Ask Joan: Quiet week edition

While things have been busy at both the YDR and my freelance jobs in the past week, it’s been super-quiet for our family otherwise. (Though we are now the owners of a rather gigantic map of the world.)

Hopefully, this Ask Joan will be just as informative as our wall map of the world? :)

What’s inside
1. and 2. Seeking recipe for some panhaus
3. History of the Rothert Company

1. I read with interest a thread on your blog about panhas, German version of scrapple and am trying to find recipes for it. Can you help?
- Monica Kass Rogers

2. I m looking for a recipe my mom, grandmother and aunts used to make. It sounds a lot like the scrapple or pon haus you talk about. Is it possible to get a recipe?
- Donna

To tackle both of these questions, I pulled out my trusty copy of the Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook edited by Claire S. Davidow. This is a LONGTIME family favorite book, and while I can’t vouch for this particular pork product, I hope this recipe will help!

Now, that said, I do NOT know if you want to go the whole pigs-head route, ladies; I understand you can substitute ground pork sausage with no problems! I also found this recipe on Allrecipes that uses canned milk, which my local scrapple-making friends don’t seem to favor, but which you might try.

Either way, if you try it out, I hope you’ll let me know what you think!

3. I have 2 dessert size plates that read “Compliments of Rothert Company, York, PA 1907″ on the back and on the front a picture of a monk with the inscription “Command married life to everyone, but keep thyself a bachelor” on one and a pic of a stork with a baby bundle that reads “May all your troubles be little ones.” I live in Illinois and got these after my PA-born father-in-law died. We are in our late 60s and I don’t know if I should save them for kids or grandkids. Do you have any suggestions or history on the plates or the company?
- Cathy Meyers

Cathy, I do not have ANY knowledge of Rothert, but I am sure that someone reading will be able to fill us both in! Any details are greatly appreciated!

Got any questions? Ask Joan using the form at right. I’ll attempt to answer them in a future “Ask Joan” column on this blog. I get a large volume, but I will feature three each week and answer as many as possible!

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 Ask Joan: Quiet week edition

  1. Shari Strayer says:

    Did you ever find out anything about the Rothert Company in York? My sister and I just found an old carpet sweeper that has that name on it. We were wondering, too, about the company and the possible age of the sweeper. Our grandfather, Clarence Eppley, ran a corner grocery store on North George Street
    (1400 block) until the 1960′s. It had been in the family for 3 generations and they sold everything from Kerosene to nails to canned goods and meats. At one time he was even an authorized dealer for Pullman cars. I have many good memories of being in that store with my grandparents.

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