A West Virginian Cookbook with Marion County inspired recipes

A West Virginian Cookbook with Marion County inspired recipes


  Lumps of Coal


16 oz. package Oreos

8 oz. Cream cheese



Mash Oreos until finely ground. Combine oreos with cream cheese. Mix until all is black and roll into lumps. Chill for 20 minutes.

Healthier version: Replace Oreos with Newman’s Organic cookies. Replace cream cheese  with Philadelphia ⅓ less fat cream cheese.

Find other sweet treats: Noteworthy Sweets, Hero’s Corner Cafe, Poky Dot, Muriale’s Italian Restaurant, Dairy Creme Corner, Country Club Bakery, DJ’s 50’s & 60’s Diner, Pufferbellys Ice Cream Station


Buckwheat CakesBuckwheat Pancakes


2 cups buttermilk

1 ½  cup buckwheat flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½  tablespoon unsalted butter

Optional add ins- 1 egg, cinnamon oil, chocolate chips, blueberries,


Mix all ingredients except the buttermilk. Slowly pour in the buttermilk until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Pour onto hot, greased skillet and flip once bubbles arise.

Get your breakfast fix: The Poky Dot, The Broken Egg, DJ’s 50’s & 60’s Diner, Cotton Patch, McAteer’s Restaurant


Pepperoni Rolls  Pepperoni Rolls


Crescent rolls

Pepperoni (sticks or slices)

Mozzarella cheese (grated, slices, string cheese)

Demus Peppers (optional)


Grease baking sheet and lay out crescent rolls. Place 3 sticks or 6 slices of pepperoni on each roll. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon mozzarella or place ½ round slice on each roll. Bake as crescent roll package instructs. Once out of the oven, add Demus Peppers and more cheese if desired.

Healthier version: Replace crescent rolls with pita. Replace pepperoni with turkey pepperoni. Replace cheese with nutritional yeast.

Find it better at: Colasessano’s, Country Club Bakery


 Apple ButterSlow Cooker Apple Butter

YIELD: 4 pints   PREP TIME: 30 minutes   COOK TIME: 12 hours


6 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and sliced

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.

2. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.

3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.

4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.

5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.

Rather eat your apples in pie form?  The Poky Dot, Noteworthy Sweets, Hero’s Corner Cafe


Ramp Pesto Pasta  Ramp Pesto Pasta


10 ramps chopped

1/3 C olive oil

3 drops Rosemary Oil

1 oz ricotta salata

1/2 tsp salt

black pepper to taste

lemon wedges to make it pretty

16 oz of your favorite pasta cooked according to package directions

 Can’t find ramps?  Try substituting with leeks or green onions plus a little chopped garlic.

Prefer fresh pasta?  Hermosilla’s Deli Market


If you’re looking for:

Italian Food: Colasessano’s has renown pizza and gelato. Muriale’sis famous for their pasta, cannolis and tiramisu!

Irish Food: McAteers, Shenanigans

Lactose-Free foods: Dairy Creme Cornerhas many lactose-free desserts as well as numerous flavors of lactose-free ice cream!

Gluten-free foods: Dairy Creme Corner also has an impressive amount of gluten-free ice cream options on their menu.  Muriale’s serves gluten-free pasta as an alternative to any of their dishes.

Blog author: Leah Nestor

Blog author: Leah Nestor

Running low on your gluten and lactose?

Fill up here!  Pufferbelly’s Ice Cream Station has the traditional gluten-filled and lactose-filled ice cream of our childhoods!

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