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RECIPE--(PASSED DOWN VERBALLY) : "FRIED PIES"

COOK FRUIT UNTIL TENDER, MASH UP, AND SWEETEN TO TASTE. I MAKE
CRUST WITH SWEET MILK, PLAIN FLOUR, AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF LARD.
ROLL OUT THEN AND CUT OUT IN ROUNDS, THE SIZE YOU PLEASE; SPREAD
FRUITS ON ONE-HALF OF CRUST THEN BRING OTHER HALF OVER TO COVER.
FASTEN EDGES THEN PRICK WITH A FORK ON TOP. FRY IN LARD AT MEDIUM
HEAT. TURN AND FRY ON OTHER SIDE. DRAIN ON PAPER TOWELS TO GET
OFF EXCESS FAT."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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RECIPE--(PASSED DOWN VERBALLY) :"CORN BREAD"

"I USE SELF-RISING MEAL AND ADD SOME SMALL AMOUNT OF SODA, AN EGG
OR TWO TO MAKE A FAIRLY THEN BATTER WITH BUTTERMILK. IF YOU LIKE
A GOOD BROWN CRUST USE AN IRON OR BLACK SKILLET. MELT A GOOD
AMOUNT OF LARD OR BACON DRIPPINGS, POUR SOME IN THE BATTER AND
MIX. POUR IN HOT SKILLET AND BAKE AT ABOUT 450 TO 500 DEGREES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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THE WIGGLING TURTLE MEAT

BACK WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS A LITTLE GIRL (SOME 60-ODD
YEARS AGO), SHE WAS WALKING WITH HER BROTHERS BY THEIR
HOME IN KENTUCKY WHEN THEY SPOTTED A HUGE TURTLE.
WHERE SHE LIVED, TURTLE MEAT WAS A GREAT DELICACY, SO
SHE GOT A NEIGHBORING FARMER WHO RAN OUT OF HIS HOUSE
CARRYING AN AX. HE KNOCKED THE TURTLE ON THE SHELL AND
AS IT STUCK ITS HEAD OUT, HE CHOPPED IT OFF WITH THE AX.
THEN HE TURNED IT OVER AND SLICED THE UNDERBELLY AROUND
FROM END TO END. HE FOUND THAT THE TURTLE'S INSIDES
CONTAINED 40 EGGS. WHEN THE FARMER CUT OFF THE TURTLE'S
HEAD, THE REST OF THE BODY BEGAN TO WIGGLE. WHEN THE
INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER PREPARED THE MEAT IN THE PAN
IT STILL WIGGLED, AND IT DIDN'T STOP WIGGLING UNTIL SHE
TOOK IT OUT OF THE PAN. THAT WASN'T THE END OF THE
TURTLE, HOWEVER, FOR THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY USED TO EAT
POPCORN OUT OF THAT TURTLE'S SHELL FOR MANY YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; KENTUCKY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fish
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 11-29-1971 ; 00-00-1911

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THE WIGGLING TURTLE MEAT

BACK WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS A LITTLE GIRL (SOME 60-ODD
YEARS AGO), SHE WAS WALKING WITH HER BROTHERS BY THEIR
HOME IN KENTUCKY WHEN THEY SPOTTED A HUGE TURTLE.
WHERE SHE LIVED, TURTLE MEAT WAS A GREAT DELICACY, SO
SHE GOT A NEIGHBORING FARMER WHO RAN OUT OF HIS HOUSE
CARRYING AN AX. HE KNOCKED THE TURTLE ON THE SHELL AND
AS IT STUCK ITS HEAD OUT, HE CHOPPED IT OFF WITH THE AX.
THEN HE TURNED IT OVER AND SLICED THE UNDERBELLY AROUND
FROM END TO END. HE FOUND THAT THE TURTLE'S INSIDES
CONTAINED 40 EGGS. WHEN THE FARMER CUT OFF THE TURTLE'S
HEAD, THE REST OF THE BODY BEGAN TO WIGGLE. WHEN THE
INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER PREPARED THE MEAT IN THE PAN
IT STILL WIGGLED, AND IT DIDN'T STOP WIGGLING UNTIL SHE
TOOK IT OUT OF THE PAN. THAT WASN'T THE END OF THE
TURTLE, HOWEVER, FOR THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY USED TO EAT
POPCORN OUT OF THAT TURTLE'S SHELL FOR MANY YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; KENTUCKY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fish
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 11-29-1971 ; 00-00-1911

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Superstition

My grandfather has always cut the end off a cucumber and rubbed the cut piece around on the cut end of the cucumber before eating it. He says it takes out the bitterness.

Data entry tech comment:

Input by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Bitter' Taste ; Cucumber ; FOOD ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

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Relish

Hot peppers, green peppers, onions, cabbage, pimento, grape tomatoes, celery.

Crush this till fine.
Cook vinegar and sugar on low heat (cup of each). Add whole allspice, turmeric.
Pour over, put in jars.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

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