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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION: MENSTRUATION

A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER BAKE A CAKE WHEN SHE IS MENSTRUATING OR IT
WILL NOT RISE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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LEGEND: PROHIBITION

THERE IS A METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON THE CORNER OF GARLAND
AND JEFFERSON IN DETROIT. DURING THE YEARS OF PROHIBITION THE
PASTOR THERE WAS REVEREND STIDGER, KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC AS AN
ARDENT PROHIBITIONIST. ON TOP OF HIS CHURCH WAS A REVOLVING
CROSS THAT WAS ILLUMINATED AND COULD BE SEEN FROM THE RIVER.
IT IS ALLEGED THAT WHEN THIS CROSS WAS LIT AND REVOLVING, THIS
WAS A SIGNAL TO THE RUM-RUNNERS ON THE RIVER CONCERNING WHETHER
THE GUARDS WERE ON DUTY OR NOT, SO THAT THEY COULD MOVE THE
CONTRABAND ACROSS THE RIVER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER (MR. VAN ANTWERP) HAS TOLD ME OTHER STORIES OF THE
RUM-RUNNING DURING PROHIBITION. HE SAYS HE KNOWS FOR A FACT IT
WAS GOING ON, BUT AS TO WHETHER THE CROSS ON THE CHURCH HAD ANY-
THING TO DO WITH IT, HE THINKS IT WAS ONLY A RUMOR. HE DID SAY
THAT IT POSSIBLY COULD HAVE HAPPENED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

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CHOCOLATE CAKE

WELL, I ALWAYS HAVE BAKED A CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR YOUR DAD ON HIS BIRTHDAY, WITH
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS LIKE FRESH CHOCOLATE AND BUTTERMILK.  I MADE IT
FROM SCRATCH. MY MOTHER USED TO DO THAT FOR MY FATHER ON HIS BIRTHDAY
TOO.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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BREAD PUDDING

AND WHEN I WAS A BOY ONE OF THE DELICACIES WAS BREAD
PUDDING-DON'T ASK ME WHAT WAS IN IT OUTSIDE OF BREAD AND
MILK WITH SOME KIND OF COATING.

Submitter comment: MY DAD GREW UP DURING THE DEPRESSION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

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SAINT LUCIA BUNS

TWO STRIPS OF BREAD-LIKE DOUGH SHAPED INTO A CROSS WITH CHERRIES
AND NUTS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FATHER MAKES THEM EVERY YEAR FOR  CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001960S

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHER HAS ALWAYS
MADE A GREEN IRISH WHISKEY PIE. IT'S A BASIC
CHEESECAKE WITH FOOD COLORING AND WHISKEY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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CUSTOM

EATING THE DESSERT FIRST AT ANY MEAL IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS FATHER USED TO PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM. HE BROUGHT IT WITH
HIM FROM A GERMAN SETTLEMENT AROUND PITTSBURGH.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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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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PLA CHINTA

FAVORITE ROMANIAN DESSERT: CALLED PLA CHINTA
THIN PAN CAKES (CRAPES) FILLED WITH EITHER
COTTAGE CHEESE (URDN) AND DILL MUNSTER CHEESE JELLIES
AND ROLLED UP. SOMETIMES SERVED WITH SYRUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): CREPES ; URDU?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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AN ITALIAN FOOD

UNRAISED BREAD MADE WITH CORN MEAL, RAISENS, AND THE CRACKLINGS
LEFT OVER WHEN YOU RENDER LARD.

