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Tony Bourdain visits the Ozarks

I noticed earlier that tonight's "No Reservations" is in the Ozarks. I saw he was going to have squirrel pot pie (better him than me). Didn't know if anyone else was interested but since I do live in the Ozarks, it sounds interesting to me.

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  1. I love him and his bad self. I'm recording it.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      I enjoyed the program . Not quite the way we live but not bad.Kinda thought there would be some biscuits and sausage gravy and maybe come to Springfield for Springfield style Cashew Chicken.It's not so hilly there,at least not what they showed. Never been to West Plains. I've always lived where you live on the hill or in the holler. They sure burnt the hell out of the meat and corn on the grill. Looked like Bobby Flay turned loose to me or men with too many beers under the belt. The wonderful author, well, I've read one book.. Looked at the other things he's written. I'm going to try to contact him and ask him if he's ever met anyone like the characters in his book and why the hell he fell face down in a fishing boat and broke his stupid shoulder.

      1. re: MellieMag

        Ha, ha. So what is Springfield Style Cashew Chicken?

          1. re: Gio

            Wow. Great story. I spent several years in Missouri and tried cashew chicken just once, at a place heralded by her as the "best in Springfield". It was certainly not Mr. Leong's-- it was a tiny take out place. And honestly, I found the stuff to be beige and bland, and I quickly lumped it with all my other "odd things Midwesterners do" file. Now that I'm older and wiser, I'd actually like to check out a really good version of the stuff.

            Mr Taster

    2. I really liked the part where he butchered and cooked the freshly shot mallards for the duck hunters. They had said that they never like to eat the ducks because it was so gamey. I thought Tony was really classy and sincere and not condescending, as he sometimes get. Those guys loved it. I also liked his quip about here is a 40 dollar dish in NYC.

      I also found it interesting that the racoon hunter had never tasted raccoon.

      1. Watched a movie last night "Winter's Bone" filmed in the Missouri Ozarks. A depressing movie - don't bother. But the 17 year old girl was teaching the 5 year old & 10 year old to skin and gut a squirrel. Reminded me of watching my grandparents skin a wild rabbit. Although we are rural VA, DH was asked why we haven't eaten squirrel.

        To me: squirrel = rodent.

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        1. re: Rella

          Funny enough, AB had Daniel Woodrell, the author of Winter's Bone on the show. Woodrell broke his shoulder on the show.

          1. re: Rella

            I loved that movie..different strokes:-) I too was surprised that the hunters often didn't eat what they shot- i.e. duck, raccoon.

            1. re: karenfinan

              Now that was a thin slice of America. I've spent some time in Joplin and that bar scene was classic Americana. Hooray for for Bourdain on blazing a new trail.

              1. re: karenfinan

                This was a fantastic movie, one of the best American films I saw last year.

                I ate squirrel once-a-year growing up: at my maternal grandfather's christmas dinner. I recall he was not so good at removing the shot. Kinda wonder if it was lead.

            2. I LOVED this program. I thought Bourdain was sincere and appreciative, and I loved the slice of Hidden America that the show portrayed. Squirrel Potpie? None for me, thanks. I'm just so full, I couldn't eat another bite. (Yep, I've tried it; too stringy and gamy for the likes of me...)
              Biscuits and 'lasses; Sawmill gravy; yeah, baby. IMO, this is the truest kind of American cooking - "make do with what you have, make it work or do without...."
              And I loved, loved, loved the characters on the show. They reminded me, some, of my ex-in-laws....good folks to a person, and decidedly remarkable.

              1. But seriously - why did that dude fall face down and break his shoulder? I noticed no moonshine in this episode.

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                1. re: linguafood

                  I thought this was an excellent episode; not necessarily for the food but I thought it was very interesting and entertaining.
                  If the woman with the skull & crossbones tattoo on her chest from the arm wrestling segment ever gets her own show, I will watch.
                  Anyone catch the name of the band that was on towards the end?

                  1. re: linguafood

                    The NR Mods must've cut that scene. : )
                    ?Seriously though; isn't true corn likker still fully illegal? I'm sure that the Travel Network "cannot be responsible for endorsing any form of activity which could be construed as blahblahblahblah".
                    Even though they showed the entire crew geeked outta their gourds in India, right outside the Bhangi shoppe.

                    1. re: mamachef

                      There was one really unique cooking tip in that show. Who would have ever thought to put Parm cheese in a squeeze bottle? Pure genius.

