Finally, someone sets the record straight on what’s “real” Pennsylvania Dutch food

Finally, someone sets the record straight on what’s “real” Pennsylvania Dutch food

I grew up in York, PA, which is part of what is considered the most famous of our state’s “Pennsylvania Dutch” country. While York doesn’t attract the throngs of tourists that Lancaster does, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking has had a big influence on the area’s local eating. Because of this, I consider myself a bit of a Pennsylvania Dutch food “purist”—for example, I know that if a book has a recipe for “Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie” and it includes a crust, then it’s not an authentic recipe. So, I was quite thrilled to stumble upon an NPR blog post about a new book by a Pennsylvania Dutch food expert, William Woys Weaver.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/08, 2013 at 01:05 PM

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Local plant sales offer variety of food and ornamental plants

Local plant sales offer variety of food and ornamental plants

Plant sales are a fairly common sight in and around Happy Valley in May. They are a boon for gardeners who want to find unusual or native plants to add to their garden. They are also a good way to keep your garden a more “pure” source of local food, since instead of buying plants that were shipped to a big box store, you buy plants from a local vendor or organization.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/06, 2013 at 02:15 PM

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Farmer’s market season gets underway in Centre County

Farmer’s market season gets underway in Centre County

While a few farmer’s markets in central PA operate indoors during the cold months, the warmer weather of May means it’s time for outdoor farmer’s markets. Here’s a general guide to what you can expect at an outdoor farmer’s market.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/03, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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At the Dinner Table with French Penn State Graduate Student Sandra Rosseau

At the Dinner Table with French Penn State Graduate Student Sandra Rosseau

Editor’s note: At the Dinner Table is a new series on Local Food Journey. The concept behind this feature is a type of conversation you might have at dinner with a friend. I am sure many of you have talked local food at dinner, while having local food on the table (how meta is that?), so this series will feature members of the local community talking about local food and the role it plays in their lives. This is the first in the series, and in this inaugural At the Dinner Table I talked to Sandra Rosseau, a PhD student at Penn State from France. She came to Penn State in 2007. Her research interests now focus on the roles that humor plays in the context of Franco-Algerian memory. In her free time, she enjoys music, photography, and as you will soon see, cooking.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/02, 2013 at 09:00 AM

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