Growing up in the 1960s my sister and I spent most of our days with our grandparents, George Henry and Agnes Gross in their home on Cloud Avenue. The house sat on the land now occupied by the College Park Community Center. Grandpop had a huge garden. He always had greens, string beans, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra and more. They even had a few chickens as long as the city would allow. Both were food service professionals with Mr. George Henry working for more than forty years in the dining halls on “the hill” (University of Maryland, College Park) and Miss Agnes working as a cook or kitchen manager various places including private homes, an elementary and a fraternity house. At home Grandmum did most of the cooking but Grandpop was a fine cook and had his specialties including most things stewed. I also remember something he made daily in the summer using garden fresh produce. Here goes.
George Henry’s Summer Salad
Make this in a large mason jar with a lid.
Pour in ½ cup water, ¼ cup vinegar, 1 T oil add salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Return the top and shake to mix
Add onion, tomato and cucumbers. Shake to mix. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator overnight. Eat the tomatoes, cucumbers and a few onions with your supper the next night. When you are done add fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to be eaten the next night.
George Henry and Agnes Harrison Gross about 1970
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