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Spirit of America

American Songs, Prayers, Speeches and Sentiments

Includes American comfort food recipes

Dedicated to all those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Dedicated to the victims, heroes, and those left behind.

Compiled by Portia Little

Metal spiral bound, soft cover, 78 Pages, Compact size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2,

ISBN# 0-9663066-3-5


A Revised Version is Coming Soon!


Words with meanings that stand through time

 "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the national wounds."

Inaugural Address, March 3, 1865

Abraham Lincoln

Other books by Portia Little:

Bread Pudding Bliss

Recipes, Roses & Rhyme

The Easy Vegetarian

New England Seashore Recipes & Rhyme

Lusty Limericks & Luscious Desserts

Finger Lakes Food, Fact & Fancy


A salute to those who cherish freedom and justice

Spirit of America

God Bless America, Land that I Love:

Includes words to American songs, pledges,  prayers, speeches and famous quotes from George M. Cohan to Abraham Lincoln and from  Woodie Guthrie to John F. Kennedy.

A bit of American Humor is featured to turn tears to laughter.

Recipes for Comfort Foods include:

All-American Apple Pie

Best Blueberry Muffins

Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars

Chocolate Fudge Cake

A Note from Kas:

This book is especially dear to me because Portia has included my mother's recipe for All-American Apple Pie. ENJOY!!

Kas Winters


Apple Pie



(Use pre-made pastry for two crust pie or the pastry recipe below)


6 cups (about) Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into pieces

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons butter, divided

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Extra sugar and cinnamon for topping.


Place apple pieces in pie shell. Combine sugar and flour; spread over apples. Dot with 1 1.2 teaspoons butter pieces and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place top crust over apples and crimp edges to seal Cut slits for steam to escape (can for an apple, or the letter A). Dab 1/2 teaspoon butter over pastry top. Sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 400 degrees, 50-60 minutes.


(Pastry: Combine 2 cups flour with 1 teaspoon salt in bowl. Add 1/2 cup oil and 6 tablespoons ice water. Stir together just until blended; do not overmix. Divide in half and roll out.)

About the Author

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Portia Little


The author, Portia Little, has been a food columnist, editor, and feature writer. She has contributed to magazines and newspapers including Bon Appetit, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Granite State News. Most recently Portia  was editor of CALSnews for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. Little, who lives in Ithaca, NY, is also a resident of the seashore town of Jamestown, RI. A graduate of Syracuse University with degrees in journalism and home economics, she is a master's degree candidate at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Author Review:

    Portia Little Food columnist, editor and feature writer for newspapers and magazines, Portia Little is an expert at food and fun.
    Pursuing her passion for great food, Little decided to make a career of food writing. Her fervor brought her to deciding to pen her own cookbooks. Not wanting to be another Rachael Ray, Little decided to create her own niche by writing souvenir cookbooks. They are small spiral-bound cookbooks that are filled with delicious recipes, as
well as other interests of the author. Deciding to self-publish, she claimed complete control over her cookbooks, and what a delight they are.
(Jennifer Wickes, food writer)

"Recipes Roses & Rhymes"
Some of my favorite recipes from this book are: Fresh Apple Cake, Chicken Salad with Grapes, Four-Layer Blueberry Dessert and Oven
Roast Potatoes.
    Each recipe is preceded by a quote from a poem. Shakespeare, Robert
Burns, Percy Bysshe Shelley and more penned some of the quotes you
will see.
    Her recipes are easy-to-follow and delicious. They do not require unusual ingredients or equipment. Just great food that bring her
family favorites to your plate.

"The Easy Vegetarian"
Some of my favorite recipes from this book are: Fresh Peach Crumble, Roasted Vegetables, and Tomato Bruschetta.
    Again, Portia finds fitting quotes to precede each recipe, bringing her love of food and literature together. You will find quotes from
the Bible, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, as well as others.
   With this book, you can create healthy meals for
vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike!

"New England Seashore Recipes & Rhymes"
After numerous vacations to New England, Portia decided to create this little nugget of some of New England's favorite recipes.
    Some of my favorite recipes from this book are: Brandied Apple Pie, Lime Grilled Salmon, Sweet Potato Biscuits and Quick Zucchini Pancakes.
    Each recipe is preceded by a quote from New England Poetry, which help create the atmosphere of being in New England when one cannot.
    Her recipes make you feel like you have gone to the

"Lusty Limericks & Luscious Desserts"
Some of my favorite recipes from this book are: Kahlua Cake, Pineapple Macadamia Charlotte and a Hummingbird Cake.
    Each recipe is preceded by some racy limericks, as the title suggests. They are all in good taste and quite funny.
    These tasty desserts will have you on a romantic
adventure of your own!

"Finger Lakes Food, Fact & Fancy"
Having lived in the Finger Lake region of New York State for years, why not pen a book on the experience? Anyone who has been to the
region knows of the beautiful landscape, the delicious award-winning wines, and a slower life that makes trips there so enjoyable.
   Some of my favorite recipes from this book are: Keuka Lake Wine Cake, The Spiedie and Harvest Carrot and Walnut Soup.
   Each recipe is preceded by facts concerning upstate New York. Some of
them are amusing, others are very interesting, but in every case, you
learn to appreciate this area much more.
   These recipes make you feel as if you have traveled
to the Finger Lakes on a weekend trip.

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