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RAW EGGS FOR STRENGTH

MY MOTHER ALWAYS ATE RAW EGGS FOR STRENGTH.

Submitter comment: COMMON BELIEF; NOT FOLLOWED TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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RAW IS HEALTHY

WE ATE RAW LIVER AND RAW LAMB BECAUSE WHEN IT WAS BLOODY, THEY
CONSIDERED IT MORE HEALTHY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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LUCK

WHEN STIRRING GO IN ONLY ONE DIRECTION, OR YOUR BATTER WILL BE
SPOILED. AND IF YOU SEE AND KILL A SPIDER, IT IS BAD LUCK. ALSO
IF THE FIRST PERSON TO CROSS YOUR THRESHOLD AFTER NEW YEAR'S IS A
WOMAN, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: CHURCH PROCESSIONS ALSO COINCIDED WITH THE IDEA OF ONLY GOING IN
ONE DIRECTION, AS IS SEEN IN SOME FAIRY TALES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ARACHNID

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.3
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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BELIEF

ONE GIRL ASKED A BOY TO MAKE HER A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH.
HE MADE IT, BUT SHE SAID NOT TO CUT IT, LEST THE FLAVOR GO OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD ; KNIFE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 09-26-1965

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ONE GIRL ASKS A BOY, 'MAKE ME A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH.'
SO HE MADE IT. HE WAS ABOUT TO CUT IT WHEN THE GIRL SAID, ' DO
NOT CUT IT BECAUSE THAT WAY ALL THE FLAVOR GOES OUT.'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): KNIFE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 09-26-1965

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FOOD BELIEF

CUCUMBERS CONTAIN A MILD POISON THAT CAN MAKE YOU SICK. WHEN
YOU START TO PEEL ONE, AFTER SLICING OFF ONE END, RUB THE TWO
CUT EDGES TOGETHER IN CIRCLES. THIS DRAWS OUT THE POISON.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER WAS RIGHT. THE CUCUMBER DOES TASTE BETTER, AT LEAST.

Where learned: MONTANA ; MISSOULA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

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FOOD PREPARATION

WHEN HAND-STIRRING A CAKE BATTER OR A COOKIE BATTER, IT IS
IMPORTANT TO ONLY STIR ONE WAY FOR BEST RESULTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER PRACTISED THIS RULE FAITHFULLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 03-22-1970

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RECIPE - AN UKRANIAN DISH CALLED PEROGIES

YOU TAKE ANY ORDINARY PIE CRUST PASTRY AND CUT IT INTO SMALL
SQUARES. YOU FILL THESE SQUARES WITH EITHER; MASHED POTATOES,
CHEESE OR SAUREKRAUT. YOU THEN PRESS ANOTHER SQUARE OF PASTRY OVER
THIS FILLING. THESE ARE BAKED AT 350 DEGREES FOR ABOUT FORTY-FIVE
MINUTES. THEY ARE THEN SERVED WITH SOUR CREAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: 03-02-1971

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HAWAIIAN FOOD

THE HAWAIIANS EAT FOR THEIR STARCH - TORO ROOT POUNDED
AND MIXED WITH WATER FOR A FASTE. THEY EAT IT WITH THEIR FINGERS.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): STARCH

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: 04-08-1971

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RECIPE AN UKRANIAN DISH CALLED HOLUBCHI

YOU TAKE SOME CABBAGE LEAVES AND IMMERSE THEM IN BOILING WATER FOR
ABOUT THREE MINUTES. THEN IN THE CENTER OF THE LEAVES YOU PLACE
A TABLESPOON FULL OF A MIXTURE OF GROUND BEEF, ONION AND RICE.
YOU THEN FOLD THE LEAF AROUND THE MIXTURE AND BAKE IN TOMATO SAUCE
FOR ONE HOUR AT 300 DEGREES.

Where learned: THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: 03-02-1971

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TO GET BETTER WHIPPED TOPPING, PUT YOUR MIXING BOWLAND BEATERS
IN THE ICEBOX BEFORE USING THEM FOR WHIPPING. CHILLING THE UTINSELS
WILL PRODUCE FLUFFIER WHIPPED CREAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): UTENSILS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Animal product Milk product

Date learned: 03-13-1970

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CUSTOM: JAPAN NEW YEAR'S

"OMOCHI" (RICE DOUGH) POUNDING IS STILL AN INTEGRAL PART OF NEW
YEAR'S CELEBRATION. IT IS THE MAKING OF THE OLDEST FOOD OF JAPAN
AND IN THE COUNTRY THE POUNDING IS DONE BY THE FEET OF SERVANTS
WHO SING THE FOLLOWING TRADITIONAL SONG AS THEY WORK:


"THE MOUSE IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY"
WE ARE THE MESSENGERS OF THE GOOD-LUCK GOD,
THE MERRY MESSENGERS.
WE'RE A HUNDRED YEARS OLD, YET NEVER HAVE HEARD
THE FEARFUL CRY OF CAT;
FOR WE'RE THE MESSENGERS OF THE GOOD-LUCK GOD,
THE MERRY MESSENGERS.

