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Baked Paczki (Polish Doughnuts)

As the Easter season approaches, many of us in the Coal Region look to tradition for our final indulgences in foods that were often abstained from during... 

Fasnachts

Known as “Fat Tuesday” (March 5th in 2019) in many places, in Pa Dutch country and the Coal Region it is know as “Fasnacht Day”... 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie

When I was  child in the 60s, I lived in a typical coal region home in a very small town in Schuylkill County. Unlike some towns, ours had mostly single... 

Choose Your Fruit Coffee Cake

When I find myself staring at the walls or in the midst of a bad case of cabin fever…I make food.  I “cook” as much as I “bake”... 

Irish Potatoes (Candy)

Irish potato candy is a traditional Philadelphia confection that, despite its name, is not from Ireland, and this version does not contain any potato.... 

Battered French Toast

My family was never fond of French toast. We liked the flavor, but took issue with the mushy interior. One evening many moons ago at my Girl Scout meeting... 

Stove Rags or Lokshe

Made from mashed potatoes and flour, these are kind of like Slovak/Polish tortillas. You can make them with day old mashed potatoes or cook some potatoes,... 

Nougat Candy

When I was young, my family went grocery shopping at the local A & P every Friday evening because Fridays were payday for my Dad.  The local store... 

Raisin Filled Cookies

Sometimes, there is a food we see, taste, or smell that evokes vivid memories of times past, and if we are lucky, of someone very special.  Raisin-filled... 

Cheeseburger Soup

Welcome 2019! I hope everyone had a joyous and happy holiday season. Watching TV the other day, I was bombarded by ads for healthy living products, weight-loss...