Turning Wisconsin Kinnickinnic River Catches into Gourmet Appetizers: Kinni Brown Trout Crostini

We have all been there: After catching a dink fish, we post the picture to our social media feed—a quick, innocuous attempt at humor. Within seconds, comments from friends start stacking up: “Unless you have hands the size of Shaq’s, I don’t believe that is a keeper,” or “Nice keychain!”

However, when fishing the Kinnickinnic River (“Kinni” for short), in northwestern Wisconsin, there is a great deal of logic behind adding smaller trout to your creel. Continue reading “Turning Wisconsin Kinnickinnic River Catches into Gourmet Appetizers: Kinni Brown Trout Crostini”

Build Flavor One Step after Another: One-Skillet Panfish Fry with Guinness Tartar Sauce

At 8:30 in the morning, after several sputters, our rental boat’s motor was completely dead.

On Lake Minnetonka, my dad and I sat floating halfway between Casco and Locke Point.

I kept quiet while my dad, a mechanic, fumbled with the motor. The complexity and frequency of his expletives grew with every minute spent stagnant. Continue reading “Build Flavor One Step after Another: One-Skillet Panfish Fry with Guinness Tartar Sauce”

A Belated St. Paddy’s, Lenten Feast: Fried Walleye with Irish Colcannon

I thought I knew a good fish fry, until I moved to Minnesota, where the state fish, the ever-famous walleye, was a game changer. I had fried everything from bass to cod to trout during my years in the Pacific Northwest. While I thoroughly enjoyed those suppers, nothing quite beats a walleye—the way it melts in your mouth, how its flavor balances perfectly with spices inside a golden-brown crust. Continue reading “A Belated St. Paddy’s, Lenten Feast: Fried Walleye with Irish Colcannon”

Gluten-Allergy Suffers Rejoice: This Beer-Battered Walleye Recipe is Just for You

Celiac disease—the autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine—affects an estimated one out of 133 people. Those afflicted by the disorder can’t consume anything containing wheat, rye or barely. Consuming gluten would cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or fatigue (or more severe consequences in some circumstances).

That means, based on the number of fishing license holders in 2015 (published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), which calculated 28,463,499 people owned a fishing license in that year, 214,011 of anglers in this country suffer from Celiac disease and therefore can’t safely enjoy a good fish fry.

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