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postheadericon Copper Pennies

A sure-fire way to get the kids to eat carrots!  This traditional sweet/sour taste is a favorite of mine.  When seeking comfort food flavors, I often turn to my trusty arsenal of Pa Dutch recipes that honor my German and Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors.  Quick and tasty, theese keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for several weeks.  But rarely do they last that long in my house!

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  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add carrots and boil until the carrots are just tender, approximately 10 minutes. Drain well.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the celery, green pepper, carrots and onion.
  3. Bring tomato soup, oil, vinegar and sugar to a boil. Stir well. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the mixture over the vegetables, mix until all of the vegetables are coated. Marinate this salad overnight before serving.
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postheadericon Colcannon

In ode to the Irish roots that run deep in the Coal Region, here is a very simple yet very tasty dish great for family suppers or a warm and filling meal on a cool day. Each family has a version they like best, here is a very quick and easy one – enjoy!

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  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until fork tender.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, saute the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the pan helps the vegetables cook faster.
  3. Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with cream or milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions, then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Some people like to add garlic, sliced scallions...the choice is yours, this dish is very each to customize to your taste.

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postheadericon Halushki

Inexpensive and hearty! Great warmed up the next day.

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  1. Cook noodles as directed on package in salted, boiling water until tender but still firm. Drain.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onions until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Cut cored cabbage into 1 inch pieces. Add remaining butter and cabbage to onions, cook stirring occasionally until cabbage is softened.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper. Place cooked noodles and cabbage and stir gently to combine.
Recipe Notes

Instead of noodles, you can use 2 packages (1 lb) commercial prepared gnocchi.  (or go all "old-country" and make your own dough balls!)

If you like your cabbage softer, cook it to your desired consistence before mixing it with the noodles or gnocchi.

You can also fry three pieces of bacon cut into small strips, add the reserved bacon grease to your butter for frying the onions and the cabbage and return the reserved, browned bacon to the pot with all the ingredients before serving.

 

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postheadericon Bleenies

These are a staple at church picnics and block parties in the Coal Region. Like potato salad recipes, every body’s is a little different than every body else’s.

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aka Potato Pancakes
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aka Potato Pancakes
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  1. Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze dry.
  2. Mix potatoes (except salt) and all other ingredients together.
  3. Add oil to large frying pan, about 1/2 inch deep in pan. On medium high heat, scoop a couple tablespoons of the pancake mixture into pan and flatten with the back of a spoon. (Amount depends on the size of the pancakes you want) Fry until brown on one side, flip, brown on the other. Make sure potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Drain on paper towels. Salt now to taste. Hold warm in 200F oven if desired.
  5. Some people put vinegar on before eating, others smear on some grape or strawberry jelly, some eat with sour cream and/or apple sauce.
Recipe Notes

 

Feel free to adjust the seasoning or additions to your own taste. I grate a rib of celery into my potato mix, and I squeeze the excess liquid from the shredded potatoes before mixing. Salting after they are removed from the oil rather than adding salt to the batter results in less unwanted liquid forming in the mix as it sits awaiting frying.

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