About

About Me

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I’m really glad you’re here! My Name is Lisa. Welcome to Wildchow…

Fifteen years ago, I was a fitness trainer who kept getting asked by my clients to teach them how to cook healthy meals. They wanted healthy meals that actually tasted good. Not an easy task. This blog was an easy way to share my own love of eating healthy-for-you foods. I created recipes that were easy for my clients to find. Well, as you can see, THIS IS NOT ONLY a healthy/wild game food blog anymore. You will find cupcakes, brownies and cookies here, too.

This is a “real” blog and website. What I mean by that, is I will not trick you or use smoke and mirrors to create the most beautiful food photo or a fake recipe. I have been in the food business for a very long time, and I don’t have the patiences for that, and neither should you. I’ve been cooking and baking longer, than most of the food Instagramers and other bloggers have been alive. If a recipe is an epic fail, I will tell you. If I use a cake mix from a box, I will tell you. If I shop at Walmart, I will tell you. I am a VERY busy mom, wife, daughter, friend, and volunteer. Life is too short, and I encourage people to take shortcuts when they can or should. Spend time with the people you love, not in the kitchen alone baking or cooking for them. That’s why games were invented. Go play.

I love to cook, bake, and fool around in the kitchen. Food science has always fascinated me. Little did I know, that this blog would develop into a completely different career path for me.

Why Wildchow? It’s a very long story, but in a short statement; wild game and foraged plants are some of the healthiest foods on the planet, and people should eat more of them. That’s my basic philosophy on eating uber healthy. If you dig into my archives, you’ll find lots information on this topic.

I love all food (Except cilantro-Blah!). Most of the recipes you will find here are a combination of healthy and not-so-healthy-but-delicious foods. Much of what I’ve learned during my food journey is find a balance, and live life in a way that is sustaining, fun, and very tasty.

I love to write stories about food. Currently, I work as a food writer and columnist. I have been writing for a newspaper company called Press Publications in the Minneapolis area for a very long time.

For a number of years, I was the cooking segment host for the award winning TV show, Minnesota Bound. If you dig hard enough, you might be able to find a segment or two and have a good laugh!

Venison Burgundy By Lisa Erickson
Filming in the kitchen

I also, used to travel around the world doing cooking lessons, leading wellness seminars and doing anything that had to do with wellness, food, and wild game…

Wild Game Cooking Stage at Pheasant Fest with Lisa Erickson
Cooking Live in 2012

Know any picky eaters? That was me. Growing up, I was the one in my family who would turn my nose up at french fries, peas, and any other vegetable besides corn on the cob. I loved weird things like sauerkraut and spare ribs or filet mignon with parmesan potatoes–at least weird for a 10 year-old kid. Oh, and pizza….I LOVE PIZZA. I drove my parents nuts. My mother always told me, “Watch out or Someday you will have a child just like you!” Well, I had four. Yes, four. I still can’t believe it myself. I feel like I’m 26. Don’t ask me how old I am. Picky eaters do eventually grow out of their weird food aversions.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I owned a catering company, too. I’ve catered for 2 people and over 5,000. It was the hardest, but also, one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. I will still do a very small job for friends or create a special “something” for a fundraiser. Don’t be afraid to ask–I might say yes.

What kind of camera do you use?

I REALLY enjoy photography. For most stuff, I use a cheap Nikon D3200 (But, I’m shopping for a new camera). I am always borrowing a friend’s camera for the big important stuff like cookbooks, features, and more. That camera is a Nikon D750. I use a bunch of different lens (50mm 1:8, and 24mm, macro, and a 300mm). If I don’t buy a camera soon I will become an indentured servant. I also use my iPhone XS Max for many of my recipe development photos or for blog “How-to” photos–it’s easier and lighter to maneuver than a big clunky camera.

Partnerships or sponsored post opportunities?

Yes, I’d do a variety of things. Be it recipe development, restaurant or menu consultations, kitchen design, food travel groups, food writing, food photography, travel writing, and more. I’ve literally done it all over the years. Educationally, I studied journalism and food science, and I’m obsessed with trends and food forecasting and I love to do research. Shoot me an email at wildchowrecipes@gmail.com or head over to my contact page.

Lessons and classes?

I teach cooking and baking classes on a month basis. My lessons and classes are posted on the lessons page with a link to Eventbright where you can sign-up. I also teach private one-on-one classes on a limited bases. For private classes please email me at wildchowrecipes@gmail.com. I love to share what I know.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. This “About me” page would not be complete without introducing you to my kitchen photo bombers.

Chew-bug…the Big Red FB1 Labradoodle.

FB1 Labradoodle
Cutest dog ever…

And, that “Dan” cat. Really, his name is Dan-Two. Dan-One was carried off by an eagle–true story. I’ll write more about that someday, and put the link here. However, If you live near a lake with eagles. Keep an eye on your cats, rabbits, and small dogs. You can find pics of Dan-One in my very earliest blog posts. He had a little round black spot on his cheek.

Black and white house cat
Second sweetest cat ever…