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Ole Cuss    Posted 07-30-2001 at 11:48:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

Just read an article about corn smut, the fungus that disfigures corn so badly. It seems that Mexicans and yuppies consider it to be a delicacy. It is called "huitlacoche" (weet-la-KO-chay), said to come from the Aztec words for 'black' and 'excrement' (no argument from me there; we rednecks north of the border call it pretty much the same thing more or less). There's a Florida farmer who raises it for sale to the ethnic and upscale restaurant market for $14 a pound. Even he admits that it took a lot of urging before he would try it, and that was in a soup that he said "looked like India ink." I think I would have to be starving and fresh out of roadkill before I would stick that crap down my throat.


Carol from TX    Posted 08-01-2001 at 17:21:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband is a real foodie and sometime gourmet cook-- travels alot on the job, eats in restaurants with lotsa stars -- and I hope to heck he doesn't get wind of this trend. I, for one, do not want to eat anything called smut, much less "black excrement." I've already told him if I never see a caper again it'll be too soon. The family forbids him to cook at Thanksgiving lest we have turkey with mango- chipotle sauce and garlic risotto stuffing. Smut? eeeuuuh


Ole Cuss    Posted 08-02-2001 at 17:25:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

You poor child. I didn't enjoy cooking till I was well into my thirties, cooking for myself, and that was when I realized that it was simply chemistry experiments that you can eat. I have a solid rule that I pass by any recipe with the words "phyllo", "pesto", "prosciutto", or "sushimi". Perhaps you can persuade your Galloping Gourmet to look at the good country recipes listed on the Country Cooking page of this site. As a doctor (OK, a vet, but still a Dr.), I'd prescribe it for you, because a barbecue deficiency is a horrible death.


TomH    Posted 07-30-2001 at 18:42:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've heard it called Maize Mushroom, better marketing term than smut. Sort of like when the Alaskans figured out no one would eat something called Spider Crab, so they started calling it King Crab and everyone wanted it.


IHank    Posted 07-30-2001 at 13:22:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ole Cuss & Duey- I heard the corn smut tale long ago, but blew it off as just "urban mythology". On the other hand, lots of people eat lots of mushrooms. Several years ago IA Dept of Health, or one of them outfits, outlawed buying and selling morel mushrooms. Now 'ya gotta get 'em on the sly. "Crank, crack, coke, or mary warner?" "Oh, morels, wow man they're stictly for the big spenders!"

Duey, I get a gut hunch that you're onto something. I like your idea! We need to keep working with it a bit. Smart pills from the rabbits, double strength from the sheep, quadruple strenght from the horses, and for the rich folks that gotta have real exotic stuff we could gather deer droppings. Humm... It might beat dumpster diving...

Careful though, 'cuz we might get into patent fringement problems with Bluebird and her cartel here. Last I knew they soak that stuff in water and peddle it as a down home competitor to "Miracle Grow".

Before we get to far into this idea everybody needs to vote Libertarian for a few years and get rid of lots of these oppressive laws and regulations. Trying to grin, IHank


Duey (IA) Hmmmmmmm    Posted 07-30-2001 at 12:55:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybeeeee I could talk Dr Hank into a co-venture scheme like marketing all the little smart pills down by the rabbit cages. Maybe even the double strength ones over in the sheep pen. Maybe while dumpster divin we could save all the empty Ginkgo Biloba containers we come across and save a lot of packaging costs. Could find a yuppie organic herbal supplement store to sell them. Could even conduct clinical trials on mental alertness. Hmmmmmmm What da ya think a that IHank?? Duey


hay    Posted 07-30-2001 at 12:24:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
i hear ya. seems them dumb yuppies will eat anything. i'm gonna have to be awful hungry before i eat that.


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