Archive for September, 2010
My grandmother taught me how to make these. You could make them for chicken and dumpling soup however we prefer to fry them up in butter and onions and server them as a side dish.
1 c water
1 tsp. salt
4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Adjust if needed. If too stiff add water, if too wet add flour.
I like stiff dough, my grandmothers is not as stiff. So if you prefer use half the amount of water.
Boil water with 1/2 tsp. salt. When comes to boil, put dumplings in by tsp fulls.
When the float they are done.
Unless you have a very large pot you will have to do this in batches. Place them on a paper towel to drain.
If desired fry in butter and onions until slightly browned.
This recipe serves about 8-10 side dishes. You can put any leftovers in a container and refrigerate.
This past Saturday I was very happy to be able to take another trip down the Strip District to shop in the new Pittsburgh Public Market since my last visit during the preview. This trip I planned on making some purchases and brought my own bags for that purpose. I find the concept of the public market wonderful. It will especially come in handy when the Burgh is freezing and outdoor farmers markets won’t be possible. This trip I had hubby by my side to get him excited about shopping there. Why do I want him excited? I want to go as often as I can and since I don’t drive I kind of need his assistance
We started by walking around to see what vendors had and grabbed a cup of coffee from La Prima Espresso. They have very strong but very good coffee. I wanted to buy many of the products I saw but I had to be realistic about what I could purchase. It is pretty overwhelming as there are so many different items available. Besides food there are handmade items. This trip my focus was on food.
My first purchase was from Goose Creek Gardens. Not only do they have fresh herbs and greens they have honey from their own hives. It’s getting colder out and this is the time of year I love to have a cup of warm tea at night to which I add honey to it. The herbs and greens looked wonderful. I will have to try them another time as I had already purchased those items and didn’t need any.
Considering we have a new puppy in the house I had to hit up the Four Paws Bakery. They don’t have a website that I can locate but they provide all natural homemade treats as well as Steelers gear for your puppy. They had so many different types of treats. I glared over them all many times thinking what on earth my Baby would enjoy. Hubby suggested we get the plain biscuits since they were tiny enough for our tiny puppy to eat. If she likes those we can get something else next time. I think the price was pretty deacent too at $2.75 for the bag. Hubby later told me a few of the cheese ones had mold on it so please keep your eye out. He said the guy did remove them when he pointed it out.
European Desserts also does not have a website but they are on Urbanspoon. Apparently they have a store in Bridgeville. Hubby was engrossed in the strudels. I was engrossed in the tiny little mice.
We went home with an Apple Strudel. Warming it up in the microwave led to a yummy dessert to share. Well, I got about two bites he ate the rest.
After looking at and buying food we were both starving. There was a place called Sito’s, a Mediterranean cafe, handing out free samples of a wrap they serve. After one bite I was in love. I stared at the menu for awhile and after looking at the ingredients I wasn’t too sure I wanted to brave it. Could it really be that good? I told the girl I wanted the wrap they were offering as a sample. She was already making one and asked what I wanted on it. I told her whatever was in the sample just don’t tell me what’s in it! Hubby liked it but said it was just too much for him to eat as a meal. It was delicious. I couldn’t eat all of it so I wrapped it up to take home. Unfortunately the amount of oil they put on it made it pretty soggy later so it’s defiantly something to eat there or share.
We couldn’t let hubby starve now could we? Last stop Gosia’s Pierogies. The man would eat pierogies any day if I let him. That and cereal. He stood in line and ordered 6 pierogies for himself. I could barely get a bite from him he hoarded them all like he wouldn’t eat again. He said he knew when they didn’t speak very good english they would taste great. Next time we are getting some frozen to take home. I do regret not doing that.
If you have not been to the Pittsburgh Public Market you really should go at least once! There is great food, the vendors are very friendly and once you go you will want to return.
If you didn’t already know today is the first day of Autumn. It usually signifies the start of fall. Here in Pittsburgh it gets colder and the leaves start to fall. I am not much for colder weather but one of my favorite things about fall is the smell of wet leaves.
This year in Pittsburgh it is a hot, muggy day that feels nothing like fall.
We often do an annual trip to Cedar Creek Park with my sister and her kids.
After filling our belly’s we go on a hike.
Doesn’t she look thrilled? I think in her teenage mind she would rather be anywhere than stuck in the woods with her family. That teenage angst makes for great photo opportunities tho.
Other than swimming pools and the beach this is the one time a year we go somewhere that the kids can get wet. We don’t even take clothes to change into. Air dry baby!
