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‘Twas The Night Before Picklesburgh – 35 Foot Pickle Balloon Tethered to Ninth Street Bridge- Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is Picklesburgh this weekend. It starts Friday.

There will be a pickle juice drinking contest. Mmmmm.  Maybe I can get down there and photograph some of the festivities. Heinz Pickles production

Here’s a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about it for more info.  Or a video from CBS with a ton more photos of the pickle balloon.

When I saw Picklesburgh listed in the news on the computer tonight, I got in the car (about 10:15) drove downtown and put the flashers on.  You couldn’t go on the main part of the bridge itself said the nice security man but I walked along the walkway and took a few photos of the giant pickle balloon at night.  I just thought there it would be some “fresh content” and a new topic. I hear there will be pickle cookies to eat.  All kinds of pickly treat to sample.

We can discuss dill, spears, sandwich slices, chips, bread and butter or sweet pickles another time.

I like pickle relish in tuna salad. Dill spears.

One summer I made pickles when I visited my brother David in Okanogan WA and they were delicious.

My grandmother’s handwritten pickle recipe is in a wooden box in my kitchen.

Two days of Picklesburgh and celebrating all things pickled.

Pickle Balloon UPMC Gulf Bldg

looking to the North ShorePickle Balloon

City at Night Ninth Street Bridge

The city at night is always magical to me.

Ninth Street Bridge.

Pickle City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

Security on patrol.


A Food Pusher

I’d never seen one before today.

A unique baby gift arrived in today’s mail from my dear friend J.

Food Pusher 2The flowers from last Saturday’s wedding with the blue blossoms, still look lovely.


Comfort Sought in a Food Item May be Unhealthy-

-but sometimes necessary. Started to make a long list of all the reasons leading to this desire and changed my mind.

You fill in the blank _______________________________________________

I’d been thinking about a grilled cheese sandwich for weeks.

grilled cheese sandwich

grilled cheese on a plate


My Go-To Comfort Food

Comfort food.

“Comfort foods may be consumed to positively pique emotions, to relieve negative psychological effects or to increase positive feelings.[4] The term was first used, according to Webster’s Dictionary, in 1977.” Wikipedia

 A topic I study and explore from time to time.  Take a poll.

In fact, i asked this question just last December.

I was with a friend on Saturday and we were talking about eating in response to stress.

 His choice? a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (i forget which flavor)  

It’s a new school year.

Grilled cheese on stove and plate below. 

“Comfort food is traditionally eaten food which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it,[1] frequently with a high carbohydrate level and a simple preparation.[2] The nostalgic element most comfort food has, may be specific to either the individual or a specific culture.[3]” Wikipedia

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

 

 

grilled cheese sandwichYes, that is a slice of summer tomato on Laura’s Birthday grilled cheese dinner.  I asked her what she would like me to make for her birthday (they were in town for Celeste and Shawn’s wedding weekend)


Single Ear of Sweet Corn

You can still get great tomatoes. Come January we’ll long for them. 

I was at a friend’s house and she made corn for us.

Butter, salt and fresh black pepper.  

I think it was the first ear of corn I ate all summer.

Delicious.

Had a half of an ear last Sunday at a Garden Party, but

will savor this photo come fall.   

Thanks Ann.

ear of corn

 

 


80 Pounds of Fresh Linguine in a Day

No, not eaten.  Made!

I can tell you that it is delicious. Today I was buying walnuts and Amish butter and fresh eggs to make biscotti.

On Tuesday they make ravioli.  Mushroom, Imported cheese, artichoke, and many other varieties

Here is Carol in the Groceria Italiana (established 1958) in Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

She is of Irish German descent but is married to an Italian, she told me. Very hospitable and didn’t mind my questions at all.

There is a lovely photograph of Gloria who has passed but who made fresh pasta for years and years using these same machines.

One machine is 27 years old.

Thanks for letting me photograph the process with my iPhone.  I will return with my good camera one of these days.

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Another machine rolling the dough into strips.

 

 

 

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Preparing the strips for the machine.

 

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Here the pasta strips are being cut.

 

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Carol can make 80 pounds of fresh linguine in a day!

 

pasta cutterYou can see the different widths on the pasta cutter machine. Gloria’s photo is above the machine. Carol said her spirit is with them still.


Oram’s Donuts in Joe Namath’s Hometown – Beaver Falls, PA

More than a decade ago I saw a show narrated by Rick Sebak on PBS about Oram’s Bakery in Beaver Falls, PA. Beaver Falls is about 35 miles Northwest of the city and is on the Beaver River.  ( I just looked it up and the show was out in 1999)

Their cinnamon rolls are their most popular donut, and they appeared to be the size of dinner plates. Well, at least a luncheon plate. I am sure each one weighs a half a pound.

