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ETHNIC FOODS

COLLARD GREENS, MUSTARD GREENS, TURNIP GREENS.
THIS IS A COMMON FOOD AMONG AMERICAN NEGROES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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RECIPE FOR TACOS

HEAT TORTILLAS, PREPARE MEAT PREFERABLY BEEF THREAD IT OR
GRIND IT, ADD SPICES. PUT MEAT IN TORTILLAS, FOLD TORTILLA IN
HALF, STICK A TOOTH-PICK TO FASTEN CLOSED. PLACE IN HOT
PREHEATED GREASE AND FRY TILL SLIGHTLY BROWNED.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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RECIPE FOR TOSTADAS

REFRY BEANS, MAKE A SALAD OF LETTUCE, TOMATO (DICED), AND
PICKLED PIGS FEET, PREHEAT GREASE, PUT CORN TORTILLA IN,
GREASE (FLAT) AND FRY UNTIL BROWNED, SPREAD BEANS ON FRIED TORTILLA,
PUT SALAD ON TOP OF BEANS, AND TOP WITH GRATED CHEESE (SHARP-
PREFERABLY).

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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GRANDMA'S DAYS - WAYBACK

SHE USED TO SEND THE SON TO THE BUTCHER SHOP AND TELL HIM
TO BE SURE AND GET A DOG BONE. THIS WAS USUALLY FOR
FREE AND BEFORE THE DAYS WHEN SAUSAGE WAS $2.00 A POUND
SO GRANDMA USED THE DOG BONE TO FEED THE FAMILY
FIRST WITH A GOOD SOUP OR STEW AND THE DOG STILL
HAD ENOUGH TO EAT AFTER TWO MEALS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GROUNDHOG (MOUNTAIN RECIPE)

SKIN THE GROUNDHOG, REMOVE THE GLANDS FROM UNDER THE LEGS, GUT, AND
SOAK OVERNIGHT IN SALTY WATER. THE HIDE WAS OFTEN PLACED IN A BUCKET
OF ASHES OVER WHICH WATER WAS POURED. AFTER THE ASHES HAD TAKEN THE
HAIR OFF, THE HIDE WAS REMOVED, DRIED, KNEADED, AND CUT UP IN STRIPS
FOR SHOESSTRINGS. PARBOIL WITH SPICEWOOD TWIGS (TO TAKE THE WILD
TASTE OUT) UNTIL TENDER. PEPPER AND PUT IN A GREASED PAN TO BAKE
UNTIL TENDER IN WATER CONTAINING TWO CARROTS, GARLIC, AND A PIECE
OF FAT MEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): SHOESTRINGS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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ASH CAKES (MOUNTAIN RECIPES)

MIX UP DOUGH FOR CORN BREAD, AND MAKE SURE IT'S THICK ENOUGH TO HOLD
ITS SHAPE, CLEAN OUT A CORNER OF THE FIREPLACE AND PUT THE "CAKE"
IN IT, AND COVER IT WITH A CLEAN CLOTH. PUT HOT ASHES OVER THE CLOTH,
THEN PUT HOT COALS ON TOP OF THAT. IT TAKES ABOUT HALF AN HOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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CZARNINA

POLISH DISH OF DUCK SOUP. MADE WITH THE BLOOD OF THE DUCK, PRUNES
RAISINS, APPLE OR PEAR, AND SEASONINGS - MAINLY MARJORAM. A POTATO
NOODLE, MORE LIKE DUMPLINGS, ARE TO BE EATEN WITH IT. THIS SOUP IS
A SWEET-SOUR SOUP, SINCE THE BLOOD IS MIXED WITH VINEGAR, AS IT IS
DRAINED FROM THE DUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 09-30-1968

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FOOD FOR A GOOD NEW YEAR

EATING BLACKEYED PEAS WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: YOU SHOULD EAT THEM ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-00-1979

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"MAMA, MAMA" JOKE

CHILD: MAMA, MAMA, I DON'T WANT TO GO TO FRANCE.
MOTHER: SHUT UP AND KEEP SWIMMING.
THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WITH MANY SIMILAR ITEMS THROUGH
NUMEROUS MEETINGS AT VARIOUS BARS IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUEL MOTHER ; CRUELTY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 00001970S ; 03-00-1980

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"MAMA, MAMA" JOKE

CHILD: MAMA, MAMA, TOMMY THREW UP AND LINDA IS EATING ALL THE
BIG PIECES.
THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WITH MANY SIMILAR ITEMS THROUGH
NUMEROUS MEETINGS AT VARIOUS BARS IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 00001970S ; 03-00-1980

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"MAMA, MAMA" JOKE

CHILD: MAMA, MAMA, YOU KNOW I HATE MY SISTER'S GUTS.
MOTHER: SHUT UP AND KEEP EATING.
THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WITH MANY SIMILAR ITEMS THROUGH
NUMEROUS MEETINGS AT VARIOUS BARS IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CANNIBALISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 00001970S ; 03-00-1980

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GORP

GORP IS A HIGH ENERGY FOOD EATEN BY CAMPERS AND HIKERS. IT IS A
MIXTURE OF RAISINS, PEANUTS, M&M CHOCOLATE CANDY AND SOMETIMES BEEF
JERKY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECOMMENDS IT AS A SNACK TOO} SHE SAID IT IS GOOD WHEN YO
ARE DOING STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WIXOM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Meat
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 02-07-1980

