Oven Beef Stew

After a long day of work at Bethlehem Steel, my Poppop would come home to an already delicious smelling house, give the simmering beef stew a quick stir and declare that “his” beef stew was finished.

Your beef stew Poppop? Really? Gramma and I worked hard on that this afternoon, and….oh never mind. It was his thing, and our entire family knew it. It’s one of those memories that I hold fondly near and dear to my heart. I don’t know why. Maybe it was just the way he said it, or maybe it was Continue reading

I’m sorry, did you say Poplonick?

Do a Google search for “Poplonick”, go ahead, I’ll wait…..not much comes up does it? Yeah, me either! I’m not sure that this delicious goodness is actually called Poplonick in the real world, but that’s what I grew up calling it, and what generations before us called it. I think it’s Slovak, so that could be the problem. In any case, this was an Easter treat (similar to an Continue reading

Nuts for my Gramma’s Nut Roll

Let’s face it…every family has its nuts in it right? Holidays seem to bring out all the quirky aunts and gruff but lovable uncles, distant cousins, doting grandparents and overbearing mothers and in-laws. But they also tend to make people want to come together, dust off the ol’ family traditions (and decorations from the 1980’s), and celebrate being a family. If your’s is anything like mine was growing up, a lot of our traditions revolved around Continue reading

What makes Funny Cake so funny?

Long thought to be a tight lipped Amish secret by most of us “English” folk, Funny Cake is one of those things I practically lived on when I was growing up. I never knew it to be something unusual, or that people wondered longingly how it was made, certain they could only enjoy its awesomeness after a trip to the Amish farmers market stand. That is, until I moved to Southeastern PA. It still amazes me, even after nearly Continue reading