Recipe for Beef Pasties (As Eaten in The Riddle of Penncroft Farm)
Aunt Cass stared at me, then nodded emphatically. “George, I think you’ve been properly introduced to Penncroft Farm now!”
Mom put an arm around each of us and said, in an obvious attempt to change the subject, “Let’s go eat some of Cass’s pasties— good old colonial meat pies.”
“And we’ll wash down the pasties with some ice-cold squash!” Aunt Cass said, giving Mom a wink.
“Wash it down with ice-cold squash?” I squeaked. “That sounds disgusting!” I hated squash almost as much as peas.
“Relax,” Mom laughed. “Squash is a kind of punch made of orange juice and lemonade, or the juice from some other squashed fruit. The Founding Fathers were all big squash fans.”
I don’t know if it was my close call on the wagon or the thought of drinkable squash, but suddenly I felt a little dizzy. “Toto,” I said under my breath, “I don’t think we’re in Minnesota anymore.”
-The Riddle of Penncroft Farm © 1989 by Dorothea Jensen
I could not find a real recipe for squash, but when I was served it in a restaurant in the historic area of Philadelphia many years ago, I was told it was a mix of equal parts orange juice and lemonade.
Mrs. Weeks had sent over plenty of cold fried chicken, a salad made with tomatoes and cucumbers, and some freshly baked Anadama bread. After this repast had been placed on the table, I took one look and realized that my day’s work in the berry patch had made me as hungry as my brother, for once.
-A Buss from Lafayette © 2017 by Dorothea Jensen
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