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Deconstructed Lasagna with Low Carb Pasta

On a busy weeknight, this recipe can come in handy!  Don’t spend time laboring over your family’s lasagna…it’s time to deconstruct!  Super easy, cheesy, and absolutely delicious.  Making it all in one pot is a timesaver and leftovers are “gold” the next day! Let’s start with the noodles.  You can use regular lasagna noodles and […]

Deconstructed Lasagna with Low Carb Pasta

Delicious Pasta for You

I made this again for dinner!

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Spicy Sauce Bucatini

Bucatini are like slightly bigger diameter spaghetti with a hole in the middle.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

  • 14 OZ. of bucatini
  • 9 OZ. of eggplant
  • 5.5 OZ. of white onion
  • 4 tomatoes
  • Fresh chili pepper
  • Anchovy fillets in oil
  • Capers
  • Basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

METHOD

Quarter the eggplant and fry the pieces in plenty of hot oil; add salt and set aside. 

Peel, seed, and roughly chop the tomatoes to create a concassé.

Slice the onion and sauté in a large pan along with a drizzle of oil, 2 garlic cloves, 3 minced anchovy fillets, the whole chili pepper, and 1 tablespoon of capers.

Allow everything to simmer with a small ladleful of pasta cooking water.

Add salt and pepper to taste, then add the tomato concassé and immediately add the fried eggplant and torn basil. Quickly toss everything and serve.

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko̞ ðe̞ ˈma̠ʝo̞] in Mexico, Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5.

More popularly celebrated in the United States than in Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s thanks especially to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies. Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.  In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments. The city of Puebla marks the event with an arts festival, a festival of local cuisine, and re-enactments of the battle.

Events tied to Cinco de Mayo also occur outside Mexico and the United States. As in the United States, celebrations elsewhere also emphasize Mexican cuisine, culture and music. For example, some Canadian pubs play Mexican music and serve Mexican food and drink, and a sky-diving club near Vancouver holds a Cinco de Mayo skydiving event. In the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean, there is an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition,  and at Montego Bay, Jamaica, there is a Cinco de Mayo celebration.  The city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, holds an annual Mexican Festival  to honor the day, and celebrations are held in London and New Zealand. Other celebrations of the day can also be found in Cape Town, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria,  and in Paris.  Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Japan in Osaka and in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park Event Space as a celebration of Latin American culture.

Its a great way to celebrate your day, and /or evening at the great restaurants and bars next to your home at the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Happy Cinco de Mayo !

Why Choose to Live in Downtown Pittsburgh?

There’s much to be stated concerning city living. The shops, the markets, the movie theaters, the nightlife– and also being able to stroll almost everywhere. Living in the city is so excellent there have been roughly 295 tv shows filmed in New York City alone.

While you might find more space in the suburbs, life in the ‘burbs could be a bit too laid back for those used to (or searching) the energy often found in the city. The suburbs also tend to be car-dependent, which could lead to additional car-related expenses like loan payments, maintenance, insurance, and gas.

Perhaps you moved to the suburbs, and are now thinking about returning to the city. Or maybe you’ve never lived in the city but want to give try it out. If you aren’t sure, here are some of the reasons you might want to consider renting a downtown apartment:

You want to live car-free

If you want to walk or bike to work, a downtown apartment might be ideal. For those rainy days, cities often provide mass transit options. Even if you work from home, there’s something to be said for being able to walk to the theater, Pittsburgh Symphony, strip district market, or coffee shop.

Entertainment options are everywhere

No matter what you enjoy — the theater, the opera, museums, local restaurants — you’ll find it in the city. Most large cities like Pittsburgh, have professional sports teams as well, so you can cheer on the hometown heroes. Unlike suburbs, where things are often buttoned up by 11:00 p.m., cities have much more nightlife and things to do after hours.

World-class shopping and dining

If having a wide variety of restaurants to choose from is important to you, cities often provide many more options than suburbs and small towns. Locally owned, independent cafes, bakeries, delis, and coffee shops are also more plentiful. Downtown boutiques and specialty shops provide the one-of-a-kind treasures shoppers crave, and mostly the convenience.

Why Choose Downtown Pittsburgh’s Theater District?

City neighborhoods are often very distinct, with each having its own personality and attractions. There’s often little definition between neighborhoods, with one leading seamlessly into the next. When choosing a downtown neighborhood, you’ll want to consider a variety of factors such as cost, your noise tolerance level to your apartment, proximity to work or public transit stops, and the type of housing you prefer.

