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Norwalkian serves up venison

Scott Seitz • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Norwalk resident Tom Dunlap is a man of many talents.

The former Huron County sheriff stays busy now teaching at EHOVE Career Center, where he's a law enforcement instructor.

When Dunlap, 52, isn't cooking or teaching, he made it clear what he likes to do.

"Bow hunting, bow hunting, bow hunting," he said.

He's a member of the National Rifle Association and Huron County Thundering Gobblers. Dunlap is also a moderator for ohioturkeyhunter.net.

The recipe he's sharing with readers is "Venison Meatloaf of Champions."

"This is the meal I prepare for unexpected company," he said.

It's also the meal his family requests most often.

"Jackie (wife) likes my meatloaf and anything I cook," he added.

The Dunlaps have a daughter, Courtney, 28, and two grandchildren, Drake, 6, and Dyllan, 4.

He knew immediately why he selected this recipe.

"It was a big hit at the King Salmon Camp in Alaska," he said.

Why would someone want to make it?

"If you're an outdoor enthusiast and looking for a variety of ways to fix your venison, this is it," he said.

When thinking about comfort food, Dunlap didn't take long to decide what he liked best. "Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate."

Being a veteran cook, he has his regular ingredients on hand in the kitchen.

"I have Montreal steak seasoning, butter, barbecue rub, ketchup and brown sugar on hand," he said.

He also likes to cook Halibut Olympia, salmon steak, spaghetti and bake chocolate chip cookies.

Though he has years of experience cooking, occasionally something goes awry.

"The cinnamon rolls I made from grandmother's recipe tasted like cardboard," he said.

The best thing he makes are chocolate chip cookies.

"They are soft and chewy," he said. "If they need milk to soften they're no good."

Chocolate chip cookies are also his potluck specialty.

He follows holiday cooking traditions.

"Yes, especially pork and sauerkraut on New Year's," he said.

He has simple advice for cooks.

"Cook what you enjoy," he said. "That makes it fun."

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