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Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves Evoke Memories

A bolt of lightning knocked out the internet so blogging from my phone
Rhubarb says Spring to me.
When the three kids were younger, we’d pile in the car and drive 7 hours to New York City to visit my sister. I’d park in the lot by the pier on the Hudson and we’d make our way up the five floor walk-up to her apartment. Everyone would be asleep on the floor camping out and in the early morning, Aunt Mary would walk to Zito’s Bakery on Bleecker Street, come home with warm loaves. She’d have the butter out and a jar of her homemade strawberry rhubarb preserves. She’d slice the bread on a wooden board. That’s what the kids woke up to – warm bread and butter and strawberry rhubarb preserves-

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Berenice Abbott took this photo of Zito’s in 1937.

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Today I went to the Farmer’s market on the South Side and bought two bunches of rhubarb and fresh picked strawberries. I was trying to remember the method and chopped the stalks in one inch pieces, put them into a large enamel kettle and sprinkled with sugar to sit.

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Added the strawberries and cooked it down. I wish it wasn’t so late and I could have called for the recipe. Just did it from memory.

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The loaf from the Farmers Market on the bread board, a gift from my sister.

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Postcard stamp on the back of Zito’s card a dime. I pulled it out of the frame tonight. Read what you wrote.

Before Matthew was born and he’s 33!

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Kids grown up and gone but tonight as I taste the strawberry rhubarb preserves, I remember.

P.S. And to answer your question Mary, on the card-
I did get that assistantship and that’s how I was able to get hired at Pittsburgh Public Schools in 1989!

P.P.S. Zito’s is gone now.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Inside

egg interior

 

egg

excuses kitchen

 

Excuses Kitchen

 

chili

Pot of Chili

snow yard

 

Snow Yard from the Kitchen

 

 

 

concert

 

Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh PA

 

 

tent

Center for the Arts Wedding – Marc and Roberta

fridge

Refrigerator

bloomfield house

Bloomfield Window

mattress factory2

Detroit Artist at Mattress Factory

warholWarhol Museum

bakeryJean Marc Chatellier Bakery Millvale


Tartelette aux Framboises and Dark Chocolate Royal

We made an evening run for me to pick up something at Target.  Little plastic containers for soup.

On the way to the parking lot, Steve asked me if I could drive by his work so he could get something he left there.

Someone had brought two delicious French pastries from La Gourmandine Bakery as it turned out.

He brought out the box and opened it in the car and there they were.  Two lovely pastries.

When we got home, I cut the raspberry one in half and ate it, intending the other half for him later.  Ooops. I ate the other half too.   Here is the description on their website

Tartelette aux Framboises
(shortbread crust filled with baked almond cream and topped with fresh raspberries)  and the description of the

The chocolate cake is called “Royal” and made of dark chocolate mousse with a layer of crispy praline and sponge cake.

chocolate one courtesy of baker Lisanne

Pastries in a box

in the box     so glad he remembered they were at work and they didn’t go to waste! Happy to swing by and pick these up.

Raspberries

close up

ChocolateI saved this one for Steve.


Windows 3 – Connie, Esther’s Hobby, Olga, Poet’s House, Oakmont Bakery, View from a Bus

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge Theme: Windows

Making the theme last all week? I  photograph a lot of windows.

Here is another  gallery
Connie at ChumleysNew York City Chumley’s Historic Pub After the Fire

 

Esther's HobbyEsther’s Hobby Shop  Millvale PA

Olga Stained Glass

St. John’s Chrysostom Byzantine – Columbus, Ohio- St. Olga Window

 

 

 

Poet's HousePoet’s House New York City

 

Merry Christmas Window

Merry Christmas Window Pittsburgh PA

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane's Carousel

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane’s Carousel  Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC

 

 

conservatory Columbus

 

Franklin Conservatory Columbus Ohio

 

 

Flag and U of Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning on the Horizon from Arlington

 

 

Freedom tower

Freedom Tower from my sister’s apartment window

 

 

graduation party

 

Graduation Party Window

 

 

 

 

 

Rocking Horse WindowRocking Horse Penn Avenue Garfield Neighborhood Pittsburgh PA

 

Oakmont Bakery

Oakmont Bakery Oakmont PA

snacks in windowSnacks in the Window New York City

 

 

window dresserWindow Dresser New York City Fifth Avenue

 

 

Bus window

Bus Window on Field Trip


Bakery Window Reflections in NYC

from last summer when I visited my sister

Which would you choose?
bakery window

 

 

 

cupcakes

 

 

 

 

bruno


Little Italy Days Bloomfield Neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA

Saturday afternoon I went to Little Italy Days in Bloomfield with my friend V and this evening I went over with Steve.

