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Weekly Menu for the Week of April 25

Saturday, 23 April 2011 09:58 AM Written by

Welcome to my weekly menu!!!

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday week and weekend. This is a great week for saving lots of money!!! Remember what I said last week – "If you are offered leftovers take them!" We are kicking things off this week with a super easy portable meal (for those of you needing to dine at a baseball field – it is that time of year) – Egg Salad BLT's! These were a huge hit last summer and it is the perfect meal to use up all of those colored eggs you decorated with the kids!

The Double Duty meal of the week is Amy's Famous Steak Marinade made with Top Round cut for London Broil – or you could use a flank steak. We will grill this on Tuesday (the forecast looks promising for grilling weather) and we will reinvent the leftovers on Friday night as a Steak and Onion Pizza! On Wednesday, the leftover ham will be used in a Kid-Favorite dinner of Ranch Noodles with Ham! This is just like alfredo with a hint of Ranch. This is one of my kiddos favorite meals! On Thursday, we will lighten things up with a veggie stir-fry sure to please everyone in your home! The addition of baby corn puts huge smiles on the kids' faces!

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Jeff Beck's History on 'Believe Your Ears'

Friday, 22 April 2011 04:29 PM Written by
If you're going to tomorrow's Jeff Beck concert at Carnegie Hall, and want a bit of a mini-history of his career, this week's "Believe Your Ears" podcast has both that and Scott Mervis's inteview with Nate Query of the Decemberists.  It's right here.

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Baked Scampi and a recap of the week!

Friday, 22 April 2011 08:46 AM Written by

This has been a GREAT week for dinners!!! Let's recap what we have been having for dinner! Oven-Roasted-Cod-with-MushrWe kicked things off with Oven Roasted Cod with Mushrooms. The kids loved this meal! I couldn't believe it! They have become more adventurous with fish which surprises me as I am allergic to many different kinds! My son is allergic to shellfish so he is super excited he can eat Cod, Tilapia and others - usually the ones Mommy cannot eat! Cry

On Tuesday, we made Pasta with Spring Veggies and Bacon. Happy to say the Hubby LOVED it!!! This is such a nice, light and somewhat healthy dish - If you wanted to make it healthier you could have left out the bacon or substituted Turkey Bacon. Either way it was super delicious! Pasta-with-Spring-veggies

On Wednesday, we grilled up what I believe is the best marinade for chicken EVER!!! Grilled Caesar Chicken! Simply using Ken's Steak House Light Caesar dressing turns ordinary chicken into something so delicious and versatile you could eat it every week! Well - maybe not you but I could! Grilled-Caesar-ChickenWe used the leftovers this week in a wrap that could be eaten at home or taken with you to the various Spring activities your kids are involved in. Everyone at the baseball field would be jealous watching you eat a healthy wrap with grilled chicken, hummus and lots of veggies! Or this chicken is fantastic in a salad for lunch or dinner! Like I said - best chicken EVER!!!

Tonight's dinner is, Baked Shrimp Scampi. This isn't your ordinary Shrimp Scampi dish. This is baked in a sauce with mustard and melted butter and topped with Panko breadcrumbs. The result is a delicious meal to kick off this Easter weekend. I hope you enjoy it! baked-scampi

No matter which holiday you have been celebrating this week or this weekend, I hope you are all enjoying the love of friends and family!

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Roy Orbison, who would have been 75 tomorrow, kicked off his musical career as a rockabilly from Vernon, Texas. His early material, even his best known early number "Ooby Dooby," issued on the iconic Memphis label Sun Records, had only modest success in 1956.  He fared no better during a brief stay at RCA Victor. but from 1960 to 1964 defined himself for all time with his groundbreaking records on Fred Foster's Nashville-based Monument Records.  The Orbison everyone remembers, "Only The Lonely," " Runnin' Scared," "Crying," "Blue Bayou" "In Dreams" and of course, "Oh, Pretty Woman"  remain recordings that half a century and many new technologies later, have lost none of their musical or dramatic power.  That's right. Dramatic.

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about the decline of daytime dramas, ABC’s “Body of Proof” and BBC America’s “Being Human.”

As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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A new, colorful storefront has popped up on Beaver Street in Sewickley— Rosewood Shop, a women's boutique opened by North Hills native and current Sewickley resident, Kathryn Gerstenberger Richardson.

