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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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1 posted on 11/08/2013 3:37:33 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Gotta go for the turducken.


2 posted on 11/08/2013 3:40:33 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: nickcarraway

This year, we are going with spotted owl, stuffed with chestnuts.


3 posted on 11/08/2013 3:43:59 PM PST by fhayek
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To: nickcarraway

I’m partial to duck but hate the cleanup after roasting one. Next time I’ll try BBQ on a rotisserie.


4 posted on 11/08/2013 3:45:14 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: nickcarraway

Why would I buy a cookbook from someone who obviously doesn’t know how to cook a turkey?


5 posted on 11/08/2013 3:45:15 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

After last night’s REDSKINS/Vikings debacle, we’re having crow.


6 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.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wild Windmill Chopped Bald Eagle with cherry sauce.


7 posted on 11/08/2013 3:47:46 PM PST by windcliff
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To: nickcarraway

Pigeon? Why not a recipe for Seagull?


8 posted on 11/08/2013 3:53:27 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: windcliff

After seeing Bald Eagles in the wild in Alaska, I could no more eat one than I could eat a dog.


9 posted on 11/08/2013 3:53:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Kirkwood

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.


10 posted on 11/08/2013 3:54:57 PM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: nickcarraway

Deep fried turkey hands down.


11 posted on 11/08/2013 3:57:00 PM PST by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: nickcarraway

Fresh, wild turkey is a great bird


12 posted on 11/08/2013 3:57:13 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: bgill

Wrong. GMO grains are not healthy. Grass fed is best


13 posted on 11/08/2013 3:58:52 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: TheZMan
"Deep fried turkey hands down."

Never had it, but it sounds so good.

14 posted on 11/08/2013 4:06:43 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: beethovenfan

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


15 posted on 11/08/2013 4:13:28 PM PST by Figment
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To: fhayek

I hear they taste a lot like hawk, sounds good


16 posted on 11/08/2013 4:14:21 PM PST by Figment
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To: nickcarraway
TurBaconEpic Thanksgiving - Epic Meal Time
17 posted on 11/08/2013 4:14:22 PM PST by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: nickcarraway

We are doing Venison haunch and a small turkey.


18 posted on 11/08/2013 4:24:48 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: fhayek

Some Lake Tahoe Yellowcress would make a nice garnish for that.


19 posted on 11/08/2013 4:26:00 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: nickcarraway
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.
20 posted on 11/08/2013 4:27:58 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: nickcarraway

You can get creative any day of the year. Turkey day is for turkey!


21 posted on 11/08/2013 4:40:34 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Yogafist
Hmm, just be careful you don't get a lesbian seagull
22 posted on 11/08/2013 4:42:01 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: nickcarraway
Chestnut and apple stuffed buzzard.....it's what's for dinner.
23 posted on 11/08/2013 4:45:26 PM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: nickcarraway

Mmmm. Mineral undertones


24 posted on 11/08/2013 4:48:32 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Yogafist
“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.

25 posted on 11/08/2013 4:54:19 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: nickcarraway

Good ol’ Mom’s turkey with oyster stuffing!


26 posted on 11/08/2013 5:10:14 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: nickcarraway
We had Cornish game hen last year. It was good oven baked but rotisserie would have been better.
27 posted on 11/08/2013 5:23:32 PM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wolf Noodle Soup with Koala Flambé as the main course. Candied Goat Anus for a nice light dessert.


28 posted on 11/08/2013 5:33:16 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: nickcarraway
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.

FMCDH(BITS)

29 posted on 11/08/2013 5:53:24 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: beethovenfan
Here's that turducken. http://www.examiner.com/article/turducken-of-the-sea-a-shark-within-a-shark-caught-by-researchers
30 posted on 11/08/2013 5:54:36 PM PST by Redcitizen (.)
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To: nickcarraway

‘turkey really isn’t all that interesting,”

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31 posted on 11/08/2013 6:21:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

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


32 posted on 11/08/2013 8:25:12 PM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: reed13k
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.

And.....

I like turkey.

Tell 'em that if they want a ham fine but you and youngest will have turkey.

33 posted on 11/08/2013 8:31:06 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: CatherineofAragon
"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.

34 posted on 11/09/2013 3:28:12 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: nickcarraway
Did you ever see a wing like that on a duck?..Yeah, but t's a shame you can't eat duck on Thanksgiving

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35 posted on 11/09/2013 6:27:10 AM PST by Orbiting_Rosie's_Head (argh)
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