Tidbits from history that readers may not know

June 18, 2014

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This column will consist of small, unconnected tidbits of information about the West that I wish to share.
Have you ever heard the term “Johnny cake” or read it in a Southern cookbook or Western novel? On the older colonial frontier both Indians and whites began to eat the same food, the Indian corn called maise, squash, hominy, pumpkins, venison jerky. From the Indians the whites learned to carry corn meal in the scraped out horn of a cow (also used as a powder horn). Then on a trip it was easy to pour out the corn meal for cornbread because it was kept fresh and dry in the horn. The resulting bread was called a “journey cake.” However, as the Southerners pronounced it, the term came out sounding like “Johnny cake.” The new name stuck.

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