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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

I agree, Primanti's is Ok but I don't see the big draw. I rather go to the "O" for a hot dog and thier fries.

I do miss the variety of food available in Pittsburgh. Southern NE can be quite boring.

Jul 10, 2014
ML PAVACT in General Topics
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German or Scandinavian Food in Pittsburgh

I don't consider Pizza shops as restaurants. At least in Pgh you have a lot of choices to find a pizza style you like. Some places aren't so lucky. At my first job in Virginia I asked where to get good pizza, I was told Pizza Hut.

One thing to remember is that a lot of cuisine is regional, even within the same country. Northern Italian is different than Southern Italian. Eastern German may be different from Western German. . etc.

My guess is nothing will compare to the Authentic German meal you had because the memory of the experience may be coloring your recollection. Is it actually the taste of the food you remember or the experience?

My experience is no food is ever quite as good as the first time you taste it. You can never recreate the original discovery.

Jun 26, 2014
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

Lobster "in the rough" other than Abbott's?

I second Captain Scott's. View not as great as Abbott's but the food is always good.

Jun 17, 2014
ML PAVACT in Southern New England

German or Scandinavian Food in Pittsburgh

Go to Max's

Jun 16, 2014
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

lancaster buffets: best of the bunch

Went to Oregon Dairy last year. The goody bag was nice for my 6 year old. They also have a play area outside he liked alot. The menu may be good for the non adventurous. Smaller buffet but we liked the variety. Includes ice cream for dessert.

Done Millers breakfast (they are open Sundays I believe). I thought the food was good. The buffet is much bigger than Oregon Dairy. Might be overweilming for some. I think the dinner choices are even greater then the breakfast. KIds may get bored while adults try everything.

Jun 16, 2014
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

leftover baked ham in beef chili?

I'm not sure I would put the Ham and beef together. I would make a ham chili separate from the beef. I would mix ham with ground pork. And I have done sausage and chicken chilis before. But I'm not sure the ham and beef will blend.

I might try a "white" or verde chili with the ham. Maybe add some pinapple for a Hawiian chili. Definitely add some beans.

Ahd then make a beef chili.

Jan 09, 2014
ML PAVACT in Home Cooking

Looking for kielbasa in Pittsburgh area

I have to admit I don't think I ever got the Kielbasa there. As I haven't lived in the Burgh in 20 years but do visit family at least once a year. I don't get to enjoy Pittsburgh food as much as I would like. So much good food, so little time when we visit.

But I have enjoyed all of the Primanti sandwiches I have had. But often get a Rudy's Mushroom cheesesteak sub (in Swissvale) or a battleship/destroyer from the Triangle Grill (also in Swissvale).

Dec 31, 2013
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

*Lebanon* bologna?? also dried beef

Love S Clyde Weavers. Always visit when I can (now in CT). I love their hams. Just the perfect level of smoke and saltiness. Also like the summer snack sticks, 6 year old son loves the regular snack sticks.

Dried beef. I would make creamed chipped beef over homefries. The way we use to get it at Zinn's Dinner on family vacations many years ago.

I also some times get the small ham loafs for a another taste of home.

Dec 27, 2013
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

Looking for kielbasa in Pittsburgh area

I read in an article about a Pgh actor in the film that Primanti brothers was mentioned. Maybe he is refering to a primanti's brothers kielbasa and cheese sandwich??

Dec 27, 2013
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

Jewish desserts

Matzo brittle. Chow has a recipe if you search.

Nov 04, 2013
ML PAVACT in Kosher

Pennsylvania products you can't get on the west coast

I know that. Usually with some pineapple and brownsugar miixed in. But the rest of the country doesn't.

So the Boarshead hamloaf is a formed ham lunch meat, like chipped ham before being chipped.

Oct 28, 2013
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

Cupcakes in a jar

I have read that if you bake in the jars to use a water bath. It limits breakage do to quick heating and/or cooling.

Sep 18, 2013
ML PAVACT in Home Cooking

Stuffed braided bread

Try recipes from the pampered chef webpage. They have lots of wreaths and stuffed bread recipes.

Sep 09, 2013
ML PAVACT in Home Cooking

Cooking with ketchup

My mom use to make us round steak with ketchup gravy.

Brown pieces of round steak. Brown slices of onion. Add ketchup and water. Heat. Add steak back in and heat. Let it simmer to tenderize the steak. One pan cooking with great flavor added by the browned bits in the pan.

Serve with mashed potatoews and corn. As kids we would put the corn and gravy on/in the potatoes. Comfort food, very yummy.

Sep 09, 2013
ML PAVACT in Home Cooking

Manchester NH recs

I am going to a convention in September in Manchester NH. Any place I should try to get to???

Thanks

Jul 30, 2013
ML PAVACT in Northern New England

Lamb "bones" under the broiler - riblets?

Maybe she got lamb breast. I just found one of these recently. Lots of bones. I have also seen lamb ribs discussed before. I believe both these cuts come from the chest of the lamb, therefore not much meat.

