19 June 2011

How to Kill a Mean Rooster and A Recipe for Coq au Vin

A guy named Ari Levaux wrote a very funny story which contains his recipe for Coq au Vin in the latest issue of the Billings Outpost, June 16, 2011. In the style of Dave Barry out of Ernest Hemingway he starts with: "Rusty was a mean old rooster from a three-bird flock that included a post-menopausal hen named Annabelle who hadn't laid anything in years, and a submissive, possibly gay rooster named Marco Polo. . . . I held him upside down by his feet . . . . I swung a machete through his neck and into the dirt beneath it. I held him upside down over the garlic patch to drain the blood." About halfway through he gets to the recipe itself, though he does mention near the end Annabelle's death apparently by hypothermia, which he calls natural. We never learn what happened to the queer rooster.

This is a pretty good issue of the Outpost as they have a story on Brazilian futebol, different from ordinary soccer by the size of the ball apparently, which might mean that little kids' soccer would be less boring; a short item about the possible new library, a longish "climate-change" piece by Editor Crisp wherein he talks down in his usual way to his unconvinced readers about something he knows little about, a few interesting letters to the editor, the usual half-baked but still funny Clawson piece, and some nice, neat obituaries. All in all, a good read for Sunday morning over a Perkins' breakfast.

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