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Pennsy Dutch, eh? Does this mean we'll get a recipe for pickled beet eggs? (place hard boiled eggs in leftover pickled beet juice and leave them there for 20 years...)

I've had Appalachicola oysters on many occasions; what does that make me?
(I know. A redneck.)

gasp! virginia is definitely southern! granted, the northern chunk near dc could break off and drift into the atlantic and i wouldn't mind, but never, ever doubt that virginia is southern. i'm from the southwest portion myself, and i could tell you a think or two about appalachian living. you'd have to set aside a good bit of time, though, because i talk real slow. :)

My family is from Kentucky but, except for my grandmother's biscuits, you wouldn't want any of their recipes-not unless you like things like fried bologna and those jello salad recipes just brimming with calories and fat.

My folks (both sides) started out from Lancaster Co., PA, then to TN, OK, MS, IA, NE & MT. They were a traveling bunch. Houseknechts on my mother's side and Slokums on my Dad's. That hillbilly enough for ya? My father's folks raised and distilled sorghum on the farm in southern Iowa. Jeez - I have lots of tales!

It was very common in the early days for families to start off in one area of the U.S. and travel together south, then west. These families often intermarried. And many times the children were named for the mother's mother and the father's father. So, it may *seem* like you're reading about incest, but you're not necessarily. There may have actually been three Catherines living under the same roof. Census records were very sketchy, at best. Geneology is fun!

I do hope we will have some photos to go with this side of the cookbook!!

I was born at the Quebec end of the Appalachians, and I deeply resent the implication of incest. So does my sister...uh, mother...uh, sister...

This is a good one, Tammy. My dad's family came over in the early 1900s, so I'm off the hook for all the Bad German! stuff.

Appalachian, yes indeed.

Southeastern West Virginia (yes, that's a place) right over the border from your Southwest Virginians.

You should come down here and do some field research, you know. Unfortunately, you just missed the annual Ham, Bacon, and Egg show at the state fairgrounds. (The high school 4H kids raise the chickens and pigs and cure the ham and bacon.)

(And in case anyone's wondering, it's pronounced "Apple-atcha.")

Oh, and, yes, there are plenty of PA Germans around here. It has to do with geology -- they came down the long valleys that stretch all the way from PA to southern VA (aka the Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachians). There are still active Mennonite communities around here too.

The Herbwife: So glad you're still with me! I would looooove to make a trip down there sometime, though I'm sure Price's Fork bears no resemblance to what it used to be 100 years ago.

Heather: Phew. Yeah, my relatives came before the Civil War, as it turns out. That was a relief.

Barry Foy: Appalachia goes up that far? Wait, let me get a map...

Sally: I'll definitely be posting some cool photos! As for the incest, well, it's not that brothers were marrying sisters, but when everyone in a certain-mile radius is a cousin to some degree, you start to see a lot of the same names come up in your family tree. It gets a little weird. But that was even the case with my Acadian relatives (Nova Scotia) in their small fishing settlements. You can trace a line back to the same couple four or five times. Anyhoo...

Linda: We'll have to compare biscuit recipes. As for the jello salads, well, we have our share of those, too!

Grace: It's good you talk slow because normally I only pick up every third word. You'll be coming in loud and clear.

CC: Different kind of redneck, though, right? Isn't that Florida?

NurseJen: That sounds, um, delicious. Nope, don't have that one. Actually, only a few of the recipes I have seem ethnically PA Dutch. Most of them are just old-fashioned Southern dishes.

Yep, Florida.
Bivalves and beer.

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