Orland Park native publishes recipes for the outdoors
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org December 19, 2012 7:26PM
Tim Murphy, originally from Orland Park, recently wrote a book titled "Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook." | Supplied photo
Updated: January 21, 2013 6:01AM
When he was growing up in Orland Park, Tim Murphy would laugh along with the jokes of radio personalities such as Steve Dahl and Larry Lujack, and his mom turned him on to the comedy albums of Bill Cosby.
Murphy was able to combine his two loves — radio and comedy — into a career that has taken him to radio stations around the country. Now living in Oregon, Murphy has branched out into publishing, recently releasing the first of four planned books.
“Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook” is a collection of more than 130 recipes, some requiring no more than two ingredients, that he’s accumulated over the years from hunters, fishermen and general outdoors types who don’t want to subsist on “blocks of cheese and beef jerky,” Murphy said.
Even if your cooking repertoire is no more sophisticated than scrambled eggs or mac and cheese, the recipes are designed for even the most novice chef, he said.
“We’re (men) simple creatures,” he said. “We want things that taste good that don’t take a lot of time to put together.”
Murphy, 50, attended St. Michael School then graduated from Marist High School. He earned a degree in broadcast communications from Western Michigan University.
Aside from Bill Cosby, Murphy’s early comedy influences came from George Carlin and Bob Newhart then, in later years, the edgier Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks.
“I have kind of a twisted sense of humor,” he said.
He was able to develop comedy routines and characters as an on-air personality at radio stations around Michigan, including stops in Saginaw, Traverse City, Muskegon and ultimately in Houghton, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Along the way he was able to interview well-known rocker, hunter, outdoorsman and Michigan native Ted Nugent.
The fictional Flannel John is one part Nugent mixed in with a dash of Babe Winkelman and a touch of “crusty mountain man,” Murphy said, a guy who was born in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and spent his formative years in the UP.
The cookbook is available at Amazon.com for $7.95, and Murphy said that more Flannel John books are in the works, including, “Critters, Fritters, Chili and Beer,” which is scheduled for release in May and “Flannel John’s Tailgatin’ Grub,” planned for August.
While Murphy says he’s a big camping-in-the-wilderness kind of guy, he’s not into hunting like his alter ego.
“I love the woods, I love being on the water, I just can’t kill a deer. I can’t pull the trigger on Bambi,” Murphy said. “It’s not like I’m opposed to my friends who do (hunt). I know where my meat comes from.”
Murphy’s books are not his first foray into writing, having been published in magazines including National Lampoon and smaller publications in Michigan. For the last five years he’s been living and working in Medford, Ore., writing and producing commercials for five radio stations.