Category Archive: Café Menu

Sicilian Style Eggplant Casserole and Cheese Pastry Puffs

A delicious twist to Eggplant Parmesan.   The best market place in Pittsburgh is the Strip District. There’s never a dull moment with lots of diversity from the food to the people. You can’t help but want to peruse the wares of the outdoor vendors. You can find everything from Yinzer pride souvenirs, to fresh …

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Easy Hummus Recipe

As I mentioned on Facebook, I’ve never made hummus, so I researched online recipes. I’m sure you can agree, when you Google Hummus, it can be overwhelming. I just used the common ingredients; chickpeas, tahini sauce, and lemon juice, and added in some of my own yummies. Since making it, the hardest part was deciding …

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Cast Iron Skillet, Sweet Fried Potatoes

Cast Iron Skillet Sweet Fried Potatoes

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Mostly because I always have bacon. Since we moved into our new home, we’ve had overnight guests just about every weekend. Absolutely love a full house for breakfast served with mimosas. This recipe is my sister, Donna’s. I’m also thinking that it’s a Pittsburgh thing because I know a lot …

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Stuffed Pepper Soup using one Dead Guy

stuffed pepper soup, photo by Jenny MacBeth

Well folks, this soup didn’t come easy. I ended up slicing two fingers and burning my arm. I should have gone to the hospital for stitches, but my inner Xena toughed it out. Warrior scars ROCK. This soup comes in many different versions, but I simply follow the basics to making my stuffed peppers, only …

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White Ale Potato Leek Soup

  Someone asked me recently, “Do you have a case of beer for each beer you use in your recipes?” That’s expensive! I do not buy by the case. Only for parties. The state of Pennsylvania has strict LCB laws. Boo hiss. There are a few (not many) venues that can sell by the bottle …

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Guinness Irish Stew in a Puff Pastry

Happy First Day of Fall! This time of year is awesome. I really enjoy it for the the vibrant orange and yellow colors, and for the smell of baking. Even if it’s colder outside our senses are filled with warmth. Not to mention, I love Halloween and Thanksgiving. This is my first attempt at stew. …

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Spicy Sesame Noodles or Green Beans

  This is a great sauce you can use on noodles or even green beans. You’ll Need 1 pound of fettuccine or linguini style noodles (or 2 pounds of french cut green beans) 4 tablespoons of roasted sesame seeds 4 tablespoons of sesame oil 1 tablespoon of Chinese chili paste (optional if you do not …

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Citrus Bluemoon Summer Ale Pasta Salad

  This is definitely a unique and delicious pasta salad if I do say so myself. That, or it’s the two beers I drank whilst making this. Ha! Tip You can prepare everything in advance, however, mix it right before serving. Not sure why, but it tastes best the first day. You may not want …

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Top Secret’s Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing by Todd Wilbur

  Recently, our friend Val sent in a request, “Dear Girl, I just love the ginger dressing you get from Hibachi restaurants.  Any ideas?” Why, yes I do! Whenever I eat at a Japanese restaurant, I look forward to the ginger dressing; always requesting extra. I even use the dressing for dipping crusty breads, and …

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie

  We’re big on fruit smoothies. I make one just about every day. I would really like to add beer, but this is for breakfast after all. Ha! SAM’s Club has yummy produce. I buy bulk fruits, clean them, and toss in a Ziploc freezer bag. We always have blueberries, strawberries and bananas on hand. …

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