Did you know the Ashkenazi reliance on Schmaltz in central Europe brought about the modern delicacy of foie gras? Chicken and geese are not as fatty as cows, sheep, and goats. To ensure that they had enough Schmaltz for cooking they would overfeed the chicken and geese. Someone must have tasted a fat goose's liver and decided that it would become all the rage in Europe, and they were right. Despite concerns about animal cruelty foie gras is a highly sought after pate in France and the rest of Europe.
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