plus shipping and handling from Cabela's, One Cabela Dr., Sidney,
Neb. 69160, phone 800-237-4444, fax 800-496-6329, Internet: www.cabelas.com
by Roy Myers and Cheryl Hoffman of Electric City, Wash.
the Reptile Sampler for a quick, outdoor snack. Its piéce
de résistance? The handy batter.
the ultimate gift for the gourmet individual on your list who,
when he or she gets hungry, exclaims: ''I sure could go for a
piece of snake!''
eight ounces of rattlesnake fillets, this Reptile Sampler includes
one pound of frog legs, one pound of alligator fillets and eight
ounces of turtle fillets. It also comes with a Special Recipe
Reptile Batter and a detailed recipe, which, we are pleased to
report, involves beer.
tested this item by inviting some knowledgeable individuals to
the Gift Guide Command Center on the pretext of giving them a
regular dinner. We then confronted them with the reptile meats,
which were prepared by an associate of ours named Gene Singletary.
Gene is a top catering professional, and although he does not
get a lot of requests for rattlesnake-based hors d'oeuvres, he
did an extremely professional job of battering these meats and
then frying the heck (or, as French chefs say, ''fryant la heque'')
out of them.
of our taste-testing panel was that the best part of the Reptile
Sampler was the fried batter. The least-appealing part was the
actual reptile meats per se, which tended to feel, when you tried
to chew them, as though they were still resisting capture. Fortunately,
our taste-testers had been fortified by adult beverages, so they
''gamely'' sampled all the reptiles, and even had a spirited intellectual
gourmet debate, which included the following actual exchange:
ONE: The snake is chewier than the turtle.
TWO: No, the turtle is chewier than the snake.
ONE: Yes, but a snake can EAT a turtle.
we think this is as an excellent gift to send to somebody who
lives extremely far away and thus cannot possibly invite you to