Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Duplicate Day

Whenever I find my husband particularly annoying for a long stretch, I like to mutter and mumble that I'm suffering from a duplicate day. In fact, I like to drop that line in a rather conversational way. "Oh what's the matter? Are we going to have a duplicate day?" While speaking, I make sure the sarcasm is thick. I know for a fact that this chaps his behind, and so I usually keep it up for awhile. It's my way of telling him that his snarkiness is getting on my last nerve. I do consider annoying him right back to be my civic and marital duty.

With my brain pretty well cooked from laying awake and making wedding plans all night, I'm going to give you a duplicate day. No snark though...just a rerun from last year's Groundhog Day, which when you think of it, is fairly fitting. While we've not had any snow to speak of and almost none worth shoveling, it's been bitterly cold. I'm sick to death of layering wool and long for some nice balmy days.

So gather up those stinkin', hairy, lying, long nailed, rodent-like prognosticators and start writing out your grocery list. It's dinner time.

Bon Appetit!

Searching for something good to do with groundhogs, I found this recipe on a Michigan outdoor website -they apparently got it from Herb. My commentary is in red to represent what I'll be seeing if that groundhog delivers the wrong result, because frankly, I don't think I can bear another 6 weeks of winter.

Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream

Recipe By: "Indian Cookin", compiled by Herb Walker, 1977

1 Groundhog, skinned & cleaned
(who can I pay to do this deed?)
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
2 quarts water
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup bacon fat
(apparently the fat in the groundhog is not enough)
3 small wild onions
(currently buried under a foot of snow--well that was last year, not this year)
1/2 cup water
1 cup sour cream

Skin and clean the groundhog ( this may be my first problem). Wash and dry and put in an earthen crock (why do I have to dry it when it's going into liquid?). Cover with water and a half cup of vinegar and 1 T. of salt. Let stand in a cool place overnight (don't worry, nothing bad could come of this, right?).

In the morning, remove from brine, wash and pat dry with a damp cloth (again with patting dry then immersing in water). In a large soup kettle combine 2 qt. of water and 2 T. of soda. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer meat for 15 minutes, removing the scum (mmmm, scum) as it rises to the surface. Drain and rinse the groundhog meat and cut into serving pieces.

Combine the flour, salt and allspice and dredge the pieces of meat in the mixture. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Melt the bacon fat in a heavy iron frying pan until smoking (nice combo of smoking hot and bacon fat- I'll keep a lid nearby in case I start a kitchen fire). Brown meat on all sides. Transfer the browned meat into a greased 4 qt. casserole. Arrange sliced onions on top, add water, cover and bake in a preheated oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender (must be tough if I have to brine, boil, fry, and then braise).

Transfer the meat to a heated platter to keep warm. Put the casserole on top of the stove over medium heat and spoon in the sour cream stirring constantly (this is needed either because the groundhog and bacon don't add enough fat, or the flavor is dreadful and I must mask it-I'm just not sure). Do not let the sauce come to a boil. Put the meat back into the casserole and simmer for about 15 minutes. Delicious served with creamed dandelion leaves (now where will I find dandelions on February 2nd in Michigan?).

On second thought, maybe I should make reservations for dinner. After looking at this guy's freaky little fingers, I've come to the conclusion that this recipe has too much fat...


SkippyMom said...

Thanks - this gave me a good laugh [evidently Groundhogs do not have enough fat LOL]

I hope, for you sake, that winter ends early.

We have more snow tonight and a lot more coming Friday. That is a lot of snow for us.

Brenda said...

Haha....I think you gave us this recipe last year Rudeelocks....it sounds yucky but I may be tempted if we have more of this freezing weather.

Anonymous said...

I dunno...sour cream transforms a multitude of problems, I think.

Ruth said...

Thanks for the recipie sounds lovely!!! NOT.Creamed dandelion leaves that's a interesting concept.

Rositta said...

Both your American and our Canadian groundhogs predicted another six weeks of winter this morning, sucks doesn't it? I'm having one of your "duplicate" days today and I'm off to use dripping sarcasm with the doc this morning, not that it does any good here...ciao

Rudee said...

Good luck, Rositta.

Anonymous said...

yah, that is too much fat for our diets. Better leave all that fat alone. Love the the 'duplicate day' idea.

Stephanie V said...

I always thought groundhogs were chubby little critters. Thanks for putting me straight...
Creamed dandelion leaves?!

Miss T said...

Hmm. Shouldn't that recipe have some actual bacon in it? Bacon fixes everything.

Sandy said...

uuugggghhhhh, yuck, haha.

Gail said...

I have eaten groundhog and it is quite delectable. I usually oven barbeque mine.

Quiltluver said...

Ha ha, that was pretty funny. Got just enough snow tonight to mess up the commute. Yuck!

Jadekitty said...

Men just have a way of pushing our buttons don't they? :)

Anonymous said...

OH.. I wouldn't have thought people ate Ground Hogs.
I think I'd stop at the bacon and just eat the bacon!
Sorry that he saw his shadow..
I personally don't mind 6 more weeks of winter.. It's the only time of year i can wear jeans, sweaters and go outside.