Geese in Flight

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Today is a celebration of Juneteenth, the day that news of their freedom reached slaves in Texas.   For the event, serving up a highly practical food from a commendable source seems appropriate.

Wonderful ideas come along sometimes, and this strikes me as one.  In New York, the geese that have become a hazard to airplanes flying through LaGuardia will be culled, to be distributed to those threatened with hunger in Pennsylvania.

This is a resolution of a problem on all sides, and the NTSB that is administering it deserves a big thankyou.

The plan is aimed at avoiding incidents like the forced landing of a U.S. Airways plane in the Hudson River in January 2009 after a flock of errant geese were caught in the engine during takeoff from LaGuardia Airport.

Mass culls to clear the geese from the area were authorized after the National Transportation Safety Board positively identified the remains of Canada geese in the engine of the aircraft.

The city will pay for the capture and transport of the geese to facilities in Pennsylvania where they will be distributed to Pennsylvania food banks, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said.

“Rather than disposing of them in landfills, we wanted to make sure they do not go to waste,” the spokesman said.

According to the DEP, no suitable locations could be found in New York that were willing to take the geese as donations.

While not everyone agrees that the kill should go on, it’s hard to argue that an obvious hazard to human life can and should be removed with the best possible ends.

For the occasion, I looked into good recipes that could be useful, and find one specifically for Canada geese.  This is for Canada Goose Stew;

~ 4 goose breasts
~ 1/3 cup salt
~ 2 tbsp baking soda
~ water
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 1 stalk celery, chopped
~ 4 tbsp butter
~ 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
~ garlic powder
~ hot sauce
~ 48 oz. beef consomme
~ salt
~ cubed vegetables like carrots, potatoes, rutabaga, turnips, etc.

Soak the breasts overnight in 1/3 cup salt, baking soda and enough water to cover.

Remove and pat dry. Cut into 2″ cubes.

In a dutch oven or large pot, saute the onion and celery in butter.

Add the meat, worcester sauce, a liberal amount of garlic powder and hot sauce to taste.

Cook about 10 minutes over medium high to high heat or until brown.

Add the beef consomme and stir together. Salt to taste. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Stir occasionally.

Add your veggies and simmer 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Stir occasionally.

Serve and enjoy.

While the recipients will be served by food banks, anyone who does wind up with problem geese like Canada can be can use this recipe to good advantage.

Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.