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Derby food!

Burgoo is THE Kentucky Derby food. Traditionally, it is a spicy 3-meat stew cooked outdoors in a huge cast iron kettle. The meat was game meat, what you caught: venison, rabbit and so on. Some like mutton. I usually go with ham, turkey, beef—cooked in a crockpot. Vegetables: potatoes, carrots, onions, corn, bell peppers, beans, garlic, tomatoes. Season with Worcestershire sauce or tabasco. Old-timers will add a skooch of bourbon. Cook it until your spoon can stand at attention. (everyone has their personal recipe)

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Benedict Arnold

After Benedict Arnold left the army in disgrace, he became a chef. His most famous dishes are eggs Benedict and Benedictine sandwiches. His Canadian restaurants, Benedict’s Shops (BS) are still in business. April 1.

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Chuckwagon cuisine

Cowboy sourdough biscuits: 4 cups sourdough starter; 4 cups flour; TSP salt; 2 TBS sugar: 3 heaping TSP baking powder; 4 TBS shortening; milk/buttermilk optional. Mix and put egg-sized balls in a cast-iron skillet or chuckwagon Dutch oven. 5 to 10 minutes to rise, cook about 30 minutes, until golden brown. [if using an oven, 350 degrees]

Sourdough Starter: 2-oz baker’s yeast or 3 ¼ -oz packets dry yeast; 4 cups warm water; 2 TBS sugar; 4 cups flour; raw potato, peeled/quartered. Mix and let rise; keep covered; feed potato chunks as needed.

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Pi/Pie Day

Today (3-14) is Pi Day/Pie Day. No pun. Pi involves geometric circles and Pie involves baked circles. For your geometry lesson. Lumbee sweet potato pie, Dutch apple pie, cherry crumb pie, and a 1/7 slice of chocolate silk pie. Happy dieting.

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Ancient pizza

Pizza has been around for at least 2,000 years as these ancient Roman examples show. It wasn’t until the 18th century that Italians began adding tomato sauce, ushering in the modern pizza. Have a yummy NATIONAL PIZZA DAY.

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Cubed buffalo and potatoes. Add onions, carrots, beans, squash, corn. Season with pepper, salt, bay leaf. Optional: maple, hickory, died pears, nuts, bell pepper. Boil, simmer for 2 hours. (might work well with beef)

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1 cup dried hominy, 3 cups water, 1 cup chopped black walnuts/hickory nuts, 1 cup dried currants/raisins, hickory salt flavoring. Boil and simmer hominy. Add other items, cook. Chopped jerky may be added.

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Taino holiday food


Slow roast pork from the Boriken Taino, especially popular for the holidays in the Puerto Rican mountains. For 1 pork shoulder: 1 garlic clove, 1 peppercorn, ¼ TSP oregano, 1 TSP kosher salt, 1 TSP olive oil, ½ TSP white vinegar.

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Kickapoo Pumpkin Soup

Modernized—simmer over stove or campfire. 2 15oz cans pumpkin, 5oz can evaporated milk, 12oz can creamed corn, TSP garlic powder, pinch nutmeg, chicken bouillon cube, pinch pepper, crushed garlic clove, TBS butter, 15oz can chicken broth. Offer some to the clan.

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Lumbee Collard Sandwich

Collard greens cooked in oil, dash of water. Season with sugar/salt. Use fried cornbread/johnnycake. Cover 2 pieces with collard greens, 2 more pieces on the outside. Top with 2 slices of bacon. [my triple-great-grandfather, John Pate, came from Lumbee territory]

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