Since we are nearing the most child-centered holiday on the calendar, I thought I would take little time to learn about the origins of Halloween. I had heard vaguely that it was connected to the Day of the Dead and the Catholic All Saints Day, but I was a bit sketchy on the details. In fact … Continue reading Halloween

Kentucky Pie

When I was growing up, we often went to Max and Erma’s, a Pittsburgh restaurant that is part diner and part TGIFridays but with better food. Strangely though, aside from the buffalo chicken sandwich, which I still love, I barely remember the entrées, but what sticks out in my mind are the desserts. Oh the … Continue reading Kentucky Pie

Poor Man’s Meal

Awhile back, I stumbled on a charming internet show called Clara’s Depression Cooking, in which a 95 year old woman recounts her childhood during Depression-era America and cooks recipes from that time. It’s a great peek into daily life during the Depression, and the woman is anything but depressing.  On the contrary, she has one of those … Continue reading Poor Man’s Meal