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Bum Stew or Bum Soup

The Coal Region has seen its share of hard times. As Anthracite coal and the accompanying industry saw a significant decline by the 1920s and mines and... 

Pa Dutch Hog Maw

Hog Maw = Stuffed Pig’s Stomach. Now, before you run the other way, think about eating sausage stuffed in “natural” casing. You do realize... 

Peaches and Cream Pie Dessert

As long as I can remember, I loved anything made with peaches. Late summer in Pennsylvania means peach season as baskets show up at farmers’ markets... 

Creamed Chipped Beef (SOS)

Creamed chipped beef, affectionately known as Sh*t on a Shingle (I’d spell it out, but this is an all ages welcome page…) is a staple in many... 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bars

I admit, I love pumpkin flavor – for me it’s a Dutchie thing.  I used to get so excited when fall rolled around and the stores started putting... 

Pasties

Pastie (PASS-tee) are basically individual pies filled with meats and vegetables that are cooked together.  Traditionally they should weigh about two... 

Super Easy Crinkle Cookies

These cookies were in my cookie recipe collection for what feels like forever and they are one of my favorite – not only because I love the soft... 

Polpetta (Meatballs)

When I was a child, growing up in the Anthracite Coal Region, “vacation” was a rare event, certainly  not something that was guaranteed to... 

Handmade Pierogi

Ah, the beloved Coal Region favorite — pierogi. Not only do many meals revolve around pierogi, but it is the center of much social interaction, especially... 

Italian Ricotta Pie

The Coal Region is a melting pot of ethnic influences; English, Welsh, Irish and German immigrants formed a large portion of the initial flow of immigrants...