Crickets and worms on bug museum Thanksgiving menu

NEW ORLEANS -- A unique — or rather "eww-nique" — Thanksgiving feast is being served up in the Audubon Insectarium's "Bug Appetit" kitchen in New Orleans. On the menu: turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing, wax worm cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with a crispy cricket topping.

The Thanksgiving holiday fare is being served through Wednesday at the 23,000-square-foot bug museum, the largest free-standing museum in the United States dedicated to insects.

Exhibits there house thousands of live bugs, and insect-infused cuisine can be sampled any time of year in the museum's Tiny Termite Cafe. Specialties include chocolate "chirp" cookies, six-legged salsa and deep-fried, spiced or sugared wax worms.

Traditional fare, sans the worms and six-legged critters, is also available for those less adventurous eaters.
 

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