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Half a Pig & a Wedding

Rebecca Sicree on Pride of Table, Celebration & Other Disorders

One of you kids," my husband groaned, "needs to take your mother's book away from her and hide it."

"But it was my Christmas present," I protested.

"I do not want to eat anything for dinner next Christmas," my long-suffering husband declared, "that is half chicken and half pig."

I was reading a delightful medieval cookbook I had gotten for Christmas, and my husband was talking about a cockentrice. A cockentrice is not the same thing as a cockatrice, which is a creature from medieval bestiaries that is half rooster, half dragon. A cockentrice is a creature from medieval cookbooks that is half chicken, half . . .

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Rebecca Sicree writes from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. She attends Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College, Pennsylvania, with her husband Andrew and their ten children, who take up an entire pew.

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