Some cities are famous for their architecture, like the Victorians of San Francisco or the turn of the Century buildings of Pittsburgh. From high-rise buildings to historic lofts, cities provide a variety of housing options and this often varies by neighborhood. When moving to a city, you’ll want to research the neighborhoods and visit (if you are able) to get a sense of the area. Check out our video of your new home area at the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com, we are sure you will be excited as we are about your new place! https://youtu.be/aPjjmcZ3zsI

Call to make an appointment for your personal tour of the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Have a Great Day! Janet

Traditional roasted lamb called “abbacchio”

The cuisine of Rome, Italy is authentic, earthy, simple and substantial. One of the most popular dishes is roasted abbacchio – a hearty, and rustic dish, that make you look great, without having to waste too much time in the kitchen.

Usually ‘abbacchio’ in Lazio and in many areas of Central-South Italy is popular — with the Easter holidays. In fact, in Rome and its surrounding areas, sheep meat is also eaten for Christmas, because the agricultural tradition is strongly rooted in Lazio and especially Agro Pontino.

This traditional dish is very easy to prepare. All you have to do is put all the ingredients in the oven – and it practically cooks itself. Success is guaranteed: Your family will love it and you won’t have to stay in the kitchen to ‘spignattare’ (turn the roast), while everyone else enjoys good food, wine and company. It’s up to you whether you want to use chopped lamb meat or a more elegant leg of lamb, however. (In the second case, make sure to extend the cooking time by about 20-30 minutes).

Just make sure to serve it with potatoes, which must be cooked in the same pan as the meat, so as to absorb its juices and flavor. And then, abbacchio meat should be eaten hot, very hot, almost hot enough to burn your fingers. That’s why this dish is also called ‘alla scottadito,’ which means ‘finger-burning’ in Italian.

Ingredients

3 lb lamb in pieces (or a leg of lamb of the same weight)

2 garlic cloves

4 sprigs of rosemary

1 bay leaf

1 glass of white wine

2 lb potatoes

Extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Pepper

How to make roasted abbachio

Spread the lamb with the peeled and chopped garlic cloves, rosemary sprigs and bay leaf in a pan. Sprinkle the meat with white wine and season it with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Bake the meat at 355°F (180°C) for about 20 minutes (30-40 minutes if you use the leg of lamb). In the meantime, peel the potatoes and dice them into cubes (or larger pieces depending on personal preference).

After 20 minutes, add the potatoes, and stir the contents of the pan. Continue cooking for another 40 minutes. Serve very hot.

This was a tradition to eat this great dinner on Easter Sunday. You can make this simple, but hearty meal at your home, at the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Regards, Charlie

Historical Events on February 13

  • 1914: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in New York to protect the copyrighted materials of its members.
  • 1920: The Negro National League is established.
  • 1945: German and Hungarian forces surrender to the Soviets as the Siege of Budapest during World War II comes to an end.
  • 1945: Bombers from the Royal Air Force are sent to Dresden, Germany to bomb the city.
  • 1955: Israel gets 4 of the 7 Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • 1960: The successful test of Gerboise Bleue makes France the 4th Nuclear Super Power.
  • 1960: Black college students begin a series of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1961: The Coso artifact is discovered. This artifact was supposedly a half million year old rock that contained a spark plug inside it. It was discovered in Olancha, California by Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell.
  • 1967: Leonardo da Vinci’s Madrid Cordices are discovered by American researchers in the National Library of Spain.
  • 1981: More than two miles of streets are destroyed in Louisville, Kentucky by a series of sewer explosions.
  • 2004: The discovery of the largest known diamond in the universe – white dwarf star BPM 37093 – was announced by the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • 2010: In the city of Pune in India, a bomb goes off killing seventeen people and kills another 60 people.

From all of us at the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

The Week of LOVE – The Beginning

A week is better than a day. Sometimes maybe. I guess it just depends.
I remember a VERY early Valentine’s day in elementary school. We got to tape brown paper lunch bags to the front of our desks in the hopes that Valentine’s cards would show up. The night before THE BIG DAY I was busy at home cutting and pasting hearts and making handmade cards.


I learned this style of card making watching my older sister Diane handmake cards for boyfriend. She was SOOO good at it and SOOO creative. And I wanted to be JUST like her. I still do.


I made the reddest and pinkest multi-layered heart cards from construction paper and hand wrote a note on each card to all my classmates. (It was the same note to all of them.)


This is when it all started for me.


This was the first time that I remember misspelling a word on a small-scale produced item that was distributed to many associates. I misspelled the word friend. I’m not sure how I misspelled it but I did. I hope I spelled it right in this email.


Since then, I’ve misspelled words on tests, menus, these emails, scholarship applications (that was a doozey) and countless other things.
That’s how I remember the week of love. And you can fall in love the http://www.starlofsPgh.com as well.