There's really nothing like going to your home at Christmas-time! This trip back to Pittsburgh was the longest and best in years. I'd never been to the famous Pamela's Diner in the Strip District and I have finally marked it off of my list!
These girls and I have known each other since elementary school and we had a great coffee date with a side of breakfast food! Diana, Megan, Mallory and I tried a little bit of everything, strawberry stuffed pancakes, omelets with extra cheese, and Pamela's renowned lyonnaise potatoes.
The food I most look forward to at home are the donut holes from Better Maid donuts.
As I've mentioned before, they're the BEST IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!
No trip to da Burgh would be complete without a Primanti's signature sammich with fries and slaw. This was an impromptu visit during the Steelers game at Heinz Field.
I don't usually eat outside in the rain, but when I do I keep my gloves on?
Capicola, fries, slaw, tomato, fresh Italian bread. Get in my belly!
A big discovery was my Mom's ancient food processor! My first thought was to kindly gift her a new one for her upcoming birthday, although she made me aware that Pap bought it for her and even rigged up that wooden dowel up top to pop off the lid! The food processor STAYS LIKE BEFORE. [Godfather part II reference, anyone?]
Speaking of gifts within the family - my Goddaughter Marissa wasn't too excited when she first opened the play toaster (complete with sliceable butter and spring action)...
... although it all made sense once she opened the mixer (complete with cookies and a rolling pin)! Her Mom has since let me know that the "Baby" Marissa got for Christmas has been feasting on toast and cookies daily!
Of course, pierogies even have their own AISLE in Pgh, as they should.
The varieties are never ending!
The potato, spinach, and feta are my Mom's new found favorite, but the sweet potato type, made with whole grain, are OUTSTANDING! Too bad I'll never find them in Washington...
Somehow - between stuffing my face at restaurants - I managed to cook a meal or two. Christmas Day breakfast was my favorite recipe for baked eggs.
My Christmas gifts were, of course, mostly food related. Santa Claus may have teamed up with Trader Joe this year, what a great combination! Next year just include Tiffany and Co and we'll be all set.
I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but I'd love to blog more often and regularly from this year forward! Here's hoping 2014 is full of delicious food shared with family, great friends, and plenty of internet readers.