Think my paternal grandfather's family MIGHT have come up north to SE PA from VA, but not sure. My paternal grandmother was pretty much straight from England "off the boat" as a baby at end of 1800's.
I make crab cakes they way she always did... lotta crab and little cake, shallow fried in bacon grease. Have been asked where from "down south" was she from... south Philly suburbs!?!
"Borrowed" Patti Labelle's potato salad recipe for an end of year teacher luncheon. NOT going remotely Paula D, but was one of only 2-3 "white" teachers in school. Got LOTS of compliments on the PS and heard a few comments... "the white teacher made it"... took it as a total compliment!
At same luncheopn, was ONLY peron in school who had a bottle of HOT SAUCE in my desk for the fried fish! NEVER had that in house growing up.