Monday, July 23, 2018

Let's Go Dutch ...

“Kumme esse”
  ~ Pennsylvania Dutch phrase for “Come eat ”
The Hamburg Diner advertises its Pennsylvania Dutch fare on its sign on a late June afternoon in historic Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the diner closed after 50 years in business in May 2018, a month before I shot this image. Hopefully it will reopen!

The Pennsylvania Dutch are a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and their descendants. The work “Dutch” does not refer to Dutch people or language, but to the German settlers known as Deutsch in standard German and Deitsch in the principal dialect they spoke, Palatine German.

Most emigrated to the Americas from Germany or Switzerland in the 17th and 18th centuries. Over time, the various dialects spoken by these immigrants fused into a unique dialect of German known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania “Dutch.” At one time, more than one third of Pennsylvania’s population spoke this language.

Pennsylvania Dutch specialties include Schnitz un knepp ( a dish of ham or pork shoulder with dried apple and dumplings), apple butter, baked apple, chicken and waffles, Chow-chow, cole slaw, corn fritters, Lebanon bologna, pork and sauerkraut, potato filling, pot pie, fastnachts, funnel cake, funny cake, angel food cake, whoopee pies, shoofly pie, sugar cookies, root beer and birch beer.

As I am half Irish and half Pennsylvania German, I grew up with much of these tasty offerings because my late grandmother was a wonderful baker and cook, and fastnachts, shoofly pie and angel food cake were my favorites of hers.

Hamburg, Pennsylvania, officially founded in 1787, was named after Hamburg, Germany.

The origin of the phrase to “Go Dutch” is traced back to the 17th century when England and the Netherlands fought constantly over trade route and political boundaries. To “Go Dutch” implies an informal agreement that each person will pay his or her own expenses during a date.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Long, Hot Summer Slowly Moves Along ...

“The long hot summer
Seems to know every time you’re near
And a touch of the trees gently stirs all the trees
And a bird wants to please my ear …

And meanwhile,
The long hot summer slowly moves along.

Oh so slowly moves along.”
   ~ Theme from the 1958 film
 “The Long, Hot Summer” starring Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward, based in part on three works by one of my favorite authors, William Faulkner (1867-1962), Southern American author and Nobel Prize Laureate
        ~ Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, composed by
 Alex North, recorded by Jimmie Rodgers

The Schuylkill River meanders around the bend along the Schuylkill River Trail in historic Hamburg, Pennsylvania on a late June afternoon. The river slowly moves along in summer, my most favorite of seasons, through the town officially founded in 1787 and named after Hamburg, Germany.

Blue Mountain, also called the Kittatinny Ridge, can be seen in the distance.