Submitter comment: WHEN IT GETS OLD YOU CAN KNOCK OUT THE SIDE OF A BARN WITH IT,
ACCORDING TO MRS. GARAZZO.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; RAISINS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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AN ITALIAN DISH

PIZZA FRITTI - HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE CALL PIZZA.
CONSIDERED A REAL TREAT THAT SHOWED THE HOSTESS WENT THROUGH A LOT
OF BOTHER TO PREPARE THEM.
USED AT CHRISTENINGS, HOLIDAYS, PARTIES, BUT MOST IMPORTANT TO BE
SERVED AT WEDDINGS.
MADE FROM FLOUR, YEAST, THE WATER THAT ROSEMARY LEAVES HAD BEEN
BOILED IN AND SET ALL NIGHT WITH LEAVES STRAINED OUT, SALT, AND
ANISE SEED. IT IS A SOUR DOUGH THAT RISES LIKE BREAD. IT IS PULLED
LIKE TAFFY (AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IT DOESN'T BREAK) AND PULLED
INTO LONG "ROPES" . IT IS COILED INTO DEEP FAT IN A FRYING PAN, AND
DEEP FRIED UNTIL BROWN LIKE DOUGHNUTS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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ROMANIAN DISH

ROMANIAN DISH, EATEN IN PLACE OF BREAD:
MAMALIGA - CORN MEAL MUSH SO DRY AND COARSE IT FORMS LOAFS LIKE
BREAD. THIS IS SLICED AND FRIED AND SERVED WITH SYRUP.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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FOOD

DURING LENT, POLISH CATHOLICS GIVE UP DAIRY PRODUCTS AND SWEETS.
THEIR FAVORITE BAKED GOOD IS PACZKI WHICH ARE MADE WITH MUCH GREASE
AND SUGAR. SO THE TUESDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY, POLISH PEOPLE
EAT MANY PACZKI (LIKE A DONUT).

Submitter comment: TOLD AT A POLISH FAMILY DINNER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pre Lent
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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POLA CHINKAS

PANCAKE:
1/2C. SIFTED FLOUR
1/2 TSP. SALT
1 TBS. SUGAR
2 EGGS (WELL BEATEN)
2/3C. MILK
1 TBS, BUTTER MELTED

COTTAGE CHEESE FILLING:
COMBINE:
1C. (1/2 LB.) COTTAGE CHEESE
1 TSP. SUGAR
1/4 TSP. CINNAMON (OPTIONAL)
BLEND WELL.
SIFT FLOUR ONCE, MEASURE, ADD SALT AND SUGAR; SIFT AGAIN.
COMBINE EGGS, MILK, BUTTER AND ADD TO FLOUR MIXTURE, BLENDING
UNTIL SMOOTH. POUR A SPOONFUL OF BATTER ON HOT, LIGHTLY GREASED
GRIDDLE FOR EACH 4 INCH PANCAKE. MAKE THEM AS THIN AS POSSIBLE.
PLACE COTTAGE CHEESE FILLED (OR ONE CAN SUBSTITUTE JAM, JELLY,
OR APPLE BUTTER FILLING) IN PANCAKE AND FORM A ROLL AND BAKE
AT 375 UNTIL BROWN AND BUBBLY. THE BEST RESULTS ARE WHEN BUTTER
IS PLACED ON TOP OF EACH ROLL.

Submitter comment: SERVE HOT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BATTLE CREEK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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CALF'S MILK PUDDING

A SCANDINAVIAN TRADITION CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF A NEW CALF BY TAKING
ITS MOTHER'S FIRST MILK AND MAKING A SPECIAL PUDDING THAT COULD
ONLY BE MADE WITH THIS MILK.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Animal product Milk product
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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REGIONAL FOOD

SCONES - DEEP FAT FRIED BREAD BALLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOMS AND CELEBRATIONS

SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE THE NEW YEAR THE CHINESE WILL
PREPARE A PASTRY. THIS IS PREPARED BY THE METHOD OF
STEMMING. IF CHILDREN ASK IF THE PASTRY IS DONE
BEFORE IT IS FULLY COOKED, THE PEOPLE BELIEVE
THAT THE PASTRY WILL NEVER BE FULLY COOKED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; 4001 W MCNICHOLS ; LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SPEECH TABU ; STEAMING FOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 02-02-1971

