Miracle milkshakes? Burgatory Bar, Waterworks, Pittsburgh

I never thought I could be impressed by a milkshake enough to think that it was a gift from Heaven. However, those from Burgatory, a little joint that markets itself as serving up a “Helluva Burger” and “Heavenly Shakes,” might as well be. I don’t even know what “house-turned vanilla bean ice cream” is (is…

Friday Photo: Going Dutch (Cookie-wise) in Central Pennsylvania

This article first appeared in the August 2012 issue of TheBurg, greater Harrisburg’s community newspaper. Hold on, biscotti. Take a back seat, pizzelle. And welcome a new international cookie, the stroopwafel, to central Pennsylvania’s confection scene. A stroopwafel is a traditional Dutch cookie, literally meaning “syrup waffle.” The “stroopie” consists of gooey caramel syrup pressed…

Salted caramel oatmeal sandwich cookie, Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg

Salted caramel hot chocolate at Starbucks.  Salted caramel crunch cake at the Blue Bird Inn in Cornwall near Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  And now, a salted caramel oatmeal sandwich cookie served at the Midtown Scholar made by independent baker Tiffany Foster of Hershey — currently the bookstore-cafe’s most popular sweet. What’s the deal with salted caramel? I…

Lancaster company makes Dutch stroopwafel cookies

Stroopwafels are traditional Dutch cookies that are comprised of light syrup pressed between two pie-crust thin, slightly-spiced waffles (the name literally named “syrup waffle”).  I’m familiar with this cookie because my aunt Colleen brings packs of them with each visit home to Shippensburg from the Netherlands (they’re somewhat of a family obsession), and when I…

Friday Photo: Strawberry pie returns to Kathy’s Deli, Shippensburg

Luscious strawberries nestled in a buttery crust, swirled in a fruit glaze, and dabbed with real Cool Whip define this fresh strawberry pie, now back for the season at Kathy’s Deli, Shippensburg. As a former Kathy’s Deli employee, this was one of my favorite desserts to make—I loved to cut the strawberries carefully, crowd them…

Friday Photo: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Debuts in France

It was the spring of 2008, and the Lycée Gustave Eiffel was holding an open house—or, literally from the French (“journée des portes ouvertes”), an open-doors day.  It was a day for prospective students to come visit the facility’s boarding-school type facility, and I was asked to make American cookies for the English department’s subtle,…

Friday Photo: The Cookie that Made Me Proud to Be American

This cookie is truly worthy of a Friday photo because I only purchase it at the end of a week.  Made at Sinful Sweets, Broad Street Market, the peanut butter cup in the center is this cookie’s highlight — salty, chocolately, and moist.  I’ve been addicted to these cookies ever since moving to Harrisburg, claiming…

Friday Photo: Eight-Pound Carrot Cake, P&R Baked Goods

In my opinion, cake is usually a form of dessert that is much better served if squashed flat, crammed with chocolate chips, and transformed into a cookie.  Most cakes usually seem to be made of too much air and not enough substance, a fact which makes me often twice as more likely to be disappointed…