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Connie's Smoked Goose and Beans Missouri Ozark Style Cassoulet.

                Connie's Smoked Goose and Beans Missouri Ozark Style "Cassoulet"

Before you smirk at "Ozark Cassoulet", remember the Ozarks were first settled by the French explorers in the late 1600's and early 1700's. After France gained control of the 'Louisianna Purchase,' cartographers began to map the rivers and hills. 

 

They named the northern most bend in the Arkansas River as the Aux Arcs which easily translates as the 'to the top arc' - the northern-most bend in the great river.  The phrase Aux Arcs was spoken by non-French peoples in a manner that eventually sounded as 'Ozark.'  (In the French pronunciation, the 's' in 'arcs' is silent.) The mountainous region was eventually referred to as 'The Ozarks.'