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Coal Region recipes - Boilo, city chicken, flitch, hrudka


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Coal Region recipes - Boilo, city chicken, flitch, hrudka

rworange | Mar 2, 2011 09:53 AM

This site writes

"Food from the Coal Region is something missed the most by ex-Coal Crackers. The multi-ethnic heritage of the region makes it home to wonderful recipes from all over the world. From boilo to halupkies, city chicken to mozhee, many a Coal Cracker's mouth waters at the mere mention of these culinary delights."

Babka on this site means a potato and egg casserole made with Crisco.

Bethlehem cookies use two cups of lard and a pint of sour cream.

Boilo is a hot drink made with whiskey (Use Four Roses, or Seagrams 7, or something similar.) oranges, lemons, raisins, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, caraway seed, anise seed.

City chicken involves cubes of pork and veal that are breadcrumb-coated, fried and then baked in milk.

Flitch is potato candy

Hrudka is made of egg curds that are put in a cheesecloth sack. Milk, sugar and vanilla are the other ingredients.

From the home page of the website

"This web site is a collection of nostalgia and regionalisms from the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. The region is made up of Schuylkill, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, and Columbia counties, and also the northernmost reaches of Dauphin county. The Coal Region owes its heritage to the varied cultures of the people who settled there, as well as to the bygone days of coal mining. "

This is the first time I've heard of regional coal country cuisine ... or these recipes. Anyone else have more info on this?

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