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Nov 15 2011
Weeks are flying by and I can’t get caught up. Yikes. Sorry for the delay with the winner of the contest.
The winner of the beautiful cutting board was Christine. Lucky girl. Congratulations and thank you to Ralph Teets at Cutting Board Art for his generous donation. His boards are lovely and make fantastic gifts, either by themselves or as part of a gift of wine, crackers, dried fruit and cheese. Artisan made gifts are so much more valuable than factory made. Thanks, Cutting Board Art!!
Another fabulous holiday gift is the sampler from The Berry Patch. You get to pick three different flavors of jams or jellies in 4 oz jars. Not only are they so tasty, but they have a multitude of uses from marinades to salad dressings and come already packaged in a beautiful box ( notice the box in the above photo.) Stop down to the Pittsburgh Public Market to select your flavors today. You can sample them before you purchase, too. Don’t forget to say hello to Scottie and Brenda, the owners of The Berry Patch. The Berry Patch folks can be reached at 724-238-4714 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to pre-order your gifts. Things can get crazy on weekends and sometimes they do sell out.
Still looking for something to do on Thanksgiving? The nice folks at the stunning TreeTops at Polymath Park near Donegal would love to have you join them for Thanksgiving dinner. The menu includes roasted butternut squash soup, in house smoked salmon and many traditional goodies such as roast turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Oh, and pumpkin pie brulee. Call them today!!!
Jul 15 2011
I took a short drive out towards Donegal this afternoon to visit with Judy Trabbold, the owner of the Historic Log Cabin Inn. Judy has vast knowledge about herbs and edible flowers, and she is a delight. The Inn is a very old real log cabin, which Judy has painstakingly restored. This blacksmith’s house is one of the oldest homes in Somerset County – from the 1700s – and it is super charming inside. Lucky guests can stay here and walk around the path outside, where you can sit and enjoy the great outdoors. It would be a treat to stay here in any season. I wanted to crawl in one of the beds and take a nap.
After the Inn and Judy’s jasmine green tea, I took the always glorious drive on Route 711 on to Ligonier. I wanted to stp at Connections on 109 South Market Street for some lunch. The last time I was there was talented pastry wizard Sharon Detar’s grand opening a few months ago and things were crazy. This time, without the big opening day crowd (and my own tour group) I had more time to enjoy myself in the shop. I was so impressed with the calm colors and stylish table decor along with a great selection of free trade gifts. But, oh, the food! I ordered ( sorry to admit that I ate all of this, but I did) curried chicken salad, a mixed veggie salad with tomatoes, beans, onions and asparagus, and a slice of an ethereal white chocolate raspberry tart . All washed down with freshly brewed raspberry hibiscus tea. Connections also carries Old Linn Run Coffee, one of my favorites. I can’t wait to go back to both of these places. They are really special.
On the way home, on the lovely (not), traffic light strewn Route 30, I made my requisite stop at DeLallo’s, where I picked up some piquillo peppers, fresh mozzarella, fresh spinach, stuffed mushrooms and watermelon. Perfect for a lovely summer dinner.
Such a short drive from Pittsburgh and such wonderful local treasures. We are so fortunate.
A food adventure might be sleuthing out the juiciest June strawberries at a farm market, learning about gone but not forgotten area food treasures, working with a chef during a hands on cooking class or touring Pennsylvania’s artisan cheesemaker’s farms (and meeting a few cows along the way) . . or any of a zillion other fun ways to explore foodie things within a day's drive of Pittsburgh.