By Montana Young '17
The “turducken” is a very well-known dish. The turducken origin is actually very difficult to find out. No one actually knows where or when or why the turducken was invented. There are many bird stuffed dishes, but the most famous one that influenced the turducken was the Roti Sans Pareil of France in 1807.
This Roti Sans Pareil is composed of 17 birds stuffed inside each other. This recipe, created by chef Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimond de la Reyniere includes “a bustard stuffed with a turkey stuffed with a goose stuffed with a pheasant stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a duck stuffed with a guinea fowl stuffed with a teal stuffed with a woodcock stuffed with a partridge stuffed with a plover stuffed with a lapwing stuffed with a quail stuffed with a thrush stuffed with a lark stuffed with an ortolan bunting stuffed with a garden warbler stuffed with an olive stuffed with an anchovy stuffed with a single caper, with layers of Lucca chestnuts, force meat and bread stuffing between each bird, stewed in a hermetically sealed pot in a bath of onion, clove, carrots, chopped ham, celery, thyme, parsley, mignonette, salted pork fat, salt, pepper, coriander, garlic, and “other spices,” and slowly cooked over a fire for at least 24 hours.” Talk about a mouthful!
The turducken itself did not surface in the United States until the 1980s. Rumor has it that a farmer went inside Hebert's Specialty Meats in Maurice, Louisiana with a chicken, a duck, and a turkey and simply asked if all 3 meats can be prepared inside each other. In 1987, the famous turducken was in the The Prudhomme Family Cookbook. A chef named Paul Prudhomme takes all the credit for creating the turducken in his lodge in Wyoming. The two have an ongoing rivalry over who created the turducken first. In 1997, an NFL commentator ate a turducken on air during the Thanksgiving Bowl in New Orleans. Since then the turducken has became very popular and is sometimes prepared for Thanksgiving.
For anyone interested in cooking this poultry powerhouse, click this link to a recipe.
An End to Body Shaming?
by Tatiana Welka '17
Is there really a way to end body shaming in 2016? Over the years as technology has been on the rise, there has been a greater focus on body shaming because of social media. If a model posts a picture in a bikini, there are always people who will comment negatively.
Banana and Walnut Muffins
by Alexa Maldonado '17
Banana and walnut muffins are a quick dessert to whip up. The recipe is very simple and they taste great! The walnuts can also be switched out for pecans or pistachios, which all taste just as good as walnuts. The total time to make these muffins is about 30 minutes. This recipe makes 8 muffins.