About Stacy Lyn Harris
Stacy Lyn Harris, sustainable living advocate and author, is pioneering the farm-to-fork/field- to-fork eating movement. In addition to free-range, organic domesticated animals, and heirloom vegetables and fruits, she advocates harvesting animals from the wild. She has been dubbed “A New Breed of Cook” in that she cooks what is natural and sustainable “two qualities no longer considered mutually exclusive from good taste.” Putting aside her career as a lawyer, Stacy now lives her dream of raising seven children and maintaining a healthy, sustainable, back-to-the basics lifestyle.
Stacy Lyn is a wife and mother to 7, a native of Pike Road, Alabama and is the author of 3 Bestselling cookbooks, Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living (Krause Publishing 2013), Tracking the Outdoors In (Gray Forest Publishing 2012), and Wildgame: Food for your family (Krause Publishing 2013) and a DVD, Gourmet Venison (Krause Publishing 2013).
Her blog, gameandgarden.com, has been named one of the top 100 blogs by Hearst Publication and her recipes, expertise in sustainable living, and Southern heritage have been reference by CookingChannel.tv, glamour.com, healthyliving.msn.com, surlatable.com and featured in GRIT.com, Alabama Magazine, LEAN Magazine, Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine and countless other websites and magazines.
Stacy Lyn has written for SouthernLiving.com, BonniePlants.com, ArtofManliness.com and numerous outdoor/sustainable living magazines such as MossyOak Gamekeepers, Buckmasters, and Living Ready Magazine.
She has appeared and cooked on local, national and world-wide television on shows such as The Joni Lamb Show (Daystar TV), Destination Whitetail, Deer and Deer Hunting, The Jackie Bushman Show, The Rick and Bubba Show, and many others. She cooks and gives sustainable tips every week on The Sporting Chef Television Show.
A Note from Stacy Lyn:
Hi! I’m Stacy Lyn Harris. I love life and I like to make every minute of it count. I like to live big and that is what I get to do every day!
I’m a writer, gardener, photographer, and lawyer… but I’m also a wife and mother of 7 children which carries with it some pretty heavy cooking duties. Yes, I had all 7 children. I remember each of their birth’s quite well.
If you can’t tell by my accent, I’m from LA, that is Lower Alabama. I have lived in Alabama my entire life couldn’t be more proud. The South is where I learned to cook. My Southern grandmother taught me how to “live sustainable” without even knowing what the word “sustainable” meant. Her sustainable lifestyle was just that, a way of living.
I made it my ambition to emulate her lifestyle. It seemed so natural, so simple, so full, and… wonderfully healthy. She taught me how to garden, how to cook what we brought in and then how to “put up” what excess we had, but more importantly she taught me how to give. She would take the less fortunate, which is saying a lot, the overflow of her bounty. She certainly didn’t waste anything. It either went into a meal, was composted, or re-used in another way. Again, just a lifestyle.
Scott, my husband, is a real outdoorsman and has always wanted to “live off the land.” He hunted for our meat, fished for our fish. I wasn’t crazy about the meat at first, but once I studied ancient recipes that our ancestors used before us, I found that when cooking the different cuts of meat correctly that the “wild” meats were much more tasty than those provided by the grocery store. It is certainly in vogue to use organic meats and order wild meats today for this very reason.
Both Scott and I felt that it was important to get back to basics in life. Most people’s lives were incredibly busy..so busy that parents weren’t seeing their kids but about 15 minutes a day, families weren’t eating dinner around the table together, and fast food was replacing what I call “real” food.
We didn’t want to raise our family like that. It was time to get back to common sense living. I decided to trade time in the office and courtroom for time with my family creating gardens of all kinds, keeping chickens and bees, and cooking delicious simple and healthy meals from our harvest.
Not long ago in our history, most people had a kitchen garden full of vegetables, herbs, a few fruit trees, and chickens that produced great eggs. They may have gone to the local butcher for their meat and the local store for milk, flour, and sugar, but for the most part they were living from their bounty.
There is no denying that homegrown slow food is much tastier than that which is rushed to grow, picked unripe, and shipped all the way across the country or continent. I am a believer that old recipes are tried and true, simple food is better, and great ingredients make great meals.
One of the results of living this simple lifestyle is that it seems to spur creativity and beauty in every are of our lives. Each year brings new challenges and new creative projects such as this year’s building a smokehouse project. Our gardens get more gorgeous inspiring new, more gorgeous delicious recipes and we experiment with different ways of cooking them.
Our family has a passion for God, family, the outdoors, and preparing and feasting on awesome food! Scott and I began our family of two in 1993 and it has grown to nine since then.
Scott and I hope to pass on to our children our love of the natural resources at our fingertips. We hope to encourage them to enjoy what our land has to offer, manage it, and to be good stewards of all that has been given us. Each of the children are finding their niche in our sustainable lifestyle. You will often see blogs written by my oldest children, especially concerning the garden and hunting sections.
My other children are busy cooking my recipes for a third, fourth, or fifth time to make sure that the recipes are accurate and keeping things going when I have deadlines. The smaller children keep the herb garden, make flower arrangements for the table, check the chickens for eggs, and much much more!
Our goal is to encourage you to take advantage of God’s resources and create fabulous food that nourishes the body for its full potential in living a happy abundant life. I hope you will enjoy the information posted in the pages of our website, facebook, or twitter and in the various articles in magazines and in our books. May God bless you!