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 Mark Twain's love of American foods

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jmckee

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Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 10:36 AM (permalink)
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
 
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    RodBangkok

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    Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 11:01 AM (permalink)
    Thanks so much for that link!
     
     
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      Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 11:02 AM (permalink)
      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? 
       
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        RodBangkok

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        Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 11:17 AM (permalink)
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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.
         
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          ChrisOC

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          Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 11:18 AM (permalink)
          Very interesting list, but I believe I will pass on the possum and the 'coon.
           
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            BuddyRoadhouse

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            Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 2:08 PM (permalink)
            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!
             
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              tiki

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              Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 5:19 PM (permalink)
              Loved it!!---and I think that "liens" may well be Prarie Chicken.--tasty--but now endangered.
               
               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sat, 03/3/12 6:14 PM (permalink)
                It is prairie chicken, and they are delicious.
                 
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                  seafarer john

                  Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sun, 03/4/12 11:03 AM (permalink)
                  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 
                   
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                    tiki

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                    Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Sun, 03/4/12 1:01 PM (permalink)
                    Very cool! Thanks John!
                     
                     
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                      jmckee

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                      Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Mon, 03/5/12 11:39 AM (permalink)
                      Oh, I've got to read that book.
                       
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                        tiki

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                        Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods Mon, 03/5/12 3:22 PM (permalink)
                        my wife is a librarian--:) it is on it's way to me right now!
                         
                         
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