                      1. re: mamachef

                        I don't know if shine is legal or not. Since I live in the number one county in the number one state for meth production, I don't think anyone really cares if some old boy cooks up his own likker. The program was pretty good over all. My brother in law hunts and eats what he kills,he might eat squirrel but I had never seen or heard of anyone eating a coon before. I've read one of Daniel Woodrell's books ,forgot the name, not badly written but about nasty disgusting imaginary people. My niece and I looked up the "Winter's Bone" book and movie online last night,read about it and watched a clip. I really don't know where he gets this stuff. The house will be taken away because the man signed it over for his bail? Not happening here, not without his wife's signature. And there's a "clan" and the "clan's" women beat the young girl up.? Okay...... I've met some real white trash druggies through my son's crack whore wife and all that crap that Woodrell says is news to me. I think he fell down in the boat and hurt himself because he's never really done anything He sure disappeared from the program after that.. I think he's sitting at his computer locked up in his house making all this crap up about the Ozarks. "Teardrop"- a name for a grown man? Right..... And of course all young children must be taught to hunt and skin and cook a squirrel to survive. We don't have government agencies that will give aid to people in need or any churches that will help either.The biggest challenge I've seen with children of that age is getting them up from a video game,tv, or computer and trying to get them to eat healthy food.
                        The people were interesting,the bar scene was pretty funny,both times baked beans were served they must have been something heated up from a can because they were runny nasty things. The mashed potatoes looked like a pile of rocks.I don't know anyone that would put those messes on the table. The cornbread was less than it could have been too. We really do eat better than that. I'm ranting, sorry, that Woodrell character and his b.s. has pissed me off .My family has lived in the Ozarks for 200 years,other side of the family were always here. My great grandfathers fought for the Confederacy,both drew a pension later in life. They fought, they went home and took up the business of living. They didn't have to hide out. They didn't have anything left but not many did. No one came in and burned the family Bible and the house. That was the first time I had ever heard that. And the Jesse James hat thing? Never heard that before. The man is making this stuff up.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            Yep, pure fiction. But to MellieMag, this comment:

                            In the criminal subculture, having a teardrop tattooed on one's body - generally the face - signifies that the wearer of said tattoo has done a stretch of time in prison. So it's not that much of a stretch, considering that Woodrell probably conceptualized a backstory on his character that we have no way of divining. But if we were just to suppose.....that a fictional meth dealer had done some fictional time, and gotten a fictional prison tattoo....he could well go by that nickname. Unfortunately, we'll never know. : )

                            1. re: mamachef

                              a thought a teardrop tat meant you had a loved one on the otherside (in or out)

                              1. re: hill food

                                It may be regional, but here in California it signifies the wearer of the 'drop as having done a certain amount of time. I have also heard that it signifies a certain type of crime, in other states, so why not yet another variation? It all makes sense in a bizarre way, I guess.

                                1. re: mamachef

                                  For gang members, each teardrop is tattooed per each "kill".

                                  1. re: sedimental

                                    wow once in 1990 around 2 AM I was at a gas station on the 101 near the Madonna Inn (what Northeast of Santa Barbara-y?) and the clerk had 3 on her face and was seriously flirty (maybe she was bored) glad I'm not slutty as life coulda ended up in a very different place.

                          2. re: MellieMag

                            HA! yes Mellie we've got a heck of a lot worse things running around to be worried about than a lousy still (ooh maybe there's a summer project) - I'm gonna have to look for this re-run. what part(s) was he in? (note for the outsider: the Ozarks can mean a lot of things) I'm interested as I'm currently living about 40 minutes off I-44 (ok we're really Ozark foothills) but same idea. what county are you in? i'm sorta Maries/Phelps/Osage

                            1. re: hill food

                              He was around West Plains and in Joplin.I understand your note that the Ozarks can mean many things. Some places are still called the Ozarks but I never think of them that way. I've lived in Greene,Stone and Lawrence Counties all my life and we've lived in Lawrence (we're Number 1!) for over 20 years. I have to admit that I know much more about the drug and meth usage than I would like. If my son hadn't become involved in drugs,courtesy of his widow, he could still be alive today.She has the "417" area code tattooed on the back of her neck(our area code ).

                              1. re: MellieMag

                                sounds like a Klassy dame. (and I'm sorry to hear of your loss)