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Lion Meat Is Off the Menu at Several Restaurants

Lion Meat Is Off the Menu at Several Restaurants


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Looking for a little lion on rye? Some Simba dim sum? A hearty mane course? Sorry, Tarzan, but it's not a jungle out there, or anyway won't be for much longer. Outraged when she discovered that a multicultural fusion restaurant called Taste & See in Wichita, Kan., planned to serve African lion meat as part of an exotic game dinner, a New Jersey animal lover, Cheryl Semcer, has started a petition on Change.org ("The world's petition platform") demanding that the USDA ban the sale of lion meat in America. (Taste & See chef Jason Febres, deluged with protests, took lion off the menu, though his customers were still able to enjoy kangaroo, alpaca, and water buffalo, among other variety meats.)

It turns out that the Wichita establishment wasn't the only restaurant in this country that was catering with cat. Spoto's The Steak Joint in Dunedin, Fla., about 20 miles northwest of Tampa, had lion on the menu for a while, though now diners there will have to be content with such poor substitutes as black bear, yak, and Burmese python. Dave's Pizza and Burgers in Colonie, N.Y., just outside Albany (the same proprietor previously ran Albany's Burger Centric), was serving a lion burger (for $75!) alongside burgers made from alligator, rattlesnake, llama, goat, and other such creatures, but he has bowed to pressure from critics both local and national and scratched it off the list (though it still appears on his online menu). Last year, Boca Tacos y Tequila in Tucson, Ariz., announced plans to serve lion tacos for one night only, early in 2012, if enough customers signed up by advance order. Instead of orders, the place was deluged with angry phone calls and emails, and gave up the plan.

The African lion is not an endangered species, so it is perfectly legal to raise and butcher lions in this country and sell their meat for food (it reportedly tastes like particularly chewy pork). Exactly where the lion meat that does get sold here comes from is a bit of a mystery, though. One past source, ExoticMeatMarkets.com, which peddles bobcat, beaver, coyote, eland, nutria, and reindeer as well as foie gras, frogs' legs, wild turkey, and ibérico pork, has a large photograph of a lion on the order page of its website, but nary a morsel of the regal feline is to be found anywhere for sale. The company had previously reported, though, that "Our African lions are raised in the state of Illinois." There may or may not be a connection, but the website for Czimer's Game & Seafood in Homer Glen, Ill., about 20 miles southwest of Chicago, does have a product listing for African lion (at prices ranging from $9.95 a pound for premade 1/3-pound burgers — Dave's in New York State was really going to make a killing — to $24.95 a pound for "tender loins"), though a parenthesis notes "not available."

In 2003, interestingly, Czimer's proprietor Richard Czimer was sentenced to six months in federal prison, a $5,000 fine, and 300 hours of community service, and required to make restitution payments of $116,000 to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Save the Tiger Fund for his role in an exotic animal trafficking operation. Among other things, Czimer admitted to having bought the carcasses of 16 tigers, four lions, two mountain lions, and one liger (a lion–tiger hybrid), all of whose flesh he sold as… lion meat.

One big issue with the commercial sale of exotic meats, lion and otherwise, is that the source of the animals, even if legal, much less the conditions under which they are slaughtered, is rarely monitored by the USDA, so there are genuine potential health issues involved. Another issue, perhaps of greater concern to the general public, is our emotional attachment to pets and other animals we perceive as "cute" or "noble." There is no rational reason for those of us who eat meat to be fine with consuming cow but balk at chowing down on horse — and if we're fine with wild-shot venison or boar (as many, many hunters and non-hunting food lovers alike most certainly are), then why draw the line at bear or lion?

Indeed, why not lion, if it's not endangered? Because lions are magnificent to look at and the quintessentially wild animals, and because they are, er, "born free?" Probably. Though Cheryl Semcer, who has thus far gathered about 44,000 signatures on her petition to outlaw the sale of lion meat, stresses the health issue, maintaining that "Restaurants shouldn't be risking the health of their customers just for the attention that comes from serving exotic animal meat."

Of course they shouldn't — though one might argue that instead of banning the sale of exotic meats (there is already a thriving black market in those beasts which are endangered), the raising and slaughter of these animals should be open and above board and at least as strictly regulated as the dispatch of pigs and cattle.