I’d always intended to go check them out.

Today I did.

Oram's Cinnamon Rolls

They barely fit in the bakery box.

I bought a seventh cinnamon roll for me to eat for lunch and Josh put it in a white paper bakery bag for me.

Orams 1 Josh

Here is Josh graciously posing for me with the box of the donuts. Thank you Josh.

I was going to take the box to Ohio but the car was so hot that when I was at the Beaver Falls Post Office I saw a woman waiting in a car,  so I asked her if she liked Oram’s donuts and she said yes so I went to the car and gave her the box.  She was most appreciative.

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Nicole is constructing boxes to hold donut orders.

Josh and his brother built this LEGO®  donut bakery.   They sent a design to a company online and they sent the design kit to build, software is involved.  It’s on display in the bakery and I found it fascinating.

Orams 3Another view of the LEGO® bakery

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A lot of details. This is the front of the bakery.

 

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Love the LEGO® donuts

 

 

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Orams 7I bought a souvenir coffee mug for Steve  if you lived in Beaver Falls and brought this mug in after purchase they will give you FREE coffee (the small size coffee) in your Oram’s mug

 

 

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Orams building 1912The building was built the year both my parents were born 1912

 

Oh yes, I mentioned that Beaver Falls is  Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath‘s hometown so I found the plaque to him by the library(the library is closed on Friday’s :-( )    I drove by the Beaver Falls Senior High School but it is a modern one now and so I  figured the old one must be the Middle School next door.

 

 

Here is the plaqueJoe Namath Plaque

My friend Gail and her parents took me to see the JETS play in the late sixties and you know who the quarterback was in that game!

 


Lahma bi Ajeen at Joan’s Thursday Night

Steve and I drove across the Highland Park Bridge to Joan’s for dinner. You’ve seen Joan’s spools of thread  and checking out where she used to teach.

Since I went out of town on my  birthday, we made a plan for when I would be back in town and when we could get together

Joan made James Beard’s recipe for  Lahma bi Ajeen. The fresh tomatoes, cucumber and peppers,Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Yogurt Sauce with Fresh Dill from her garden, and wonderful olives.

Lahma bi Ajeen

The Lahma bi Ajeen recipe from Beard on Bread cookbook (A well used page)

James Beard Recipe

 

 

buttermilk pound cake with rhubarb

Buttermilk Pound Cake from World of Baking by Delores Casella topped with fresh rhubarb sauce.  Rhubarb from Joan’s garden- we ate outside.

 

Joan's Garden

 

Thanks for a nice dinner and good conversation, Joan.  Everything was delicious

 

 

 

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Joan inside her doorway keeping the dogs inside.

 

 

 

buttermilk pound cake

 


Delores’ Sweet Shoppe – Apalachicola, Florida – Key Lime Pie

“Where the locals meet” the sign says. The shop is closed on the weekends- open 7-3 Monday through Friday

After we got some provisions at the Piggly Wiggly grocery, my friend’s sister made a stop so I could get a couple of pies for supper. Her son Jack accompanied me as I didn’t know how to find the door on the side of the wrap around porch.   I needed help carrying the boxes.

Here is Delores, who has been here for twenty years, holding the box with one of the Key Lime pies.

She sells Pecan Pies, too. And Breakfast and Lunch/ Daily Specials, too.

Delores Pie

 

Delores sign

This is a great sign.

 

 

 

Delores Buns

 

 

 

 

Delores Sweet Shoppe

You can sit down and eat or order take out.

 

wrapping up the cinnamon  bunsOkay, we’ll take six cinnamon buns, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuna Melt For My Lunch and Thistle Seed for the Goldfinch

 

Picked up Laura for lunch at the Brown Bag Deli in German Village, Columbus OH.

We had a glass bottle of 1/2 Tea 1/2 Lemonade, some Cape Cod Kettle Chips and a dill pickle on the side.

 

Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt reminds me of my friend Joanne and also my childhood.  As I remember they were on an English Muffin half then.

 

Mark has to keep filling the Goldfinch feeder as they flock in and love to eat the nyjer/ thistle seed.  It hangs in a birch tree in their backyard.

My mother’s parents, Charlotte and Judd Van Sickle,  were real bird watchers and kept a life list of all the birds they saw. Cousin John still has the list and maybe I can get him to guest blog it sometime.

I thought of my grandparents  as I watched the finches gather in to dine.  Only one brave finch stayed to eat as I crept around with my 70-200 lens and camera.  They were attuned to an intruder but this one stayed to eat anyway.

American Gold FinchSo my lunch and bird lunch on the blog today

Goldfinch 3My first shot as I approached the backyard feeder. The question is, how do the other finches know to come to this particular place to find the thistle seed?


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