Posted in Food, Pittsburgh Pride by Elizabeth on November 22, 2009

I was in Pittsburgh this weekend and went to dinner Saturday night with Dad at Lidia’s Pittsburgh.  We both really enjoyed the restaurant.

we love Lidia

The service was top notch.  The server made sure each dish was explained, the entrees were not brought out until our salads were finished.  My plate was not taken if Dad were still eating his and vice versa.  And to top it off, our check was not brought until it was asked for.

On to the food.  Dad opted for the Pasta tasting.  This started with “cesare” salad.  Nothing impressive in his terms.  I’m never too enthused about something with an iceburg lettuce – just not much flavor to it.  My salad was the Insalata di Barbabietole e Caprino.  I’m a sucker for anything with beets and goat cheese these days, it was delightful.  The pastas that night were a spaghetti type pasta that was hollow in the middle with a tomato based sauce.  This pasta was good.  Apart from the fact that it was a nice dried pasta imported from Italy, and thus probably not cheap/easy to obtain, this could probably have been easily duplicated at home.  The second was a freshly made fettuccine pasta with a light butter sauce, pepper flakes and some sauteed broccoli raube – this was delish and light.  Refreshing actually (I’m not sure I ever described a pasta as such).  The third was a freshly made ravioli in a butter sage sauce; the filling was a combination of three mushrooms: porcini, oyster, and cremini.  This was phenomenal.  The filling was rich and complex, wonderful.  I had the osso bucco.  This was tender, fell right off the bone, delicious.  It was served on top of a barley risotto which was tasty but I’m also pretty sure I could have made this at home.

It is perfect for groups, not the best atmosphere for a date, but good food is good food.  Overall, I would definitely go back.  I highly recommend it.

Simple Solutions!

Posted in House and Home by Sarah on November 13, 2009

Here are some really simple solutions for organizing your house and re-purposing some of your old items!  I picked up these ideas from the resourceful folks at Real Simple.



  1. Use an old tissue box to store extra plastic bags.  Stash it under your sink to restore a little order and sanity.  They should pop out when you need them just like your tissues!







2.  Use a Napkin Holder to organize your bills.  Genius!  I’m so doing this.  Bills are such clutter-causers!




0502-contact-pills_3003.  Contact lens case for pills & vitamins.  Amazing.  I’m always using big old plastic baggies for this when I travel and I end up throwing away the bags.  And whenever I get extra contact lens cases, I always end up tossing those too.  Between Torre & me we have a bit of a collection.  Problem solved!



Dutch Oven Apple, Cranberry and Rosemary Chicken

Posted in Recipes by Sarah on November 13, 2009

Recipe compliments of Mom and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette!


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butterrosemary_apple_chicken
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 5 Fuji apples, rough chopped with skin on
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 14-ounce can whole cranberry sauce, optional


Place chicken breasts in a gallon-size plastic freezer bag. Using a wooden mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken until it is thin. Dredge chicken in flour, and set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown, about five minutes. Turn heat down and add remaining ingredients except cranberry sauce. Stir to combine. Cover with a lid and bake in a 375-degree oven for 60 minutes. Top with whole cranberry sauce before serving, if desired.

Serves 4.

Note from author of the article:  To stretch the recipe to five servings, I shredded the chicken in the pot after cooking and served it with couscous.

Give & Get at the Gap!

Posted in Fashionistas by Sarah on November 11, 2009

Get shopping and get charitable with “Give and Get” from the Gap!

Four days only:  November 12th through the 15th!



Happy Veterans Day

Posted in Life by Sarah on November 11, 2009


Don’t forget to say thank you today to the veterans for their service!  Keep Grandpa in your  thoughts today, too.

Running Partner

Posted in Health and Fitness by Sarah on November 6, 2009

So, I have running partner!  After 2 years of logging miles on the treadmill and always starting/stopping around the same time as a fellow runner, this guy asked me if I’d like to join him on his “hill practice” runs.   I agreed to give it a shot!


We run up this hill.

CaliforniaStreet_03_lrAll of it.

I die every time.

But it’s neat to have a running partner to keep you going!

Anyone else have any good running partner stories?

Embrace the Season: Go Shopping

Posted in Fashionistas by Sarah on November 5, 2009



And send around your Christmas Lists too!


(yes, that means you, Andrea!)

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