The Kitchen Wild: Crispy Fried Trout

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

As a mother of three little ones, it’s my job to prepare them for the world as they enter adulthood, and part of that journey is teaching them to be self-sufficient. Yes, academics are important, but equally as important is knowing how to build, how to cook and how to source their own food.

Since moving to the Oregon coast, my children’s lives have been enriched beyond our wildest expectations. They have learned how to gather clams and mussels, they’re seasoned crabbers, they know what bushes to safely harvest berries from, and now they’re becoming expert fisherman and are truly loving every minute of it.

When on a recent outing to Big Creek Reservoir in Newport, my 8 year old snagged the first catch of the day, and to see the pride on his face was absolutely priceless. What makes moments like these even more special is when we gather around the dinner table to share a meal that we all just harvested together as a family.

Right now in these moments they think they’re just out having fun, but these are memories and skills that will undoubtedly last a lifetime and hopefully be passed down for generations to come.

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