Category Archives: Food

Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille

A Predominately seafood restaurant that has several fish based dishes on the menu. The restaurant has a separate section for children along with a bar menu that offers seasonal cocktails, a wine list and a special Draft list for beer. All of the beverages in the menu go well with the seafood on offer, but each can be ordered by the glass as well. Luke Wholey’s Alaskan Grille also boasts a separate sushi menu which is divided into a full 3 course meal. Traditional favorites include shrimp, eel, salmon, scallops, flying fish roe along with a variety of seafood rolls that range from shrimp and salmon to veggie and crab. The signature rolls on the menu include the Spider Roll which is filled with soft shell crab, fresh vegetables and sauces.

Its a 7 minute scooter or bike ride on the bike lane. Just leave your door at http://www.skyloftpgh.com and bike over to Luke Wholey’s this weekend. Buon appetito, Janet & Charlie

Italian Potato Salad

Make this tasty but simple Italian Potato Salad at your StarLoftsPgh.com home.

Ingredients:

9- Potatoes, cooked, peeled, and quartered

1 garlic clove

1 shallot

Tbl capers

2 tbsp Kalamata Olives

1 anchovy (optional)

2 fresh tomatoes, cored, cut in eights

1 tsp oregano

sea salt and black pepper to taste

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Berio brand, Red wine vinegar to taste

1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

In a large bowl mix all ingredients above in bowl. Gently stir so potatoes remain intact.

A great simple meal to serve for your guests at your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com

Buon Appetito Janet & Charlie

Linguini Clam Sauce

Linguini with clams is one of the most satisfying Italian dishes to cook and eat. The fresher the clams, the more flavorsome the sauce.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

  • 2 LBS. of clams (Wholeys Fish Market, Strip District Pittsburgh)
  • 11 1/2 OZ. of Barilla linguini
  • 1 OZ. of parsley
  • 1 of garlic clove
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt

METHOD

In a large bowl or pan, soak the clams in lightly salted water for at least 2 hours; every 30 minutes, use your hands to gently drain them without stirring up any sand that has filtered to the bottom of the pan; transfer them to a plate, change the water, and add a pinch of salt. Be careful not to break the shells during this process.

Trim the parsley, removing the leaves only; wash and dry with a paper towel and finely chop. Crush and mince 1 garlic clove. 

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally. Drain about 2 minutes before al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water. 

Meanwhile, in a pan large enough to hold the clams and linguini, sauté the garlic with 4 Tbsp. oil for 30 seconds, then add the parsley.

After a few seconds, add the drained clams: cook for 1-2 minutes until they start to open, then add 3 small ladlefuls of pasta cooking water.

Drain the linguini and transfer directly to the pan with the clams. Cook until the pasta is al dente and a creamy sauce forms due to the starch being released. Add extra water pasta cooking water if needed. Top with chopped parsley to taste and serve. 

This is a simple, but excellent dish to make at your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com

Brisk Autumn equals great Apples

When fall arrives, there is nothing better than a 30 minute drive to select your own apples from Browns orchard and cider in Macdonald, Pa. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/709+Penn+Avenue,+Pittsburgh,+PA/Brown’s+Orchard+and+Cider+Company,+267+Southview+Rd,+McDonald,+PA+15057/@40.3791579,-80.2083873,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8834f157ce8c7123:0xca20845f18a5f72f!2m2!1d-79.9999651!2d40.4435055!1m5!1m1!1s0x883451e3385340e5:0xdb08ad000b40ffcc!2m2!1d-80.2722855!2d40.3173974!3e0

Check out their extensive varieties of the apples they grow:

https://www.brownsorchardandcider.com/our-apples

Gold Rush Apple

Bring some of these great locally grown apples back to your home at the http://www.starloftspgh.com

Have a fantastic Autumn!

Seafood Pasta & Bean Soup

This is a great recipe to make at your home in the http://www.starloftspgh.com

4 Servings:


10 ounces Bartolotti beans, drained and cooked with a pinch of bicarhonate
8 oz. cleaned tiny mollusks; baby Octopus, baby squid, curled octopus, mussels and tartufo (warty venus)
3-1/2-5 oz. lobster bisque
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup olive oil
2 oz. smoked pancetta bacon
Salt and chilli pepper
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
5 0z. tomato pulp
Aromatic herbs: parsley, etc.

