Let me begin by inviting you to attend the Empty Bowls event at Parker High School, 3125 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville, WI, on October 28, 2017, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Join us in supporting the fight to end hunger in our community. Please register online at Empty Bowls and join us at Parker High School on the 28th of October.

WHAT IS EMPTY BOWLS? 

Soups, artisan breads, beverages, desserts, and entertainment (SWINGfish and Parker High School Musical) will be provided at a cost of $8 for online tickets and $10 tickets at the door. Featured soups are provided by local businesses from all over Janesville. It never ceases to amaze us at the number of businesses in our community who share their resources to make this event a success. MacFarlane Pheasants has joined in this event for many years and is a proud participant.

 

 

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I experimented with MacFarlane’s ground pheasant this weekend and I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with all the pheasant lovers in North America and beyond! Here’s what you will need to prepare these burgers for four people! 

Here is the exciting part. Pheasant burgers do not shrink! A quarter pound burger when it begins cooking remains a quarter pound burger once it is done! If you have a lighter appetite you could make 5 or 6 burgers with this mixture.

 

 

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The food division at MacFarlane Pheasants is busy building an inventory of our most popular game bird items. It is only September, but many of our customers are planning ahead to order holiday gift packs for friends and employees. Other pheasant lovers are checking our recipes and ordering pheasant delights for special dinners during the holiday season. Recipes are also available within our www.pheasantfordinner.com web site. I have personally prepared each recipe/item mentioned in the blog and they were all delicious!

 

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There are so many times in my life when I want to prepare something delicious, but I don’t really want to cook. MacFarlane Pheasants has several non-cook choices in the retail and on-line store. The hickory smoked pheasant is so delicately flavored and scrumptious, you and your guests will wonder why you ever cook. It can be served warm or cold, as the main dish, in sandwiches, salads, and pulled off the bone like you are having a renaissance meal! I like to enjoy smoked pheasant with fruit, cheese, sweet potatoes and my favorite wine! It is all about putting your favorite foods together for one relaxing meal.

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Gourmet Gift Packs from MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. are the perfect way to show appreciation to business clients and employees. Shipping on these gift packs is always free when your recipients use their gift certificates . Just visit our pheasant for dinner site and place your orders. The more gift packs you order the more you can save in costs while providing a unique and delicious alternative to the typical gift packs available at the grocery store! Don’t hesitate to order one or even a couple corporate gift packs if you have fewer people to surprise with a beautiful,unique gift. Let me show you some of our corporate gifts packs at both the executive and premier level, to get you a little more excited about appreciating your employees and clients with a gift from our online store.

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Most of the time, I have focused on sharing recipes when I write posts for this blog, but today, I decided to focus on 10 of my favorite types of pheasant that can be bought through our retail store in Janesville or through our  on-line store.

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You can purchase our whole pheasants at our retail store on HWY 51 in Janesville, WI or at our online store. I promise you that a pheasant from MacFarlane Pheasants will be delicious! More recipes are available in our free downloadable cookbook. There are many ways to prepare pheasant and the recipes in our cookbook are all tasty. If you look through our blogs you can learn about some of my favorites.

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Lisa Erickson shared her delicious recipe for pheasant breakfast sausage with MacFarlane Pheasants, which is one of the many recipes included in our free cookbook. You can use either pheasant legs or pheasant breast to make your sausage. I personally like the boneless pheasant breast for this recipe, because it is easier than pulling meat off the bone! Either way the sausage is delicious. If you have friends visiting this summer and want to impress them at breakfast, this is the sausage for you!

This is our only breakfast recipe in the cookbook, but there are many recipes for appetizers, entrees, soups, and salads that are tried and true!  If you have never tried pheasant or if it is one of your favorites, I can guarantee that these recipes will have you wishing for more. You can order the pheasant meat from our online store or by visiting our store on HWY 51 in Janesville WI.

Grab your food processor and give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed.


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What I like best about the spicy almond soup recipe is that it is such a healthy combination of vegetables, low fat pheasant meat, and nuts. These ingredients are well known for their nutritive value, but every ingredient in this soup has health benefits. The jalapeño peppers are low in fat and sodium and an excellent source of dietary fiber. They also provide the vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, K, potassium, copper and manganese. The ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Even the sprigs of parsley are an excellent source of folate, iron and vitamin K and C. When you put the ingredients together to make this soup, you will not only find it mouth watering but your body will thank you for all the extra nutrition when you eat it.

Lisa Erickson provided us with this recipe and you can find it, and many other delicious recipes, in our free pheasant cookbook.Don’t forget to download it when you finish checking out this awesome recipe.

