When I was learning to cook, my mom gave me a copy of the Joy of Cooking (1964 edition). Today, I wanted to make a carrot soup, so I went back to the old standard to find a basic recipe. Oddly, there was none.

But what there was, to my amazement, was a recipe for (gasp!) raccoon! And squirrel, opossum, bear, muskrat, woodchuck, beaver (and beaver tail!), peccary(?!?) and wild boar. Who woulda thunk it?

The poor possum was supposed to be trapped first and fed on milk and cereal for 10 days before killing. Just like one does to a small boy (minus the killing). Ultimately, it was to be roasted as pork and served with turnip greens (where does one get those??) So much for Pogo!

It’s enough to make me a vegetarian for life! Now whenever I take a walk in Central Park I will look at the wildlife there not as nature, but as  . . . lunch!

About Nancy

Nancy Hoffmann began studying Zen Buddhism in 1992 and has dedicated this site to meditating on what she sees and believes. She is not averse to sharing laughter as well.
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1 Response to Raccoon???!!?

  1. arn says:

    You can bypass the 10-day milk-and-cereal feast by using roadkill. Deliciously cheaper n’ faster!

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