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CSA recommendations?

Thank you all so much for the recommendations! I have some decisions to make now. I will probably check out the CSA fair in a couple of weeks because I do like the idea of speaking to the farmers directly.

Side note: I recently moved back to "God's country" as my Grandma calls it ;-) from a different city where I also had a CSA. So glad to be back in the Twin Cities but hear ya on the shorter growing season here. Was caught off guard at how quickly my CSA shut down last fall.

Mar 27, 2013
goldy12 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

CSA recommendations?

Despite the winter dragging on, I am thinking about CSA's and summer! Does anyone have a CSA they particularly like? Organic v. conventional is not important. What is important is the price/value relationship, which is where my CSA last year fell down. We live in S. Mpls, but willing to pick up anywhere within approx 20 min drive. Any recs are much appreciated!

Mar 24, 2013
goldy12 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The End of Table Manners

Seriously, my Wednesday morning routine at work was: check email, read Table Manners.
Best of luck to you! I will miss this column.

May 01, 2012
goldy12 in Features

Servers Drinking on the Job

There is a portion of the title that says it all: "drinking on the job". In most fields this is a professional no-no. Therefore it is surprising to encounter someone who has been drinking on the job- accepted practice or not.

Jan 17, 2012
goldy12 in Features

Restaurant Websites - At this point they should pretty much be mandatory [moved from General Topics]

Ouch! Just Tute may or may not be young and may or may not have travelled extensively doesn't make his opinion any less valid.

I interpret the point of the original post to be that websites on the internet are taking the place of looking up a restaurant in the yellow pages, calling the restaurant to find out their hours, and getting directions to the location. Having this information readily available at minimal effort to the consumer is an easy way to help customers make dining decisions. Not having this information readily available on a website may not deter all would-be diners, but may steer some towards a second choice where the information is available via website.

True, wonderful experiences await for those who go with their gut and try a place on a whim, just as there are frustrating experiences who decide to try a place on a whim only to find out they don't open till noon and it's 11:30 right now.

Jan 06, 2012
goldy12 in Not About Food

Beans for breakfast

Ha ha! When I saw the title of this post, my first thought was the breakfast I had in London. Not my personal taste, but a very easy and straightforward way to incorporate beans into breakfast.

Jan 04, 2012
goldy12 in Home Cooking

Bad granite job?

Hi Tags,

It's hard to tell from your photos (mostly all I saw was the flash reflection), but I do agree on the large scratch photo and the faucet off center. In your story it also seems odd to me you didn't get to select your exact slab. Hindsight, I'm sure you're thinking that should have been red flag #1.
If your efforts to resolve with the installation company go nowhere, I'd recommend following up with the BBB. At least then if it remains unresolved there is a paper trail for future customers to beware.

Good luck!

Dec 23, 2011
goldy12 in Cookware

Home Tours: Tacky?

I'm with the general "who cares" sentiment of the commenters. It's a few minutes of your life and at least you know where the bathroom is afterwards. Unless it's super-obnoxious like "look at my super-expensive this-and-that" I don't view it as showing off your wealth, just showing off something you worked hard and saved for. Homeowners should be proud of their properties.

Dec 20, 2011
goldy12 in Features

IKEA cabinets with 9.5 inch high base radiators problems

2nd Pedr0's suggestion. We had the same issue with a kitchen remodel 2 yrs ago and had a toe kick heater installed. Worked like a charm.

Dec 20, 2011
goldy12 in Cookware

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

I lived in a good neighborhood that was not-so good neighborhood adjacent. Parents from the adjacent neighborhood always brought their kids over and it didn't bother me one bit. Every kid deserves a good, fun, safe Halloween. If I was a parent, I'd do the same thing.

Oct 25, 2011
goldy12 in Features

Pittsburgh Steaks

Funny, as I was reading the post my first thought was Tessaro's too! It will definitely fit the not too formal bill (or formal at all) , but still makes a good steak.

Tessaro's Restaurant
4601 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Feb 12, 2011
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

looking for good places - Robinson Twp, west side of Pittsburgh...

If you try Clarks, just beware when you enter turn right to the dining room. We went there for lunch one time and went to the left to eat quickly in the bar not realizing they allow smoking still (caught us off guard, wasn't expecting a smoking bar where you could still order food). Yuck! Honestly my only memory of the place was the overpowering smoke. It was so bad we asked to move halfway thru lunch to the dining side.

My usual rec for the west side is, of course, Armstrong's. Also off the Thorn Run exit, in the shopping plaza next to the post office.

Bocktown is good bar food, I agree with all who have recommended it.

Sweet potato fries at Uncle Sam's (in shopping plaza across from the former Barnes & Noble) are a sweet deep-fried treat.

Barnes & Noble
1 Campus Dr, Mont Alto, PA 17237

Jan 15, 2011
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

YIkes!!! Date in Pittsburgh within 2 weeks

2nd Tamari.

Jan 08, 2011
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh North Shore - any good dinner options?

Second Atria's @ PNC park. It's where we eat when we're eating over there. Usually we eat on the downtown side, though.

Dec 29, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Homestead Waterfront

Tough question. I'd recommend heading up to Squirrel Hill, plenty of non-chains up there. Even with traffic it's not much more than a 10 min drive.

Dec 19, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

I did not know anything about the owner's social viewpoints. I just stopped in one Saturday because I was hungry and I love donuts.


