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Old 04-07-2011, 10:59 AM   #21
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Lutefisk. The smell remained in the house for 2 weeks. Never going to cook that again.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:13 AM   #22
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Lutefisk. The smell remained in the house for 2 weeks. Never going to cook that again.
I recall watching Alton Brown's "Road Tasted" motorcycle trip up the Mississippi river valley, and after reaching Minnesota, they tried Lutefisk, which no one could stomach! But, it was funny watching them try!
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:24 AM   #23
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It definitely is an acquired taste. To my knowledge, MN is one of the few places where you can buy Lutefisk in the grocery store...and where the Lutheran churches still hold Lutefisk suppers in December...because of the way it is preserved, there are portions that are "jelly like" and other portions that are firm...that jelly-like texture is, well, an acquired taste. Thankfully, Surstoermming never caught on in MN. (The o has an umlaut).
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:47 AM   #24
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As a kid I use to go frogging with my dad. That part of it was fun, cleaning,cooking and eating them was NOT. I finally got a taste for them. Now well not able to frog anymore and I refue to buy them at the fish market
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:28 PM   #25
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I used to scuba dive off the Baja Peninsula of Mexico and Southern California coast. We would often come back with Abalone. I had no idea how to cook them. Someone suggested I take a rolling pen to crush a bag of BBQ Frito chips, use a mallet to tenderize the abalone meat, dip in egg, then in the Fritos, fry them, and then sprinkle some fresh lemon juice on them. They were tender and delicious actually.
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:38 PM   #26
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...We would often come back with Abalone. I had no idea how to cook them. Someone suggested I take a rolling pen to crush a bag of BBQ Frito chips, use a mallet to tenderize the abalone meat,...
Although I never dove off of So. Calif., my good friend did, and after wrapping the abalone in saran wrap and aluminum foil, we'd lay it on the asphalt and drive over it with a pickup truck several times in order to tenderize it... and it worked!
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:19 PM   #27
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When I lived in MN, when I was in HS, I was on a ski team--we'd stop in Duluth and eat--one of the "items" on the menu was fried frog legs--I loved them. But, I doubt I would ever think of cooking them...don't know if I could eat them now! Hormones (okay guys, that's menopause--taste buds change!).
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:31 PM   #28
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I don't like frog legs as much as I used to, but I still have them a couple times/year. So much simpler just to cook garlic chicken wings.
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Two things: alligator, and earthworm cookies.

The cookies were made in a high school home economics class. I seem to recall the lesson having something to do with survival foods. Anyway, the earthworms were first washed and cooked in boiling water, after which they were dried in the oven, and crumbled like bacon bits. The worms were then mixed into oatmeal cookie batter and baked.

I don't recall much about the taste myself, but I do remember trying them out on a few unsuspecting individuals. No one had any problem with them until you ran down the list of ingredients. The looks on peoples' faces was priceless.
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Not really all that odd, but I don't like them at all. I cooked Chitterlings (aka Chitt'lin's) on a dare. The folks who are them said they were good.

I just stuck with the accompanying spaghetti and cole slaw.
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