The house I grew up in was built for my great-great grandmother. It passed through the generations in the family through their daughters (great-great grandmother to great-grandmother to my Nana to my Mom and then to me).

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I grew up eating really good potato salads (to my taste, your taste may not agree). Heck, I grew up eating good potatoes. I am hard pressed to remember a main meal in our house that did not include a side of potatoes whether mashed, raw-fried, boiled then tossed with butter and parsley, blee…

I fell in love with the city of Boston when I fell in love with my late husband, James. Born and raised in a small town not far from the city, James attended school there (located almost underneath the famous Citgo sign) and knew Boston well. James took great pleasure in showing me the sight…

Many people in the Coal Region will be familiar with these Plum Dumplings, remembering their Grandmother or Mom making them. These fruit-filled pockets of potato dough are popular with kids and adults alike.

Every year, my Mom and I anxiously awaited the arrival of strawberry season in Schuylkill County. The berries popped up in chipboard baskets — sometimes speckled with red stains from the juicy berries — at roadside stands and farmers markets across the region.

End of summer’s approach is inevitable, it makes itself known by the end of July as the sunshine slips away noticeably earlier each day. There is a bit of chill in the air in the evenings throughout some of the valleys of Pennsylvania that whispers gently in our ears, “the first frost is com…

Welsh Cakes originate from the country of Wales in Great Britain — an ancient Celtic country, historically known for agriculture and mining. It was once, and for a long time, the largest coal producing nation on earth.  Originating in the 1800s, these cakes were often carried into the mines …

Beef tongue has been prepared and eaten in different regions of the world since ancient times. Beef tongue is found in many cuisines that make up the Coal Region including Eastern European, German and Pennsylvania Dutch, English, Italian, and Mexican to name a few. 

Zweibelkuchen translates to “onion cake”or “tart” in German (zweibel=onion, kuchen=tart), but it’s also known in Pennsylvania Dutch kitchens as “Onion Pie”. 

Here in the PA Dutch and Coal Region area, we (especially us “Dutchies”) refer to “stuffing” as “filling”. There is no real debate about whether it’s “stuffing” if it is made/baked one way versus “filling” another way in MY kitchen.  Nope. It’s always, no-doubt, will-never-call-it-anything-e…

Lazy Man’s Pierogi (aka “Polish Noodles“, “Noodles and Cottage Cheese“) is simple, filling, and a family favorite of all ages.

As a Dutchie and Coal Cracker, I never met a noodle or dough ball I didn’t like.  Add cheese to the noodles or dough, and I am in 7th heaven. This casserole does that and, needless to say, is one of my favorites. 

My Dad LOVED soup. I think he could have eaten soup every day of the week. He insisted it be served steaming hot and was notorious for sending back any bowl of soup in a restaurant that wasn’t served at that temperature. He ate all kinds of soup, but his favorites were those that were simple…

Kolaches (koh-LAH-chees) are Czech yeast dough pastries traditionally topped with a dollop of prune, apricot, poppy seed, or cheese filling. In appearance, they resemble a danish, but there is a difference: danish dough is light and flaky whereas a kolache tends to be slightly more dense and…

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Creamed chipped beef, known as “SOS” by many who served in the military, is a staple in many areas of Pennsylvania. In some households, it is known as “Dried Beef Gravy” or “Frizzled Beef”. 

As far back as I can remember, I loved lima beans; large or small, fresh, frozen, canned, or dried.

Growing up in Schuylkill County in the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, I could barely turn around without bumping into a farm stand, roadside market, or farmers’ market filled throughout fresh produce season with the bounty of the fertile fields of our area.

When I was a kid growing up in Schuylkill County in the Anthracite Coal Region, one of the rituals my family participated in was a weekly (or almost weekly) visit to a farmers’ market/”auction” to pick up fresh produce, baked goods, flea market finds and other items the household needed for …

Chow chow is quintessential Pennsylvania. Dutch; a sweet and sour mix of pickled vegetables often served as a side dish next to other Pa. Dutch classic foods.

Growing up in the Coal Region during the ’60’s and ’70’s meant going to “markets” on a regular basis with my family during the summer and early fall.