Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cooking for Wealth

Growing up, I always though I had somewhat of a strange heritage.  My mom's family is 100% Hungarian and my dad's family is 100% Pennsylvania Dutch.  So while my friends were wearing green and celebrating the luck of the Irish, I was saving bacon fat and hanging a Moravian star at Christmas.  You just didn't have a whole lot of PA Dutch / Hungarian folk running around the streets of Connecticut.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would even have another FRIEND that had any PA Dutch heritage in their family.

So imagine my surprise when I married a boy who is 100% PA Dutch - born and bred in Amish Country in Central Pennsylvania.  His high school was built in the middle of a cornfield and local drivers need to learn to yield to Horse & Buggies.

In the three years since Bruce and I have been together he has introduced me to a lot of the traditions of that PA Dutch that my family lost living so far away and with the smatterings of our Hungarian heritage.  One, in particular, is eating Pork & Sauerkraut on New Years Day.  The sauerkraut is for wealth in the new year and the pork is to look forward into the future.

I love this meal because you can do it in the crockpot and it is so simple.

You gather your ingredients ...

(our pork roast was about 2.7 pounds)

... put the pork in the crockpot with 1/2 cup - 1 cup of water and add a bottle of beer.  I'm not sure what this symbolizes, but it adds fantastic flavor!!

Cook on high for about 5-6 hours (if you have more time you can probably turn it down to low).  During the last 45 minutes to an hour, drain the liquid from the sauerkraut and put it in the crockpot around the roast.

We decided to serve it with vegetables and mashed potatoes.  Yum!!


  1. Sarah,
    Make that two friends! I am 50% Pennsylvania Dutch. Great Grandpa Greybill was 100%, married a British Lady and raised their children on Pennsylvania Dutch tradations. Runs deep in my blood friend.

  2. Oh fun!! That's really cool about the PA stuff!! And that looks yummy-love the yellow plates!

  3. Liz spent a semester in Budapest and we got to visit. Does that count? Also, Ben was born in PA. And I make a mean Hungarian goulash!

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  5. Hi Sarah,

    Your blog showed up on a google alert I have. I am an Emory grad (OOC) and worked at Glenn Memorial UMC for 3 years. If you are not a member already (I don't think you are) I would like to invite you to join The Atlanta Hungarian Meetup ( We also have an active church ( started by a former Columbia Seminary student. We are celebrating farsang in February and tickets are on sale now at Lastly, you and your husband might enjoy this book that takes place in Lancaster, PA written by a former teacher of mine Holly Payne. Happy New Year! Anne Lynch

  6. Sarah, before I even looked at the picture, I knew that if a Weaver was holding the bottle, it would be Coors that would be added to the pot. Just wanted to let you know how well I know your husband! :) Also, I can't wait for you guys to make it back up here in a few days.


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