Sausage and 15-Bean Soup

You guys: I don't like to brag, but I made some really great soup over the weekend. I just threw it together (if you've been reading me for a while, you know that's just what I do). You should probably make this before Winter's over - it's supreme comfort in a bowl.  You can't be in … Continue reading Sausage and 15-Bean Soup

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

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


This isn't a grandma recipe. But it is something that I make often, and I first started making it based on a recipe card my Aunt Cathy tucked into a recipe box I received at my bridal shower. Anyway, my neighbor called me from the grocery store yesterday, asking what she should buy in order … Continue reading Stromboli

Ham Salad Sandwiches

There's a memorial service later today at my church - one of our members has lost his battle with leukemia. I volunteered to help prepare food for the luncheon. The coordinator suggested I make some small sandwiches - ham, roast beef, whatever. In thinking back to any number of post-funeral lunches I've attended, I have … Continue reading Ham Salad Sandwiches

Pig Stomach (Hog Maw)

  I don't actually have my grandma's recipe for this, so I turned to The Internet to find one. And I got really lucky! Here are a couple of sites that have good descriptions and recipes for this traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipe: Teri's Kitchen - she has a great recipe for Pig's Stomach that looks … Continue reading Pig Stomach (Hog Maw)

Ham Bone (Bean) Soup

This is another one of those recipes that's difficult to attribute to one grandma or the other, because both of them made it regularly. In my opinion, this soup is best made by members of the Grange or the Lions Club or the Moose or Elks or the Fire Company or the Lutheran Church - … Continue reading Ham Bone (Bean) Soup