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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: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, mother of two beautiful children--a girl and a boy, and "mom" to an adorable little Yorkshire Terrier--his name is Rocco. I am also the Business Development Manager for a local credit union and proud to have a wonderful team that I work with. My husband and I love to spend time together cooking and trying new recipes (well, I do the cooking and he does the tasting). I have been very blessed.

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Holiday Egg Nog

Reviewed on Dec. 28, 2014 by Gwenn   view full review
I thought this was a bit too sweet, but used it as my base to experiment. This is what I did,...

Potato Casserole

Reviewed on Dec. 28, 2014 by Jen   view full review
1/2 recipe serves 6 easily. After sautéing the onions, I drained 1/2 of them and mixed them...

Smoked Sausage with Potatoes, Sauerkraut & Ale

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Hillshire Farm, thank you for this fantastic and comforting recipe! I followed the recipe...

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