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Valley Scene Question: Where is the Valley Pike and what is its historic significance? Answer

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(September 6, 1996)


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Colorful quotes from country folks

  1. getting late -- "running out of daylight"
  2. crazy -- "not right"
  3. sunfish -- "sunnies"
  4. not bright -- "dumber than a bag of beans"
  5. predicting -- "calling for"

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Country Fare

Cooking with what we have in the "bread basket of Virginia"

  • Deer Liver Terrine -- Make friends with a hunter. Ask for the liver when [s]he turns up bragging about the points on a trophy buck. Clean it under cool water and cut in stew-sized pieces while melting a stick of butter or margarine in a pan. Add the liver pieces, some cut up onion, and cook until done about 30-45 minutes. Pour into food processor (this may take two or three passes) and puree. Pour puree into ceramic bowl and add seasonings -- salt, pepper, ground ginger and cloves, chives, etc. Correct to taste. Refrigerate overnight. Spread on crackers or bread. Call it "venison terrine" if guests arrive.
  • Beer Bread -- Buy some beer. Don't drink the last one. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium-sized bowl mix three cups of self-rising flour with two tablespoons of sugar, add one can of fresh or stale beer, and mix with a large spoon until flour is moist. Pack into greased bread pan and bake for about 45 minutes. Cool on rack. Easy. Everyone loves fresh, hot bread!

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Valley Scene Answer

Between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains; as a trail first traversed by Native Americans, then European settlers; later used for commerce.

The Valley Pike in part follows the course of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Originally an Indian hunting trail, it was later traversed from the North primarily by Germans and Brits determined to settle in the Valley. By the time of the Civil War, when the Pike had become a major battleground, toll gates had been built and the road was improved with crushed rock. With the advent of the automobile, the Pike was paved and renamed to its current appellation, Route 11. Today, it continues to wind with breath-taking mountain vistas through picturesque towns, by rustic farms and restored Civil War homes.

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Country Trivia Answer

Catawbas -- grapes, wine, or Indian tribe.

Catawba grapes are the cultivated variety of a native American fruit from which wine is made. The Catawba tribe of Indians, originally from South Carolina, migrated into the southern section of the Shenandoah Valley, below Roanoke.

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Original material O Shenandoah! Country Rag April, 1996. All rights reserved.