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All of the pheasant meat we sell is USDA certified. This certification assures our customers that our white pheasant meat is top quality from the cutting board to your table. We thought you might enjoy reading about the processes we follow to prepare our pheasant products for the stores, restaurants, and individuals who buy them.

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Joe Tegethoff sent us a recipe a while back for a delicious entree that is made from one of our best-selling products-pheasant breast. Our pheasant breast is sold in two different sizes.There are 6-8 oz. packages of pheasant breast with 4 lobes in each package or 4-6 oz. packages with 4 lobes in each package. For this particular recipe,you will need one pound of cubed pheasant breast, so either package will work.The added benefit is that you will have enough left over to make another dish from our free cookbook! Please download it from our link and let us know which recipes you try by clicking on our Facebook icon at the top of the page. Enjoy this delicious and healthy Pheasant Sweet Potato Pie!

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I was browsing through our recipe book this weekend and noticed our Drunken Pheasant recipe. It is so appealing, I decided it was worth featuring in our blog. This recipe is perfect with garlic mashed potatoes or rice and your favorite green vegetable. I enjoy preparing it for guests because it doesn’t keep me in the kitchen all evening, but tastes like it did! You can purchase whole pheasant online or at our Janesville Retail Store at 2821 South US HWY 51, Janesville, WI. Now, lets get to the good stuff-Drunken Pheasant!

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MacFarlane Pheasants has lots of game meats to help you create unique Easter baskets. If you don’t want to create your own basket, why not purchase a gift pack for your special grown up? We have a Multi-Game Pack that offers a variety of game meats, put together especially for the daring! You can purchase elk, alligator, quail, buffalo,venison, duck and our own farm grown pheasant, in our store or online.Obviously, pheasant is our specialty, but pheasant lovers have been known to enjoy trying other unique flavors. Take a look at some ideas in this article and then be sure to visit pheasantfordinner.com  for more information about our game meats and so much more. We have delicious recipes featured in our blog posts and all of our favorite game meats available.

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The holiday celebrations are over and it is time to think about eating healthy in 2017!  When I think about eating healthy I always think pheasant! Did you know that pheasant is even healthier than chicken? A pheasant leg is 134 calories. A chicken tender has 263 calories. The pheasant leg is also higher in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. Let’s see, that means I can have a glass of wine with my pheasant and it adds up to about the same amount of calories as one chicken tender. I’m convinced!

Actually, I think we could do even better than that in our quest for healthy eating. Our cookbook has some delicious salad recipes that will offer you healthy protein from pheasant but also some other yummy ingredients to help you eat healthy with a smile. I’ll share one of our recipes with you right now, but be sure to download our cookbook to discover more healthy pheasant alternatives. Visit our online store or our retail store in Janesville, Wisconsin to make your pheasant choices. Here’s to making 2017 a year of healthy choices!


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I don’t know about you, but the holidays seem to bring out the gourmet chef in me! We have scaled back on gifts at my house and have been splurging on having a pot luck of delicious foods. Pheasant has been a frequent request! I have served it baked with rice, in a pheasant pot pie, a pheasant pizza, a pheasant salad, and even on the grill.

This year I am serving pheasant brats. MacFarlane Pheasants has a great selection of brats that can be ordered from their online store.The brat flavor I am excited about for my holiday gathering is made from pheasant meat, pork  and Swiss cheese! I expect it to be a real treat and I am NOT offering buns. I want friends and family to taste the full flavor of this delicious pheasant.

If you are looking for an easy gourmet delight for your holiday gathering, check out the online store at MacFarlane Pheasants. Be sure to download the recipe book for delicious recipes with pheasant. It’s free!

Have a gourmet holiday and a grand new year!

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After you try this pizza recipe from our free online cookbook, I’m sure your mind will begin spinning even more ways to create a delicious pizza using MacFarlane Pheasant.


BBQ Pheasant & Gouda Pizza

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There are many ways to enjoy pheasant pot pie this fall. We offer a delicious frozen pot pie in our retail store that you can bake and serve without doing a speck of preparation. You definitely won’t be disappointed. You can also try Chef Mark Mancuso’s gourmet recipe featured in our free online cookbook. Pheasant pot pie is one of those comfort foods that is perfect for this early fall weather. I couldn’t resist trying my own variation of pheasant pot pie made with MacFarlane pheasant breasts. So regardless of your choice of pheasant pot pie, we hope you will enjoy this comforting dish, soon!

