The Origins of Groundhog Day...........With Recipes  

xxxhandyman4u2 55M
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2/1/2006 1:43 pm

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The Origins of Groundhog Day...........With Recipes

Punxy Phil is a she....yep a butch dyke ground hog.....Really,after 40 + years of he,shit,or it seein its shadow.....Wouldnt ya rather see it being slowy cooked over an open foogin matter on Feb 2 theres always six more weeks of we go with some mouth waterin,stomach churnin recipes for Phill/ets...

Groundhog Day has its origins in an ancient celebration of a point mid-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The early Christian culture which expropriated the day from the pagans rebranded it as “Candlemas day”, a day for the blessing of candles. An old English saying about the day was as follows.

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

North American groundhog history actually leads back to Gobbler's Knob, in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania and Clymer H. Freas, the then editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper. In 1887, he was inspired by a group of local hunters and gourmets who held a groundhog hunt on Candlemas followed by a picnic barbecue of fresh caught “whistle-pigs” so named for their habit of squealing when nervous not unlike a guinea pig.
Freas wrote about the “Punxsutawney Groundhog Club” and went on to promote the Groundhog Day and the Groundhog as a weather forecaster.

Contry-Style Groundhog
1 groundhog
1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. soda
1/4 c. cooking oil
1/2 tsp. sugar
NOTElean and skin as soon as possible. Remove all sent glands. Cut off head, feet and tail. Cure in cool place by suspending from hook approximately 4 days. When ready to cook, lard according to recipe.
Dress groundhog as for rabbit, removing the small sacs in the back and under the forearm. Soak groundhog overnight in salted water to remove wild flavor. Combine flour, salt, pepper and sada; rub into groundhog pieces. Brown grounhog in hot oil in skillet; sprinkle with sugar. Reduce heat; add 1/2 cup water. Cover; simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender. Remove cover; cook for 10 minutes longer.
MMM good...
Oriental Groundhog
Recipe By: Hunters Information Service
Serving Size: 4
Preparation Time: 0:00
Categories: Wild Game Groundhog/Woodchuck
Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
1 Ground hog
2 quarts Water
1/4 cup Salt
1/2 cup Soy sauce
2 cloves Garlic whole
3 Hot chili peppers whole
1/4 Onion
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 bunch Parsley whole
4 Beef bouillon cubes
1/4 teaspoon Freshly-ground white pepper
1 cup Beef or chicken broth
Teriyaki glaze
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut meat into serving pieces and soak in 1 quart water and salt for 3 hours. Transfer meat to 1 quart clear water and soak 4 hours. Drain and dry meat. Place meat in a baking pan with beef broth, soy sauce, garlic cloves, chili pepper, onion, paprika, parsley, bouillon cubes and white pepper. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Baste frequently. Brush with teriyaki glaze while cooking. This recipe yields 4 servings.
Damn I'm gettin hungry....
Cream Woodchuck Casserole

5 Tb. butter
2 woodchucks cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups thick cream
1/3 cup vinegar
5 scallions diced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. thyme
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in casserole and brown the woodchuck pieces lightly in it. Mix the cream, vinegar, scallions, salt, pepper, herbs and butter to the ingredients. Pour half the cream mixture over the woodchuck.
Cover casserole and simmer over very low heat for an hour. Be careful not to burn the mixture. Skim off the butter and add remaining cream mixture. Heat gently for 10 minutes until sauce thickens.
Serves 6
Is Yer Stomach churnin yet ...wait there's more...

Food & Party Planning Ideas
Groundhog Day
Celebrate Groundhog Day February 2nd
On February 2nd, do you wish for a sunny day or a cloudy day? To Punxsutawaney Phil, it is just a day to come out of a long winter's hibernation to look for his shadow. The groundhog tradition is brought back to the time of earliest settlers of Pennsylvania. These Germans determined that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a most intelligent and sensible animal. Therefore, it was decided that if the sun did appear on February 2nd, so wise an animal as the groundhog would see it's shadow and hurry back into its underground home for another 6 weeks of winter. People also believe that this day is the mid point of winter.
To make this holiday extra special, make a groundhog stew.
Woodchuck Stew

1 woodchuck cut into pieces
salt and pepper
2 1/2 Tb. butter
7 cups boiling water
1 tsp. thyme
1 cup corn
3 potatoes, cubed
1/4 tsp. cayenne
3 medium onions, sliced
2 cups canned tomatoes with juice

Roll the woodchuck pieces in flour, salt, and pepper. Brown in butter. Add woodchuck and all other ingredients, (with the exception of the tomatoes), to the boiling water, cover, and simmer for 1/2 to 2 hours. Add the tomatoes and continue to simmer another hour. serves 4 .

MM Good ...........

rm_DarknStar 54F
2823 posts
2/1/2006 6:20 pm

They all sound good! If your cookin, send some samples this way!

(but I dont what any Martha!)

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