Ninety-Year-Old Recipe: Pa Dubie’s Tater Soup

Potatoes have long been a kitchen staple. During the depression era, they were a life-saving, life-giving food.   *For more “survival food” recipes, check out the back of my novel, Blackberry Road.    Pa Dubie’s Potato Soup 1 quart...

Sassy Sassafras Tea

  Sassafras Root Water (at least 1 quart) Cream and sugar (optional) Dig up several roots from a sassafras tree (or order online). Rinse thoroughly until clean. Depending on the size of the root(s), place in a large pot or teakettle. Boil to desired strength. The...

Sassy Sassafras, the Root Beer Tree

My grandfather, Thomas Elmer Woods, learned a lot from the Five Civilized Tribes: medicine, ceremonial dancing, and how to survive. After his mother died soon after giving birth to him and his twin sister, his sister was sent to live with relatives in the Pacific...
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