The idea struck me as I was making lunch today that I wanted a place where I could record some of my recent explorations–both in the things that I had been making and in the treats that I was seeking out around the city. I didn’t really want to put them in my normal blog because, well, let’s be honest. Most of my friends would rather not have their Friends Page junked up by this little fat kid’s reminiscing about food. And hence, a new LJ was born. I’m hoping to keep this open to anyone who happens to want to hear about what I’ve been eating, but really, this is just for me. To look back on yummy places I’ve found in the city and interesting things I’ve whipped up. I don’t know how often I’ll be updating once my job kicks in, but I have some interesting thoughts for now, since I’ve been feeling a little domestic in my new place with someone to cook for and no job to hinder the time I can spend with my culinary creations. 😉
Since I’ve got a bunch of creations on my mind, let’s do this in bullet form.
* Explored Squirrel Hill the other day, looking for the post office, the bank, and the library. I found all three, but then it was lunch time. Found a cute little Jewish bakery–I wish I could remember the name, but I can’t–and got the most amazing chocolate croissant. Took it home, heated it in the toaster oven till the chocolate drizzle on top began to melt, and cut into it to find there was chocolate inside, too, that was happy and melty. Dessert for lunch = amazing.
* The next day, wandered up to a section of the city nicknamed my a friend’s mother as “Little Italy” and to find Donatello’s Italian Market. Came home with homemade pasta, a pizza all ready to be cooked in the oven, and six warm, buttery pierogies. I haven’t had pierogies since the last time mom made them for me, and that was a long time ago. Regardless, these were wonderful! Sauteed them just slightly with squash and zucchini, and they were sooo good. I have to get more sometime. (As a sidenote, apparently pierogies are really a Pittsburgh thing. Don’t ask me why. I thought they were a Polish thing. But they’re good and they make me happy. =) )
* Attempted to make a peach pie the other day. We have wonderful, juicy peaches from the grocery store (Can I take a moment to say how great our local Giant Eagle is? Really nice, extensive produce section. Lots of international stuff. Lots of teas and coffees and interesting looking items…I’m a fan.) So I get these peaches and I know the boy likes pies, so I bought a pre-made pie-crust (I wasn’t up to the challenge of making my own). I found a recipe for the filling and another recipe for the crumb topping on an apple crisp, but I decided to combine the two. I wound up with a really tasty…cobblerish-thing. My filling was a little too moist, and the first two pieces I tried to cut were disaterous. After putting it in the fridge for a bit, it was a little better, but I still think I need a little more flour text time. But look! So domestic! (Ugh.)
* Finally, today’s lunch. Mmmmm. Used the Foreman grill to grill up some thinly sliced zucchini, yellow squash, and red pepper, which I had attempted to peel with a vegetable peeler. I sprinkled some olive oil and dried basil on them, but I don’t know if that really made a difference in the taste. Couldn’t really taste it; I’d use a little more seasoning next time. Then I took some sourdough bread, spread the outsides with a mixture of some olive oil and dried basil, layered the squash and zucchini, thinly-sliced tomato, shredded mozarella cheese, and then the pepper, and stuck the sandwich (carefully!) into a large pan. Used my nifty panini-crusher (it looks like an old-fashioned iron!) to make it paninish. That, with a plum and my iced coffee from down on Craig Street, made the perfect summer lunch.
Ok, enough rambling for now. I have to clean up from lunch. When cooking, I tend to use an overabundance of dishes and utensils. When in doubt, find something else to dirty and then throw it in the sink. 😉