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New York Times - April 4, 2007

Backyard Pests? Think of Them as Dinner

By CHARLES McGRATH

FOR a big dinner party he gave in New York last week, Steven Rinella, who has lived in the city only since August, had trouble assembling some of the stuff he needed ...

A sparrow trap that Mr. Rinella had rigged in his girlfriends backyard in Fort Greene, Brooklyn a net balanced over a gas grill, with a pull-string leading through the living room window proved highly disappointing. By the day before the party, Mr. Rinella had captured only a single unwary bird; plucked and beheaded, it now roosted in the fridge like a winged, goose-bumped golf ball. It must be mating season or something, Mr. Rinella said. Theyre like real jumpy.


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While preparing these livers, Mr. Rinella recalled, he had to separate them from the gallbladders, and somehow squeezed one of the gallbladders the wrong way, so that a stream of whatever it is that's inside goose gallbladder shot right into his eye. "Man, the pain was so awful, I just rolled around on the ground," he said.

Oops, what about the birds? Weren't they supposed to go with the appetizers? Mr. Rinella rushed to the oven and checked his rather puny flock - the two sparrows and a few mourning doves - with a meat thermometer. "I have a friend who cooks birds with the feet on," he said, apologizing for his technique. "He knows when they're done by how tight the grip gets."

"This is like a dead zoo visit," a guest remarked as these once stately creatures, or their carefully prepared remains, appeared on the table.

Well, I may be skipping lunch, that made me a little queezy.
 
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