“I also stubbornly maintain that the only real way to cook lobsters is in three or four inches of sea water, in a covered kettle, for about twelve minutes (pound and a quarter lobsters being the ideal size). You then drape these dazzling creatures over the rocks until they cool off a bit, tear them apart with the bare hands, dip each piece in melted butter and guzzle. There should be from two to six lobsters per person. While the lobsters cook and cool off, two dry martinis should be served. Nothing whatever else should be served- we are eating all the lobster we want, we are not fooling around with salad, or strawberry shortcake or even coffee. All you need are the martinis, plenty of lobsters, millions of paper napkins and a view.”
– Avis DeVoto to Julia Child, 1952
When I made this casserole today, I felt like a 50’s housewife. Like the kinda gal who spends all day chopping vegetables while wearing three inch heels, a floral apron, and a face full of perfectly done make-up. There’s just something about casseroles that remind me of Mrs. Arnold from the “Wonder Years” and June Cleaver. That no-nonsense idea of spending all day in the kitchen with every curl perfectly in place.
But back to 2012 where in reality, I was in my kitchen wearing a T-shirt and flip flops with my hair on top of my head. I decided to try my own take on a chicken, rice, and vegetable casserole figuring as long as I got a can of creamed soup in there, It’d qualify as a casserole. I basically used whatever we had in the fridge, and it turned out just as I thought it would, warm, comforting, and tasty.
I didn’t use exact measurements in this recipe, so it’s more of a guide rather than something you need to follow perfectly.
The authentic and family-owned Casa Rasta taco shop in Beechview is the newest addition to the growing grab-it-and-go taco scene in Pittsburgh. With only a few tables and run by a husband and wife team, Casa Rasta boasts some delicious tacos that are served quick and fresh.
When I have no idea what to make and want something quick and guaranteed to be good–I always end up picking pasta. After searching through all my favorite blogs, I came across a Giada recipe I had bookmarked months ago and promised a total cook time of 25 minutes. Okay, easy enough.
Check out my latest write-up for I heart PGH about the new chocolate shop in Lawrenceville, Sinful Sweets. Hope you are having a happy and chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day!
As a lover of BYOB restaurants and pasta-filled menus, I decided to choose E2 in Highland Park for dinner with my best friend. I had heard great things about E2 from I heart PGH who happens to know the chef and has dined there before. When I asked her what to order she said “everything is amazing”—so I had high expectations heading into dinner.
Grubstreet, New York Magazine’s online food site, has an article on the 101 best and craziest new desserts in America. And two local Pittsburgh restaurants made the list! I’ve been to both Spoon and Avenue B and had excellent meals at both. Check out the desserts below.