Monthly Archives: July 2013

Best Apple Pie Recipe

Over the 4th of July weekend I had a piece of apple pie that I won’t soon forget. The crust was flakey and delicious; the fruit filling was tart and mouthwatering. I asked the baker of the pie if she would write down her recipe. Here it is:

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My Life as a Dog

very morning it happens. Chef gets up, comes downstairs, and opens the door to my room. He asks if I want to go out in an annoying, overly-loud tone, “Wanna go outside?!” He repeats this phrase over and over. Of course I don’t, I’m still sleeping- HELLO! I’d prefer to rest a little while longer, but no such luck- he picks me up, and places me on the cold wet grass in the backyard.

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Back Porch Restaurant, Belle Vernon, PA

Every once in a while I come across a restaurant with real character. These eating establishments are usually small, have a loyal following, and have been around for years. The Back Porch Restaurant in Belle Vernon is quaint, comfortable, and most importantly, serves excellent food.

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The Perfect Hamburger

In 1904, the St Louis World’s Fair called the hamburger “the innovation of a food vendor on the pike.” This meaty sandwich has been served at bars, fine restaurants, steak houses, and kitchens across the world ever since. The greatest sandwich I ever ate was at a hole-in-the-wall in Montreal, Canada. On a cold December Saturday, I trudged through three feet of snow. Looking for a place to warm my toes, I instead found a treasure trove of taste. I’ve tried for years to duplicate it, and here’s the closest I’ve ever gotten.

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The Map Room, Regent Square

I met a friend out for dinner last night. Initially I was in the mood for deep-fried goodness, so we ventured to D’s Six Pax and Dogz. Unfortunately, D’s doesn’t serve food after 10pm on the weekends. Luckily, The Map Room was open, and the kitchen was still making food.

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Cedar Springs Veal Asian Lettuce Wraps

Summer is here and there’s nothing better than a light, fresh, seasonal lettuce wrap. Cedar Springs natural veal is an excellent source of protein, and a smart choice when preparing a meal for your friends or family. These Asian lettuce wraps are crispy, easy to prepare, and packed with flavor.

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