I was never raised around people who hunt. I was a restaurant kid, so everything was store bought. My dad got up early to hit the grocery stores not to go hunting and fishing. So naturally "the kill" was never a part of dinner. I remember hearing a friend tell me they were having some venison steaks for dinner one time, I had no idea what kind of an animal venison was. Thankfully, I have researched a lot since I moved to the South. One of my co-workers got her first doe and she brought deer jerky to work later that month, I tried it and it was amazing! Maybe it's the way she and her family prepared it with the seasonings but I would eat that deer jerky over beef jerky any day! So I guess I am okay with the thought of venison as the protein in my meals, I guess I just haven't gone out of my way to put venison on my plate.

Gary McCoy sent an email out to the whole office telling us he had deer chili cooking in the kitchen. I figured it would be the best time to try out deer, someone who eats deer on the regular is preparing it. According to Gary McCoy he makes sure it's good chili by gauging the color. If you are hoping for him to write down exactly what he puts in the chili, sorry, no such luck. The McCoy method is a little of this and a little of that. I sat down with a  bowl of deer chili, rather nervous, what if it just tastes like beef gone bad? I could not have been more wrong. Not only is it some of the best chili I have ever had it fits into this new healthy lifestyle I have been trying to follow. Now my goal is to get Gary McCoy to actually write down his recipe that he's been making since he was in High School so I can make it for my friends and family.

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