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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3rd Prize, South Dakota State Fair, 2013


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance



South Dakota State Fair

September 1, 2013


Third Prize Winner



Sugar cookies

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies (Image by Catherine Lambrecht)



Third Prize:

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Krista O'Riley, Arlington, South Dakota



My grandfather managed grain elevators. He made friends with the area farmers. During "threshing time", he would help out in the field and grandma would help with the meals with the other wives. She would make her sugar cookies and the men would grab several of them for when they were working. After they had kids, grandma would make these for special occasions. My mom showed me at a young age how to make Grandma's sugar cookies. This recipe has been in my family for at least 75 years. I look forward to teaching my future children how to make these cookies as well. In memory of my mom and grandma.



Third Prize:

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Krista O'Riley, Arlington, South Dakota



1 1/2 c. sugar

1 c. Crisco shortening

1 c. margarine

2 eggs

4 c. flour

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 c. sugar (for glass dipping)


Cream together the sugar, Crisco, and margarine. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. Add this to the creamed mixture. Mix well then add vanilla. Roll into balls or use a cookie scoop. Press flat with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (usually about 9 - 11 minutes).



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