Muskrat on the Menu

Thursday, Jan.7, 1943

Bewildered or hurt, my mother’s parents tried to make the best of the requested delay to their visit:

“Dear Children, We have your letter… If it is best for the future mother not to have any spiritual disturbances, it might be fitting for us to curb our wishes and stay right here, and the fare to go into our grandchild’s piggy bank…. We shall go into a huddle, or as they say, “sleep on it” for a few weeks. What say you? Lovingly, Pa”

In Africa, a lull in the Tunisia campaign spurred new calls from Britain for a second front in Europe. In the US, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would address address the new Congress at noon today with the Republican national chairman Harrison E. Spangler vowing to “get the United States back on track, keep it on the tracks, and to see to it that no force, foreign or domestic, shall throw the switch.” And a new source of protein was appearing in American stew pots (but not in my parents’ kosher home): muskrats marketed as “marsh hare.” Louisiana alone provided 6 million carcasses a year – a lot of meat and pelts to replace supplies reserved now for the military. If you were already used to cooking squirrel or rabbit, just remember to remove the two musk glands inside the thighs.



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