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Old 01-11-2014, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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So, I see Muskrat is back in season. The Wagon Wheel Diner in Smyrna is back to serving their special muskrat dinners, and I believe there's a church or somesuch in Felton that is offering muskrat dinners as a fundraiser. I've been into the little store in Frederica that sells dressed muskrat, racoon and beaver.

These meats don't appeal to me, but I wonder who here has eaten muskrat and what they thought of it.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Ocean View, DE
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I haven't, and I won't be seeking it out. I've never been offered it though. However, I have eaten alligator in Florida and it's not too bad.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:18 AM
 
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I have - not one of my favorite dishes, though. But being with a large group of locals, chowing down on mus-rat and stewed tomatoes, and shooting the breeze can't be beat. Just one of those things, for us. And, Kitty Budd's is our place to gather. We also have it for our Delaware Day celebrations.

I wasn't good at cleaning them, though. One of my dearest friends, a Black woman, also originally from Delaware, took me out to her back yard a few years ago, and on a tree stump, tried to teach me the art. Then, we ventured inside to prepare the stewed tomatoes....much easier.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Tangent: on a less exclusively DE culinary note, what do people think is the tastiest brand of scrapple? I have never had any that I found highly enough seasoned. I alwsys find it too bland.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:24 PM
 
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Tangent: on a less exclusively DE culinary note, what do people think is the tastiest brand of scrapple? I have never had any that I found highly enough seasoned. I alwsys find it too bland.
Rapa - Bridgeville, DE
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Ocean View, DE
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My husband also like Rapa. Me? I won't eat scrapple....nope!
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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I 2nd the Rapa brand scrapple. Original recipe: none of the beef or bacon-flavored ..er, flavors.
I have smelled cooked muskrat and that is why I have never eaten it. I remember a fellow I used to work with would eat muskrat daily until it went out of season an the local seafood guy sold out of it. The sight of him gnawing on a cooked muskrat head that he carried to work in his lunchbox was something I won't soon forget.
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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Tangent: on a less exclusively DE culinary note, what do people think is the tastiest brand of scrapple? I have never had any that I found highly enough seasoned. I alwsys find it too bland.
Milton Scrapple..If you want spicier there is a butcher shop on 26 headed toward Dagsboro from 113 that makes there own either mild or hot.
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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So, I see Muskrat is back in season. The Wagon Wheel Diner in Smyrna is back to serving their special muskrat dinners, and I believe there's a church or somesuch in Felton that is offering muskrat dinners as a fundraiser. I've been into the little store in Frederica that sells dressed muskrat, racoon and beaver.

These meats don't appeal to me, but I wonder who here has eaten muskrat and what they thought of it.
Just to let you know, Delaware is not located in the Deep South so don't be surprised if the majority of people on here have never eaten muskrat.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I have - not one of my favorite dishes, though. But being with a large group of locals, chowing down on mus-rat and stewed tomatoes, and shooting the breeze can't be beat. Just one of those things, for us. And, Kitty Budd's is our place to gather. We also have it for our Delaware Day celebrations.

I wasn't good at cleaning them, though. One of my dearest friends, a Black woman, also originally from Delaware, took me out to her back yard a few years ago, and on a tree stump, tried to teach me the art. Then, we ventured inside to prepare the stewed tomatoes....much easier.



Belly laughed when I read this part, it made me think of Granny Clampett a that tree stump!!!!!
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