Pita Breadmaking at Pitaland Guest Blog

A couple of dear friends flew from Florida to Pittsburgh to see my art show and attend the closing reception. They’d gone online at home and arranged to go on a walking food tour of the Pittsburgh neighborhood, Brookline.

Yesterday, Shuey sent me the photos and captions. They really enjoyed the ‘Burgh Bits and Bites tour. There are tours in other neighborhoods,the Strip District, Bloomfield and Shadyside. In fact, two were already booked up and so they chose Brookline.

Shuey made it easy for me by numbering the photos and text.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #1

I’m sending individual pics to tell the story of how pita bread is made.  First the secret recipe dough is made fresh, formed into a biscuit of dough and comes out here where it makes a left turn and heads into a machine that flattens it out.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #2

After it’s flattened into a super thin pancake it makes a few turns and heads into the oven.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #3

In the oven for 22 seconds at 1200 degrees.  They are so thin entering the oven that I couldn’t even see them until about half way through they just materialize out of thin air in a second . . . like magic!  Out of the oven they continue their journey cooling off.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #4

The cooled pita breads drop off the conveyer onto a table where they are manually deflated and stacked then handed off to another worker who bags them up for shipment to stores in 14 states.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #5

This is Joe Cuchines, owner of Pitaland and two of his employees.  He came to America with 1 dollar in his pocket and . . . he’ll tell his story best.  

Pitaland History

Thank you Shuey for such a great guest blog. I’m going to have to take the tour.

Shuey was a guest blogger with his fabulous Barred Owl Photo in 2012 https://rutheh.com/2012/03/12/barred-owl-niceville-florida-guest-post/

What My Friend Texted Wednesday Morning

July has been a busy and satisfying month with the People at Work Show exhibiting at Panza Gallery. There was a well attended opening three weeks ago and now tomorrow (Saturday 7/28) the closing reception is at six.

Early Wednesday morning, my good friend Vincie texted me this photo she took when she opened her morning paper. What a happy way to start my day. It just felt great! Mary Thomas wrote a nice article (with four color photos) about the People at Work Show in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

V sent me the online version when it became available (link below )

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2018/07/25/Ruth-Hendricks-People-at-Work-Panza-Gallery-Eric-Crosby-Andy-Warhol-Foundation-fellowship-Eric-Shiner/stories/201807180009


Later in the day, I received another text from From Vincie. Her cousin Paula had texted her the photo below saying “Great article about Ruth in the Post-Gazette today”

Very thoughtful of them both. Thanks Vincie and Paula.

It’s been a nice feeling to have good friends and family who cheer me on and encourage me.

Aphrodite at Ritter’s Diner came to see her People at Work portrait. Her photo was in the newspaper, too.

This is a good time to thank Panza Gallery Owner Mark Panza who (2 years ago) invited me to show my People at Work series and who hung the show beautifully.

Also thanks to his wonderful daughter, Jennifer Panza, whose generous help was essential in making the show a success. And a grateful nod to her fiancé J for getting the beer and ice.

(Mark Panza on left, photo taken by my son Mark)

Thanks to artist Carol Skinger, fellow member of Pittsburgh Society of Artists Guild, who tutored me about publicity for the People at Work Show.

And special thanks to Tom Underiner of Pixel River Images for making me shine by printing my work expertly, using the archival pigment on the Hahnenmuhle rag paper.

Bernie Pintar was the official greeter and encouraged gallery goers to sign the guest book.

Childhood Friends as Mothers

Childhood friends as mothers.

The girls, born in Germany in 1983 and 1984, were friends as babies and toddlers and young girls

1986 Kentucky

Laura at bottom. Anna at top.

Here they are as Mothers,

in 2018 with their own children

Anna with Elio. Laura with Charlie

Pittsburgh’s Spring Garden Neighborhood Summer Evening

#sixwordSaturday

Steve and I met Vincie at the Penn Brewery parking lot and walked down Vinial Street to the Kaffeehaus on Chestnut Street.

My former photography teacher from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Germaine Watkins, had a solo show of incredible photographs of Haiti. I bought the one of the gorgeous countryside that is right behind my head.

Vincie took this photo of me with Germaine

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6E16F7F0-47EC-4BB7-A9F1-9E8D44173465Cameo and Germaine as the show starts

87D6EBB3-2DD6-44B2-928F-BBCFD0836F6AAcross the street from the Penn Brewery in the Spring Garden Neighborhood of PIttsburgh

Pesto Season Signals Summer

Last night a friend brought over some fragrant fresh basil from the garden.

I felt inspired.

The recipe I used called for

2 c fresh basil leaves 1/3 c pine nuts 1/2 c Romano or parmesan cheese 1/2 c olive oil 3 cloves of garlic. Another friend’s flowers from her garden.

Such generous friends.

It might be time for new red and white checkered table cloth. I hemmed this fabric in 1974 and the red has faded to almost pink.

Even if it rains, the front porch offers shelter and a wonderful place to watch the downpour.

Maura’s Guest Blog

Maura has wanted to be guest blogger for the longest time. Her brother Michael did the honors yesterday. Today, Friday, was her chance.

I handed her the Canon 6D and said “halfway down, then all the way.” Click Click Click. Here we are- We gathered on Laura’s front porch before pulling away from the curb. We almost forgot to snap a picture. Longtime friends mini-reunion in Columbus OH.

Charlie sure likes that garden owl.

I took this one of Maura holding Charlie. Cousins!

What’s Inside is Sweet

Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress challenges bloggers to post a photo of something (or someone) sweet.

Vincie brought the foil wrapped Betsy Ann chocolate balls (made in Pittsburgh) to the House Concert and Molly brought the Sarris Candies (from Canonsburg) for Valentine’s. Sweet!

I think the bright wrappers make it inviting to unwrap them.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/sweet/

Friends Shared Winter Carnaval Quebec- Guest Blog

Although I’m in Ohio, I got to experience a taste of the winter Carnaval Quebec in Quebec City today. What fun!

A group effort on the photography, thanks to Kristin and Rick.

Quebec City-today’s “temperature was a balmy 25 and yesterday a -2”

See their exhilarating toboggan ride video below.

Linda with Bonhomme -mascot of the Carnaval

“Bonhomme is the official representative of the Quebec Winter Carnival. Snow white, he proudly wears the red tuque and arrow sash of the heroes of our past. This living representation of the Québécois’ joie de vivre is represented by an Effigy modeled after him.”

Kristin (native Floridian ) framed by the intricate ice sculpture.

(Linda,I love your sockhead knit hat!)

Join my friends on a fast toboggan run!

You might remember the pie pin map at Grant Bar in Millvale when Kristin and Linda visited me.

https://rutheh.com/2016/05/11/a-pie-map-not-a-pie-chart/

Look in Opening Credits for “Friends” Apartment Building

Corner. Photo Challenge

Friends (TV show) Apartment Building

Bedford and Grove Streets corner. Greenwich Village. New York City.  You see tour groups checking it out, snapping photos.  So that’s exactly what we did when we were visiting my sister in NYC Thanksgiving 2015.

IMG_3480Anna and her mother Erika in front of Friends Apartment Building.