Submitter comment:

WHEN IN JAPAN, INFORMANT USED TO WATCH "OMOCHI" POUNDING AT HER
FATHER'S ANCESTRAL HOME.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Work
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F690 F690.101
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

WHEN I WAS YOUNG WE CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS WITH MY GRANDMOTHER ON MY
FATHER'S SIDE. SINCE THEY WERE LUTHERAN THEY CELEBRATED IT ON
CHRISTMAS EVE. SHE WOULD SERVE TRADITIONAL SWEDISH FOODS LIKE
LUTEFISK IN CREAM SAUCE WHICH WAS A KIND OF CURED COD. I REMEMBER
IT WOULD TURN THE SILVERWARE BLACK. THERE WAS PULT, A HOT SAUSAGE
MADE WITH SOME KIND OF BLOOD WITH FLOUR TO THICKEN IT. SHE SERVED
KORV WHICH WAS A POTATO SAUSAGE MADE WITH BEEF, PORK, AND RAW POTATO
IN A CASING. SHE MADE SYLTA, A PRESSED MEAT BY COOKING THE MEAT TILL
IT CAME OFF THE BONES. THE JUICE WOULD BE FULL OF GELATIN AND SHE
WOULD WRAP ALL OF IT IN CHEESECLOTH AND PRESS IT TOGETHER. THERE
WERE PICKLED PIG'S FEET IN A SALT BRINE AND SWEDISH RYE BREAD AND
SWEDISH MEATBALLS. THERE WERE A FEW SWEDISH COOKIES BUT NOT MANY.
THERE WOULD BE A LONG TABLE SPREAD WITH ALL THIS FOOD. RIGHT AFTER
MIDNIGHT WE WOULD HEAR BELLS AND SANTA CLAUS WOULD COME AND PASS OUT
GIFTS. THEN WE WOULD GO HOME AND SANTA CLAUS WOULD COME AGAIN DURING
THE NIGHT AND WE WOULD CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT HOME THE NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS IN THIS WAY WHEN SHE WAS A SMALL CHILD
IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA. HER GRANDMOTHER WAS NAMED IDA NEWMAN. IDA WAS
BORN IN SWEDEN AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN SHE WAS 15 OR 16.
HER HUSBAND HAD LIVED HERE SINCE HE WAS 2 OR 3. WHEN MY MOTHER WAS
OLDER THEY JUST CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AT HOME. MY MOTHER DOES NOT
KNOW HOW TO PREPARE ANY OF THESE FOODS EXCEPT FOR SWEDISH RYE BREAD.
SHE USES A DIFFERENT RECIPE THOUGH BECAUSE HER GRANDMOTHER NEVER GAVE
AWAY HER RECIPES. I HAD NEVER EVEN HEARD OF SOME OF THESE FOODS
BEFORE THIS. MY MOTHER'S SISTER IN CALIFORNIA DOES MAKE POTATO
SAUSAGE BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S IDA NEWMAN'S RECIPE.

Where learned: OHIO ; SOLON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Menus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: CA00001929

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"POETOE" (WHISTLE CAKE)

A VENDER WOULD WALK THROUGH THE STREETS WITH A STEAM-
ING KETTLE INSIDE ONE OF HIS BASKETS. THE BASKETS HUNG
ON LONG STICK THAT WAS HANGING ON HIS SHOULDERS. WHEN
FINDING A CUSTOMER, THE VENDER WOULD MAKE CAKE IN FRONT
OF HIM. THE KETTLE WOULD HAVE BAMBOO SHOOTS COMING OUT
OF IT. IN MAKING THE CAKE, THE VENDER WOULD PUT IN RICE
FLOUR, AND BROWN SUGAR. AFTER THE CAKE WAS IN THE
BAMBOO SHOOTS FOR A WHILE, THE VENDER PUSHED IT OUT.
THE VENDER WOULD THEN SPRINKLE FLAKES OF COCONUT ON IT.
THE NAME "WHISTLE CAKE" CAME FROM THE WHISTLING SOUND
OF THE KETTLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 04-00-1979 ; 00001930-1950

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ALWAYS STIR BATTER IN THE SAME DIRECTION TO MAKE YOUR LIFE LONGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1979

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DRUNK LOBSTER

TO PREPARE THIS FOOD YOU TAKE A LIVE LOBSTER AND PUT IT INTO A
LARGE GLASS BOWL. THEN YOU COMPLETELY COVER THE LOBSTER WITH GRAIN
ALCOHOL. NEXT YOU SHAKE THE BOWL BACK AND FORTH THUS MAKING THE
LOBSTER DRUNK. THEN THE LOBSTER IS PLACED ON YOUR PLATE AND YOU EAT
IT WHILE IT IS STILL ALIVE. THAT WAY YOU KNOW THAT WHAT YOU ARE
EATING IS STILL FRESH.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT COLLECTED THIS IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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CREOLE RECEIPT

STUFFING TURKEY WITH RICE AND HAMBURGER AS A DRESSING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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CRACKLIN' BREAD

TAKE THE SKIN FROM A PIG, BAKE IT CRISP, CRUMB IT, MIX IT
INTO THE BATTER OF CORNBREAD, THEN BAKE IT.

Submitter comment: CRUMB=BREAK INTO TINY PIECES
MY INFORMANT HATES CRACKLIN' BREAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 00001930S ; 00001940S ; 10-12-1984

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IF YOU'RE CANNING FOOD AND YOU'RE PREGNANT, THE FOOD
WILL SPOIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; NEW YORK ; STATEN ISLAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1985 ; 00-00-1980

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Truckpatch

Most Afro-Americans in the south during the 1930's had great
self pride. However, they had to eat. For this particular
family there were 16 people under one two-room roof shack. Okra
was always left in the ice box; it was a substitute for meat.
Neighbors would come by to bring different items grown from their
truckpatch, but would always say that they had too much and
didn't want it to go to waste. Foods such as sweet potatoes,
pinto beans and rice were brought. Everything was usually cooked
together in one pot and would last for up to three weeks. The
pinto beans were saved mostly because they were good for at least
three more swellings.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Truckpatch = Small garden

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

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