Lunchables – The Pittsburgh Version



In Pittsburgh, every child should learn the basics of EATING in Pittsburghese.  We’ve made it easy.

Yes, the crackers should really be some form of italian (EYE-talian) bread but it would be hard to keep that fresh.  So we would slowly have to ease the children into fresh bread.  Besides, giving them fresh bread vs. a piece you pull out of the bread bag and pick off the small speck of mold after looking over both shoulders as you make their school lunch, would simply just spoil them too early.

As you can also see, the portions are controlled.  There is no way to over eat, i.e, order double capicola.  The only items seeming to be missing in this balanced meal is a mini Prantl’s Almond Tort cake!

Next up, teaching kids how to make the traditional Strawberry, cream cheese and pretzel salad!!  It MUST be healthy, it has strawberries in it!

But no juice boxes of Iron City Light!


Thanks to Anna Mac for her genius-ity on the Photoshop work.  

Make sure you click on the MaryMac Bakehouse pic for all natural baked goods.





It’s MLK Day- Get Free Shipping! (Huh?)

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther, Jr – a man strong in mind, heart and soul.   And how do some retailers do it?  FREE SHIPPING SITE WIDE!!!  The good Dr. King.. how could he NOT be proud!

What will you do today?  Will you sleep in?  Will you head to the local mall or electronics store for a sale?  Will you head to Seven Springs for a long weekend of skiing (just like Dr. King would have) and imbibing at the Foggy Goggle or will you head to some place like the library to learn more, or teach your kids more, about WHY we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today?

Sure, you’ll be TEMPTED to relax today and catchup on DVR’d programs and DIY home projects.   If it’s above 40 degrees, a lot of you will spend 90-minutes in a car wash line to get the road salt residue off.

At least take a few minutes to talk about Dr. King and remember, this is NOT just a day to go get a discount on a new car, cheap linens at Sears, half off  a new washer/dryer, sleep in, do work on the house or get drunk.  (You’ve heard us say this before about Memorial Day.)

And for those of you NOT doing anything to reinforce WHY most of us have the day off today, for CRISSAKES, let’s at least say the whole name.  It’s not MLK Day, it’s Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  Yes!  It’s even more important than your daily Consol – (con-SAWL or CON-soool) argument.

If you’re spending your day off at the mall, tallying up discounts and making fun of someone different than you, you’re missing the whole reason behind why you have today off, Ya Jagoffs!

sears martin luther king jr sale

(This is the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed April 4, 1968.  The small square of concrete still contains the blood stains.)

Event You Cannot Miss



I have to tell you how honored I am to be invited to this event by CBS Traffic Lady, Bonny Diver, the event organizer.  Her organization Hair Peace Charities helps female cancer patients get wigs and emotional support.

This is even MORE important because my dear friend Liz (one of my best friends in the entire world) is in the middle of her battle.  I was pretty upset when she wouldn’t accept the shaved back hair from me to make a nice shortly cropped wig but…

Instead, I am going to be working with KDKA-AM afternoon news host, Bill Rehkopf, serving up Liz’s favorite munches from Atria’s restaurant, Pot Roast Nachos!!!

Please come out to say “Hi” it’s a blast and I am humbled by Bonny’s invitation and the ability to support my friend Liz (who plans on being in attendance.)

Don’t know if this will be a good time?  Look at the pics below from last year’s event.  Hope you can make it. Come up and say, ‘Gimme some Pot Roast Nachos please, YaJagoff!”

The Ol' 29er serving up Shrimp Romano.

The Ol’ 29er serving up Shrimp Romano.

Check out the 3 Stanley Cup Rings on Phil Bourque.

The ladies of Star 100.7 FM.. Shelley, Kelly, Elista and Melanie

The ladies of Star 100.7 FM.. Shelley, Kelly, Elista and Melanie

To be honest… I have no idea what  I was doing behind them.

I think it’s my “Hey I’m in a picture, I better do something WHACKY but I really look like an dork” pose!

WPXI's Cara Sapida and Scott

WPXI’s Cara Sapida and Scott

Cara was next to us.  She had made 350 Buffalo Chicken Bite appetizers.  I’m pretty sure I ate 30-40 of ‘em.

We met Linda and Susan.  Celebrities in their own right.  They said if I put their picture on the blog, they would read it soooooooooo there ya have it!


Val Porter, WDVE

Val Porter was dishing up this CRAZEEEE good Minestrone soup from Bella Sera in Canonsburg.

Scott Harbauh, WPXI and Christina

Scott Harbaugh, WPXI and Christina

This is Scott Harbaugh in the “Severe Sausage Center.”  No school closings to list.



Finally, Iceburgh!

It got a little odd when he quietly handed me his resume to give to Ernie Ricci, in the event that Ernie hires a Hot Sausage mascot!

Thanks to Bonny Diver and all of the volunteers who did an UNBELIEVABLE job Saturday. Yinz all made everyone feel so welcome.

Hurry, get over to and get your tickets.