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All You Can Eat Chitterlings - COOKING!

Well, a few friends stopped by my house unannounced and had a surprise for me. I was not there, so I was contacted and told to get ready for the surprise by one of those guys.

I had all kinds of notions in my head about what that surprise would be. Of course none of them proved to be correct. I mean -- who would ever expect to receive a dish full of home-cooked chitterlings for a surprise?

When I got home, my wife didn't tell me about it. She pointed to an aluminum foil covering and told me to take a look inside. I was so totally grossed out, it wasn't funny. Once before I had eaten chitterlings, but they were snow white. These were gray-brown. Check out the photo of my friend Marcus admiring the cooking process.

Oh, the photo doesn't reveal it, but as the chitterlings were cooked, they were stirred by means of a pitch fork!

Image Credit » Marcus cooking chitterlings! YUM.

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MegL wrote on July 18, 2017, 3:31 AM

I have never had chitterlings, though one of my grandmothers used to cook sweetbreads and brawn. I hope the pitchfork was brand new! Don't think I would have been rushing to your house for dinner!

VinceSummers wrote on July 18, 2017, 7:34 AM

We used to regularly eat sweetbreads. Funny some people automatically think of baked goods when I say that. They were really rather good. But then I hadn't grown up before I first looked at the things cooking.

MegL wrote on July 18, 2017, 7:40 AM

I quite liked sweetbreads. A butcher in an old part of Belfast nearly 40 years ago used to sell "Elder". It was from the cow's udder and eaten by very poor people. In those days his only customers for it were the very elderly who remembered it from their childhood. I doubt anyone sells it these days. I didn't like brawn.

VinceSummers wrote on July 18, 2017, 7:41 AM

As the American expression goes... Gag a Maggot! Sounds horrible. What is brawn? I thought it was anything not brains...

MegL wrote on July 18, 2017, 2:06 PM

Brawn is brains. I remember my grandmother getting a pig's head and boiling it. She then got the brains. I think she added aspic jelly, not sure about that, to make it in a bowl, where it set into the shape of the bowl. When set, she tipped it out and sliced it. It was revolting and I am not a fussy eater. There is not much I won't eat.

Kasman wrote on July 18, 2017, 5:00 PM

I've never had elder but I remember my mother serving us tripe (cow's bladder) in the 60s. I used to like it as a child but just the thought of it now turns my stomach!

VinceSummers wrote on July 18, 2017, 5:21 PM

I always thought tripe was cow's stomach lining. And I love it in the form of Pepperpot Soup. But not as a stand alone meat.

cmoneyspinner wrote on July 19, 2017, 11:24 AM

Oh my! The only person who ever cooked chitterlings for me to eat was my late mother. What with all the health crazes about eating right, etc., etc., I didn't even think people still ate chitterlings. When they're cooking they stink up the whole house! But the end result? I could eat bowls full. Bowls. As in plural. :)