We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A family friend just returned from a year's posting overseas, and despite massive jet-lag got himself over to the Maggie's HQ to cook up a storm last night.
After a year of southeastern Asian food, he wanted to cook a rustic Ragu. Either rabbit or duck are fine, but he used duck because rabbit was sold out at the market. Lots of Italians around here in Yankeeland. Use Porcini for the mushrooms, or at least the dried mushroom mixes with porcini in them.
There are excellent versions of this without tomato, too. "Italian" does not = tomato sauce. The Italians were cooking tasty dishes for thousands of years before tomato seeds were brought over from Mexico.
(Another great Italian classic is Rabbit Stew - like Veal Stew - which is usually not served with a carb or, if it is, with rice or risotto.)
For a Ragu - or for almost any meat concoction like Beef Bourguignon or Beef (or venison) Stroganoff - the only pasta I like to serve is pappardelle, which is a broad, egg noodle. It's also the best pasta for Pasta al Funghi with Porcinis. Trust me. How much do we love Porcinis? Is there any other mushroom really worth eating?
A Chianti Classico or Chianti Riserva works well with it, too.
Yes. There are equally wonderful mushrooms, and some would say some more thrilling ones than Porcini. I happen to like Porcini best, too, though. 65% of all of the mushrooms consumed in America are grown on farms within 10 miles of me in SE Chester County, PA. Quakers (used to be one) traveled to France to bring back mushroom spores in 1885. A number of those family members are still in the biz although it is largely dominated by Italian Americans now. Having these farms nearby is a great way to get rid of stall muck. They pick it up and pay for it! Just don't think about this part of the growing process while enjoying your delicious Chester County mushrooms.
A ventriloquist is touring the clubs and one night he’s doing a show near NBC headquarters. For his act, he uses a dummy dressed up in cowboy gear, toy six-shooter and all. The guy has his dummy making jokes about the MSM, when suddenly out in the audience there's a commotion --it's NBC newsman David Gregory, he's knocked over his chair and is standing up shouting at the stage act.
”That's enough of your stupid right wing jokes!" he shouts, "what makes you think you can stereotype journalists that way?"
He keeps going, even louder, "It's GUYS LIKE YOU, with your GUNS and your BIBLES, who keep all those country bumpkins IGNORANT!"
The ventriloquist starts to say something, but Gregory shakes a fist at him, snarling, ”YOU stay out of this, dammit --this is between ME and that JERK on your knee!”