Monday

more than a little bit country...

even though we've now lived here longer than we lived in pittsburgh, somehow i still delude fancy myself an urban dweller experiencing a season of small town life. no matter how much i may miss shopping at the groceria italiano, attending our friend's gallery openings, or biking downtown to the three rivers' arts festival, there's really no denying a certain truth:

country life is rubbing off on us.

i apologize if this picture makes you squeamish, but these are the SEVEN geese jim got on saturday. so now in addition to all the venison, we're also eating goose.

let me tell you, jim braised a goose yesterday in a red wine sauce, and it was delicious! oddly, goose tastes much like roast beef, and the way it cooked all afternoon and made the house smell amazing reminded me of sunday afternoon pot roasts growing up.
i've been reading an fascinating book,
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by barbara kingsolver. it's part memoir and part primer on topics like eating local, seasonal produce, factory farming, and making cheese at home. according to the book, 3/4 of all antibiotics in america are used not by human patients but on animals raised for food. that's alarming! suddenly, our goose dinner didn't seem quite so backwoods as much as a refreshing alternative to the 98% of chickens raised by corporate, factory farms.

damn the Man! eat a goose.

9 comments:

Laur D. said...

i'm not going to lie. that is pretty darn cool!

even as a city girl, i must say that all the times (and sadly they are so few i could count them on one hand) i've had freshly hunted meat i have thoroughly enjoyed it. i think the key word is: fresh. it's un-altered, healthy, and when cooked the right way absolutely delicious.

i've never had goose, i've had duck and loved it. however, with that red wine sauce you were talking about, i sure would love to try some goose.

suz, i think you are a mix of urban chic...with some country charm. ;-D

Jenney said...

Are those Canada Geese? I thought it was illegal to kill them?! I won't tell, I hate the buggers. You could come here and get a few... :o)

Jenney said...

Oh, and I will have to check out that book! Thanks

maryann said...

Impressive! I've never tasted goose. There are 100s of them in the fields around here. Encourage Jim to bring his rifle or bow and arrow next time he comes.

Glenn said...

This is one of my favorite posts. Not only do I applaud the responsible control of these overpopulated nuisances, but I am most impressed in how the goose was prepared. Red wine sauce indeed!

For years I have half joked about having a Christmas goose, as in Dickens' literature. Now it may become a reality. Dad

Debbie said...

I love that book! Isn't it great?

Misty said...

i, too, love that book! her other fiction is quite interesting, too, just FYI. and i'm part country, part city gal myself! :)

Gabriel and Dorothy said...

That book definitely has helped me form my own opinions about what I eat...and it helped me be ok with going from exclusively vegetarian to indulging (occasionally) in humanely treated animals. My husband rejoices!

One of her fiction books, The Poisonwood Bible, is absolutely fantastic. It gives a really interesting perpective on 3rd world missions.

She just a great author all around.

O'Brien said...

I liked the Kingsolver book, she has some great other books if you haven't read them. The Poisonwood Bible is wonderful. I wish she had actually given some more pointers or actions we each should take, but I eventually have found my way!!!!

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