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MY MOTHER TOLD ME ABOUT A DUMB SUPPER THAT HER GRANDMOTHER
ATTENDED. MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, SARAH HOLBROOK, LIVED IN
TAZEWELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA. SHE AND SOME OF HER GIRLFRIENDS
HAD A "DUMB SUPPER." THE IDEA WAS TO COOK A MEAL WITH
NONE OF THE GIRLS SPEAKING A WORD. THEN AT MIDNIGHT, THEY
SAT DOWN AND ATE THE MEAL, STILL WITHOUT SPEAKING. MY
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WAS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD AT THE TIME AND I
SUPPOSE THE OTHER GIRLS WERE ABOUT THE SAME AGE, SO THIS WAS
NO EASY JOB. IF YOU DID THIS, THE NEXT MAN YOU SAW WOULD
BE YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND.
MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER'S FATHER RAN AN INN, AND PEOPLE GOING
WEST WOULD STOP THERE BEFORE GOING ON THROUGH THE CUMBERLAND
GAP AND ON INTO THE BLUE GRASS REGION OF KENTUCKY OR THE
NASHVILLE BASIN. GABRIEL VAUGHAN AND HIS TWO BROTHERS EACH
HAVING A WAGON FILLED WITH SUPPLIES STOPPED THERE.
GABRIEL WAS THE FIRST MAN SARAH SAW. SHE MARRIED HIM THE
NEXT DAY AND THEY LEFT FOR KENTUCKY. WHEN THEY WERE GOING
DOWN THE BIG SANDY VALLEY, THEIR WAGON GOT IN A MUDHOLE AND THE
AXLE BROKE WHEN THEY PULLED IT OUT. GABE DECIDED TO STAY
THERE IN FLOYD COUNTY. ONE BROTHER WENT ON TO MISSOURI AND
THE OTHER FINALLY ENDED UP IN CALIFORNIA, ACCORDING TO A
COUSIN OF OURS WHO HAS TRACED THE FAMILY TREE. MY GREAT-
GRANDMOTHER WAS OVER NINETY WHEN SHE DIED AND I REMEMBER
HER SITTING IN HER POKE BONNET AND LONG DRESSES ROCKING.
SHE WAS SENILE AND SLAPPED AT ANY OF US YOUNGER ONES
WHO WENT NEAR HER. SHE COULD SPELL UNCOMMONLY LONG WORDS,
AND U SUPPOSE SHE TOLD MY MOTHER THIS STORY BEFORE SHE
GOT SO OLD.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; TAZEWELL COUNTY

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COOKING PROVERB

TO MAKE A PERFECT SALAD THERE SHOULD BE A SPENDTHRIFT FOR
OIL, A MISER FOR VINEGAR, A WISE MAN FOR SALT, AND A MADCAP
TO STIR THE INGREDIENTS UP AND MIX THEM WELL TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: SPANISH PROVERB QUOTED IN "LILLIAN'S COOKBOOK." COLLECTOR'S
COMMENT: AND A MAN FOR ALL SEASONINGS, PERHAPS?

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; GRASSLAND LN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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ALWAYS STIR A BATTER IN THE SAME DIRECTION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING BAKING ; POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 07-04-1973

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A WATCHED POT WILL NEVER BOIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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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."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Some BN crossed out [ P400; P500]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Flavor ; FOOD ; Peanut Butter ; Sandwich

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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Cooking

A watched pot never boils.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

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Hog-Killing

Don't kill hogs until after first frost in August.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

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Kim-Chee

Layer cabbage, vegetables in pots (garlic, hot peppers, turnips).
Store underground during the winter.

 

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

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Believer's Bread

2 c. milk
1/4 c. granulated sugar
4 t. salt
4 T. butter
2 c. lukewarm H2O

2 yeast cakes (or 2 envelopes)
1/4 c. warm H2O
10-12 c. sifted all-purpose flour
Melted butter

Scald milk, add sugar, salt, butter, and 1/2 of H2O.
Stir till sugard dissolves and butter melted.
Cool till lukewarm.
Soften yeast in remaining H2O.
Add milk mixture.
Add flour, cup at a time.
Mix thoroughly with knife till dough comes away from bowl.
Knead 8-10 minutes.
Shape dough; put in greased bowl. Brush with butter.
Cover, let rise, double, knead.
Cover--rise again--turn dought out--knead again.
Cut into 4 portions, pound. Cover with towel--rise 10-15 minutes.
Shape in loaf--4--brush with butter, cover.
Rise--double 1 1/2 hour.
Preheat 400 degrees oven. Bake 10 minutes; turn to 350 degrees; bake 35 minutes.
Brush butter.
Cool on rack.
4 1-lb loaves.

 

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; Hancock Shaker Village ; Shakertown

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

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Kraut

Chop fine (cabbage).
Layer the cabbage kraut then cover with salt.
Do not seal just cover; kraut will begin to fizze, sour (approximately 10 days)
Beat with wooden mallet.
Pack tight and seal.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

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