The street was blocked off and it was quite festive.  Can’t put up the aromas of the various food items.

 Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots


Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots at Merante’s on Liberty Avenue

 

 

Little Italy days (2)

 

 

 

 

Watching Bocce

Watching Bocce

 

 

West Side Story Performance

West Side Story Performance

 

 

 

 

 

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days

 

 

 

 

 

Bocce

Bocce

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (13)At the rectory- Formerly St Joseph’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannolis and Snow Cones

Cannolis and Snow Cones

 

Little Italy Days (15)

 

Live entertainment at Center Stage

 

 

Balloon Man

Balloon Man

 

 

 

 

 

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (11)

Simon and Garfunkel Cover

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days (3)

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ's Butcher Block
Grass Fed Beef and Free Range Chicken without Antibiotics Right on Liberty Avenue at DJ’s Butcher Block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New York City Sweet Tooth

French Tourists

French Tourists Outside The Magnolia Bakery

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I really wanted to photograph the line outside the bakery.   When we went there on Saturday evening there were customers but no line.

My sister loves me a lot. She walked with me up Bleecker Street after our outing to Brooklyn.

I was able to photograph the line.

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Tourists from Japan on Sunday Afternoon – they found the reference in a guide book

Line at Magnolia Bakery

Here is the line at the Magnolia Bakery.  Often photographed and talked about.   My sister found a site online with 282 photographs of Magnolia Bakery products. Guess I was a little late with my desire to take this photo.  But I did it anyway.

Earlier in the day we walked through Chinatown on Mott Street

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Mary and I ate these delicious Hot Cross Buns from Rocco’s Pasticceria after we rode Jane’s Carousel  (part of tomorrow’s post)

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Rabbits at Bruno Bakery

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Anna Banana Cupcake

Cupcakes in the Angelique Cafe Food Cart

Doo Wop Group Select Blendz

Select Blendz-  Doo Wop Group in front of Amy’s Bread on Bleecker St.


I Begged My Mother to Buy It When I Was a Kid

My  mother was into homemade whole wheat bread with wheat germ added. She’d scald milk, boil water, crumble a cake of yeast. Knead and knead, place it in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel, let  rise, punch it down, rest – then shape the loaves.

Let them rise again. this time in battered aluminum bread pans covered lightly with waxed paper.

The aroma filled the house and after it was baked we’d eat a slice with butter and honey when it was still warm.

What I would give to have my mother make a couple of loaves again, turn them out of the greased bread pans. Saw off a slice with a serrated edge.

But when I was a kid, I saw a big white truck with red and yellow and bright blue balloons all over it.  WONDER BREAD.  I wanted my mother to buy WONDER BREAD.  I’d eaten it somewhere and was fascinated you could roll it into a ball!  Hard to believe but true.  I begged my mother to buy WONDER BREAD.  Oh how I longed for the colorful balloons on the wrapper.

Embarrassing to admit, but true.

She never did.

I saw this sign by the abandoned Wonder Bread Bakery in Columbus OH.  ( click to read about construction of Wonder Bread LOFTS that started four days ago)

You can see the height by the telephone pole and building top.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

Two friends from work (JS) and (MK) alerted me it is National Donut Day.  Or is it Doughnut?

It is the 75th one so where have I been all these years?

I usually get that kind of info from Foodimentary blog and he is saying it is National Doughnut WEEKEND!

The Weekly Challenge came in this afternoon that you must take the photo TODAY so I shot a few photos of the  Highland Park fountain in the rain on the way home from school and the lawn ball in the garden with water drops for today’s post  of TODAY

and then my friend Steve came home with a chocolate donut he had gotten for FREE at the Giant Eagle.  Can you believe it ?

And he offered it to me.