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NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

POLISH PEOPLE LOVE TO DRESS AND MORE ESPECIALLY SO IN THEIR PARTIES.
IT IS CUSTOMARY TO BRING FLOWERS OR A BOX OF CANDY TO THE HOSTESS.
WHEN THE PARTY HAPPENS TO BE A FIRST VISIT, IT IS A MUST. IT IS
NICE TO BRING A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE OR SOME OTHER WINE ON NEW YEAR'S
EVE. FOR A SMALL GROUP OF SIX TO EIGHT PEOPLE, A LATE DINNER IS
PLANNED. AFTER THE DESSERT AND THE COFFEE, SWEET CHAMPAGNE IS
SERVED AROUND MIDNIGHT.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT THINKS THAT PARTIES WHETHER BIG OR SMALL ARE A LOT OF FUN
WHEN POLISH PEOPLE CELEBRATE THEM.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Drink
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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IT IS ALSO BELIEVED THAT PRESERVES WILL NOT TURN OUT
RIGHT, CAKES WILL NOT RISE, CREAM WILL NOT THICKEN
WHEN WHIPPED DURING THE MENSTRUAL TIME.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; DETROIT ; MERCY COLLEGE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-06-1967

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

YOU SHOULD NEVER CAN WHEN A WOMAN IS HAVING HER
PERIOD BECAUSE IT WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: POPULAR BELIEF IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO, WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

YOU CAN'T GO IN A GARDEN DURING YOUR PERIOD. IT
WILL KILL THE CUCUMBER VINES.
AND YOU COULDN'T TOUCH MEAT, UNLESS YOU WERE
GOING TO COOK IT RIGHT AWAY, OR IT WOULD SPOIL.

Submitter comment: POPULAR BELIEF IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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FOOD PREPARATION (ITALIAN)

BEFORE A LOAF OF BREAD IS CUT, THE INDIVIDUAL BLESSES
IT BY MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS ON THE BOTTOM WITH
THE KNIFE. THIS RECALLS CHRIST'S BLESSING AT THE
LAST SUPPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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RURAL BLACK NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

DURING THE DEPRESSION, IN LOUISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI IT WAS
CUSTOMARY AMONG BLACKS TO PREPARE HOG JOWLS AND BLACK-EYED
PEAS AS THE FIRST MEAL OF THE NEW YEAR. IT WAS THOUGHT
THAT THIS WOULD BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.
I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE ACTUALLY BELIEVED THAT GOOD LUCK
COULD RESULT FROM EATING A PARTICULAR MEAL. IT WAS JUST
A CUSTOMARY THING TO DO. SOMETIMES, AFTER WE CAME NORTH,
WE WOULD STILL FIX THE MEAL FOR NEW YEAR'S. AFTER I GOT
MARRIED, IN 1950, I DON'T RECALL PREPARING ANY PARTICULAR
MEAL ON NEW YEAR'S.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LIVED IN LOUISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI UNTIL BEING
SENT OVERSEAS IN WORLD WAR II. BY HIS RETURN, IN 1946,
THE FAMILY HAD MOVED TO DETROIT. THE INFORMANT HAS LIVED
IN DETROIT SINCE THAT TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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NEW HOME GOOD LUCK BELIEF

A LOAF OF BREAD AND A BROOM SHOULD BE THE FIRST ITEMS
BROUGHT INTO A NEW HOME FOR GOOD LUCK. THE BROOM MEANS
THAT THE HOUSE WILL ALWAYS BE CLEAN. THE BREAD MEANS THAT
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOOD IN THE HOUSE. I HEARD THIS FROM
FRANCES MILLER IN 1977.

Submitter comment: FRANCES MILLER WAS BORN IN LOUISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI IN
1925. SHE CAME, WITH HER FAMILY, TO DETROIT DURING WORLD
WAR II AND HAS LIVED HERE SINCE. IT SEEMS THAT THIS WAS A
COMMON CUSTOM IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI IN THE 1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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HONEY-ANCIENT FOOD OF UKRAINE

ONE OF THE BASIC INGREDIENTS AND MOST BENEFICIAL FOOD FOR
UKRAINIANS IS HONEY. THE HONEY WAS CONSIDERED MEDICINAL AND
WAS GIVEN TO THE ELDERLY, THE SICK AND BABIES. MANY OF THE
UKRAINIAN RECIPES INCLUDE HONEY AS A BASIC INGREDIENT. THE
HOLIDAYS ALWAYS INCLUDE HOMEMADE BAKED GOODS. HONEY WAS
USED IN HONEYCAKE, KUTIA FOR CHRISTMAS AS SYRUPY HONEY AND
WHEAT, AND MIXED WITH THE FILLINGS OF NUT ROLLS AND POPPY
SEED ROLLS TO MAKE THEM MOIST AND SWEET. CERTAIN FANCY, RICH
CAKES CALLED TORTES ALSO INCLUDE HONEY WITH CREAM, BUTTER,
NUTS AND FLAVORINGS. EVEN TODAY, UKRAINIANS ARE LARGE
CONSUMERS OF HONEY FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE REASONS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ALBERTA ; MUNDARE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001930S

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