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Sauerkraut Salad

As we start in to cook-out season here in the Coal Region, the requisite potato and macaroni salads show up. As much as I am  fan of both of those, I... 

Old-fashioned Large Pearl Tapioca Pudding

My Dad was not a simple man in many respects.  As a young boy, he quit school and went to work to help support his family which included his parents,... 

Zweibelkuchen  ( Pa. Dutch Onion Pie)

Zweibelkuchen translates to “onion cake”/”tart” in German, but it’s also known in Pa. Dutch kitchens as “Onion Pie”. ... 

Fried Chicken Livers

When I was a kid growing up in Schuylkill County in the Anthracite Coal Region, one of the rituals my family participated in was a weekly (or almost... 

Liver Noodles or Leberknoedel

We Pa. Dutch and Coal Region folk are a frugal lot. Not only do we use just about every inch of a butchered animal for food and sustenance, but we get... 

Fried Cornmeal Mush

Many a breakfast in  Pa. Dutch country and the Coal Region, both in the past and present, includes fried cornmeal mush.  Sliced thinly and fried in fat... 

Mozhee (or Moche)

Mozhee (aka Moshee, Moche, Mozhy among others; meaning molasses related), a hard molasses candy, is a Coal Region favorite often sold at bake sales and... 

Mom's Ham Salad

This ham salad was guaranteed to make an appearance in Mom’s kitchen twice a year; after Christmas and after Easter — the two times a year... 

Pickled Beef Heart

While the heart is an organ, beef heart doesn’t actually qualify as organ meat. It’s a muscle, so it has a texture more similar to steak than liver.... 

Mom's Homemade Easter Eggs

In the Coal Region, churches and organizations turn out tens of thousands of handmade candy Easter eggs, selling them to raise much needed funds.  It...