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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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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA
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I enjoy cooking and my dear husband enjoys eating, so it works out well! We enjoy antiquing,gardening,travel and sports,especially ice hockey.We also love to try new restaurants and especially enjoy the many diverse food festivals in Philadelphia. Philly is a GREAT restaurant town!

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Donna M. Cafferty 

Cooking Level: Expert
Home Town: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Waterloo, Iowa, USA
About me: I love to cook but my favorite thing to do is to bake. I enjoy making things that my family likes eating. I enjoy a good cup of hot tea & a stack of recipes files or books. I ma…
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Dana C. 

Cooking Level: Expert
Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
About me: I'm 40 years old and a father of four. I always enjoyed food, but I was also careless when it came to what I put in my body. At 39 I had a stroke, and that was the "wake-up" call …
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Pam Baum 

Cooking Level: Beginning
Home Town: Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA

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Cashew Chicken with Water Chestnuts

Reviewed on May 29, 2015 by JULIESM   view full review
This will be a regular on the dinner rotation for my family. We all loved it! I did make a...

Zucchini with Egg

Reviewed on May 29, 2015 by Christina   view full review
Nice! I only had 1 smallish zucchini, but I thought that was plenty w/o being too much. This...

Home-Style Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed on May 28, 2015 by obxnut   view full review
It was ok, just not to our liking. I will keep looking for the perfect one.

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