Dec 19, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh favorites

Near the airport I have to fecommend Armstrong's in Moon. Take Bus. 376 to Thorn Run Rd. It's in the shopping plaza next to the post office. Not fancy by any means but a family, homey place.

My latest obsession in the Strip is the Peace, Love and Little Donuts on Smallman St. They have all sorts of crazy donut toppings but my favorite is just the classic sugar. You can't go wrong with a warm sugar coated donut! (or 1/2 dozen of them... just saying)

Dec 18, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Coraopolis, PA

Armstrong's on Thorn Run Rd. Delicious, very homey feel.

Oct 30, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Has Food Network "Jumped the Shark"?

That's so funny, I was just thinking this same thing this morning as I was trying to watch it. It just doesn't hold my interest like it used to. I don't know if the programming has been downgraded per se, or if my cooking skills/knowledge have improved and the programs aren't as interesting to me anymore. Honestly I'm finding more inspiration out of cookbooks and the internet now. It's been years since I've downloaded and used a recipe off of FN.

May 01, 2010
goldy12 in Food Media & News

Local meat farms near Pittsburgh?

Went to the E Lib farmer's market 2 weeks now. Found the prices VERY reasonable and the people were very helpful and friendly. Also, big bonus they take credit/debit cards so if you're short on cash that's not a problem. It is true they run out of meat early. The first week I went at 8am and the selection was already limited. This week I went at 6:30am and there was a full selection (and it was less crowded so I felt less rushed). All in all I was very happy with it!

May 01, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Hound-worthy restaurant near Monroeville?

This may be a little casual for what you're looking for, but every time I'm in Monroeville around meal time we always go to DeNunzio's (Rt. 48/Mosside Blvd. near Gateway HS). We usually get pizza, but the pastas are also good. Word of caution- the alfredo is super-rich and I don't have enough self-restraint and always overeat and make myself sick. ;-)

Apr 28, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Local meat farms near Pittsburgh?

Thank you! These places look amazing! I have been out of town for the past 2 weekends so I haven't had a chance to check them out yet- but it is definitely on my list. I will report back and let you know how it went!

Apr 19, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Local meat farms near Pittsburgh?

Thank you for the advice. I get that you need to buy the larger animal 1/2 or 1/4 at a time, we were just concerned about freezer space in getting that much meat at once! I have seen the meat vendors at the farmers @ the strip but was scared away by their prices. I will check out the East Liberty farmer's market, I live nearby and I know exactly where you are talking about. Thanks for the help!

Apr 06, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Local meat farms near Pittsburgh?

I am looking for a meat share near Pittsburgh. For example, I have a friend (not from the area) who has a poultry share where she gets 1 chicken a month from a local farmer. I'm looking for something like that. The types of meat we are looking for are beef, pork, and chicken. We live in the east end of Pittsburgh, but are willing to travel up to an hour in any direction to pick it up. Organic, grass-fed, etc are not important to us (I know it should be, but it's not). Price is important, though. We are willing to pay a little more to get locally sourced, fresh meat, but it needs to be in the same ballpark of the general prices at Giant Eagle. Does anyone have a local meat source they don't mind sharing?

Mar 28, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Gourmet Food Stores in Pittsburgh

I agree on the Strip. The only thing I don't buy there is produce, except when the farmer's market is in season. I've found the produce in the stores to be less than first quailty, generally speaking.

Another place to try is the East End Food Co-op for local products.

Jan 24, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

What NOT to miss in Pittsburgh?

Wow- for not living in the city for very long this is a really complete list- you certainly get out alot!

My favorite places to bring visitors are in no particular order:
Tessaro's (mentioned above)
Girasole (mentioned above)
Murray Ave Grill (Sq. Hill)
Union Grill (Oakland)
D's (Regent Sq.)
Gulifty's (Sq. Hill)
Pamela's (mentioned above)
Walnut Grill/Shady Grove (Shadyside)
Bangkok Balcony (Sq. Hill)

My tastes tend to lean more towards casual. When we do go for higher end dining we usually just go to Ruth Chris, but that's just a regular chain.

Oh don't forget Klavon's (Strip District) for an old fashioned ice cream parlor treat!

Jan 17, 2010
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh wedding cookie table revisited

That's so funny! I remember the first Pittsburgh wedding we went to. Unfamiliar with the cookie table tradition we were in awe of both the volume of cookies and the amount of cookies people took!

Dec 19, 2009
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

where are the best burgers in Pittsburgh besides...

There are about 100 other reasons to visit the Point Brugge, but if you go and are in the mood for a burger, the burger offered there is quite good. I like Murray Ave. Grill and Atria's for burgers too.

Dec 03, 2009
goldy12 in Pennsylvania

Nominees for Best Thanksgiving Movies & TV (showcasing food)

I forgot about Pieces of April. I liked that movie alot.

My favorite Friends thanksgiving episode is a tie between the trifle episode (I refer to it as the "truth day" episode) and the season before where Joey gets a turkey stuck on his head. Truthfully I love all their thanksgiving episodes.

Nov 25, 2009
goldy12 in Food Media & News

roasted sunflower seeds

I roasted sunflower seeds for the first time and they turned out... okay, not great but okay. I soaked the seeds in a salt water solution of 1/2 cup salt to 2 quarts water overnight and then roasted for 40 min in a 300 degree oven. They didn't turn out as salty as I would have hoped. Has anyone else made seeds? To get them more salty should I just up the salt content of the water or soak them longer?

Nov 22, 2009
goldy12 in Home Cooking