But that raises yet another issue: Why would anyone want to eat all these non-standard meats in the first place? I've never eaten lion, but I've had bear and squirrel and kangaroo, and I can't say that any one of them has had any great merit in terms of flavor. Is the appeal simply in eating something that most people don't or can't or prefer not to? If so, then raising and killing lions and the like seems pretty silly, and, well, more than a little pretentious.

Back in the mid-20th century, the Tyrolean -born writer Ludwig Bemelmans, best known for his Madeline children's' books but also a great gourmand and author of much good writing about food, addressed the issue of serving exotic meats in a restaurant in a short story called "The Elephant Cutlet." It was about two men who open an establishment in Vienna called "Cutlets From Every Animal in the World." Their very first customer is an elegant countess who comes in alone, sits down, and promptly orders an elephant cutlet sautéed in butter, covered in spaghetti, with an anchovy and an olive on top. There is consternation in the kitchen, but finally the chef comes out, approaches the countess, and says, "Madame has ordered an elephant Cutlet?" The dialogue proceeds like this:

"Yes," said the Countess.
"With spaghetti and a filet of anchovy and an olive?"
"Yes."
"Madame is all alone?"
"Yes, yes."
"Madame expects no one else?"
"No."
"And Madame wants only one cutlet?"
"Yes," said the Lady, "but why all these questions?"
"Because," said the Chef, "because, Madame, I am very sorry, but for one Cutlet we cannot cut up our Elephant."

Likewise, for a couple of burgers or tacos, we should probably let the lion sleep tonight — and wake up growling in the morning.


Sample Freezer Cooking Plan & Tips

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To have a successful freezer cooking experience, it’s important to have a plan. You want to focus on recipes that have variety, but also that use some common ingredients to make preparation easier. If we can make shredded chicken for 3 different meals and chop onions for everything all at the same time, think of all the dishwashing you are saving! (Though you may want a silly pair of onion goggles when you are done).

I’ve put together a sample freezer cooking plan and I’m also going to share my best tips for freezer cooking.

Sample Freezer Cooking Plan & Tips

I want to share several tips to help you have the best outcomes when freezer cooking, and then I have a sample freezer cooking plan for you!

Focus on sale ingredients

Meal planning alone can save you money, but if you also incorporate stocking up when essential ingredients are on sale, you can really shave a lot off the budget! It helps if you focus on in-season items and do several weeks of stocking up before your cooking day.

Remember, just like with couponing, you can choose to go extreme and make every meal for a whole month in one day, or you can keep it simple and make a few dishes to freeze that will supplement your weekly meal plans for when you have a busy night—it’s all up to your needs.

Tip: Want to get your feet wet? Next time you make something you think would freeze well, double the recipe and make one to eat now and one to freeze for later. This could be as simple as making a big pot of chili and freezing half right away.

What about dietary restrictions?

If you have special dietary restrictions, there are freezer cooking ideas out there for you, too! One resource I found are the Gluten Free and Vegetarian menus at Once A Month Mom, and there are tons of other recipe ideas out there if you do a little hunting. When you get the hang of it, you can probably even convert some of your family favorites into freezer cooking meals by doing some or all of the steps in advance!

Stock up on certain ingredients

You may think that freezer cooking is limited to casseroles and microwave meals, but the truth is that you can prepare most recipes in advance to some degree (even restaurants do it). To keep things interesting, you may want to focus on a variety of cooking methods like grilling, slow cooking, baking and sautéing. Don’t forget to label things and keep a list of any special cooking instructions handy.

To give you an idea of where to start, I’ve put together a menu for a freezer cooking session that is based on items that commonly go on sale. Select to see the best prices you can currently find on these items.

You will need additional ingredients and spices, but these are a good foundation to work from because they are at a big discount!

Sample freezer cooking plan

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry – Recipe
Prep all the ingredients and store in gallon baggies to put in the slow cooker the day you want to eat it. You can freeze the coconut milk too, but it’s just as easy to add the can the day of.

Cheddar & Cracker Chicken – Recipe
Bread the chicken in advance and then thaw/bake for dinner.

Chicken Enchiladas – Recipe
Prepare completely, thaw and bake for dinner.

Spiced Pork & Apricot Stew – Recipe
Prepare completely and freeze into meal-sized portions. Thaw and reheat.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/ Caramelized Onions – Recipe
Prepare pork and freeze in dinner-sized portions or use as a starter for other dishes like this Pulled-Pork Torta.