So of course I took that donut and unwrapped the wrinkled bakery tissue from the sticky frosting (humidity is high high high today) and put it out on the front porch ledge and started to shoot away.  I did take a bite out of it for photographic purposes. Honestly, they don’t make donuts like they used to back when I was a kid………… The peeling paint on the stone ledge adds a lot to the photo in my  opinion.

(If I were to eat a doughnut it would be without chocolate  frosting)

Free from Giant Eagle today on National Donut Day.


Google Pittsburgh

When we first lived in Pittsburgh and Matthew played baseball in Mellon Park across the street from Bakery Square we could smell the aroma of baking. Crackers, cookies, it was the NABISCO Factory built in 1918.  Bakery Square has been “repurposed” as they say.  And GOOGLED.  

There’s a Coffee Tree that opens at 5:30 AM. for the early birds.

 

And a close-up crop of the Google flag.


Vincenzo Displays Easter Breads in Preparation for Sunday

Pasticceria Rocco. 243 Bleecker Street.  When Mary and I had our hot cross buns and cappuccino, this nice young man gave me a detailed tour of the pastries in all the glass cases.  He knew I was from out of town.  When we returned the next evening he was there and I asked if I might take his photo.  He reached for the loaves (Egg Bread and Panettone) and was an enthusiastic subject.  Friday, the devout are fasting and not considering eating the delicious breads until Sunday but you should have seen the Egg Cookies being wrapped up in white boxes and tied with string, flying out of the place! The Struffoli looked enticing, too.

Easter Egg Cookies, not the Egg Bread.


Hand Held Rotary Egg Beaters and Cupcake Display at DOZEN Bakeshop

My mother had a hand held egg beater.

Cupcakes are all the rage.  These are $2.50 each.  You can order Valentine Cupcakes now. Different flavors posted on a chalkboard. One was made with some East End Brewery Stout

Click blue link for information on DOZEN bakeshop in Oakland and Lawrenceville open Super Bowl Sunday 9-12 with special Black and Gold treats.

Rotary Egg Beaters

My mother had one
I think I did, too.
You can probably still buy one.
it wasn’t always a smooth operation.
The beaters got out of line.
And are cupcakes “hot” where you live?
Near my sister’s house the line is around the corner-
for cupcakes!


Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale PA

Crossed the Allegheny River to go to Millvale.  After I went to Panza’s to pick up Joan’s painting I had reframed, I went to get some brioche  and a loaf of crusty bread from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. 412.821.8533   Everything in the bakery is beyond delicious. There are samples on the counter of the melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies and a French shortbread called Breton Cake. There are little fruit tarts, apricot tarts and flaky croissants, even Key Lime pie slices.  As I was about to pay for my order, I saw him frosting a cake in the back.  I asked the young woman waiting on me if it would be all right to take a picture. She said,” Just take it!”  So I did.  Magnificent artistry in cake making.  And delicious.  I have eaten memorable wedding cakes made by him.  Once I bought a cake there for Laura’s graduation from Marquette and drove it to Milwaukee WI.

Memo to self: Drive across river more often to Millvale and buy delicious pastries from Jean-Marc Chatellier.


Pies on a Rack Headed into Schorr’s Bakery, West View PA

It was a really hot day Friday.  Standing at the PNC MAC machine, I looked to the left.  A rack of pies, an open truck, Margi the owner of old fashioned, classic, timeless Schorr Bakery – “Be Sure At Schorr’s”  it says at the top of the card.  She was wheeling the rack into the bakery with the pies.  No website or link to send you to yet.  433 Perry Highway  412-931-0653. Schorr’s.

Schorr's Bakery in West View PA

Should have looked inside the box to see the cake!


Burnt Almond Torte and Copycat Recipe

Different regions prefer certain pastries, baked goods.  Burnt Almond Torte is popular in Pittsburgh. I’ve seen it as a wedding cake. tiered!  Who brought the recipe here I don’t know but many Pittsburghers LOVE it.  I’d never tasted one until we moved here.  This one is from the Oakmont Bakery.  Joan brought it to dinner one night.  We split it three ways. Don’t know who ate the cherry.  Not me.  But before we devoured it, I photographed it.  Here is a link to the Recipezaar Copycat Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte recipe in case you want to have a taste of Pittsburgh Pastry/Dessert.  I hear there’s one where chocolate is involved.


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