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Pickled Beef Heart

While the heart is an organ, beef heart doesn’t actually qualify as organ meat. It’s a muscle, so it has a texture more similar to steak than liver.... 

Mom's Homemade Easter Eggs

In the Coal Region, churches and organizations turn out tens of thousands of handmade candy Easter eggs, selling them to raise much needed funds.  It... 

Old-fashioned Oyster Stew

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... 

Italian Easter Rice Pie (Pastiera di Riso)

Every cook has their own version of this popular pie that appears on many tables in Italian-American homes in the Coal Region where large numbers of Italians... 

Retro Carrot-Pineapple Salad

Dad was a “meat and potatoes” kinda guy.  Mom and I, however, had no problem with veggies. Of course, the older I got, the more open I was... 

Pa Dutch Pretzel Soup (Shdreis'l Suppee)

This is a real Pa. Dutch comfort food that goes way back, is cheap and easy to make, warms you up and is often eaten before bed time.  I certainly have... 

No Bake Krispy Date Balls

My Mom was a  homemaker/home health aid with clients in the Schuylkill County area. Many were elderly and looked forward to her visits far more for the companionship... 

Easter Resurrection Rolls or Disappearing Marshmallow Rolls

Super easy to make from only 5 ingredients and absolutely yummy, many families make these rolls at Easter to “tell” the story of the resurrection... 

Italian Easter Bread (Pane di Pasqua)

Bread has incredible significance in many cultures on Easter tables; on the Italian Easter table, bread has a religious significance — Christ is often... 

Do Nothing Cake

My Mom always had some favorite “go-to” recipes that found themselves on the table at many family get-togethers or community events. She concentrated...