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Thread #51174   Message #1903707
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Dec-06 - 02:43 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Short'nin' Bread
Subject: RE: Origins: Short'nin' Bread
Lid in the song has nothing to do with lead.
A diet heavy on shortning bread (essentially corn meal or white flour and lard) lacks essential elements and has been blamed is several studies for higher child mortality among the very poor in Depression and earlier times. Sweetening, if any, would have been molasses.

It is nothing like our shortbread, which is made with eggs, sugar, etc.
In the thread on 'recipe' (see threads listed in the heading), Azizi mentioned cornpone-like recipes flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, etc. I also like cornpones (see recipes given by Azizi) and Indian frybread, but other foods are needed for a good diet.