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postheadericon Coalcracker Defined

What is a “Coalcracker” and what the heck are you doing in the kitchen?

Coalcracker: A resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania, particularly the Anthracite (coal) region (Scranton to the Lehigh Valley to Schuylkill County).

Coal Region: The Coal Region is a historically important coal-mining area in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the central Appalachian Mountains, comprising Lackawanna, Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Schuylkill, Northumberland, and the extreme northeast corner of Dauphin counties.

With the expansion of the mining and railroad industries. English, Welsh, Irish and German immigrants formed a large portion of the population, followed by Polish, Slovak, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Italian, Russian and Lithuanian immigrants. The influence of these immigrant populations is still strongly felt in the region, with various towns possessing pronounced ethnic characters and cuisine. Throw in some influence from the Pennsylvania Dutch of the Schuylkill County and Lehigh Valley areas and you have a sampling of Coal Region comfort foods!

Making and sharing those foods with family, friends, and followers is what I am doing in the kitchen!

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