Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Big Turkey Salad

Thomas Jefferson had serious beef with the bald eagle. He wanted our national bird to be a turkey. Seriously. Can you imagine people running around with turkey tattoos and turkey decals on the backs of their Harleys? Uh, rad.

He wrote: 
"I wish that the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country, he is a bird of bad moral character, he does not get his living honestly, you may have seen him perched on some dead tree, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing-hawk, and when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to its nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes it from him.... Besides he is a rank coward; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest. . . of America.. . . For a truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on."

Well, sorry Tom. Far be it from me to tell you what's patriotic and what's not, but looks like we're stuck with the bald eagle for good (that scoundrel of a bird.) That is why we're eating turkey salad, and not bald eagle salad.

One big turkey salad:
Some lettuce.
Turkey bites.
Olive oil, red wine vinegar, pepper.

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