Happy Friday friends!
After a relatively quiet summer where I politely and sometimes reluctantly declined nearly every travel opportunity I was asked to go on—time to reset and recharge and put family first—these past two weeks have put me back into racking up the frequent flyer miles.
You know there’s more to Pittsburgh than just the Steelers, right? Last week I found out just how much more when I visited the city of bridges and my host, DeLallo Foods.
I had no idea what to expect and I was blown away by just how pretty the setting of the city is. Unfortunately I won’t be sharing any photos of it here as I was absorbed in the moment of my introduction instead of documenting it.
Known as the city of bridges thanks to its thriving shipping industry, Pittsburgh is hitting its stride as a city where people are moving to, rather than moving away from.
Pittsburgh offers a healthy economy, affordable housing and a food scene that even Bon Appetit has named one of the best in the U.S. It’s a community whose immigrant culture is ever apparent at every turn of the head. Store fronts of family-owned businesses and the 2016 impending political campaign signs show just how deep it’s immigrant roots are embedded in Pittsburgh’s history, past and present. Rizzoli, Campagna, polish name.
Our host, family-run DeLallo Foods, is no exception.
From gnocchi to pasta salad, you’ve seen lots of recipes I’ve created with products from DeLallo Foods. They’re honestly one of my favorite brands and I’m thrilled to be one of their ambassadors and even more thrilled to visit the heartbeat of the company, their store in Juliette, PA, in person.
Give me the option of seeing a Broadway play or taking a tour of a specialty food store and I’m pretty sure I’ll pick poking around the store every time. Yes, I’m one of those.
It was a quick trip minus the demanding agenda. Exactly the type of trip every blogger dreams of. Lots of time talking and sharing, a bit of walking, some incredible cooking and oh my word, the eating!
Today I’m on one more trip (see more on Instagram and Snapchat where my username is foodiecrush) spending my last day of our Brooklyn stay traipsing through the streets of NYC and I can just feel the hipster-ness seeping into my bones. You’ll know if the full blown transformation happened if you ever see me sporting a handle bar mustache as I sip artisanal cocktails at the bar lit by strung mercury glass bulbs.
But enough about me, let’s get into this week’s Friday Faves. Dig deep and enjoy!
It’s still cool to be green. 5 kitchen ingredients that are natural DIY cleaners too.
I am so making this for Thanksgiving. No! It isn’t too early.
I’m not a baker, but I bet I could make these.
What a find! This kitchen from 1960 has never even been cooked in! And look at that refrigerator. What?
Now this is a Kickstarter I could get behind. How cute! MEOW!
8 simple things to do in your kitchen to keep you happy. Embrace the clutter! Sort of.
These meatballs! What a great main or appetizer for fall football.
Hand me one of these. I love it when recipes from my youth become vogue again.
8 things I’m too old for and the 8 things I can totally agree that with age brings wisdom.
I mentioned a few Friday Faves back that I was considering a stand up desk. Here’s 10 hacks to undo the damage sitting all day will do.
How cool is it that this celeb singer actually purchased these sweet boots instead of just touting for free swag. One more reason I love her. And the boots! BUT I CAN’T FIND THEM! Help!
This is what the ideal house looks like according to Pinterest. Hmmm.??..
THIS is more my style. Now I want to redo my whole kitchen. Look at that storage!
This app helps organize bills instantly. Bonus: It’s free! Must download and give it a try.
I totally want to make these for my friends for Christmas. Actually I just want to make them for myself.
These would be for the colorful friend version. Which one wins?
I’m obsessed with people’s morning routines. And now this…The nightly routines of 15 successful women. It’s like Gwyneth and I are soul sisters. (take a tub!)
I need more cashmere. Need? Okay, more like want. And I WANT this.
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Pinner for Dinner
It’s that time of year when we move into the kitchen and get cooking. Some of these recipes are new, some are old, but here’s some of what I pinned this week.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Sage and Garlic Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate and Black Pepper Glaze
Pumpkin Ricotta Cheesecake with Brown Butter and Grand Marnier Whipped Cream
Happy weekending friends, get into the kitchen and make something good.
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