Why are foodways important?

Foodways is the study of what people eat and why. Why we procure, prepare and serve the food we do has cultural, sociological, geographical, financial and political influences.



Why is recognition of diverse foodways valuable?

Preserving our past and present for the future by research, documentation and oral histories. It is culinary anthropology on the hoof, paw, root and leaf.



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2nd Prize, Missouri State Fair, 2013


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance



Missouri State Fair

August 10, 2013


Second Prize Winner


(Image by Peter Engler)



Second Prize:

Heavenly Peach Cobbler

Maxine Griggs, Sedalia, Missouri



When I think of the wonderful things I baked with my “Mom.”  I think of August being a time of year when peaches were available.


We lived in the rural area of Rettis County and a young orphaned young man would bring my “Mom” peaches and ask her to make a cobbler of them.  “Mom” and I cooked and baked on a wood cook stove and she would always say, He’s such a nice boy, I’ll bake him a cobbler and us one.  I peeled the peaches and she made the crust and put them to bake in a “black skillet.”  She always made a second and used the only pie pan we owned for the young boy.  “Mom” could never turn down a hungry person.  Today, I know she bakes pies in “heaven.”



Second Prize:

Heavenly Peach Cobbler

Maxine Griggs, Sedalia, Missouri



6 ½ cups sliced peaches

¾ cup white sugar

¾ cup brown sugar or honey

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp salt

½ c corn starch or flour

3 tbs butter



3 c flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbs sugar

*1/4 c lard

1 c cold butter

Ice water to moisten


(1 egg beaten, 2 tsp water)

Wash for top of cobbler



In a mixing bowl, cut butter in pea size pieces into flour, salt, sugar &, mix until all I sandy condition.  Add water to slowly & mix.  Let rest 30 min & roll bottom crust.


Mix peaches, sugar, flour, salt & spices, pl

Stir until all is well mixed.

Add a little water, pouring into a iron skillet on bottom crust.  Dot with butter.

Place a top crust with vent holes and brush egg wash – use scrap to decorate.



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