Beef Stir Fry

Mon 13 July 2015 by psu

Note: This is a repost of an old tleaves article with the same recipe. But I wanted it at the top of the page because it's the best food ever. So here we go.

Don’t be fooled. This is easy. You just have to follow a few simple ...

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Wrapped Up

Sun 31 May 2015 by psu

A few months ago I needed a new podcast to use to fill the time during my commute and on the recommendation of a friend of mine I picked up The Sporkful out of NYC. On paper this should be right in my wheelhouse. It's an obsessive mostly nerdy ...

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The Search for General Tso

Sat 07 February 2015 by psu

Here is something that doesn't happen often: I am feeling nostalgia for Chinese-American takeout food. I don't necessarily mean the completely generic single brown sauce choose one meat, and two vegetables sort of Chinese-American food. But I might not use some of my normal grounds to object to ...

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Chinese Braised Ribs

Mon 24 November 2014 by psu

This is another one of my mom’s dishes. I grew up with this, but never really thought about how it was done. In college, I tried literally dozens of times to get this even close to right. Finally, with enough practice it just started happening. The keys are the ...

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10 Things to Eat In Pittsburgh Before You are Dead

Fri 14 January 2011 by psu

The idea for this list came to me while I was at the “offal night” at Legume. I also figured it would make a good piece for the annual exercise in end of year top ten lists. Well, so much for that. My personal criteria for the items on this ...

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Dirty Dozen

Sun 12 September 2010 by psu

A new store in the Dozen chain of cupcake bakeries opened near our office a couple of weeks ago. From my experience with their previous stores I could not think of a single reason to consider trying the new place. But, a few guys in the office have taken a ...

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The Dirty Dozen

Fri 10 September 2010 by psu

A new store in the Dozen chain of cupcake bakeries opened near our office a couple of weeks ago. From my experience with their previous stores I could not think of a single reason to consider trying the new place. But, a few guys in the office have taken a ...

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I Do Fusion 2: The Soup

Mon 21 June 2010 by psu

I’ve always thought that the Chinese and Jewish cultures have some sort of subconscious bond. I’m not sure why I thought this, since truthfully I didn’t grow up around a lot of Jewish people. But there you go. Anyway, this soup is, I think, the natural expression ...

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Dinner in Half an Hour: Mushroom Soup

Wed 17 February 2010 by psu

Today a soup that I discovered accidentally. It’s influenced by a lot of Chinese and Japanese style soups that I have consumed over the years, but I can’t claim that it actually has any real authentic connection to those cuisines. I threw this together one night in a ...

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The Illustrated Pot Sticker

Tue 09 June 2009 by psu

We had folks over for one of our periodic Chinese dumpling parties. The food came out particularly well this time, and I managed to use my nifty Panasonic LX-3 to take pictures of some parts of the process. So here is an updated and hopefully slightly more useful version of ...

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The Rose Tea Effect

Wed 01 April 2009 by psu

Long time readers will no doubt remember that my favorite Asian food restaurant in Pittsburgh is Rose Tea Cafe in Squirrel Hill. Rose Tea is so good that you can come back to Pittsburgh after a week in a city with a real Chinese Food community and eat there without ...

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Stir Fry Rules

Wed 28 January 2009 by psu

Today I made a perfect stir fry. This doesn’t happen often, I usually get some small detail wrong that throws the whole enterprise off. I thought I would celebrate by imparting upon you, my dear readers, the rules you need to keep in mind to make the perfect stir ...

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Eat Small

Wed 10 December 2008 by psu

Locavore (n): A person who eats local and fresh food, and is particularly smug about it.

This fall we happened to book a trip to San Francisco, where we planned to drop in on Slow Food Nation, the convention of the national Slow Food geeks. So we found ourselves in ...

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Pancakes

Fri 24 October 2008 by psu

I like pancakes.

I like them thick and fluffy and full of maple syrupy goodness. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find good pancakes. So finally out of desperation, I stole a recipe from Alton Brown. So now I get pancakes like this:

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Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

Mon 28 April 2008 by psu

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is a small place in San Francisco that sits right where the gentrification of Union Square ends and the Tenderloin begins. It is a neighborhood place that has become a destination through well-deserved appearances in every publication that has an opinion on where to eat ...

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Legume

Thu 07 February 2008 by psu

Legume is a new bistro-style restaurant in that increasingly glorious food corridor of Braddock avenue between the Regent Square theaters and the entrance to the Parkway East. I was suspicious of the place because the name conjures up images of a prison run by terminally smug pot-smoking NPR-listening hippy types ...

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Hold That Recipe

Mon 09 July 2007 by psu

Today I am inspired by the sauce I just ate. But I’ll get to that later. My story begins with a long standing conflict that I have with my lovely wife. Karen, in general, has the role of telling me what to cook. Left to my own lazy devices ...

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Goulash and Other Things

Wed 14 February 2007 by psu

Tonight a few recent discoveries, none all that long, but each very pleasing.

The Vacuum Insulated Thermos

These have changed the nature of our domestic hot drink management. After the initial purchase we went on to obtain three more of various different sizes. Combined with a nice electric pot for ...

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Saturday in the Strip

Mon 15 January 2007 by psu

It was another Saturday in the Strip. La Prima and Il Piccolo Forno were as full as always. Actually, they were even more full than usual, especially for a weekend in Janurary. There was coffee coming out of the cafe. There were baked goods and other food in the bakery ...

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The Real Thing

Wed 28 December 2005 by psu

The search for the true and authentic culinary experience occupies the mind of all of the food obsessed people of the world. Real Chinese. Real cheese. Real barbeque. Real sushi. The list goes on and on. Entire magazines and cookbooks dedicated to the objectively correct or best way to cook ...

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I Sing the Dinner Eclectic

Wed 07 December 2005 by psu

We spend a lot of time pontificating on food on this site. So much so that often we are accused of being "foodies" or "food snobs". I categorically deny this accusation. A more accurate representation of my position is that I am a "food hobbyist" or "food obsessed."

The main ...

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DISH

Thu 28 April 2005 by psu

In the South Side of Pittsburgh, on 17th about a block and a half south of Carson Street is a small house with a green awning. Under the awning is a door and a sign that reads: DISH Osteria and Bar. From the outside, the door is just another door ...

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Hot Dog Rules

Wed 13 October 2004 by psu

I have an almost irrational fondness for sausage that extends even more irrationally to hot dogs. A good hot dog can be a thing of beauty and a stupendous culinary experience besides. A bad hot dog is at best sad and at worst something that will make you vomit in ...

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P.F. Chang's: Why it's evil

Sat 15 May 2004 by psu

Places like this represent a new trend in the marketing of what is essentially bad fast food towards a more lucrative audience. A couple of years ago, my new job took me to a set of offices that were situated close to a new retail complex in the Pittsburgh area ...

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