HOUGHTON - Rachael Ray and Emeril Lagasse may be famous in the world of television cooking shows, but can they do elk steaks?
Michelle (Shel) Mahrley of Mohawk has, with the help of her Wildtree food products, and will be showing off her culinary creations later this month as part of a show on the Sportsman Channel.
Mahrley is preparing elk steaks with rancher steak rub in the first of three appearances on "The Rule Xtreme Outdoor Hunting Adventures." It will air July 18 at 6 p.m.
"Oddly enough, I wasn't nervous at all. I had a lot of fun doing it. Everybody expected me to be nervous, but for whatever reason I wasn't," Mahrley said.
Mahrley taped the three episodes in April at host Phil Kozak's home in New Jersey.
Mahrley and her husband Kraig prepared for the shoot by scripting much of the process in advance. However, the producers threw her a curveball when they told her Kozak would be integrated into the pieces.
"Everything that you see on the show was totally ad-libbed as we went along," Mahrley said.
The meat was ordered and shipped to the set. Without a background in preparing wild game, she was concerned about everything arriving on time and being ready to go on set. Despite those initially uncertain moments, Mahrley said she had a blast under the TV lights.
"After, I told my husband that I think I missed my calling in life!" she said.
In her second and third appearances, Mahrley integrates the Wildtree products into preparation of pheasant and spaghetti with venison meat sauce dishes.
Wildtree is a direct sales company specializing in all-natural oils, spice blends and other food products. On Mahrley's personal Web page, cookingwithshel.com, she provides a link where viewers can provide feedback on her appearances to the show and find out more about the products she's using.
She and her husband plan on traveling with Kozak to trade shows around the country in 2010 but don't know if she will be back for more episodes in the future.
The second and third episodes in which Mahrley appears will air July 25 and Aug. 1, respectively, on the Sportsman Channel, which is available on Charter Communications digital cable channel 164 and DirecTV Choice Xtra channel 605.
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