That year I learned about different foods from all over the country, and more about foods from different cultures. I did know some about German because my grandmother cooked Sauerkraut and a German Fruit Cake for my grandfather, but I never thought much about them except that I hated the Sauerkraut, especially since she made it from scratch.
The recipe for Salmagundi:
12 tiny whole onions 2 Tbsps. snipped parsley
4 cups shredded lettuce 1/2 cup oil (Corn or Canola will do)
1 cup seedless green grapes 1/2 tsp salt
4 hard cooked eggs, cut up Dash of pepper
6 anchovy fillets
If you ever ate a Mock Apple Pie made with Ritz crackers, you may be surprised to learn that it had its origins during the Civil War when cooks used cheese crackers instead of apples. They made a syrup of sugar, water, cream of tartar, lemon peel and lemon juice. The syrup was poured over the crackers in a pie shell and sprinkled with cinnamon. Then dollops of butter were placed on the mixture before adding the second crust.
Martha started late in life but now has multiple novels and novellas in print. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and is active in their church where she sings in the choir and teaches a class on Sundays and he serves as a deacon. She is a member of ACFW, The Woodlands Chapter of ACFW: WOTS and IWA! She is a regular member of the faculty for the Texas Christian Writers Conference held in Houston each August.
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