What, you are probably asking, are prairie chickens? Well, having lived in Illinois for some time now, I actually know!
Prairie chickens are a threatened species due to hunting (see recipe above) and habitat loss – in this case thanks to industrial agriculture. You can spot them in the early mornings on farm roads, but even this is a rarity. Beautiful birds. Farmers can apply for federal farm grants to maintain the native prairie lands around their streams to help protect the birds’ habitat. As a result, you’ll drive by miles of corn and soybean fields and see the wavy cutouts of tall prairie grass following the stream beds – and maybe even a prairie chicken!
Alas, I will be unable to try this recipe out due to factors beyond my control, but here is a feathered fowl to feast your eyes on!
Source: Miss Corson’s American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.
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