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July 6, 2013

Culinary Conversation: Pizza burgers and garden goodness

NEW CASTLE — Getting feedback — and recipes — from our readers is always appreciated.

When Culinary Conversation received a request for the type of pizza burgers that were sold at the former Waldman’s Market, a reader responded.

Lois Owoc called to say those items that are great in sandwiches are sold at Donofrio’s Market in Hermitage.

“They’re delicious,” she said.

Our thanks to Lois for her help.

Then Pat Lysko called about the pizza burgers. However, she would like to replicate the recipe at home.

Pat recalled working at what was Vance’s Custard Stand on Route 422 East to help pay her way toward nursing school, and pizza burgers were served there.

“We threw them on the grill, added onions, some kind of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, put them on a toasted bun and they were delicious,” she said.

Now that I’m totally hungry for these things, let’s see if anyone else knows the ingredients for making them. Pat says the pizza burgers were really well seasoned, which is what makes them so good but she doesn’t know exactly what seasonings are used.

Again, we seek your help.

Meanwhile, two weekends ago, we traveled to Venango County with friends, enjoying the sights along the way.

Somebody remarked that it was almost the Fourth of July and corn wasn’t quite knee high.

I’ve been making that observation ever since I first heard that expression from my grandfather years ago.

Naturally, my imagination quickly turned to slathering butter on an ear of corn.

It’s a summer ritual, isn’t it?

Hearing about your favorite summer food routines involving the yields from the garden are welcomed at Culinary Conversation.

My travels across Lawrence County have allowed me to view a lot of great gardens.

I’ve witnessed just-ripened tomatoes so enticing I was ready to ask for salt and eat a few right on the spot. And zucchini and eggplant tempted me to instantly start digging up recipes.

What are you growing in your garden this year?

I also love that berries are everywhere. Although I could eat both raspberries and blueberries right out of the container, I’ll be a little more imaginative and share some desserts using berries instead.

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