What's the oddest thing you ever cooked?

Gross. I hate that you can't have M&Ms. Or have to avoid a million other things.

And I stand corrected on bison. The crossword puzzle Editors are wrong!

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What one doesn't learn on this forum....thanks, I now know what I'm eating. I did a job recently and had to BBQ (at the table) shrimp. I take a look and the veins are still in, black and ugly. The Manager was sweet and re-did my order. They are supposed to be bought de-veined, I think I helped her out.

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Nslinhar....phew, mountain oysters was just googled, phew, please say you didn't eat them!!!

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Of course I did. But just a couple of bites. *Then* good old Dad told me what they were. They were a fairly high priced and popular appetizer on the menu. I do not recall what they tasted like, and Dad ruined me so I will probably never try them again.
My Dad hunts wild game, elk, deer, antelope etc. When I was a kid one year, he got a buffalo tag and we had half a buffalo hanging in the garage to cure before we butchered it. He split it with a fellow hunter. The only time growing up that we ate 'store bought meat' as we called it was 4 years in the 70's in ALabama during the Skylab mission.
Turns out that bison in the US are what people think of as buffalo, but actually there are no buffalo in North America. Buffalo are native to the Asian and African continents (i.e. water buffalo). Real buffalo don't have the shaggy hides.

@nslinhar wrote:

Bison aka buffalo
Just read this post after posting mine. Yup.

@myst4au wrote:

Actually not, the American Bison is native to North and South America and Europe, while the two buffalo species reside in Africa and Asia. What we in the US call a buffalo is actually a bison.

I have eaten bison a few times in the US, and buffalo occasionally in Laos and other areas of Southeast Asia.
@nslinhar wrote:

Bison aka buffalo
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Turns out that bison in the US are what people think of as buffalo, but actually there are no buffalo in North America. Buffalo are native to the Asian and African continents (i.e. water buffalo). Real buffalo don't have the shaggy hides.

@nslinhar wrote:

Bison aka buffalo

Technically, they belong to the same species. They are of different families within the same species. Included in the same family are antelope, gazelle, cattle, sheep and goat. Crossword puzzle Editors take liberties with English and scientific language, unfortunately.

I wonder if bison and buffalo meats taste differently, considering their habitat differences.

Do fake buffalo have shaggy hides?
I'm doing 3 groceries tomorrow, that would be a good question for the butcher....think I'll ask him, stay tuned and I will report..my guess is, it taste the same.

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Yes, they do belong to the same species, but buffalo are not bison and bison are not buffalo. Just like antelope are not goats.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Yes, they do belong to the same species, but buffalo are not bison and bison are not buffalo. Just like antelope are not goats.

Correct. This is taking me back to semesters of college bio and taxonomy. Yuck
I am going to guess they probably don't taste much alike. My husband has had elk burgers/steaks and found them vastly different from venison. I have had both goat meat and venison and found those to be not similar at all (and I don't like either). I like lamb chops but am not fond of adult sheep meat (mutton). I had water buffalo when living in Okinawa as a kid and it was okay, similar to beef but more stringy (might have been because it was grass fed). I have never had bison so I can't make any comparison. I do know that grass fed beef and grain fed beef in the US have different flavors and textures as well.
@nslinhar wrote:

Do fake buffalo have shaggy hides?

Yes, the American Indians were fake buffalo and wore shaggy hides when hunting bison ("fake" buffalo).
@JASFLALMT wrote:

@nslinhar wrote:

Do fake buffalo have shaggy hides?

Yes, the American Indians were fake buffalo and wore shaggy hides when hunting bison ("fake" buffalo).

I was being a wiseass, but that is very interesting to know.
Growing up in a large city, i never saw a horse, let alone a Buffalo, now I'm supposedly eating one, gads.

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@JASFLAMT Okinawa? Was your family a military family (air force perhaps?)

Thank goodness I'm too stupid to be mental!
@Irene_L.A. wrote:

Nslinhar....phew, mountain oysters was just googled, phew, please say you didn't eat them!!!
I used to watch Chopped a good bit on the Food Network. Every so often, one of the "mystery" ingredients in the main basket has been "black mountain oysters". Them ain't oysters!!!!
I cooked beef tongue a couple of years ago. It was decent but not great. I really want to try it again sometime but oddly enough has actually become kind of expensive in my area (if you can find it at all). I've had it before, that I didn't cook, that was amazing.

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My Grandmother used to make tongue once a week...I hated it, one reason I hardly ate in those days.

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The Asian market by my house has a huge variety of non-standard varieties in their butcher area. Occasionally I'm tempted to buy some...but I don't cook or eat meat at home.

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Being a wiseass is better than the alternative (dumbass).

@nslinhar wrote:

I was being a wiseass, but that is very interesting to know.
Yes. My father was a colonel in the AF and was flying missions in Vietnam in the late 60s. Of course tensions grew between the natives and the military personnel on the island around 1970--we had to leave the island and we moved back to Florida.

@msimon-2000 wrote:

@JASFLAMT Okinawa? Was your family a military family (air force perhaps?)
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Being a wiseass is better than the alternative (dumbass).

@nslinhar wrote:

I was being a wiseass, but that is very interesting to know.

True, as I have had experience with both.
Back in my crummy apartment living days, i inadvertently baked a roach into a cake. The insect, not the other. Needless to say, roomies and I were mortified to have eaten more than half of said cake before finding it.
I asked my butcher on a job if Bison was Buffalo and he said yes, took me to the Bison and said, this is from the U.S.A. That's all folks, don't need to dig any deeper.

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My Granny made cow tongue and it was disgusting. I took one bite and didn't ever eat more.

I was in the Mt. Rushmore area a few years ago and at a restaurant, we all ordered buffalo burgers. I have a hard time eating meat anyway, but this was so grainy and different....I couldn't eat it.

Growing up, my dad hunted and we had store bought meat once a month. Once a month, my mom would buy a package of pork chops or a package of chicken legs. Growing up, I ate antelope, rabbit, elk, deer, and grouse or something like that.

The smell of deer and elk cooking is soooo bad! It's so different from the smell of hamburger. However there are some great recipes with elk and deer...

I grew up in Colo. Rocky Mountain Oysters are a major thing here. I have never tried them, though.
News flash....I did another grocery and asked about Bison and was told, Bison is an animal, a cousin to the Buffalo, and Bison is from a Bison.....anybody listening?

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New to me: yesterday I made an omelette in a zip-lock baggie.

I used egg, onion, orange and yellow bell pepper, and sausage. All the ingredients came from Aldi's.

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