Scalloped (sort of) Potatoes

It isn't news that I love potatoes cooked almost any way possible. I like them baked, pan-fried, mashed, hash-browned, French-fried, chips, cubed & roasted, or mixed with cheese and baked. Yesterday, I made another favorite potato dish to go with my Easter ham: It's a scalloped potato casserole. Or, kind of. I've I've been throwing … Continue reading Scalloped (sort of) Potatoes

Pennsylvania Dutch-style Soft Pretzels

I got this recipe from my cousin Sarah, who attributes it to her friend, Ronda. Like me, they both grew up in rural south-central Pennsylvania, so this is one of those recipes that reminds me of home.  You know that smell when you walk by the pretzel stand in the mall? That somewhat intoxicating mixture … Continue reading Pennsylvania Dutch-style Soft Pretzels

Chicken in Sour Cream Mushroom Sauce

This one is a go-to easy baked chicken dish that I first enjoyed thanks to my mom's friend Bill in the early 1990s. I loved it so much that I immediately adopted it as my own and have modified it somewhat. It was in heavy rotation for many years in my kitchen. I remember telling … Continue reading Chicken in Sour Cream Mushroom Sauce

Dried Beef Appetizer Pie

THIS WAS MY GO-TO dish for many years and I don't know why I've gotten away from it. I don't remember who gave it to me, but I vaguely recall being at some party and tasting it and insisting the hostess share her recipe with me.  (If you remember giving it to me, please let … Continue reading Dried Beef Appetizer Pie

Cheese Potato Casserole

ALL CREDIT FOR THIS ONE goes to my mom. This cheesy potato concoction was so beloved that for the family gatherings of my youth, one only needed to say that Rosie was bringing "her potato casserole" and everyone knew what was coming, and that it meant we were having "the ham meal", and to save … Continue reading Cheese Potato Casserole

Pennsylvania-style Barbecue Sandwiches

One of the most thoughtful bridal shower gifts I received was a hand-painted recipe box from my cousin Rita. Tucked inside was a collection of recipes she had gathered from women "in the valley" where I grew up. I was browsing through my recipe cards the other day and came across this one: She attributed … Continue reading Pennsylvania-style Barbecue Sandwiches

Pecan Tassies

IT WASN'T CHRISTMAS until my mom cranked out a batch of these delicious, mini-pecan pie pastries. These have long been one of my favorite cookies, which you can tell from looking at the recipe card:   (What I don't know is why there's a tiny part of the corner cut out. Why would I - … Continue reading Pecan Tassies