Throughout this book, as you will see,
And with that I present... COOTER SOUP
Kill cooter by chopping off head. Let it stand inverted until thoroughly drained, then plunge into boiling water for five minutes. Crack the shell all around very carefully, so as not to cut the eggs which are lodged near the surface. The edible parts are the front and hind quarters and a strip of white meat adhering to the back of the shell, the liver and the eggs. Remove all outer skin which peels off easily if water is hot enough. Wash thoroughly and allow to stand in cold water a short while, or place in refrigerator over night.
Boil cooter meat, onion and potato in the water, and cook until meat drops from the bones - about 2 hours. Remove all bones and skin and cut meat up with scissors. Return meat to stock, add spices and simmer. Brown flour in skillet, mix with 1 cup of stock to smooth paste and thicken soup. Twenty minutes before serving add cooter eggs. Add sherry and garnish with thin slices of lemon. Serves 6-8.
Mrs. Clarence Steinhart (Kitty Ford)