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Build-a-Bread Pudding with Sauce

I call this “Build-a-Bread Pudding” because it is very adaptable — I start with what I have in the bread drawer and “build”... 

Lithuanian Kugelis (Bulviu Plokstainis)

Lithuanian Kugelis If you asked 1,000 Lithuanian families for their Kugelis recipe, you more than likely would receive 1,000 different versions –... 

Polish Florentine Cookies (Florentynki)

Although a European classic and found in Italian and French cuisines, these Florentine Cookies found their way into a Polish Cookbook as “Florentynki”... 

Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

This recipe has been in my recipe file box for so long, it is nearly unreadable — spotted with cake batter and fingerprints and grease spots. I could... 

Schmearcase (Cottage Cheese) and Apple Butter

This is not a “recipe” in the typical  sense, but is definitely a comfort food enjoyed in the Coal Region and PA Dutch country and I felt... 

Polish Crepes (Nalesniki)

Eastern European and European roots run deep in the Anthracite region and these treats found their way into many Coal Region kitchens.  Polish naleśniki... 

Montgomery Pie

This is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dessert. Different from Shoo Fly Pie and its bold molasses bottom layer and crunchy upper layer of crumbs, Montgomery... 

Banana Split Icebox Cake

I used to dread pot-lucks and get-togethers when it was up to me to “bring dessert”; the time leading up to the event was usually hectic and... 

Chicken Croquettes

As a Coal Cracker and Dutchie, I grew up appreciating an elegance that can be found in simple foods. And I recycle ingredients as much as possible and... 

CMP Dessert

My Mom’s absolute favorite ice cream treat was what is known as a “CMP” here in the Coal Region and surrounding areas — a popular...