Mark Twain's love of American foods

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jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2012/03/03 10:36:30
From "Lists of Note," a site I visit frequently, comes Twain's "little bill of fare" -- foods he missed while travelling in Europe and of which he intended to avail himself once back home.
 
http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/03/little-bill-of-fare.html
RodBangkok
Cheeseburger
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/03 11:01:23
Thanks so much for that link!
 
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/03 11:02:55
I noticed one item on Mark Twain's list that I have no idea what it is: "Prairie liens, from Illinois".   I am old, but I guess not old enough to have heard of them.  Does anybody have any idea what he might be talking about? 
RodBangkok
Cheeseburger
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/03 11:17:55
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"Prairie liens, from Illinois".   I am old, but I guess not old enough to have heard of them.  Does anybody have any idea what he might be talking about?  

I suspect it has something to do with either a liaison or binding if taken from a food context, but a liaison of what...good question I'd also be interested in any insight to its origin.
ChrisOC
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/03 11:18:28
Very interesting list, but I believe I will pass on the possum and the 'coon.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/03 14:08:36
Did the ol' Google search on "prairie liens"; they appear to be some sort of wild fowl, perhaps similar to the grouse, and apparently, at least according to Mr. Twain, who I have no reason to doubt, they are indigenous to my home state.  Couldn't be prouder!
 
Buddy
tiki
Filet Mignon
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/03 17:19:49
Loved it!!---and I think that "liens" may well be Prarie Chicken.--tasty--but now endangered.
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/03 18:14:11
It is prairie chicken, and they are delicious.
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/04 11:03:09
You folks might be interested in a 2010 publication: Twain's Feast, Andrew Beahrs, Penguin. In about 300 pages the author tells a wonderful tale of his own search for the products and dishes on Twain's 1879 list of the foods he most missed while traveling in Europe. 
 
Cheers, John 
tiki
Filet Mignon
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/04 13:01:30
Very cool! Thanks John!
 
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/05 11:39:00
Oh, I've got to read that book.
tiki
Filet Mignon
Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods 2012/03/05 15:22:27
my wife is a librarian--:) it is on it's way to me right now!