography of much cuter subjects, check out her business website. So now, I've used this blog to shamelessly plug all three of my children and the businesses they own. It is good to be the webmistress!
I have it on good authority that this big guy has his teeth work done at St. Stephen Family Dentistry! He was taken near Russelville. Scroll down to view more pictures of this big gator taken by Mark Merting on the blog or click on any title links to take you to the photo pages. I'll be posting new photos as I get them in today.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Round steak slices - Cordray Farms beef round steak has been through the cuber once, and works great for this recipe. When using venison ham slices, add tenderizer!
Soak the meat in white vinegar for 10 to 15 minutes.
Dredge it in flour, making sure to get it thoroughly covered.
Salt and pepper liberally.
Pan fry in about 1/4 inch of oil. Be sure it's crispy fried!
Now put your cardiac warnings on hold and serve with homemade french fries! It's especially good if you've been bailing hay or plowing fields all day. Top off with a quart of sweet tea and peach cobbler.
For the record, she's been making this for my dad for over 60 years and he's made it to 88, so it can't be that bad for you!
There's a great article in today's Post and Courier on alligator hunting. Cordray's friends, Taylor and Bailey Dukes, were shadowed on the first day hunt. They all came by to have a look at the gators checked in Saturday morning. They just missed Merting's huge gator. For a while it looked like the paparazzi around here with the newspaper guys and cameras flashing. We had weekend company when our daughter, Michelle, brought home the grandchildren and it was kids, dogs, gators, customers, and generally chaos.
We opened this morning from 7:30 to 10:00 and checked in a few more gators. This one was from the same three guys from yesterday, Murph, Bolt, and Adcock. He was 10 ft. 3 inches. They've got one more tag, so maybe we'll see them again in a few weeks. Notice the tied up legs, and duct tape on the mouth? That's a really good idea. The first one brought in Saturday morning was very much alive! Something about getting one of these guys in our tiny skinning room and having him shake off a bad headache, just give me the creeps. Tie 'em up, guys!
Click on the title link above to access the newspaper article or Big, Bad, & Unusual to see more photos.