Sharing the love of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking: Sweets and sours

Our daughter is an active member of York County 4-H, and through that, our family has had the pleasure to get to know Mary Jo Kraft of the Penn State Cooperative Extension, an awesome lady who is as “True Dutch” as they come.

Well, I had the pleasure to borrow from Mary Jo her family cookbook, so that I could copy some recipes to share. I love nothing more than to see a well-used cookbook, so this was a ton of fun for me!

Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking cover

That’s the book we’re working from, and over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some recipes, including one with Mary Jo’s own notes on how to make a great hogmaw!

To start, though, I thought I’d share this look at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of the “sweets and sours,” sometimes known as the seven sweets and seven sours, as seen in this book, “The Art of Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.” Enjoy!

Sweets and Sours

Stay tuned… in coming posts, we’ll share recipes for cornmeal mush, hogmaw, chicken-corn soup and apeas cake!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Sharing the love of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking: Sweets and sours

  1. Jo Ott says:

    If you drive to the end of Locust Lane–the one off rt. 74 where the big green water tank sits in Shiloh–there is an old stone farm house on the right side. When my family lived back the lane a few houses I spent a lot of time back at what was then a large farm, including eating at the farm table in the kitchen. This was the real PA Dutch farm house kitchen where I ate many a lunch. There was always the seven sweets & sours–or at least several of each on the table–nobody was counting. I remember jams/jellies, corn relishes, pickled everything, chow-chow and some of the other dutch dishes that I can’t remember their names right now. Lots of wonderful memories.

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