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If you want to find a large variety of cooked and uncooked pheasant, a variety of exotic meats, or just a gift for someone special, you want to shop at MacFarlane’s Pheasant Farm! The store has been part of the farm since 1986 and the products offered have always appealed to folks within driving distance of the farm and area visitors who want to take a unique gift back to their hometown.

Sarah Baker works in the office at MacFarlane Pheasants and it is her job to keep the inventory stocked for our visitors. She said, “In addition to our pheasant products, our guests can buy rice, jams, mustards, and everything from gifts for avid hunters to ear rings!” If you have a new idea for a product you would like to see offered, be sure to say hello to Sarah and share your thoughts.

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ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others), in Janesville WI, held a fundraiser on Saturday evening, September 24, 2016, at the Janesville Country Club. MacFarlane Pheasants donated the pheasant for this “Culinary Delight” and Chef Kevin Halpin created pheasant hors d’oeuvres consisting of breaded pheasant pieces, cold pheasant salad bites, and pheasant pizza. The dinner included a honey pan fried pheasant breast with a spicy sauce that was out of this world. Steak, salad, vegetables and cheesecake completed this delicious meal. This culinary delight raised some much needed funds for community members who are struggling with basic needs.

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This recipe comes from our Pheasant Cookbook which can be downloaded from pheasantfordinner.com. Ground Pheasant and many other pheasant products are available either on-line or from our store at 2821 South HWY 51, Janesville, WI.  MacFarlane pheasants can also be found coast to coast at grocery stores and restaurants.

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Baked Pheasant with Peaches

8pheasant breast halves

1cup packed light brown sugar

4fresh peaches - diced

1/8teaspoon ground ginger


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I have a new chili recipe for all my pheasant friends who have so many tomatoes they don’t know what to do with them. It has been a bumper year for tomatoes, so while I was looking for a way to use up these delicious tomatoes I decided to experiment with shredded pheasant, fresh tomatoes, and other garden fresh ingredients. Once again, pheasant is just the right ingredient to make a delicious and nutritious meal.

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We have been offering brats for a year or so, but recently we began working with Wilson Farms processing facility to develop a flavor profile for every palette. We provide bulk boneless pheasant breast to Wilson Farms and they make up our brats! Flavors range from sweet and spicy to smoky and savory.

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It is absolutely true that pheasant is the mainstay of our business! But if you have a taste for game meats, you can order your pheasant meat and several other meats at the same time. We have often mentioned that pheasant is a nutritious and low fat meat choice. We also offer alligator, quail, buffalo, elk, and venison at our online and on-site store at MacFarlane Pheasants.These meats are lower in fat than beef, filled with nutrients, and full of flavor. 

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We have an outstanding selection of gift baskets at our MacFarlane Pheasants’ on-line shopping store that include free shipping within the continental United States. What better way to give a unique gift for any occasion without worrying about shipping charges? Food items are the perfect gift for friends with discriminating taste. These tasty baskets will impress your friends. Have them visit our pheasant for dinner website to look for free great recipes after they check out their gifts.

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This is the third year that our farm has entered a cooking contest at an event called, Party at the Pitts, hosted by Diane Hendricks. This event is a yearly fundraiser for Janesville’s own Kandu Industries. Kandu creates opportunities within the community for persons with disabilities or disadvantages and it gives us great pleasure to support them.

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I love pheasant but I don’t always want to cook. Is there anyone else out there with the same thought? The first time I tasted pheasant it was served with crackers, fruit, and cheese. The pheasant was hickory smoked pheasant served with two types of dip-mustard and a horseradish sauce. I couldn’t stop going back for the pheasant. The taste was so unique and flavorful. I asked my hostess how she had prepared the pheasant, thinking it must be a complicated endeavor. 

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Shayne Noller, our Food Division Supervisor, recently shared his excitement about how busy his crew has been during this last year. This was a recent post on our Facebook page that explains a part of Shayne’s excitement! “Exciting things are happening at the farm today! We are shipping 40,000 pounds (over 1700 cases) of frozen pheasant to Japan. The container of pheasants will be trucked to Chicago, then it will go on a train to San Francisco and finally will take a boat ride to Japan. “

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You can prepare pheasant in the oven, on the grill and in the crock pot! Sometimes when you are preparing for a summer picnic at home you need to prepare a variety of dishes. You can save yourself some time for other taste delights and still serve MacFarlane Pheasants! Just try this simple crock pot recipe for six. I recently served this dish with brown rice, a cucumber and tomato salad and fresh bread. It was scrumptious! Every dish tastes better with pheasant!