Back to Autumn. My daughter. Back in the first grade she came home and told me a story while choking up a bit trying to hold back a few tears. She is just going about her normal day as a 1st grader. She was sitting at her desk minding her own business when the teacher had an announcement to make. “Today is the first day of Autumn.” That didn’t bother my daughter at first, it was the kids who all turned and pointed their little first grade fingers at her and started to laugh. They weren’t trying to be mean because they didn’t like her but try telling her that.
It’s a joke now. Today I texted her “Happy 1st day :)” We shall see if she texts me back today.
She may not talk to me at all.
According to a KDKA report city parking rates are going to go up if this lease goes through. They aren’t just going to go up they are going to the moon. What kind of city do they think we are? We are not NY where downtown is the place to be at all times.
Apparently the mayor was able to set the rates with the sale of the parking garage lease. So what did smarty pants do? Some of the rates will triple! $15 an hour for one garage, you have got to be kidding me. Yeah, I will want to do a little shopping downtown. Forget the issues with bus fares supposed to be going up that’s minimal compared to these rates. Parking meters will be hit up as well with the highest one reported at $4.50 an hour.
I sure hope they find another solution. I am not paying $30 to go to a function at my kid’s school. I am not paying $4.50 to pick up a book or pizza. This is far from any good idea to try and get the city more business; they are doing a damn good job of driving it away.
I spent years on a major war against living here and started to finally find the love. This is the wrong time to do this. Year by year the city is driving people away.
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Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a love/hate relationship with Pittsburgh. With my hate comes an obsession with moving south. Sometimes it’s all I can think or talk about which is why it is an obsession. While I still plan to do that one day I am not sure now is the right time. I had it in my head that moving my kids elsewhere would be better for them. Maybe I need to move them from where we currently live but not 900 miles from Pittsburgh. It’s getting colder out and those who know me know I HATE cold weather. I find my heart warming for Pittsburgh.
I wanted to share my reasons for loving Pittsburgh. If your from here you will understand. If your not it will help you understand what makes our city so great.
Food – I haven’t traveled many places where you can eat a different nationality every night of the week. We have a plethora of choices to eat.
eatPGH reviews many local restaurant’s via blog.
Also Binge! Eating in Pittsburgh is another local blogger I recently started reading.
I don’t know anyone else who has a bakery on a truck. We call it The Goodie Truck!
Stayed tuned to Just Roxy as well as I do review local places I eat at.
Shopping – stores in many neighborhoods, farmers market, strip district
Spring through Fall there are Farmers Markets in many neighborhoods.
Southside has two sides to it. The bar scene area with some shopping and a lot of food and the upper area that has more upscale shopping and a movie theater. Your sure to find some interesting places here.
The I Made It! Market has events all over the city showcasing artists who make things. There a lot of fun and many vendors have some pretty neat items to buy. An event I went to over the summer by them I purchased some soy candles that smell very good.
Always something to do – Weather it be the great outdoors, partying or just hanging out we sure have so much here to keep us busy.
YinzerParty hosts events for Pittsburgh’s Night Life. I’ve been caught in a photo before.
In the warm months you don’t want to miss Kennywood. It’s not a suggestion it’s a requirement. It never get’s old and has old coaster charm with some newer rides. Personally I go for the food. Nothing beats a Kennywood Corn-dog or Potato Patch Fries.
Living Pittsburgh is the place for free and low cost stuff to do in the Burgh.
Also be sure to check out the I heart PGH calendar for some local events.
The fall is awesome because we have RAD Days. These are days many places like the Children’s Museum, Science Center and so much more have a free day!
Social – we are a very social city. There are many local groups that get together on a regular basis.
PghTweetup is a site to bring people together through Social Media. I haven’t attended an event yet but I may one of these days.
If your into blogs or podcasts be sure to check out PodCamp Pittsburgh. While this years event is over you don’t want to miss out on next years! Make sure to check out day 1 and day 2 of my visit to PodCamp this year to see what your missing.
Interesting – Most Pittsburghers are proud of where they live and show it. They are also infatuated with the sports teams here. Even if the Pirates are doing bad they can’t stop talking about them.
Then there is what makes us unique. We are Yinzers and we Speak Pittsburghese. Gimme my chipped ham so I can go da strip, now you redd up and don’t be a jag off.
You definitely want to check out Rick Sebaks WQED videos. I think my favorite is Kennywood Memories.
View – The city view can be so amazing any time of year. I have many Pittsburgh photos here on my blog but also check out onlyinpgh where they put up photo’s people send them from all around the area.
What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?