• Beans and Greens
    Featured Recipes,  Pittsburgh,  Vegetable

    Beans and Greens

    At just about any Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh, you will find “beans and greens” or Scarola e Fagioli on the menu.  This hearty dish is typically a side dish but is sometimes served as a soup, and is always served with a piece of crusty Italian bread and parmesan cheese sprinkled over top.  This classic Italian (or Italian-American) dish is a “peasant dish”. Many people will tell you that it originated in the U.S., not in Italy, but that is debatable. Beans and Greens quite possibly originated in Southern Italy, where many of Pittsburgh’s Italian residents immigrated from in the late 1800s. At that time, the ingredients would have been…

  • FingerLakes Riesling Vineyard
    Travel,  Wine

    Finger Lakes

    Mark and I love to travel.  While we only get away once or twice a year right now, we love exploring new places.  We have a long list of places to visit and try to get to at least one new place every year. Sometimes we find one that we just absolutely love and we find ourselves returning regularly.  The Finger Lakes in upstate New York is one of those areas. We didn’t actually “find it”.  Mark’s brother and sister-in-law have been vacationing there for years and kept telling us we needed to go for a weekend.   So, when we found out that the puppy we were getting was near…