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Did you know that MacFarlane Pheasant has many choices of pheasant products that can be prepared on the grill? After you decide which grilling technique you would like to use, visit our on-line store or our retail store to view the many choices we have available.

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MacFarlane Pheasants’ Retail Store is located at 2821 South U.S. Hwy. 51, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546, in Southern Wisconsin. We would be proud to show you our food products and gift items, in person, when you’re in the area. We love to meet our customers and show them around. Just ask for a farm tour by calling us at 608-757-7881 and we can be ready to show you around when you arrive. 

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Last week we introduced pheasant poppers and promised Heidi Green’s white chili pheasant recipe to complete the meal. You won’t be disappointed when you MacFarlane’s pheasant breast to make this flavorful chili! Add poppers and bread to complete this wonderful end-of-winter delight!

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Kathy McGurk and Heidi Green, from Fort Atkinson, Wis., have many delicious pheasant recipes. Recently, they shared one of their favorites—pheasant poppers—with us, and it is just too delicious to keep to ourselves! This super easy appetizer takes no time at all to make and is the perfect way to whet your guests’ appetites for a full pheasant meal. Just follow the steps below and prepare to be wowed!

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MacFarlane Pheasant reaches grocery stores and restaurants through food distributors who sell them to either smaller distributors or straight to restaurants and grocery stores. We work with Harris Teeter, Burris logistics, and Lipari foods. The main products we sell through these distributors are whole birds, the half pheasant, and the airline breast.

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January 2016 is the first anniversary of our newest pheasant product: boneless, skinless pheasant breast, which has become a best-seller this year. This easy-to-prepare, healthy, and cost-effective delicacy is a great choice for home chefs or professionals because the prep work has been done for you.

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MacFarlane Pheasant highly recommends pheasant for entrees, soups, hors d’oeuvres, tacos,enchiladas or any dish of your own creation. Pheasant has a unique, rich flavor that makes any meal a special occasion!

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We are proud to recognize Chef Phillip Rodriguez at Graft Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. One of the dishes he prepares with exceptional expertiseis pheasant from the MacFarlane farm. Let me make your mouth water bydescribing his preparation of this dish! 

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MacFarlane Pheasants was proud to participate in the ECHO fundraiser, Empty Bowls, on October 24, 2015, at Parker High School, in Janesville, WI. Homemade soups and artisan breads fed more than 600 guests. The 45 different soups served were provided by 35 local restaurants and MacFarlane Pheasants! 

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Looking for the perfect holiday recipe to make for your guests this holiday season? This pheasant and rice recipe is sure to please. 

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Thanksgiving is celebrated on November 26th this year so it is the perfect time to download our cookbook at www.pheasantfordinner.com. You can purchase your pheasant either raw or fully cooked but either way your guests will be impressed by the unbelievable taste of this game bird. Why not WOW your guests with this recipe from our cookbook!

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Fall is a busy time at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.! September through December are the months when we have the most sales, both at our retail store and in wholesale. We rely on our team effort to make the holiday season a success. Our office and shipping department are working hard and staying organized in order to be sure our food products are ready to be sold and shipped.

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Summer is over and fall is now upon us. Football season is in full gear now so let’s talk tailgating! If bratwurst is your 'go to' choice for tailgating, MacFarlane Pheasant Brats are a great alternative. Remember, our pheasants are fed natural grains, no antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products. When we process the meat, we don't inject it with water to bulk it up.

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Pheasant has a lot of mystique behind it. I wish I had a dollar for everyone who asks me if I could make them “pheasant under glass”. This idea makes it seem that pheasant is difficult to prepare. Using our tipsrecipes and ideas for preparing and serving our product, you will find that pheasant is fun to prepare, and delicious as well. 

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As it stands, MacFarlane Pheasants pheasant meat and meat products are distributed nationally. You can also find our whole pheasants in Whole Foods (get it?) across the country. Of course, the full range of our products are available online, and then there’s our retail store in our hometown of Janesville, Wisc. There are numerous ways to find our products, wherever you might be, along with numerous products. Whether it’s tailgating or fine dining, pheasant is always appropriate. 

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I find that people are always looking for a bargain, a way to cut costs, or get a good deal. If we can combine delivery orders we can lower our rates, and our customers are happy. If we have a sale on chicks, our phones are active all day. People want a good deal. If I told you that you could get pheasant breast meat for about half the price that we normally charge, wouldn’t you want to get in on that? I know restaurants need to pay the bills, and the cost of the food they serve is one of their biggest expenses. MacFarlane pheasants has a deal for you. 

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