Since so many are talking about insects, I wanted to throw in my 2 cents. I was at Fry's on Greenway Parkway a few weeks ago, and there was a HUGE swarm of locusts. Every street lamp had 10's of 1000's swarming and the were literally covered up the parking log too.~ there were millions of them.. Disgusting.. There wasn't any way that I was getting out of my car so I just left.. Anyone else experience this??
a few weeks ago there was a serious infestation of what looked like box elder bugs in Tempe. they were everywhere, and since i work in a big warehouse, they were everywhere in the warehouse, too. flying around, getting our coffee, crawling across our keyboards. and then they disappeared. now we drive through swarms of grasshoppers (i guess locusts? i dunno) and they're all hanging out on the walls outside in big gangs. i think it's just the season of bugs, or something. that or it's armageddon, and the plagues are upon us.
Locust Stew Here's another locust recipe, this one developed by American pioneers. It's quoted from Calvin W. Schwabe's Unmentionable Cuisine (University Press of Virginia, 1979).
Locusts and grasshoppers are prepared for cooking by removing the wings, the small legs, and the distal portion of the hind legs. Then pull off the head, withdrawing any attached viscera.
Boil prepared Rocky Mountain locusts in salted water. Add assorted cut-up vegetables, butter, salt, and vinegar to the broth and cook until the vegetables are tender. Serve as a thick soup or over boiled rice as a main dish.
--- Locust Bisque
1 gallon locust shells 2 onions, roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 celery stalk 2 carrots 1/2 tsp. powdered mace salt and pepper to taste 1 cup whipping cream
Put all ingredients except whipping cream into a large stew pot, and fill with water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 3 hours. Process in blender or food processor in batches, and strain before returning to clean pot. Add whipping cream, being sure not to allow it to boil.
Serve with animal crackers. (I love that last line!)
" Boil prepared Rocky Mountain locusts in salted water. Add assorted cut-up vegetables, butter, salt, and vinegar to the broth and cook until the vegetables are tender. Serve as a thick soup or over boiled rice as a main dish."