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How to Prepare Crow…I May Need a Recipe after the Election

Don Rose 1 November 2010 2 Comments

I’m searching my cookbook collection for some recipes that might make crow taste palatable. It looks more and more like I’ll be eating a lot of it following my forecast a few weeks ago of the Democrats holding the House of Representatives. I knew I was going out on a limb, but honestly saw a few glimmers I took to be trends.

The trend, however, seems to be more and more in the other direction, with many wise and independent experts predicting the Republican wave will pick up 50-55 seats, well above the 39 needed to make John Boehner the Speaker of the House, and farther above my prediction of the Dems losing only 35.

It does appear, however, that the Democrats will hold the Senate by a thread, and somehow I still have a gut feeling Harry Reid can save his seat. Nevada has an actual spot for “none of the above” on its ballot and it’s possible that Reid haters will choose that over the increasingly bizarre Sharron Angle, who has totally inflamed the Latino population there and could bring out a greater than usual vote. This woman makes Sarah Palin look like Gloria Steinem.

Reid may also benefit from a unified vote from his fellow Mormons, who are strong there. The Democrats have a better ground game in Nevada as well, thanks to some strong unions with many Latino members. But in a state racked by more than 14 percent unemployment, the anger and frustration levels may just over-ride all of Angle’s idiocies and send her to Washington.

A strong Democratic ground game may help in Illinois as well, where both Gov. Quinn and senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias are running behind their respective rivals Bill Brady and U.S.Rep. Mark Kirk. In past years the Machine could overcome as much as a five point deficit with its superior get-out-the-vote operations. That’s not a prediction, just an observation. This is a very unusual year.

Consider a few more of this year’s oddities:

We could have a couple of governors elected outside the two parties and a senator elected by write-ins.

Lincoln Chaffee, the former liberal Republican senator is running as an independent for governor of Rhode Island and is the odds-on favorite. President Barack Obama refused to endorse the Democrat there because Chaffee is a good friend and had endorsed him for president.

On the other end of the spectrum, the very conservative former congressman Tom Tancredo running on his American Constitution Party is neck and neck with Democrat John Hickenlooper for governor of Colorado, leaving Republican Dan Maes far behind. The senate race there is too close to call between incumbent Dem appointee Michael Bennet and Tea Partier Ken Buck (slight favorite).

Then, up there in Alaska, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost her primary to Palin’s choice, Joe Miller, is running as a write-in and is first in the polls. The gaffe-prone Miller dropped to third place. Democrat Scott McAdams is in the middle. The twister here is whether enough people will fill out a proper write-in ballot and spell Murkowski’s name correctly or if election courts judge the race by the intent of the voter. Miller’s people as well as McAdams’s are trying to confuse the issue with technicalities. If there are enough spoiled Murkowski write-ins, McAdams could squeak in.

Here in Illinois—in Cook County, to be more precise—there is also a strong possibility that an independent might beat the mighty Democratic Machine for the all-important office of assessor.

Forrest Claypool, an outspoken reform Democratic member of the county board is mounting an unprecedented strong independent bid against Democrat Joe Berrios, who is chairman of the Cook County party, a member of the board of tax appeals and a lobbyist for video poker. He is joined at the hip to Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, chairman of the Illinois party, whose law firm miraculously gets huge property tax breaks for its clients from the board of appeals. Berrios has justifiably been called a walking conflict of interest. Way behind is Republican Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall.

Anyone—Democrat, Republican or independent, liberal, moderate or conservative—who is interested in thwarting corruption in Cook County ought to mark his or her ballot for Claypool. I voted early—and wish I could have done it often. It’s a rare opportunity to really make a difference, regardless of ideology.

Now back to my search for a recipe for crow a la béarnaise.

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Don Rose is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer

2 Comments »

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Don,

    Having dined on Corvus brachyrhynchos on many, many, many occasions social, moral, theological,- regarding matters political most recently the 2008 prediction that John McCain was suited to be President -I have found the gamey bird wholesome and filling as well as a remonstrance to my vanity.

    I find this redaction of an Emeril Lagasse poultry recipe just the ticket!

    12 ounces raw bacon, diced
    2 cups onions, chopped
    1/2 cup celery, chopped
    1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
    1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced
    3 tablespoons garlic, chopped
    1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
    1 tablespoon finely parsley, chopped
    1/2 cup green onions, chopped
    4 cups crumbled corn bread
    2 cups chicken stock
    Salt and cayenne pepper
    6 whole crow
    Olive oil, for drizzling
    12 whole shallots
    2 cups Demi-glace
    1 tablespoon butter

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large saute pan over medium heat, render the bacon until crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the onions, celery, and bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the eggplant and continue to saute for 3 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne. Stir in 2 tablespoons garlic, thyme, parsley and green onions. Remove from the heat and turn into a mixing bowl. Stir in the corn bread and stock. Mix thoroughly. Season the dressing with salt and cayenne. Season each crow with olive oil, salt and cayenne. Stuff each cavity of the corvus with about 3/4 cup of the dressing. Toss the shallots with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the stuffed crow and shallots on a parchment-lined roasting pan. Place the crow in the oven and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the crow is golden brown and the juices run clear. Remove the pan from the oven and separate the sections of the shallots. Place the shallots in a saucepan and cover with the veal reduction. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper (this is a shallot reduction). In a large saute pan, melt the butter. Add the haricots verts and the remaining garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the squabs with the haricots verts and a ladle of shallot reduction.

    Bon Appetit!

  • Rufino Torres said:

    Every thing tastes better deep fried.

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