Looking in from the outside, one of the first unique things you will notice is the colorful assortment of clothing and accessories that adorn the interior walls of the space. Arranged according to color, dresses, jackets, tops and sweaters provide pleasure to the eyes, while jewelry and handbags accentuate the bright pops of color. With the essence of an art gallery, the space is clean and minimal, with white walls, a wooden floor, and wire racks, allowing the colorful clothing to take center stage. In addition to the color, the price point of the shop is also flattering to the eyes, with everything priced under $100.

After attending the College at Philadelphia University for Fashion Design, Kathryn, 27, traveled around the world, teaching English to college students in Hong Kong and elementary school students in Nicaragua, before landing in the hometown of her future husband, Little Rock, Arkansas. Kathryn and her husband, Cullen, met while they were both in college attending a semester abroad in Italy. After moving to Little Rock, Kathryn reignited her fashion creativity by opening up her first boutique, Ember, with her sister-in-law, Jamie. In January 2011, her and her husband moved back to Pittsburgh and opened up her second boutique, Rosewood Shop, in Sewickley on March 14, 2011.

When relocating back to Pittsburgh, Kathryn found Sewickley to be the perfect fit for Rosewood Shop because of the memories she had shopping in the town when she was a child. "It's just so cute and quaint," says Kathryn. "I love that it's a walking town with a community that is supportive of locally owned businesses."

And supporting local businesses means keeping their doors open through sales. Unlike shopping at major retailers, the shopping experience at independent, locally-owned boutiques is more personalized. In addition, local boutiques pay particular attention to providing specialized goods not found in every store. The same goes for Rosewood Shop. Kathryn says that she only purchases about six of each item she sells to keep the shop constantly filled with new, unique clothing and accessories. "I want my customers to feel like they are wearing unique items that few people in the city have," says Kathryn. 

New items arrive to the shop several times a week and Kathryn says she will soon be carrying shoes in the shop. Rosewood Shop is located at 412 Beaver Street in Sewickley, and is open Tuesday-Friday from 10:30 am until 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm. You can visit Rosewood Shop online at www. and "like" on Facebook here.

Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check back on Monday for another Clutch post!  

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Blues Night Out among weekend bands

Friday, 22 April 2011 12:00 AM Written by

If raucous blues is your bag, you can check out former "adult entertainer" Candye Kane in her new musical career tonight at Moondog's, in Blawnox, where it always is.

The Blues Society of Western Pa. will hold one of its Blues Nights Out on Saturday night at the Hop House, featuring Burgh blues vet Gary Belloma. Thrifty blues fans should note that there is no cover.

And it's not exactly a blues bag, but also on Saturday night, you can check out British guitarist Jeff Beck at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Don't forget, it's always a good day for the blues in Pittsburgh.

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The amazing maze of CMU's 'The Alice Project'

Thursday, 21 April 2011 06:05 PM Written by


Courtesy of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama:

"The Alice Project" takes Lewis Carroll's Victorian sensibility and drags it kicking and screaming into the present day, as CMU's School of Drama transforms the story on a high-tech, three-story, steel-maze set layered with multimedia. The last offering of CMU's drama season runs through Saturday, April 23 in the Philip Chosky Theater in the Purnell Center for the Arts.

Directed by graduate directing program leader and faculty member Marianne Weems, this interdisciplinary performance explores the character of Alice through a modern-day lens of technology, using live cameras, projection surfaces and soundscapes on the steel structure.

"This use of multimedia creates connections and disconnections, which offers the viewer a window into this contemporary reading of Alice," said Weems, who will be making her directorial debut for the School of Drama.

Over the past year, a team of graduate designers, undergraduate directors and graduate dramatic writing students have collaborated with the director, actors and technicians to develop the performance.

" 'The Alice Project' combines performance, imagination, conceptual skills, technology and text in an original provocative and innovative explosion of theatricality," said Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama.

Weems said the scale of the three-story steel structure of the set, each with multiple "cells" for various characters, combined with live action captured on video and encompassing soundscapes heightens the multi-varied perspective and creates a complex pictorial frame.

"As Alice's adventures move from square to square, the past and present encounter each other in a dynamic dialogue," Weems said.

The story follows Alice as she tiptoes through a set of seemingly arbitrary and fluid rules of the looking glass world to progress through a game of chess and become Queen. She meets a series of melancholic and delusional creatures unable to move outside of their own squares.

"Alice is constantly questioned as to who she is. Each encounter is a struggle with power, with what forces will define her identity and how much she requires affirmation and recognition from others along the way," said second-year graduate directing student Katie Brook. "Alice is seen and named by a variety of characters in multiple ways. As they struggle to define her, the story reflects fragments of different perceptions of Alice."

Ticket prices begin at $15 for adults and $10 for students at 412-268-2407 or visit

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