7 oz. fettuccine-type pasta cut in small, irregular pieces
Cook the beans. Sauté in oil the cloves or garlic, onion, chilli pepper and smoked bacon. Remove the garlic when brown. Add the tomato pulp and
the mollusks, which have been previously cleaned and prepared. When the cooking is completed, mix beans, mollusks (plus the cooking liquid) and pasta (which may be cooked separately or together with the rest).
Add the lobster bisque, which will provide a good base and mix
all the ingredients together. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Penne with Tuna “Puttanesca” | Share the Pasta

Penne with Tuna “Puttanesca” Penne shares the award for being one of the most popular pasta shapes in the world with spaghetti. In Italian, “penne” is the plural of the word “penna,”which means “quill.” But let’s switch to the deliciously edible variety of penne: Penne pasta! The recipe that Chef Rosario is featuring this […]

Penne with Tuna “Puttanesca” | Share the Pasta

Keep your coffee pods fresh

How to keep coffee pods fresh

Coffee pods are sealed hermetically to prevent moisture from entering the pod, as mentioned before. This means that as long as the seal is intact and the pod is not broken or slit, the coffee inside is safe for brewing and consumption. Mold and bacteria can grow in coffee grounds exposed to moisture, so it is best to discard any compromised pods.

coffee pods

The pods should also be stored in a cool and dry place away from humidity and direct sunlight. Even though refrigerators have controlled temperatures, storage of coffee in refrigerators is not recommended due to the presence of moisture should there be a seal failure or the pods are punctured. 

During storage, it is also important for you to check the pods regularly to ensure the seals are intact and all broken pods should be discarded.

It is recommended to separate the coffee from the packaging when disposing of coffee pods and using the spent grounds in compost piles. Many manufacturers have begun making pods out of recyclable materials because of the added load on landfills and disposal systems. Remember to look for this feature when you buy your coffee pods!

Conclusion

Coffee pods do not go bad even after their sell-by dates. They may lose some of their flavors after the indicated dates but are not unsafe to consume. Remember to note which type of coffee pod your machine uses and to dispose of them responsibly, or use refillable pods for the freshest brews

Stay at your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com, and have a fresh great cup of coffee.

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

This is a simple, but delicious dish you can make at your home here at the http://www.starloftspgh.com

1 dozen littleneck clams

1 lbs of thin spaghetti

1/2 bunch of parsley

2 of garlic clove

extra-virgin olive oil

salt to taste

In a large bowl or pan, soak the clams in lightly salted water for at least 2 hours; every 30 minutes, use your hands to gently drain them without stirring up any sand that has filtered out; transfer them to a plate, change the water, which will have become cloudy, and add a pinch of salt. Be careful not to break the shells during this process.

Trim the parsley, removing only the leaves; wash and dry with a paper towel and finely chop. Crush and mince 1 garlic clove. 

Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Season with salt; add spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water. 

Meanwhile, in a pan large enough to hold the clams and spaghetti, sauté the garlic with 4 Tbsp. oil for 30 seconds, then add the parsley.

After a few seconds, add the drained clams: cook them for 1-2 minutes until they start to open, then add 3 small ladlefuls of pasta cooking water.

Drain the spaghetti and transfer to the pan with the clams. Cook together for 1 minute, adding extra water pasta cooking water if needed. Cook until the pasta is al dente and a dense sauce forms due to the starch being released from the clams. Top with chopped parsley to taste and serve. 

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Spaghettini With Shrimp and Chili Pepper

  • 2.5 # of shrimp
  • 1# of spaghettini
  • 1 of celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 of carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • bay leaf
  • tomato paste
  • 1 BUNCH of parsley, chopped
  • fresh chili pepper, chopped
  • dry white wine
  • Bertolli olive oil
  • Ground sea salt

Shell and clean the shrimp; remove and clean the heads well and set aside with shells for the broth. 

Heat 2-3 Tbsp. oil in a saucepan over high heat, sauté the heads and shells for around 5 minutes on high heat, mixing and crushing them with a spoon. Add celery, carrot, and onion and cook for 2 minutes, then add 1 Tbsp. tomato paste and stir. Add 1 cup wine. Let evaporate, then add 2 quarts water and 1 bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and let simmer for 50 minutes.

When broth is ready, remove from the heat and drain, extracting the broth.

Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium heat and toast the uncooked spaghetti, stirring well, for a couple of minutes. Add three ladles shrimp broth to the pan and continue to cook the spaghetti like risotto for around 10-12 minutes, adding broth in 1/4 cup increments. Add salt to taste. Continue until the pasta is al dente and the broth has evaporated, so as not to need to drain the pasta.

In the meantime, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a skillet and cook shrimp for 3 minutes. Set aside. Heat a thin layer of oil in another pan. When the spaghetti is cooked to al dente, transfer to the pan and cook for 1 minute until crispy; add the just warmed shrimp and a handful of chopped parsley. Serve with more parsley and fresh chili pepper.