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NEW YEAR CUSTOM

THERE IS A GREEK TRADITION WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BRING
GOOD LUCK. THERE IS A PASTRY CALLED PETA WHICH IS BAKED
IN A SQUARE PAN. BEFORE IT IS BAKED THE COOK PUTS
MONEY RANGING FROM A NICKEL TO FIFTY CENTS. IT USED TO BE
A FIFTY CENT PIECE BUT NOW THAT MONEY IS PRECIOUS IT'S GETTING
SMALLER AND SMALLER. ANYWAYS, THEY PUT THIS COIN IN THE DOUGH
AND BAKE IT. THE PERSON WHO GETS THE PIECE WITH THE COIN
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT WHOLE YEAR. THE CEREMONY HAPPENS ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOUGH CALLED "FILO" ; GIFTGIVING ; GREEK CHEESE IS CALLED "FETA"

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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MARRIAGE ; SWEETS ; OBTAINING GOOD LUCK.

FREEZE THE TOP PORTION OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM'S WEDDING CAKE. ON
THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, THE COUPLE CAN UN-THAW IT, EAT THE CAKE,
AND IT WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM DEALS NOT ONLY WITH MARRIAGE BUT WITH LUCK ALSO.
AN INTERESTING EXAMPLE OF MODERN FOLKLORE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; BERWYN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.41

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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POLISH SWEET BREAD

INGREDIENTS:
3 PACKAGES ACTIVE DRY YEAST (ONE-QUARTER OUNCE EACH)
ONE-HALF CUP LUKEWARM WATER
ONE TEASPOON SUGAR
2 STICKS OF BUTTER (OR ONE STICK MARGARINE AND ONE BUTTER)
2 CUPS SCALDED MILK
2 CUPS SUGAR
2 CUPS FLOUR
2 TEASPOONS SALT
GRATED ORANGE RIND OF ONE ORANGE
ONE TEASPOON NUTMEG
2 TEASPOONS VANILLA
6 EGGS (SEPARATE YOLKS FROM WHITES)
5 CUPS FLOUR
DIRECTIONS:
WHILE THE MILK IS STILL HOT, ADD THE BUTTER AND LET IT MELT.
MIX THE YEAST, WATER, AND TEASPOON OF SUGAR; LET IT STAND AND RISE.
PUT THE TWO CUPS OF SUGAR, TWO CUPS OF FLOUR, AND SALT IN A LARGE
PAN.
MAKE A WELL IN IT; POUR IN THE COOLED MILK AND THE RAISED YEAST; BEAT
IT TOGETHER UNTIL IT'S MIXED GOOD.
BEAT THE EGG WHITES AND YOLKS (SEPARATELY); ADD THE YOLKS TO THE
MIXTURE AND THEN THE WHITES; THEN ADD THE VANILLA; MIX TOGETHER THE
FIVE CUPS OF FLOUR, THE ORANGE RIND, AND THE NUTMEG AND ADD IT TO
THE MIXTURE.
BEAT THE MIXTURE GOOD FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES AT LEAST.
LET IT RAISE IN A WARM PLACE UNTIL IT HAS DOUBLED IN SIZE (AT LEAST);
PUT DOUGH IN ANY SIZE OF PANS (BETTER IN SMALL PANS).
BAKE AT 325 DEGREES FOR 25 MINUTES.
OPTIONAL: SLICED APPLES OR RAISINS CAN BE ADDED TO THE BREAD; ANY OF
THE INGREDIENTS CAN BE INCREASED OR DECREASED IN QUANTITY ACCORDING
TO PERSONAL TASTE; EXPERIMENT WITH VARIOUS AMOUNTS.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER (THE INFORMANT) LEARNED HOW TO MAKE THIS BREAD BY
WATCHING HER MOTHER MAKE IT. HER MOTHER MEASURED ALL THE INGREDIENTS
WITH HER HANDS, SO THE RECIPE WAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT EACH TIME IT WAS
MADE. MY GRANDMOTHER IS THE FIRST PERSON TO ATTEMPT TO WRITE OUT THE
RECIPE AND SHE TOO CHANGES THE RECIPE SLIGHTLY EACH TIME SHE BAKES
THE BREAD.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

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