Cooking wild in Missouri

Oct 21, 2011

This week: we’ll go back in time  and revisit what could be considered the trial of the century. And you’ve probably heard of “Julie and Julia”—the novel-turned-movie where Julie Powell spends a year cooking her way through Julia Child’s "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Well, we’re bringing you Columbia’s version…switch out French cuisine for in season and local food, and instead of one woman its a couple.

On a late Friday afternoon sun streams through the windows in Fred and Ann Koenig’s kitchen. Ann is deep in preparation for tonight’s meal, which is somewhat different than what the Koenig’s might normally serve up.  It started with "Cooking Wild In Missouri" from Bernadette Dryden.

“I saw the book and just thought it was fantastic. it’s not standard in that there’s ceviche in here, there’s Caribbean catfish, catfish goes to China, I mean there’s just so many different kind of recipes,”  said Ann.

But here’s where it gets even more challenging—they’ve given themselves a year to cook their way through the book and then blog about it. And tonight Ann's cooking two of them: penne with butternut squash and upside down pear pecan  gingerbread.

The project is an extension of eating locally says Ann, which is something that they already do and has been a culinary adventure so far—they’ve cooked squirrel, sought the help of a “fish whisperer,” and tracked down paw-paws. 

Ann does most of the cooking, while Fred hunts. They both do the gathering and the blog writing. He said the project has allowed him to get outside with his sons for things like fishing and hunting.

The final product is dinner for six: the Koenig family and Ann’s parents, Gerard and Ruth Rebmann. And it's the penne, chicken drumsticks, along with a salad and French bread. The meal seems to go over well with everyone

Curious how the rest of the project will go? Check out Woods to Food  where they’ll be faithfully blogging it.

A retrial from 1865:

On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt became the first woman executed by the federal government when she was hanged for her role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Surratt owned the boarding house in Washington, D.C. where many of the conspirators lived and met. Her own son John was an active participant in the plot. But the depth of her involvement was as hotly debated then as it is now.