My friend Tami and I are a year or so apart in age and our lives past age 15 couldn’t have been much different. In reality it was our parents that brought us together and continue to keep us in touch. The four of them were best friends for most of their lives and I enjoy hearing their story so I’m going to pass it along here.
JUST LIKE LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY
|Mary (on left) and Joann having fun|
in their apartment.
Joann and Mary Lee found an attic apartment over on the south side of Akron and they settled in to find jobs and make friends in their new environment. A few months after they arrived, their landlady brought up two tickets to Weathervane (Yes, Weathervane is THAT old) for an upcoming show. Seems a "neighbor down the street" had the tickets and gave them to the two girls since “he couldn’t use them and thought they might like to go”. Which they did.
|Mary Lee Haney as Dave must have|
seen her back in 1953
|Mom posing for the camera - yes, she|
DID look nice in the sweater.
Introductions were made…..double dating ensued…..engagements were announced…..weddings planned and pretty soon there was me and then Tami, little bundles of joy! Two women from Fairmont, two guys from Akron and romance under the soot scoured skies of the Rubber City. Ain’t it romantic!
SO WHAT ABOUT THOSE GREEN BISCUITS?
|Bill, Joann, Mary Lee and Dave.|
As we got older Mary would allow Tami and I to be in the kitchen and occasionally fix a meal. One weekend I was staying there and Tami and I were tasked with dinner. It happened to be St. Patrick’s day weekend and one of us had the brilliant idea of making the biscuits green. Frankly, I’m impressed that we were making biscuits on our own, we must have been all of 13 or 14. To turn them GREEN must have been a leap of faith.
They were definitely a leap of disaster because neither Dave nor Mary found it funny. All that fun we had making them was crushed when Dave caught site of the green lumps we passed out. Sheesh….I thought they were fine.
Sadly, Dave passed away a few years back but Mary and Joann are still good friends. Even though Mom forgets much, she remembers who Mary is. I suppose it’s now up to us to remember for her those days when the big city of Akron was THE place to find a future for young ladies from Farimont.
NOT GREEN, BUT STILL TERRIFIC BISCUITS
This must have been the recipe Tami and I used that day. Mom taught me to make these biscuits and I still use this recipe today. Tender and soft, yet with a crunch on the outside, these cannot be beat from any can in the supermarket.
Today I sometimes use a food processor to mix the flour and butter. We would have done this with an old fashioned pastry blender in the past. I still own one, see how it’s used here.
2 cups flour (I use a combo of mostly white all purpose flour mixed with about 25% whole wheat)
4 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
4 Tbls. shortening*
3/4 cup milk
* a note about using shortening. I've substituted butter in the past, but this recipe doesn't turn out quite as good. I now keep a small can of butter flavored vegetable shortening on hand almost exclusively for this recipe.