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postheadericon Black Bottom Cupcakes

Growing up in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, bake sales were a “thing” in the Coal Region.  One of the go-to methods to raise money for new band uniforms, the football team, the scouts, class projects, or church fundraising, they seemed to be on every corner or in the front of every local department store every Saturday morning.

One of my favorites was the Black Bottom Cupcake.  Rich, brownie-like cake inside which a sweet cream cheese and chocolate chip “dollop” rested just waiting to blend together in every bite.  Oh, if only I had a dollar for every one of these I savored…

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black bottom cupcake recipe
Black Bottom Cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
black bottom cupcake recipe
Black Bottom Cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
Servings
18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Cake Batter
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin tins with paper or foil cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy. Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the center and add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir together until well blended. Fill muffin tins 1/3 full with the batter and top with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
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postheadericon Halushki

Inexpensive and hearty! Great warmed up the next day.

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Servings:
Instructions
  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 Hot Bologna

Growing up in the coal region, hot bologna was a staple.   You can make this local treat at home quite easily.

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Homemade Hot Bologna
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Homemade Hot Bologna
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Slice ring of bologna in desired size chunks or slice pieces lengthwise. Place in large glass bowl or jar.
  2. Add crushed red pepper and salt.
  3. Pour white vinegar and water over the bologna.
  4. Shake or stir well to mix. Refrigerate. Allow to stand a minimum of two days before serving.
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postheadericon Barbecue (aka Sloppy Joes)

Known to many as “Sloppy Joes”, this simple, quick, any night sandwich is a winner. Can be made ahead and frozen, too. Add diced green peppers if you like, but this traditional coal region version does not use them.

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Barbecue (aka Sloppy Joes)
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6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Barbecue (aka Sloppy Joes)
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Servings Prep Time
6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Brown burger and onions in medium sized frying pan.
  2. Drain excess grease if desired.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Serve on burger buns.
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