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In 1681, King Charles II of England granted William Penn a section of land west of the Delaware River. Penn called this forested land Sylvania (Latin for “woods”). As a tribute to William Penn’s father, King Charles himself tacked on the prefix, making it Pennsylvania. One of the original Thirteen Colonies, Pennsylvania is known as the Keystone State because of its important role in forming the country. The Declaration of Independence was signed and the United States Constitution adopted in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania has contributed much to how Americans eat. Hershey and Heinz are headquartered in Pennsylvania and familiar throughout the country and much of the world. Pennsylvania is a major manufacturer of potato chips, pretzels, and other snacks. In Philadelphia, Italian immigrants created the Philly cheese steak and pepper pot, while Pennsylvania Dutch developed warm comfort foods like chicken pot pie and regional wonders like sticky buns, scrapple, shoofly pie, and the soft pretzel. The first commercial mushrooms were grown near Philadelphia in the late 19th century. Pennsylvania remains a major mushroom producer.

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Home Town: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Herndon, Pennsylvania, USA
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I am 24 and in addition to my husband and dog, we now have a new addition to the family. My 4 month old son takes up alot of my time, not leaving alot left for the home cooked meals my husband got accustomed to. We both work full time so spending time with the little guy is #1 priority. We are very active in our friends' and families' lives as they are in ours.

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Home Town: Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA
About me: My name is Brianna, but I'm mostly called "Bri." I love to bake. It's my favorite thing to do. I'm not all that great at cooking, but I do try sometimes.
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Home Town: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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Amazing White Clam Sauce

Reviewed on May 25, 2015 by DinnerDiva   view full review
Very good. I am rating this as made from the recipe as posted. I then made some changes on...

Penne with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Reviewed on May 25, 2015 by Graceyrose   view full review
My family really enjoyed this recipe. I used hot chicken sausage and broccoli rabe from a...

Baked Zucchini Chips

Reviewed on May 25, 2015 by Leah Holt   view full review
Very easy and very tasty. I've tried several recipes and found this one to be one of the best....

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