Off the Record with The Sporting Chef and Michelle

Off the Record with The Sporting Chef and Michelle

Off the Record with Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef, and Michelle Scheuermann. This is not another outdoor cooking show - or frankly, any outdoor show as we dive into how to prepare wild game and give inside knowledge to the outdoor industry - all while drinking wine during the podcast - which gets a little dicey...

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April 8, 2021 54 min

Cut through snooty wine talk!

Guest Elizabeth Schneider, creator of Wine for Normal People (podcast, book, website, more) joins Scott & Michelle. You will laugh and learn!

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Chef John McGannon of WildEats.Com is our special guest today. He and Scott refer to themselves as “Grumpy Old Chefs” and Michelle isn’t hating it. In fact, John’s tombstone will read “the dry age guy,” and Scott’s will read “the brine guy.” They discuss the rise of the wild game food influencer and they always complicate something that isn’t that complicated. Oh, and it is never the Chef’s fault. (sarcastic tone). And pro tip: the...

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February 26, 2021 39 min

A lot of people thought we wouldn't make it past Season One, but look at us now! 

(Actually, Scott and Michelle didn't think they'd make it past season one...)

One of our most popular eps from Season 1 was just about wild game cooking hacks (eps 5) so we asked our audience for their best & worst cooking advice - and Scott shares his very simple advice for cooking wild game. (Don't soak it in buttermilk, to begin...

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What's it like to grow so many grapes you only use 1% of them to make your own wine? Ryan Newkirk of Steinbeck Vineyard is first and foremost a farmer of the Paso Robles land, who actually enjoys the two “b’s” – beer and bourbon. But he knows his stuff when it comes to wines. He shares why Paso wines can be drank “sooner” than other regions due to the weather and soil. Plus, Scott and Ryan discuss deer management at the winery ...

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Jules McQueen is an entrepreneur (many times over) and mentor to many in the outdoor industry. Her go-get-it-ness is inspiring, and we had to have her on the podcast to talk about her latest invention (she built an App!! Carbon Unwind), how she handles stress (a bit of meditation, a bit of wine), and she goes “Off the Record” with us to share her biggest secret to date…We get a bit “woo-woo” in this episode, but that just means you...

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Stacy Lyn Harris is a true southern lady – and how she got teamed up with Scott is a mystery that is soon revealed in this episode. With 7 kids, plus a hubby, pets, a farm and thriving business, it is a wonder how she’s able to “do it all.”

Stacy shares stories from life on the farm – including funny COVID moments – and not-so-funny moments in her husband’s dental office (whose name is also Scott). Plus, we learn about Stacy’s supe...

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Andrea is a busy mom and entrepreneur who was a part-time bartender at Olive Garden, and then sheltering-in-place hit where she found herself as a stay-at-home teacher to two littles. An outlet was needed, so Quarantini Time began!

Andrea shares on what it takes to go live and put yourself out there, what to do when there is a pumpkin shortage, and Scott gives a definition of when to call yourself a “Chef” and why he never eats his...

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October 29, 2020 63 min

Michelle & Scott welcome public land hunter & TV show host Randy Newberg, Hunter. Randy is probably the best elk hunter on the planet, and self-proclaimed fourth best bull-shitter in his family. But we don't talk elk hunting with Randy at all. If you are from Minnesota, you'll especially appreciate this podcast.

Randy shares what happens when there's a lot of windshield time with his crew between one hunt to ano...

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Scott & Michelle welcome Chef Susie Jimenez to the show! She is as talented as she is funny and energetic. She's a Chef to the stars, which she dishes in this episode. 

Susie was the runner-up to Season 7 of Food Network "Star" and lost to an idiot. But she's doing great, don't worry about that. She is a Hustler with a capital "H" and tells all about how she got to be a Chef to the biggest celebs in ...

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Scott & Michelle talk the state of commercial fishing with Tommy "The Fishmonger" Gomes. He's funny & full of passion and knowledge of the fishing industry. You will come away knowledgeable about how to buy fish from your local market - and perhaps adventurous to try new kinds of fish.

Tommy explains what exactly is a Fishmonger, how he supports the American fisherman and our fishing industry, and how the pandem...

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Join Michelle & Scott with special guest Nick Pinizzotto, CEO of National Deer Alliance AND QDMA, as they talk future of conservation groups in America and quality of this week's wine selections!

Wines we were drinking: Going Viral - Merlot by Michael David Winery; Red Dog Road - sweet red table wine from Pennsylvania 

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Scott & Michelle welcome Mark Strand as the show's first guest. And it just so happens Mark is the show's editor, so it was fitting to have him as our guest. We talk wine (of course), Central Coast of California, if Scott ever gets sick of cooking, Michelle's role as The Adequate Cook at her own house, and much, much more!

Follow Mark's Patreon page: 

https://www.patreon.com/markstrand 

Wines we were drinking: 

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August 10, 2020 26 min

What is Michelle’s nickname? Only her parents use it. (hint: it’s Mickey) Is Mickey picky? Scott gives her a picky eater's test and we find out.

Shocker of the week: turns out that cooking is subjective!

Scott reveals that he doesn't love cooking competition reality TV shows. He says cooking should be celebrated and shared, not turned into a loser-leave-town cage match with three ill-tempered judges pretending to speak for ...

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July 9, 2020 32 min

Just once, you'd love to be a fly on the wall when a world-class chef is kicking back and spilling the beans about things he does every day to make food taste so good, right? Well, buzz your way over to this corner and listen, as Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef, dishes on his favorite kitchen hacks.

Hack #1: most kitchen gadgets are things you can throw away.

Oh, and he's big into brine. It adds moisture, flavor, and all t...

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June 25, 2020 25 min

Scott and Michelle test vodkas while attempting to record an episode. Scott pierces the veil on brand-name vodkas - and the shenanigans that he does during parties. Plus, he dives into his favorite vodka drink - and how people mess it up time and again. (We welcome ideas to name his drink.)

We debate whether Two Buck Chuck is real wine. Other meaty questions: Michelle's value system doesn't allow her to eat non-meat forms, ...

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Celebrate the art of cooking and wine pairings with The Sporting Chef Scott Leysath and Outdoor Insider Michelle Scheuermann. Michelle visits Scott at his home in Northern California just before COVID-19 hits us hard. So its good we got to drink this wine!

Wines drank during the podcast:

Michael David Winery Freakshow Chardonnay $18: https://shop.michaeldavidwinery.com/product/2018-FREAKSHOW-CHARD-12/750ML

Michael David Chardonnay...

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More in-depth talk of cooking medium and medium-rare foods - this time with salmon - and good wines. It's salmon challenge week: will Michelle like the "not so done" piece? Scott seasons it with Hi Mountain Salmon Rub. Plus, he shares a lox-style salmon tips for DIYers.

Scott shares his best duck recipes and why when someone says "this doesn't taste like duck" is NOT a good thing as a Chef. 

Plus, the virtue...

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It is "Fear Factor" for Michelle as she tries two elk burgers Scott just prepared - one burger is not as done as she likes. Plus, we test the "red wine with meat" theory...

Drinking:

Michael David's Politically Correct: hhttps://shop.michaeldavidwinery.com/product/MDW-POLITICALLY-CORRECT-RED-BLEND-16-6/750ML

Michael's David's Cute Freakshow Cab Can: https://shop.michaeldavidwinery.com/product/17-FS-Can-...

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