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07/03/14 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS| A photographic series documenting the construction of a shortcake that Ruby Robey might approve of.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS| A photographic series documenting the construction of a shortcake that Ruby Robey might approve of.

Ruby Robey was my paternal grandmother and she taught me to make strawberry shortcake. She lived her entire life in Simpson County, Kentucky. I think there was something about being a tobacco farmer’s wife or maybe it was her Methodist upbringing that made her stern with people who defined strawberry shortcake too loosely. In her view, true moral decline would start with strawberries served over sponge cake and end with the county coming to take the children. (more…)