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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lawrence Park Dinor

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I've spent a significant amount of time in Erie Pa over the years, for both work and pleasure.  This week I was looking for a good breakfast place and came across the Lawrence Park Dinor.  Yes, "dinor".  I don't really know why, but that spelling is used all over north western Pennsylvania.

The Park Dinor is a Silk City diner and was opened in 1948.  It has a counter with 16 stools and booths on the other wall.  The menu is typical diner fare, and the prices are great!  I had two eggs, with four sausage links, homefries, and toast, all for $5.29.  The place was clean and the server was very friendly.  This just might turn into my "go to" for breakfast when I'm in the Erie area.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Veggies!

This time of year in the Northeast, backyard gardens are flourishing.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers are picked.  Everyone seems to know people trying to find someone that can make good use of their excess.  Here are a couple of recipes that I really like to utilize these fresh garden treats.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, lightly beaten
 1 cup vegetable oil
 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
 2 1/4 cups white sugar
 2 cups shredded zucchini
 3 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
 1 pint fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 4 mini-loaf pans.
In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared mini-loaf pans.
Bake 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Feel free to use frozen blueberrys, but you may need to increase the cooking time. Please note that the baking time can vary based on the size of the loaf.

White Pizza with Roma Tomatoes

I like to make a quick and easy white pizza using a white tortilla as crust, shredded mozzarella and then topped with sliced fresh tomatoes.  Add some additional flavor by sprinkling a bit of oregano and add some fresh basil from your garden. And yes, the edges of mine are burned...That's how I like it!

Stuffed Hot Peppers
I always grow banana and jalapeno peppers and one of my favorite uses is stuffing them with sausage and cheese.  Here's an easy way to do that.

1 pound ground pork maple sausage
 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
 1 pound large fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

Take about 8 or 10 peppers and either half lengthwise or if you prefer, slice lengthwise and gently open the pepper.  Remove the seeds from the peppers (tip: use gloves!).

Cook the sausage and drain.  In a bowl, mix with the Parmesan cheese and the cream cheese. 

Stuff the peppers and bake in a 425 degree oven 20 minutes or finish on the grill.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer All Clad Sale

This year the summer All Clad Sale is being held at the Washington County Fair Grounds just outside of Washington Pa. on June 6th and 7th.  For those that are close by, it is a worthwhile visit to get All Clad products at significant discounts.  They sell first run specials in additional to seconds.  I've had great luck with seconds as I can usually find pans with defects that I can't detect, or totally insignificant.  The seconds also include their lifetime guarantee.

The fair grounds are located just north of Washington Pa, off of Interstate 79, about 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh.  If you go,  I would recommend that you do not go early either day.  The crowd are big, early but thin out significantly later in the day.  Stock is not depleted until late Saturday afternoon, as they continue to replenish product all day long.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Highland, again

I stopped in at the Highland Bar in West View again last week and had to follow up with a note about their specials.  I don't recall what day it was (sorry) but the food special was this:

A steak with potatoes, green beans and garlic toast.  That in itself is not so special, but the price was.  $5.00!  Now granted, the beans were canned (and probably the potatoes too) but what a great deal.  I admit, I increased the tab by ordering mushrooms and onions for a dollar more....

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bee'z Bistro and Pub

Bee'z Bistro is one of my favorite little restaurants in the South Hills, just outside of the town of Bridgeville. On my way back from a trip, heading north on 79, I stopped for lunch.  Bee'z is a comfortable place with a restaurant on one side and a full bar on the other.  If I remember correctly, the bar offers a great happy hour value, but on this trip I was there for lunch.

Bee'z menu is casual, loaded with sandwich's, pizza, wraps, and salads.  I decided to go with the Grilled Atlantic Salmon & Avocado Salad, which is listed on the menu as an Italian salad with avocado and egg.  It was excellent!

Bee'z is located at 3249 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA.  It's not easy to see from the main road, because it's located along with a few other businesses behind Portmans Farm Market.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Highland Bar

One of my regular stops (there are many..) is The Highland Bar in West View.  The Highland is a local's type place that is known for down right cheap food specials and very inexpensive drinks.  It's one of those old U shaped bars with red vinyl stools, a Formica bar top and knotty pine paneling.  Old School.
I stopped in on a Friday and decided to order a fish sandwich.  This is another good one!  A huge fish, with a choice of two sides went for $8+.  Take a look at this monster:

Please note that while this is an old place and on top of that it's a smoking bar, it's also very clean.  I'm not a smoker so sometimes these places bother me but I've never had a problem here. In the afternoon or around happy hour time the crowd is basicly older locals.  At night it get a bit younger (and louder).  The Highland is located on Route 19 in West View.