The First Wine Dinner at Il Pizzaiolo in Pittsburgh: A Lesson in Pairing

Il Pizzaiolo Hampton

There’s absolutely no good reason why I’ve never eaten at Il Pizzaiolo in Pittsburgh before. Honestly, I’m a little miffed at myself for not visiting one of its three locations earlier. But, a recent visit to its Hampton location more than made up for my slacking. With Mr. Locke and camera ready, we had the pleasure of attending the first Wine Dinner at Il Pizzaiolo last weekend. Here’s the scoop on all six delicious courses and why we’re hoping they continue the new tradition. When you get invited to the…

Easy Halloween Treats: Mummy Pringles

Recipe for Mummy Pringles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackItAndPackIt #SeasonalSolutions #CollectiveBias Each year, my family begins planning our Halloween buffet in early October. We love the fun, spooky-themed menu items that flank our buffet table and kitchen and especially love easy recipes. This year, we’re adding a new menu item into the Halloween recipe mix: Mummy Pringles. Super easy to make, the recipe calls for only a handful of ingredients. The best part? The combination of sweet and salty is a…

Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake Recipe: Perfect for End of Summer!

sweet tea lemonade cupcakes recipe

In our travels, we discovered the delicious combination of half sweet tea, half lemonade. And, while sweet tea is a quintessential Southern summer drink, adding lemonade to the mix is a fun way to combine two of our favorite drinks. So, I thought, why not combine the two for a cupcake recipe? This Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake recipe uses real iced tea in the cupcake batter and lemon zest in the frosting. Ready for an easy, sweet cupcake recipe that’s perfect for end-of-summer snacking? Here’s the easy recipe and directions.…

Pittsburgh-Style BBQ Pulled Pork Slider Recipe: Simple and Delish

pittsburgh style bbq pulled pork sliders recipe

This Pittsburgh-style BBQ Pulled Pork Slider recipe sponsored post was written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork as part of an Influence Central campaign. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. #RealFlavorRealFast #IC  #ad I adore BBQ pork sandwiches and sliders. I also adore Pittsburgh-style sandwiches topped with meat, cole slaw, and French fries. So, a no-brainer recipe was to meld the two together and create a Pittsburgh- style BBQ Pulled Pork Slider! Using only a handful of ingredients, the simple recipe can be jazzed up in so…

How to Snack on Road Trips: 5 Deliciously Easy Tips

How to snack on road trips

This how to snack on road trips post is sponsored by Acorn Influence  for Yoplait Multipacks. All opinions are my own!  #Yoplait #MomOn AD As a family that is constantly road tripping, fast food and convenient store snacks can only go so far before we’re craving better options. And, while junk food is the easy route, we’ve learned what to pack in our snack bags to keep us energized and ready to visit our next destination. Here’s my best tips for how to snack on road trips! 1. Make a List Before…

From Steel City to Culinary Cool: 5 Pittsburgh Foodie Finds

Butcher and the Rye Charcuterie

Our love for all-things Pittsburgh is definitely not covert – and that includes its booming foodie scene. On a recent press trip, we discovered hip, new restaurants and re-fell in love with a couple of Pittsburgh standards, too. Here’s five restaurants in Pittsburgh to let you wet your culinary whistle. Butcher and the Rye If you’re planning to catch a show in the Cultural District, Butcher and the Rye is a hot spot. With its creative menu offerings (think charcuterie with rabbit rillette and foie blonde pate), there’s plenty of…

Vidalia French Onion Soup Recipe: Easy and Delicious

Vidalia French Onion Soup Recipe

If I’m thinking classic soup recipes, my mind automatically goes to one of my faves: French Onion Soup. It’s super simple to make and is a no-brainer when it comes to parties and family dinners. But, with the peak of Vidalia onion season in full bloom, I thought that a fun spin on the recipe was to use the sweet onions instead of traditional cooking onions. Here’s my easy recipe for Vidalia French Onion Soup. This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign…

Wayne County, Ohio: 6 Delicious Reasons to Visit

Pine Tree Barn Strawberry Salad Wayne County Ohio.

There’s no way to visit Wooster, Ohio and not check out what Wayne County has to offer in regards to dining options. I had the pleasure of taste testing everything from Amish desserts to cheese and everything in between on a recent visit, so these are six delicious reasons to make a visit to Wayne County, Ohio – and my favorite picks for foodie lovers. 1. The Granary Restaurant at Pine Tree Barn How’s this for a setting? A gorgeous, outdoor patio overlooking a Christmas tree farm, lake, and valley.…

Small Town America: 5 Foodie Finds in Downtown Wooster, Ohio

Veggie sushi at Basil Asian Bistro.

The more I visit big cities, the more it’s becoming blatantly aware to me that small town America is the way to go when it comes to travel. Not only do the cities love your patronage, each is a happy reminder of what America was decades ago and how sheer tenacity and perseverance has kept each thriving. My recent visit to Wooster, Ohio, gave me a glimpse of each’s historic past and the way they both cater to locals and visitors – through their stomachs! From quaint cafes to Asian…

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with the Best Ice Cream in Ohio

Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, Ohio

Ask me what my favorite food is and I’ll say ice cream. Every time. It’s not only been a childhood dessert staple, it’s now my family’s so-to sweet treat. So, what better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month than by celebrating the best of the Buckeye State and the best ice cream in Ohio! Here’s a salute to Ohio’s favorite ice cream shops from top to bottom and in the middle, too. Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – Dublin, Ohio The Kid and I had the pleasure of popping into…