Slow Simmered Meat Sauce – Recipe
Prepare ingredients for sauce into storage bags & put in the slow cooker the day you want to eat it. Serve with noodles.

Sloppy Joes for Crowd – Recipe
Prepare beef and freeze into dinner sized portions. Reheat & serve.

Potatoes O’ Brien – Recipe
Prepare as directed. Makes a great side or easy breakfast.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi – Recipe
Prepare the gnocchi & spread them on a cookie sheet to freeze. Bag into dinner sized portions and boil or saute for dinner.


Chef's Notes:

If you can't find dried shiitake mushrooms, feel free to use fresh, but be sure to saute them first. You can use rice wine instead of sherry, if you like.

A few tablespoons of a cornstarch slurry can be stirred in at the end for a thicker "sauce." Just mix 2 tablespoons water with 1 tablespoon cornstarch.

You can also brown the meatballs in a 475-degree (245 degrees C) oven, instead of broiling.

To make your own hot chili oil for garnish, crush 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes with vegetable oil in a mortar and pestle and let sit for 3 hours to overnight.


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Seekh Kebabs

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Lion’s Head

"It's an old and oft-repeated story that this dish—a big, round meatball surrounded by cabbage and noodles—got its name from its resemblance to the shaggy mane of a lion. (The Chinese language is nothing if not descriptive.) However it was named, I love this dish because it’s one my mother made a lot. Lion’s Head is a Shanghai specialty, although two towns with a friendly rivalry, Wuxi (my parents’ hometown) and neighboring Yangchou, also claim to have invented the dish. Yangchou, I have to admit, has recently become something of a food-lover’s destination. The food of Shanghai and its region is renowned for deeply flavored, slow-cooked and braised dishes. Although Lion’s Head is a rustic and hearty home-cooked dish, I used to serve it at banquets at The Mandarin, particularly to Shanghainese expatriates, who, like me, missed it terribly." - Cecilia Chiang

Reprinted with permission from The Seventh Daughter, by Cecilia Chiang, copyright 2007, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


Restaurant Menu

All white meat, shredded chicken, finely minced celery, mayonnaise, & our secret seasoning.

A southern tradition combining sweet pickles & egg.

Savory

Our brightest flavor featuring chopped pecans, fresh basil, & lemon.

An onion-lover&rsquos delight! The only one with onions.

A zesty blend of ranch, bacon, & shredded cheddar cheese.

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Fruity and Nutty

Dress it up with Fuji apples, seedless grapes, & pecans.

A refreshing blend of Fuji apples, seedless grapes, & pineapple.

A mixture of dried, sweetened cranberries, & slivered almonds.

Spicy

Craving wings? This is definitely the choice for you.

Whew!! The name says it all, diced jalapeños galore.

This flavor powerhouse is a combination of buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeños, & Sriracha!

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Choose a Scoop or Sandwich

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All Sides

Fresh broccoli florets tossed in a sweet vinegar-based dressing with shredded mozzarella & cheddar cheeses, topped with crispy bacon.

Red & white seedless grapes covered in a sweet cream cheese mixture, topped with brown sugar & crushed pecans.

Tri-color rotini pasta in an Italian-based dressing with feta & parmesan cheeses, black olives, & artichoke hearts.

Chilled, freshly cut strawberries, blueberries, & red and white seedless grapes.

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Green Salads

Your choice of any scoop, served atop a bed of our spring lettuce blend with grape tomatoes & cucumbers.

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Lions and Tigers and Bears &ndash Oh, Yum!

It's not quite as prevalent today, though it is possible to find at specialty markets, so Shaw had to turn to a friend who had bagged a big one. With the meat he appropriately chose to make pelmeni, a Russian meat-filled dumpling that was traditionally frozen in the snow and eaten during bear-hunting trips. The dumplings were a success.

So why, if it is perfectly tasty ("damn good bear," as described by Shaw), is bear meat such an oddity to us? Shaw hypothesizes that (besides bear meat's rarity) it could be because bears, like us, are omnivores. It is also one of the only beasts on earth that is a threat to us.

In the spirit of Shaw's conquest, here are some other threatening animals and how best to prepare them should the occasion arise:

Python - You don't need to go deep into any jungles to find pythons. Florida houses many of the great snakes due in part to the breeding of escaped pets. The meat on this reptile is quite tough to tame. In order to tenderize it, the lean meat needs to be marinated for at least a day. Chowhound commentors suggest trying a mixture of soy and citrus. Then slow-cooking the meat over the course of a few hours, basting occasionally. Another option would be to make it into a sausage and thereby funneling it back into a form similar to its original.

