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JEFF KRUZIC & JINGLE HOUSE OF PITTSBURGH.

DAVE ROMERO

Above: Built in 1840, the
Bruce House has
survived to become a
European-style B&B.
Center: Italian cuisine
has been a West Virginia
speciality for more than
100 years.
Right: The meatballs
known as Königsberger
Klopse originated in
Prussia.

asparagus spears on each plate. Place two potato pancakes on
each plate and on top of each pancake place a sausage patty.
When eggs are ready, drain each one in a slotted spoon and place
one egg carefully on top of each sausage patty. Spoon sauce over
egg/sausage/potato stacks (a little goes a long way) and sprinkle
a bit of paprika on top for color. Garnish plate with an orange slice
and you have a beautiful, hearty and delicious breakfast that serves
four.

The Bruce House Inn
201 Fayette Street
Cumberland, Maryland
1-866-777-8181
brucehouseinn.com

Minard's Spaghetti Inn
I hold a deep respect for restaurants that have never
forgotten their founders. Enter Minard's Spaghetti Inn,
located in Clarksburg, W.Va., and you immediately see
a shrine. It memorializes Rose and Michael Minard.
Their portraits are framed in gold, right inside the front
door.
In 1937, Rose started feeding glassworkers, right out
of the kitchen. At first, most of her dining guests were
Italians. The Italian population in this part of West
Virginia is significant. Many of those immigrant families were attracted to the area because of the opportunities it afforded to work in the glass factories and the coal
mines.
"In this area, they also had a railroad system that was
active during the wars," says Rose's grandson, Mike
Minard, who runs the family restaurant today. "And she
wanted to start feeding the guys coming off work late."
The resourceful Rose plated up her spaghetti, meatballs and lasagna on the family dining room table. That

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table still holds a heralded place right up front inside
the Minard's of today.
"A lot of the southern Italians that came through
Ellis Island settled in this part of West Virginia," Minard
tells me. "Our food has always reflected that, with
heavier, meatier red sauces. Our original sauce recipe
has never changed."
A popular dish today at Minard's is Pasta Suprema:
freshly ground Italian sausage, diced portobello mushrooms, peppers and marinara sauce served over
spaghetti.
Still today, the Minard family reserves three entire
days every year to do nothing but can their own peppers,
usually around 100 cases.
"And that gets us through the year," says Minard.
"They're sweet, with a little hot, to give a medium flavor.
It's a tradition we're really proud of."
The Minard's Spaghetti Inn kitchen has been a training ground for several restaurant cooks who have gone
on to establish their own businesses in the Clarksburg
and Fairmont area.
"We all go to each other's restaurants," Minard says.
"Most of us are related. We have pictures of the owners
of other restaurants in our kitchen working together."
With more than three quarters of a century of history behind it, Minard's Spaghetti Inn has never abandoned the spaghetti-and-meatball and lasagna dishes
Rose first served to those glassworkers and miners during the years of the Great Depression around that family
table.
Minard's Spaghetti Inn
813 East Pike Street
Clarksburg, West Virginia
304-623-1711


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
Letters/Worth a Click
From the Editor
Creature Feature
From the Farm
Great Home Buys
Digital Help Guide
Mountain Report
The Hike
Festivals & Events
Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Letters/Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Great Home Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 42
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 45
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 63
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 65
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