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WND – Look Ma, no chicken!

April 10, 2008

When I find myself merrily crafting extended metaphors to the effect that beets are my roommate’s Mr. Tilney while spinach is my Mr. Darcy*, I have to contemplate the idea that there is such a thing as too much Jane Austen.

The Jane Austen whimsy may be explained by the Masterpiece Theater’s current season of all Jane Austen all the time. There is, however, no rational explanation for why the realization that tonight’s dinner contains no chicken should lead me to wonder what kinds of stories poultry tell each other at bedtime. The Tale of the Golden Goose is clearly a trickster tale. But, does Chicken Little feature as a cautionary tale against foolishness, or as a French farce (or perhaps just a farci)? Is the golden goose in Jack & the Beanstalk enslaved to the giant, or is that her happily ever after (in which case Jack is even more of a grubby urchin than the story makes him out to be)?

I sometimes think this blog should be renamed 1001 Things to do with Chicken. Of the 28 main dish recipes we have listed so far, 12 of them are poultry based. I’d protest that we don’t really eat that much chicken, but we really do.

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