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Born and raised “a coal miner’s daughter” in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania, I love to share recipes and memories of home with fellow “coalcrackers” and those who enjoy easy-to-make, budget-friendly foods that celebrate our unique blending of Eastern European and Pa. Dutch heritage and cuisines here in northeast Pennsylvania.

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In My Own Words

Pull up a chair and share a cup of coffee around the Coal Region Campfire as I chat with podcast host Alfredo Mercuri about my background, history, and how A Coalcracker in the Kitchen came about. Yes, there is a coal miner’s daughter behind it all…

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