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Murray Martin

Murray Martin

Eye On The Outdoors columnist Murray Martin is a former Ontario Conservation Officer and a long standing member of The Outdoor Writers of Canada.  Murray has a second column called My Mother's Kitchen where he share's recipes from his mother's cookbook.


Questions regarding his stories can be sent to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: Pixabay

Having grown up in the 1930 and 40s, I was used to homemade food such as pancakes, bread and fresh-from-the-garden homemade soups. Nothing was prepared in cans from the grocery store that had sat on the shelves for months. The only thing spread on... more

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Murray Martin

The late 1950s and ’60s were exciting years for this young 24-year-old Conservation Officer in Ontario. My first three winters in the eastern part of the province were spent doing a life study of a bird known as the Hungarian partridge... more

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukoners Pets

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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: Foter.com

Flemish Beef Stew Chicken Tetrazzini Cabbage Pigs and Sauerkraut Baked Pork Chops Liver Casserole Hot Pot Luck more

Nov 8, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: courtesy of Murray Martin

Bringing up a family back in the 50s and 60s was much different than the modern rush to get through life of today, which is mostly controlled by computers and a lack of one-on-one, face-to-face communication. Being brought up in the 30s, during... more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: Larsjuh - Flickr

The way to spoil a successful hunt is to cook your harvest in the same way as you would farm raised animals. A good idea is to have a qualified butcher cut the meat up properly and follow big game cooking procedures, not in the manner that... more

Oct 11, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Pixabay

Baked Fish and Vegetables 4 large mushrooms, sliced 1 cup peas 2 chopped white onions more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Last week I met a husband and wife in a local grocery store. The kind lady said she liked my columns on kayaking and the outdoor ventures to some amazing places, but not about hunting and killing animals. “Why do you hunt animals?” she asked. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Some people mix in wild game meat with domestic meats recipes, but to get the true taste of wild meat you simply don’t substitute wild meat on a domestic recipe. more

Jul 27, 2017 1:10 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Graphicstock

When out on a day’s fishing and you don’t catch one of those big clunkers, don’t be dismayed. You can make a great chowder with little fish too! Gary Hill, one of the very best fishing guides out of Atlin gave me his secret fish chowder recipe. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of Murray Martin

The other day when I was to walk into the grocery store, I stopped to allow the lady behind me to go ahead of me. Then as I walked in behind her, I took my hat off and put it in the cart. She said, “That was so very nice and I miss that.” It was a... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

Peppered Tenderloin Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms Tasty Spare Ribs Pork Chops and Rice more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

Thunder and lightning do not seem to be as common here in the Yukon as in southern Canada. However, lightning strikes are probably the most common cause of our forest fires. Lightning is a gigantic spark jumping between a charged cloud and the... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

Growing up in the 1930 and early 40s was tough times. First, there was the Great Depression, followed closely by the Second World War. For the average family, money was tough, far tougher than today and rabbits and hares often graced the supper... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-04-26, Photo: Pixabay

Allow me to take you back in time to when the words of today had a great difference in meaning… Close your eyes… and go back in time… before the internet, Mac, Dreamcast, Playstation or Nintendo 64… away back, I’m talking hide and seek at dusk… more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

Muffins are not only a treat, but a very healthy treat – especially when you bake them with fresh fruit. Here are some tasty muffin treats to try out. more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay.com

My mother was a master cook sent down from heaven, and as she looks down upon me, I think back to the 1930 and 40s. I must come clean and admit it: I was the person always stealing those great sweet treats... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

Pike Chowder Supreme This will take some time, but it is time well spent. more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Let’s go back in time, say 60 some years ago. Potatoes in those days, in my mother’s kitchen, were an everyday vegetable and cooked in some tasty remarkable different ways. Here are some recipes for you to try. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Pixabay

Here are some good bread recipes from the 1950s. more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

Allow me take you back to some 65 years to a recipe dated in my mother’s hand written book as 1951. That was a memorable year for me as I had waited patiently for years to reach 18, so I could join the Air Force without my parent’s consent... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM