Just a day away and I will start the cooking extravaganza tomorrow. It seems as though I plan and look ahead to the holidays, but they always arrive surprisingly quick, why is that?
We warmed up this week, but are promised a drop in temperature over the holiday. With wet… not my favorite weather condition. I will be ensconced in my warm kitchen, however, cooking up the requisite turkey and trimmings.
Speaking of turkey, the wild turkey is making a comeback in Ohio. Isn’t it interesting how many of the wild animals of the pioneer days are again populating the state? Of course, they no longer have that nostalgic sheen to them once they are up close and personal. Like the coyotes. They eat little dogs, apparently, and I have friends who must carefully walk their diminutive pet with one eye out for coyotes.
Bears are now again in some of our state forests in the Southeastern part of the state. And getting back to cooking dinner- I saw a cookbook that extols the joys of such pioneer fare as “squirrel stew”. Isn’t that a bit too rodent for most of us? And if I recall, Laura Engalls Wilder recounted that bear meat was rather good. I suppose being in the pig family (I think they are- or maybe they are just both omnivores) maybe you could say it tastes like pork? I’ll never find out. Just not adventurous that way, although I have eaten eel, and that seemed plenty adventurous to me.
I hate to say it, but I still have plenty of garden work to do, and am going to have to shoehorn it in this week…between the cooking and cleaning, and lolling around. At least get those last bulbs planted!
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