All Recipes Featured on
"The Twin Pike's Report" by
Martha Sue Smith each Monday-Friday at 11:15 a.m

(from Herbs, Spice & Everything Nice)
Country Thyme Herb Club

½ cup olive oil
½ cup balsamic vinegar
½ tsp basil
½ tsp tarragon
½ tsp thyme
1 tsp lemon juice

Cook al dente fresh asparagus spears in water with tarragon, basil, olive oil. Blanch asparagus. Chill. To serve, remove asparagus spears from marinade, cover with finely shredded Parmesan or Swiss cheese.

           BOONE COUNTY BURGOO with squirrel
      (from December 2016 Missouri Conservationist)

2 pounds squirrel meat (about 4 squirrels)
2 Tbles vegetable oil
6 cups water
1 cup white hominy
1 ½ cups lima beans (or other dried beans)
1 cup diced potatoes
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 bay leaf
1 cup sliced okra (or fresh green beans)
1 to 2 red bell peppers, diced (for combination of sweet and hot roasted peppers)
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 ½ to 2 tsp salt
½ tsp (or more) coarsely ground black pepper
½ or 1 tsp chile powder (depending upon desired heat)
½ tsp red-pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Clean 3 or 4 squirrels to obtain 2 pounds of meat on the bone. Rub the meat with salt and pepper and broil the whole squirrels for about 30 minutes (keeping squirrels about 8 inches from the heating element). Turn halfway through to brown both sides. Alternatively, you may put your squirrels in a large pot, cover them with water, and boil them for 2 to 3 hours (older squirrels take longer to cook until tender). Debone and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Heat oil in the bottom of a big pot and brown squirrel pieces for 4 or 5 minutes, turning them frequently. Add water to the pot and then the hominy, lima beans, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and bay leaf. Simmer for 1 hour and skim off grease (if any).
Add okra, bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, salt, pepper, chile powder, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauces. Bring the stew back to a boil, stir well, and reduce heat. Simmer partially covered for 2 more hours or until it is a thick as you like.