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Family farms in small Pa. town do big mushroom business

Kennett Square, a small town with fewer than 6,000 residents in southeast Pennsylvania, is the mushroom-growing capital of the world. Well, at least the North American world. Almost two-thirds of the mushrooms sold in supermarkets and served in restaurants in the United States are cultivated in Kennett Square. And in a world where industrial farming …

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Creamed dried beef soldiers on for more than a century

In my childhood home in Bucks County, Pa., there were always a few red pouches of Habbersett Sliced Dried Beef in the freezer door. And early on Saturday mornings when we had weekend guests, I would sneak downstairs to find my mother in front of the stove, wooden spoon in hand, drawing slow figure eights …

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A slice of Abruzzo in South Philly

Joe Cicala was born in Washington, D.C. to Sicilian-American parents and raised in suburban Maryland. He honed his culinary skills at a small, family-owned restaurant in Salerno, on Italy’s Amalfi coast. Now, at age 30, Cicala runs the kitchen at Le Virtù, where he is cooking authentic Abruzzese cuisine—in a corner of South Philadelphia. Somehow, …

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The Weekly List: State food trivia

  Lots of people know that Pennsylvania is famous for pretzels and who doesn’t associate New York with bagels? But where did pancake mix come from? What about Moon Pies? And which states might challenge each other to a whoopie pie smackdown? A little culinary excavation reveals state secrets. Arizona The first barrel of tequila …

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