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THE ORIGIN OF THE SANDWICH

DID YOU KNOW THAT WHAT WE CALL A SANDWICH TODAY IS NOT REALLY A
SANDWICH? IT'S A SHREWSBURY} I'M SURE YOU HEARD THE STORY ABOUT
THE EARL OF SANDWICH INVENTING THAT DELICACY,
BUT THAT STORY IS FALSE, IT WAS INVENTED BY THE DUKE OF SHREWSBURY,
TO CELEBRATE HIS INVENTION, THE DUKE INVITED ALL OF THE NOBILITY
FROM FAR AND NEAR TO A BANQUET, WHERE HE WAS GOING TO INTRODUCE
THE SHREWSBURY. HE HAPPENED TO INVITE THE EARL OF SANDWICH.
THE EARL RECOGNIZED WHAT A GOOD THING THIS WAS, SO HE INVITED
THE DUKE OVER TO HIS CASTLE THE NEXT DAY.
WHEN THE EARL SAW THE DUKE ABOUT TO ENTER THE CASTLE, HE LIFTED UP
THE DRAWBRIDGE, AND THE DUKE FELL IN THE MOAT. HE THEN PULLED THE
PLUG AND THAT WAS THE LAST ANYONE SAW OF THE DUKE. THE EARL OF
SANDWICH TOOK THE INVENTION AND MADE IT POPULAR AND THAT IS WHY WE
CALL IT A SANDWICH.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT HEARD THE STORY FROM SOMEONE AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE IS A STUDENT. HE WAS NOT SURE OF THE FELLOW'S
NAME, BUT HE KNEW THAT HE WAS FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FOOD ; Invention ; NAME ; Origin ; Sandwich

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert Bread, rolls, etc.
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

Date learned: 04-10-1965

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Potato Pancakes (Polish - Placki z Kartofli)

Submitter comment: Informant says he learned this recipe from his
mother who lived in Poland for many years.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert Bread, rolls, etc.

Date learned: 00001940S

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When you bake a fresh loaf of bread or get a loaf that has not
yet been cut, make the sign of the cross in the bottom before you
slice it.

Where learned: HUNGARY

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert Bread, rolls, etc.
BELIEF -- P681 P681.1
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00001950S

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Latvian Bread

At every Latvian function, a certain bread is prepared and eaten
by all of the participants. It comes from their home country, and is
basically a rye-sourdough type bread.

Submitter comment: The bread is very good, especially with ham and cheese.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

Date learned: 00001971ca

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Crackling Bread

Crackling was made from hog fat - you boiled the fat from a
hog and that made crackling. To made crackling bread you mixed
the boiled fat with corn meal, salt, baking powder and milk.
After all the ingredients were mixed together your baked it until
it was brown.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert Bread, rolls, etc.

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While I was stationed in West Germany, we lived within the
local community. One of our German neighbors presented us with a
house warming gift on a beautiful round wooden platter. The gift
consisted of a ceramic cup full of salt, a pfennig, and a loaf of
bread. The salt symbolized the spice of life, the pfennig
symbolized financial stability, and the loaf of bread symbolized
the absence of hunger.

Where learned: WEST GERMANY ; Neu Ulm

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert Bread, rolls, etc.
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 10-00-1985

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