Pigeon, elephant & squirrel: Homespun recipes of Kaskaskia & Randolph County

Over the centuries, the people of Kaskaskia have amassed hundreds of homemade recipes to tantalize and – some might say — test the taste buds of natives and visitors alike.

The recipes have been collected in two volumes of books titled “Family Favorites Through Tyme.”

wgntv-cruisin-illinois–homespun-recipes-of-kaskaskia–randolph-county-20120606Check out some of the more “down home” dishes:
-Grilled Dove Breasts
-Rabbit Stew with Vegetables
-Elephant Stew
-Nun’s Belly Buttons
-Pot-baked Squabs (domestic pigeons)

Or, got a hankerin’ for some Barbecued Squirrel?

Here’s the recipe:
4 Squirrels
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup blackberry wine
salt and pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar

Skin squirrel.  Salt and pepper well.  Cook one hour and 15 minutes, covered, in a deep pan filled with about 1¿2 inch of water. Combine onion and next  five ingredients.  Pour over squirrels.  Cook uncovered for 30 additional minutes. Add wine before serving.  Bon Appetit!

-From “Family Favorites Through Tyme – Volume II”


To purchase copies of the books, contact:

Kaskaskia Church Preservation Trust  Fund

6450 Klein Lane

St. Mary , MO 63673

618-366-2633 or 618-826-2667


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