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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Missouri State Fair

August 10, 2013





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Ice Box Pudding

Faye Hunton, Sedalia, Missouri



My husband grew up in the 1940s and 1950s on a dairy farm. The family milked Guernsey cows. Because cream was readily available his mother made this dessert for the family. The recipe is still a family favorite although none of the family today lives on a dairy farm



Ice Box Pudding

Faye Hunton, Sedalia, Missouri



1 oz. envelope unflavored gelatin 1 cup whole milk

1 cup sugar

2 egg yolks, beaten

2 stiffly beaten egg whites

1 pint heavy cream, whipped

20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained well

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs



In a small sauce pan, dissolve gelatin in milk. Add sugar and egg yolks; stir well. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Set aside to cool to room temperature and beginning to set.


Mix pineapple with cooked mixture. Carefully fold in beaten egg whites and whipped cream. Cover bottom of a 9x13-inch dish with 2 cups of graham crackers crumbs. Spoon mixture into dish on top of graham cracker crumbs.


Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs on top of pudding.


Refrigerate several hours or overnight.


Decorate with pineapple and maraschino cherries if desired.

12 servings



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