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Old 12-10-2010, 07:58 PM   #11
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:43 PM   #12
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Why not try a bunch of cool spices, too, such as ajwain, grains of paradise, kala jeera, black limes, etc.? In addition to the above recommendations I would suggest geoduck. Looks quite intimidating (like an elephant tusk) but is tasty. Or foie gras, sweetbreads, offal, prairie oysters...

Truffles are wonderful. My husband and I have a house in truffle country in Europe and have gone truffle hunting - so fantastic if you get the chance. White generally come with a steeper price than black and I prefer their flavour as well. They, however, can run to $1500 per kg (and more for best quality).
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:21 PM   #13
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dear Fricasse, have tried the foie gras, sweetbread, but what are prairie oysters? We have oysters from the sea from all coastlines of Australia - so good, particularly with sour cream and caviar and a touch of vodka (only for us for special occasions). We have a large tree stump of unknown origin and ever time it rains and the sun comes out, there is white and black fungus (like little mushrooms) around the base. Decided there just might be truffles, so did a bit of digging - no luck!
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:28 PM   #14
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Ah...so you have not tried prairie oysters! Before I tell you what they are, they can actually be very good. Now for the hard part - they are ... um... bull's testicles. They are usually fried. You could potentially have lots of fun with them on your menu with your friends and family!

Too bad about the truffles. They only grow in the perimeter of certain trees and are grown mainly in Italy, France and Croatia. A truffle hunter friend in Croatia actually sells his to Italy, who in turn, sell them to Italian restaurants. They are soooo good!
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:41 PM   #15
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How funny how differently we all think. I've had truffles several times, and even put out the big bucks to buy a couple. As far as I'm concerned, over-rated. Not that they didn't taste good, they did. Just that they cost more than gold, and simply are not worth that price (fyi: I've had them in omelets and pate a couple times in restaurants, the pate purchased at a high end gourmet store), and I'll be darned if I can remember what I did with the two I forked over the big bucks for, so that tells you how memorable they were.
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:45 PM   #16
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By the way, how many from 4me's list have you tried (any of you)? I counted 30. The cheese curds are a staple here (I live in cheese-land) and I send several bags to my father (whose father was a Quebecoise cheese-maker) every winter, since he can't get them where he lives.
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:49 PM   #17
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I know - it is funny! My husband likes them but certainly does not love them as I do. Part of the reason I am passionate about them is that we've gone truffle hunting and I understand what goes into it. You only go at night as the dogs can focus on their task when it is dark rather than be distracted by visual stuff. Plus we are blindfolded to keep the location a secret. We would have no clue where to go ourselves. Our truffle hunter friend in gives us the small ones or those that are nicked or broken as they would no longer qualify for the highest grade. That certainly does not bother us any! Fresh from the ground white truffles scarcely minutes old are divine (in my opinion). Unfortunately my tastes often seem to be the expensive ones...
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:51 PM   #18
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By the way, how many from 4me's list have you tried (any of you)? I counted 30. The cheese curds are a staple here (I live in cheese-land) and I send several bags to my father (whose father was a Quebecoise cheese-maker) every winter, since he can't get them where he lives.
31 thus far but I am by no means finished! I must do some more traveling...
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