Safety Pin Stew

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 12 00:30:20 UTC 2007

Jerry E Kane wrote:
> A student in my yoga class brought/prepared a salad for an after class get
> -together.
> She refered to the salad as a "safety pin salad".  I had never heard this
> term before.
> The lady old me that the term was a derivation of "safety pin stew".  She
> heard the term was used in a children's book.  The story was about a stranger who
> comes to
> town and tells the citizens that he is going to make "safety pin stew".  He
> starts with
> a safety pin and then asks everyone to contribute the ingredients.
> I did a google search, with no results. Has anyone heard or used this term?

That sounds like the "stone soup" that I remember being the subject of a
children's book, back when I was a child. Yep...Amazon has, among other

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