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I thoroughly enjoy baking and cooking during my years growing up alongside my Nana and Mom, especially for the holiday season. Once my grandparents had passed away and my parents got older, I took over the duties of getting holiday celebration dinners on the table. I would sometimes find mys…

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Hog Maw = Stuffed Pig’s Stomach. Now, before you turn up your nose, think about eating sausage stuffed in “natural” casing. You do realize “natural casing” is cleaned animal intestines, right? The stomach, if cleaned well, contains no fat. It is just muscle and a thin layer of meat. Think of…

During our time in New England, a short portion of the early years afforded my late husband James a (sort of) “nine-to-five” job. It was not until the company he originally worked for changed hands that his career demand the extensive travel he endured in the later years.

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Sometimes, there is a food we see, taste, or smell that evokes vivid memories of times past, and if we are lucky, of someone very special.  Raisin-filled cookies immediately bring to mind my Nana (my Mom’s mother) both because she absolutely loved these cookies and she made them all the time…

The first Christmas my late husband James and I spent together as a married couple was somewhat bittersweet for me in some ways. Having had lost both my parents only a few years before meeting James, I was still mourning their loss and feeling it very deeply during the holiday season. yet he…

For Pennsylvania Dutch children during the 1800’s, Christmas morning meant rushing downstairs to see if ChristKindl – known today as Santa Claus – had left them any goodies.

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Throughout my childhood, the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving brought about great anticipation. First there would be several days off from school, including the Monday following Thanksgiving weekend which, in The Coal Region, is a celebration in its own right; it was, at that time, the first…

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.