Two Tasty Legacies
By: Legacy.com Staff
2 years ago
Cecilia de las Mercedes Duran de Villaveces was born to a prominent family in the Amazonas region of Colombia, the great granddaughter of a former president of the country. She was schooled in Bogotá and married but threats from drug lords in the area forced the family to relocate to the United States. When her husband died in S.C. and she wanted to work, she researched and recreated the recipe for cakes she recalled from her childhood in South America. Cecelia’s Cakes soon became a state-wide institution.
In Beaufort, Madeleine Pollitzer made ham biscuits in the hundreds and often sold them by the honor system: pick up biscuits at her back door, leave money in the box. It was the homemade mustard that made the biscuits – and her pickled shrimp – irresistible to inveterate return customers. While the biscuits did provide some income, Pollitzer also started a dance school, had a catering business, started a pony club, had a bed-and-breakfast and managed a hunting property.
Read about these two women, remarkable in many ways beyond baking, and how they will be kept alive with these well-written remembrances.
Written by Susan Soper. Soper is the author of ObitKit™, A Guide to Celebrating Your Life. A lifelong journalist, she has been a reporter with Newsday, writer for CNN, and Features Editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she launched a series called "Living with Grief."