17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, November 2, 1912: They made apple butter this morning. I had to get the dinner and then had to be teased about it in the bargain. Went to Watsontown this afternoon and stayed longer than I meant to.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Apple butter sounds delicious—even if Grandma’s dinner wasn’t.
How did the Muffly’s eat the apple butter?. . .on bread? . . . or with smearcase?
In Pennsylvania, cottage cheese is often called by its Pennsylvania Dutch name—smearcase. And, the best way to eat smearcase is with a little apple butter stirred into it. It might sound (and look) odd—but it’s really, really good. The rich, slightly sweet taste of the apple butter really complements the cottage cheese.