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Aternatives to the Same Old Thanksgiving Bird
Wall Street Journal ^
| Nov. 8, 2013
Posted on 11/08/2013 3:37:33 PM PST by nickcarraway
This year, trade in the standard-issue entree for a bird with a bit more flavor. Here's where to find the best quail, pheasant, wood pigeon, duck and goose
'LET'S FACE IT, turkey really isn't all that interesting," said Hank Shaw, author of the new cookbook "Duck, Duck Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, Both Wild and Domesticated" (Ten Speed Press). "I mean, I like turkey OK." Pause. "It's fine. But gamebirds are much more interesting. They taste more of themselves," said Mr. Shaw.
That taste can vary widely. Some gamebirds, like quail and squab, can be mild enough to be palatable even to fans of skinless, boneless chicken breast. At the other end of the spectrum, the diminutive wild Scottish wood pigeon has an intensely gamy flavor; you can say its meat comes in two colors, dark and darker. Though not technically gamebirds, domestic geese are another species with a good deal of character. Fed almost exclusively on grass, they can have mineral undertones similar to those of grass-fed beef.
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TOPICS: Food; History; Hobbies
Gotta go for the turducken.
posted on 11/08/2013 3:40:33 PM PST
(If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
This year, we are going with spotted owl, stuffed with chestnuts.
posted on 11/08/2013 3:43:59 PM PST
I’m partial to duck but hate the cleanup after roasting one. Next time I’ll try BBQ on a rotisserie.
posted on 11/08/2013 3:45:14 PM PST
by Squawk 8888
(I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
Why would I buy a cookbook from someone who obviously doesn’t know how to cook a turkey?
posted on 11/08/2013 3:45:15 PM PST
After last night’s REDSKINS/Vikings debacle, we’re having crow.
posted on 11/08/2013 3:46:34 PM PST
by Tula Git
(There IS a coup in America and it's on track and almost complete.)
Wild Windmill Chopped Bald Eagle with cherry sauce.
posted on 11/08/2013 3:47:46 PM PST
Pigeon? Why not a recipe for Seagull?
posted on 11/08/2013 3:53:27 PM PST
After seeing Bald Eagles in the wild in Alaska, I could no more eat one than I could eat a dog.
He advocates grass fed beef, ugh. Fatten that baby up with some grain to get taste and marbling that’s missing from meat today. No, couldn’t read the article past that and certainly won’t buy the book.
posted on 11/08/2013 3:54:57 PM PST
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Deep fried turkey hands down.
posted on 11/08/2013 3:57:00 PM PST
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Fresh, wild turkey is a great bird
posted on 11/08/2013 3:57:13 PM PST
(Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
Wrong. GMO grains are not healthy. Grass fed is best
posted on 11/08/2013 3:58:52 PM PST
(Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
"Deep fried turkey hands down."
Never had it, but it sounds so good.
posted on 11/08/2013 4:06:43 PM PST
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Turducken sounds great if you have the time and facilities to pull it off. I’ll never though, try another goose. The meat isn’t bad, all dark meat and juicy. The problem is, half the damnded bird is fat. I might cook a wild one that is free (except hunting costs) but will never again waste money on a bought domestic goose
posted on 11/08/2013 4:13:28 PM PST
I hear they taste a lot like hawk, sounds good
posted on 11/08/2013 4:14:21 PM PST
posted on 11/08/2013 4:14:22 PM PST
by Momaw Nadon
("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
We are doing Venison haunch and a small turkey.
posted on 11/08/2013 4:24:48 PM PST
by Georgia Girl 2
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Some Lake Tahoe Yellowcress would make a nice garnish for that.
posted on 11/08/2013 4:26:00 PM PST
(Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
I use jerk seasoning
on my turkey and put it in the smoker for several hours. I use some of the excess seasoning to spice up the stuffing.
You can get creative any day of the year. Turkey day is for turkey!
Chestnut and apple stuffed buzzard.....it's what's for dinner.
posted on 11/08/2013 4:45:26 PM PST
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posted on 11/08/2013 4:48:32 PM PST
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“Pigeon? Why not a recipe for Seagull?”
I have read several stories of shipwreck survivors who managed to catch gulls. Even starved near death, they couldn't eat them.
posted on 11/08/2013 4:54:19 PM PST
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Good ol’ Mom’s turkey with oyster stuffing!
We had Cornish game hen last year. It was good oven baked but rotisserie would have been better.
posted on 11/08/2013 5:23:32 PM PST
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Wolf Noodle Soup with Koala Flambé as the main course. Candied Goat Anus for a nice light dessert.
posted on 11/08/2013 5:33:16 PM PST
I'll take the "gamey" anytime. Hunting and taking a rabbit or two, a pheasant and a woodcock or two (which is hard) is my idea of Thanksgiving Dinner.
posted on 11/08/2013 5:53:24 PM PST
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Here's that turducken. http://www.examiner.com/article/turducken-of-the-sea-a-shark-within-a-shark-caught-by-researchers
posted on 11/08/2013 6:21:54 PM PST
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I do the thanksgiving cooking - youngest and I want the bird, mom and the elder want ham.... of course that means we’re overruled. Tried to compromise on individual cornish hens, but no dice. Tempted to foist a goose on her for Xmas...just ain’t right ham for TGiving...sigh
posted on 11/08/2013 8:25:12 PM PST
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We are having a small turkey. If more family says that they are coming we will have a ham as well but turkey is a must for Thanksgiving.
I like turkey.
Tell 'em that if they want a ham fine but you and youngest will have turkey.
posted on 11/08/2013 8:31:06 PM PST
by Harmless Teddy Bear
(Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
"Deep fried turkey hands down." Never had it, but it sounds so good.
Deep frying makes it crisp on the outside (skin, not meat) and seals in the juices for a real treat to those who have suffered the dryness that can plague a baked turkey. Very worth it.
posted on 11/09/2013 3:28:12 AM PST
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