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Old 06-25-2007, 10:42 AM   #1
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Texas Wolf Sausage?

Stolen from Garry Howard's list.

WOLF RIDGE, TEXAS. Wolf Ridge was shown on maps in the early years of the twentieth century, sometimes as "Wolf Ridge Schoolhouse," situated seven miles northwest of Gainesville in north central Cooke County. The school community shared its name with a highland that stretches six miles to the west, dividing the watershed of the Elm Creek Fork of the Trinity River on the south from the Red River on the north. The Cooke County Immigration Society began promoting the unsettled prairie west of Gainesville in 1888, attracting Waldensians from the Cottian Alps of Italy and Germans, who settled in August and Emil Flusche's colonies on the south side of Wolf Ridge. The Waldensians were members of a Calvinist group that claimed roots in the ministry of a twelfth-century ascetic named Vaudes from Lyon, France. They had left Torre Pellice, in the Piedmont foothills of Italy, in the 1860s and settled on farmland in southwestern Uruguay. Civil warfare prompted some to leave South America in 1875, and they settled next at Monett, Missouri. Two families left the Monett colony in 1879 for Texas and purchased land at Wolf Ridge in 1886. Other families joined the colony later, from Missouri or directly from Italy. Around 1900 a group from Wolf Ridge established a settlement in Haskell County. The Wolf Ridge colony never formed a separate church, preferring to worship in French in their homes, until 1904, when they formed the majority of members of the Wolf Ridge Presbyterian Church, which was established that year. The only probable subsequent contact the colony had with the mother church was in 1913, when a representative of the Waldensian Church in Italy held a communion service in Wolf Ridge according to the Waldensian liturgy. The church had already lost much of its membership by December 1941, when representatives of the United States War Department arrived to begin work on an army training camp. By the time it was activated on August 15, 1942, Camp Howzeqv had displaced some 300 farm families in the Wolf Ridge area. The 58,000-acre facility trained thousands of soldiers and served as a holding camp for German prisoners of war. When Camp Howze was deactivated after the war, former owners repurchased a large amount of the land and returned much of it to pasture. The Wolf Ridge community was never revived.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Michael Collins, Cooke County, Texas: Where the South and West Meet (Gainesville, Texas: Cooke County Heritage Society, 1981). George B. Watts, The Waldenses in the New World (Durham: Duke University Press, 1941).



The Authentic Original Recipe for Texas Sausage:


Waldensian Sausage (Soutissa)


10 lb coarsely ground fresh pork
6 Tablespoons salt to taste
1 Tablespoons nutmeg
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoons all spice
3 Tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
6 Tablespoons garlic; chopped fine (optional)
Italian (French country) sausage from Piedmont, Italy
see notes


Mix and let set over night before stuffing into the casings. Take 1/4 pound casings
My father used 3 Tablespoons cayenne pepper per 10 pounds pork.


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Recipe Notes - recipe by Mrs. H. F. Martinat


From Waldensian Cookery
Waldensian Presbyterian Church
Valdese, NC
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:18 PM   #2
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Hey thanks for that one..and the history lesson. Looks like a unique flavor profile. Gonna guess it land somewhere twixt trail baloney and Portugese Linguica. The warden was borned in Gainesville. Still got kin lingering around down there no doubt.

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