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SOLE Sloppy Joes

18 May

In the spirit of my last post, I will completely abandon my cookbooks.

Trust me, this doesn’t need directions.

How can the sloppy joe be SOLE food you ask?

Simple.  Organic ground beef, locally made bread, and sloppy joe sauce made right here in the good old state of PA by a family-owned company.

Yeah, if you’re from Pittsburgh you’ve seen their commercial.  Emphasis on multi-generational family-owned business; horrible acting.  Similar to the commercial I recently starred in for Changin’ Time.

“We’ll save YOU a lot of money!”  Okay, okay lets be serious.

Not too shabby.  We got exactly 6 sloppy joes out of this, so the nutrition facts ended up being realistic to actual portion size.  How does this compare to Manwich?  Delgrosso has slightly higher caloric level and slightly more more sugar.  However, it is lower in sodium than Manwich.

Ready for it?

NO PRESERVATIVES and gluten free (I don’t really know too much about gluten, but yay for people who need it!).

See those ingredients?  I know all of them.  And they are located in Tipton, PA.  105 miles away, so yes I would consider that part of our regional foodshed.

Manwhich ingredient list (source): Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Less than 2% of: Salt, Sugar, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Red and Green Bell Peppers, Chile Pepper, Tomato Fiber, Spices, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic, Carob Bean Gum, Natural Flavors.

Yeah, 30 calories and a little sugar isn’t going to change my mind now.  I have no idea what most of those ingredients are, let alone what they will do to my organs.

Bonus Fact:  There is a Delgrosso Amusement Park. Randommmmmmmm.

Mock all you want, this sloppy joe is SOLE and so worth it.

Besides, Delgrosso Sloppy Joe Sauce was 10/$10 at Giant Eagle last week.  So this entire meal cost next to nothing.

♥ This meal really is SOLE for my soul ♥

The Crested Duck Charcuterie

6 May

So if you haven’t been to Beechview lately, like myself, and don’t frequent the Pittsburgh Public Market, then you may not have heard of the Crested Duck Charcuterie.

Although, they were just recently featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Local Food/Life section.  If you’ve heard of them and haven’t stopped over to Beechview or the Strip, then you are going to be kicking yourself once you realize what you’re missing out on.  The article is really interesting to me because it is an inspiring illustration of how each experience or part of a person’s life can converge, igniting a passion or an idea that can then be turned into something special – like a successful business venture.

When that passion has to do with local, sustainable, ethical and organic – well you know I’m immediately smitten.

The deli itself, on Broadway Ave, is incredibly charming.  There are meat hooks hanging in the front window – the same hooks that meat hang on in the aging room (which is what the practice of charcuterie is – an ancient form of preserving meat before we could just throw it in a freezer).

The irony of these vicious looking hooks with the IGA market in the background isn’t lost on me.  (Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate that IGA has a family-owned mission statement.  I just wish they at least had some kind of commitment to the sustainable, regional food system.)  But that’s okay, because the Crested Duck has that covered.

Everything served at the Crested Duck is seasonal, locally sourced within 150 miles and ethically produced. ♥

My first thought: “Lord help me choose just one thing.”  But hey – sometimes you just have to indulge. 🙂

Here’s a close-up of the deli’s menu:

So I ordered the Prosciutto and Cheddar…

and she ordered the Grilled Cheese Du Jour with pepper-jack and added some Penn Ave. salami on the side…

I quickly decided that in Heaven, I have to remember to ask for unlimited amounts of this for eternity.

The MIL ordered the Bresaola…

And then we just ordered a Spanish Ham to try…

I promise we aren’t gluttons!!  Most of the time when we go out to eat, we order a variety of things and everyone shares.  That way, we get to try as much yummy stuff as we can.

In my opinion, the Prosciutto and Cheddar was the best but we all agreed that the Baby Kale and Brussels Sprouts Slaw was AMAZING…

So then, because we are insane people…we went back to the Crested Duck the next day.

YOLO!  haha Just kidding, I actually am sick of hearing that acronym.  But seriously, though…

Their deli case is small, but full of things I never knew existed, all of which looked irresistible.

Well hello, lovely…

And all the trimmings…


No, we didn’t try the torte.  Trust me, if I had room in my tummy I might have ordered some, but I had to reel it in before I left with a food baby.  But how yummy does this torte look!  Baked fresh I was told by Kevin, the owner.

Are you dying to see the aging room?

Well then meet me back at this exact place tomorrow! ♥

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