Ground Hog Day 2011: When Is It and What Should You Make?


Ground Hog Day 2011 is February 2nd, and the most famous of groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil will be making his annual appearance at daybreak, approximately 7:25AM. According to tradition, if he sees his shadow, we’re in for six more weeks of winter. The forecast for Punxsutawney calls for rain and freezing rain on Ground Hog Day, so it looks like he won’t be able to see his shadow. I’m not sure how the weather in southwest Pennsylvania will apply to where you live, but Punxsutawney Phil’s fame is due in part to his being Pennsylvanian, as it was the Germans of Pennsylvania who first celebrated Ground Hog Day.

So what should you make for Ground Hog Day? How about a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch (actually German, Pennsylvania Dutch is a misrendering of Deutsch) fersommling? A fersommling is large social gathering with speeches and lots of food. Some classics include baked ham, baked chicken thighs, sour tripe, and salad with hot bacon dressing. Who doesn’t like hot bacon dressing?

For some more ideas, check out these great Family Kitchen German recipes:

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