Shark - The monster of the deep with bone-splitting jaws and rows of flesh-piercing teeth doesn't need "a bigger boat." In fact, according to Larousse Gastronomique it just needs to be bathed in a light brine (to neutralize the slight ammonia odor the big fish can often have) and then marinated several hours in citrus juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Grill the steaks or pan-roast them to the point of medium-well.

Alligators and Crocodiles - Down South and in Africa chefs aren't strangers to gators and crocs. The tail is full of meat that starts out quite tough but after simmering in a gumbo or jambalaya tastes like something in between chicken and fish. It is also good when ground up, made into patties and fried like a fish burger.

Lion - While we in no way condone the killing of the King of the Jungle, there are times when lion meat is available. Sometimes a male will become dangerous to the pack or people and there will be a need to put the lion to sleep. Rather than waste the meat of the great beast, the suggested method of preparation is to treat the steaks like, well, steak and, according to Commander's Wild Side, chicken-fry it and serve it up with gravy.


A little something to whet the appetite, antipasti translates to "before the meal." Begin your feast with these small bites, from simple flatbreads to Italian salads and crispy bruschetta.

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The Best Ways to Use Leftover Pulled Pork

Transform your meaty leftovers into garbage bread, tacos, pasta and more.

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Photo by: Kate Mathis ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Cooking a big batch of pulled pork is a great way to cook a lot of food in one fell swoop — and get more for your money, thanks to economical cuts like pork shoulder. But your pulled pork can also be put to creative uses to keep things interesting as you eat your way through a big batch. Like soups and stews, the flavors of pulled pork get even better the next day and can be turned into a variety of meals for days to come. They're perfect for loading up sandwiches, layering into nachos and mixing into grain salads and pastas.

You can also freeze leftover pulled pork and take out smaller portions to thaw. Package leftovers in freezer bags or air-tight containers labeled with the date. Try to remove as much air as possible but make sure to keep a little space at the top, as food tends to expand as it freezes. Keep it in a spot in your freezer where you'll remember you have it — it's best to use within 2 to 3 months. Then, when the mood strikes, place some of the frozen pulled pork in your fridge to thaw before using. You’ll likely run out of all that leftover pulled pork well before you run out of uses for it with these recipe ideas in mind.

Don't be fooled by the name — this bread deserves a spot on your dining table. Loaded with gooey cheese and tangy barbecue sauce, it's a family-sized crowd-pleaser, but you can also divide this recipe in half for a smaller serving size.


One Simple, Everyday Menu

If you're feeling ambitious, make this whole menu for a full German meal. Otherwise, pick and choose what you want to make from this menu below.

    : These are meatballs in a white sauce flavored with lemon juice and capers. This style of sauce originated in Königsberg (now in Poland) but are now found all over the country. Note that ground meat recipes usually have at least two different meats. Most often it is pork and beef, but it may include ground veal or lamb, or sometimes fish. A white sauce on meatballs may be new to American palates. It's a rich dish, but very tasty. : Although not a “recipe,” follow these instructions to make Dampfkartoffeln. These boiled potatoes are a very traditional German side dish. : Gruene Bohnen is a regular side dish for the typical German lunch plate. You can start with a basic recipe, but know there are variations including adding cream, sour cream, bacon, and onions. There are also many casseroles that include green beans. salad: Known as Gurkensalat, it's another well-known side dish that is also low in calories and tastes great. Add it to your repertoire and make this classic salad for picnic lunches or barbeque dinners. : A simple fresh-cheese dish, Quarkspeise, is slightly sweetened and served with fresh fruit. Germans do not use as much sugar in their sweet dishes as Americans typically do, so you may need to add sugar to taste.

Once you've made your German lunch fest, try to expand out and add some more German dishes to your meal plans. Germany is known for its sausages. You can host an Oktoberfest party and have a wide variety of German sausages, beers, and pretzels. There are also lots of cozy holiday traditions. German sweets including gingerbread, cookies, and streusel-topped treats, are another way to eat your way through the holiday season. Enjoy the cuisine and all the fun that cooking new flavors brings to you and your eaters.


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