I just wrote an e-mail to one of my best friends, whose son will turn 4 in a couple weeks. (Should that be couple OF weeks?) Here’s what I asked her: “What does this child want for gifts?” Wow, how Yorklike was that?
Friend Jo reminded me of this Yorkism this weekend… If you’re a Yorker, which is right: A) Hamburger barbecue B) Hamburg barbecue C) Sloppy Joe And, is there a difference between these three things? Discuss. My “correct” answer to come later this week. (By the way… if you search on
I’ve been talking quite a bit about that meat-which-I-hate, scrapple. Well, one of my readers, Mark, chimed in with some really amazing information on what I had assumed was a Pennsylvania Dutch (and therefore German in origin) food: Short background, I was born and raised in York, graduated from Central
From my sister Carol (who affectionately calls herself “Not quite the oldest Sis”), here is a piece of decent advice if you must eat scrapple. Don’t think about it….just eat it! Louise (another sister) is right about thin and crisp. Some diners serve it much too thick, and that is
My husband, Chris, must not read my blog very often, because he loves scrapple but didn’t jump to its defense after my somewhat critical post on the mixed meat. His sister, though, certainly did! Adriane says: I will defend our beloved Scrapple to my dying day!! People are ‘afraid’ of
As if the window candles didn’t spark enough debate on local house-decorating customs, what about this one? I’m referring, of course, to the idea of putting a huge metal star on your house. My roommate (for another few days at least – an early goodbye to you, Tina!) mentioned these
Buffy, our Assistant Managing Editor for Features and Niche in the newsroom, is immensely smart, immensely organized, and basically everything I want to be if I ever start acting like a grown-up. Buffy, however, is known around the office for being, well, a little… unusual. She carries four calendars around.
If you can’t tell, it’s “Joan’s cleaning out her inbox” week on the ol’ blog, and I want to keep sharing some of the best comments I’ve received. I had gotten some good responses to my post on window candles. From my sister Louise (Hi, Weez!), who just knows a
A long time ago, commenter Bonnie told me: In these parts we eat “pon haus” aka scrapple. Where’s the hog maw? Where’s the souse…it’s food and should not be confused with getting “soused.” That’s all together different, though both are pickled. Well, Bonnie hit on the one traditional food that
So when my brother came out from Tucson, he noticed how green it is in Pennsylvania. That I knew would be very different than where he came from. But he also noticed something else that I’ve recently come to find out is a “northeastern U.S.” thing, and which is very