- Nov 24, 2020
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- Pacific Northwest
I forgot to mention that I ate rattlesnake at a fancy party with my parents as a child!I think on two separate occasions as a kid I once ate an earthworm and drank a few sips of human pee on a dare. Without a dare to excuse it, I also ate a large minnow that i caught, raw. On that one I started to worry afterwards that I would sicken or die, so I confessed to my parents and they assured me I would be fine, and they also thought the whole episode was hilarious. It's a wonder that kids ever survive to adulthood. Puppies are the same way! They put everything into their mouths!
On more conventional grounds, my grandfather was a great outdoorsman and we ate a lot of venison and ducks that he had shot. On New Years we used to have a game dinner of rabbit, squirrel, gamebirds of various types, as well as the above mentioned quarry. Organ meats were delicacies, then and at thanksgiving when we had the more traditional turkey bought from a neighboring farm, and I make giblet stuffing to this day as my grandmother used to.
Now as an old person, many foods are not available to buy, because only old people like them. I and my peers, it seems, are being phased out! Pepperidge Farms used to market delicious macaroon cookies - can't get them anymore nor find a recipe that tastes as they did. Olive loaf used to be a common deli-meat, but that too has been discontinued because the market for it is shrinking. Tongue sandwiches, once commonplace at Jewish delis, are now unheard of, and tongue was a meat that needs to be aged and processed in a complicated manner that I would have no hope of recreating here at home. (At least I still can get pastrami.) Those fat knockwuurst sausages served with sauerkraut have also gone the way of the dodo. Sauerkraut is still available, but name is now shortened to "kraut" because people apparently are too lazy to pronounce or read a food name with more than one syllable. (I'm surprised that the existing name hasn't been replaced for pc fear of offending those of German nationality - that will probably be next. lol) Jello salads and deviled eggs are now traveling down the path to extinction. A large segment of the newest generation has never heard of either one. Fried liver and onions have vanished from the menu at most diners. (Diners themselves are becoming casualties of the new world order.)