Every once in a while I come across a restaurant with real character. These eating establishments are usually small, have a loyal following, and have been around for years. The Back Porch Restaurant in Belle Vernon is quaint, comfortable, and most importantly, serves excellent food.
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Summer has finally arrived! It’s time to start cooking outside on the grill, and experimenting with cold soups and fruit dishes. One of my favorite summer-time soups is made with ripe, oily avocados. This thick, rich soup will cool your palate and ignite your taste buds.
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One wouldn’t think that bacon and seafood goes well together, but in this case it does. The natural sweetness of the sea scallops provides a surprising flavor balance when served with thick slabs of bacon.
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Crab Stuffed Sole with Lemon Cream Sauce, Sole is a delicate fish, and is usually best served stuffed and baked. I’ve made this recipe on many occasions, and it’s always a big hit.
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In my never-ending quest to avoid refined carbohydrates, I’ve come across a few tasty, healthier alternatives- one of them is brown rice pasta. Brown rice pasta cooks differently than regular- it takes twice as long, and often produces excessive amounts of starch in the form of cloudy, bubbly water. This water often overflows from the pot, and is a mess to clean up. Tonight I experimented with cooking the pasta twice. I started with a pound of brown rice pasta. The pasta was placed in a large pot of salted, boiling water, cooked for 4 minutes, then drained. I then re-boiled the pasta in a fresh pot of water for 5 minutes. The end result was a less-starchy product. Try this procedure when cooking brown rice pasta- cooking times may vary depending on pasta shapes.
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Crab Cakes are a real treat- they’re especially good when served on a fresh toasted roll with my roasted red pepper sauce.
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Salmon is my favorite fish to eat- that and Chilean sea bass. I like salmon because of it’s robust flavor, and meaty texture. Mangos provide a sweet contrast to the savory flavor of most fish, especially salmon. This dish is very easy to prepare.
Fra Diavolo is the name given to a spicy sauce (usually red) that is used with fresh pasta and seafood. In this particular recipe, I use jumbo shrimp.
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