I think the rack of lamb may come from the back.

Jul 25, 2013
ML PAVACT in Home Cooking

Pennsylvania Foods

Try to find Boars Head oval spiced ham loaf, and have them shave it. Then enjoy your chipped ham.

Jul 22, 2013
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania products you can't get on the west coast

Next best thing. Look for a spiced ham loaf at the deli counter. Boars head has an oval spiced ham loaf available. Have them shave it. (They may hate you after shaving it by hand. They don't have the automatic machines like in Pittsburgh)

Now you have chipped ham for sandwiches, Fritzy burgers or ham BBQ.
Enjoy

Jul 22, 2013
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

"It's Too Big" -- And Other Bizarre Restaurant Complaints

If I don't want large portions, I tend to order an appetizer and maybe a cup of soup or side salad.

If you think the portions are going to be too big. Ask the server about a half portion or smaller size portion. Sometimes those are available but not listed.

Sometimes a little creative ordering can solve the problem.

Jun 10, 2013
ML PAVACT in Not About Food

Best lobster roll along 95

I like Captian Scott's. Had a hot roll special last year and thought it was yummy. And I am not a big lobster fan, I prefer crab myself.

Jun 05, 2013
ML PAVACT in Southern New England

Mother's Day Brunch Between New Haven and Niantic, NOT north of I-95

You could try the Black Sheep tavern in Niantic. They usually do a Sunday Brunch Buffet. Haven't got to go myself but the holiday lunch I had was good. You may also be able to order off the lunch menu.

May not have mimosa's but they list a Black Sheep Summer Sparkler that may do as a substitute.

http://www.theblacksheepniantic.com/i...

May 09, 2013
ML PAVACT in Southern New England

Weaver's Smoked Dried Beef & Pork Bacon... HELP!

I love S.Clyde Weaver products. I have not done mail order. But I try to make a stop at one of their farmer market sites when I am in PA.

Meeting siblings for Thanksgiving in Easton PA. (they are in Pittsburgh, I am in SE CT) My sister and I wIll be visiting a farmer's market Saturday to shop S. Clyde Weaver before driving home..

Nov 13, 2012
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

Please help with trip to Schuylkill County and theme parks in PA

I agree the Inn at Turkey Hill is nice. If you need a place to stay the Inn is quite nice and very comfortable, plus it is a nice breakfast included. Highly recommend staying there.

Jul 25, 2012
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

New London and / or Mystic .....Where do locals eat????

If nice and want seafood, Try Captain Scott's in New London. They should be open by then. They only have outside seating near a marina.

I agree I like Paul's Pasta. Try the specials or the Chicken diablo. I'm not a fan of their red sauce, but always enjoy their food.

I have heard great things about the Oyster Club in Mystic. Would love to try them myself.

For breakfast I would suggest any of the Shack's locations.

Mar 09, 2012
ML PAVACT in Southern New England

Chipped Ham found outside western PA

Hi,

As a Pittsburgh girl I do miss having chipped ham BBQs.

At my local Stop and Shop found Boars Head Oval Spiced ham. Had it shaved. It is chipped ham. It looks a little different being oval and the chunks in the loaf are much smaller. . . but it tastes like home.

So go out and demand Boars Head Spiced Ham.

Enjoy

Dec 14, 2011
ML PAVACT in General Topics

Mahwah eats - State line diner??

We hit a bit of traffic in NY as we were traveling the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We were staying at the Courtyard so we just got a few things from the Bistro at the hotel. We didn't feel like going out.

Did stop by the diner and got a few pastries the next morning(Thanksgiving). We enjoyed those over the holiday weekend.

Thanks for all the input.

Nov 28, 2011
ML PAVACT in New Jersey

Mahwah eats - State line diner??

Thanks for the reply. My husband is not always a fan of italian food. But I will keep it in mind..

Nov 21, 2011
ML PAVACT in New Jersey

casual pgh restaurants open for thanksgiving?

How about Hokkaido Buffet? Went there with family when visiting. Had nice variety and enjoyed it alot. Thanksgiving special listed on website.

http://www.hokkaidopittsburgh.com/

Nov 21, 2011
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania

Mahwah eats - State line diner??

Going to be stopping in Mahwah Wednesday night.

Is the State Line diner any good? What about their bakery??

Other suggestions??

Thanks,
ml

Nov 21, 2011
ML PAVACT in New Jersey

Alert Western Pa natives - chipped ham found

Hi,

Boars Head spiced ham shaved is chipped ham.

I had read chipped ham is a spiced ham . . . so when I saw Boars head oval spiced ham in the deli case of my Stop and Shop I had to give it a try. It was like being home in Pittsburgh. The look of the boars head is a little different, looks like a finer grind. But I made ham BBQs and enjoyed a taste of home.

Ask for it shaved because I don't think many deli's understand what we mean by chopped.

Enjoy
ml

Nov 21, 2011
ML PAVACT in Pennsylvania