Dear Rebecca Sodergren: I enjoyed "Read this before you eat in Pennsylvania Dutch country" [in The Food Column, Food & Flavor, July 25]. I lived in Reading from 1989 to 1994. I used to take visitors to Shartlesville to sample the "seven sweets and sours." I'm not too upset to discover that it is a myth!
Quick story: I ordered potpie at a diner in Reading and told the waitress to send it back. I said, "The dough is uncooked and where's the pie crust?" She stared at me as if I was from Mars while my dinner mate explained that the sheets of dough finish "cooking" on top of the filling. Yuk ... but I tried it anyway.
Love your articles and enjoy hearing about your kids.
On the lamb
What a wonderful article ["Slavic delight: Summer picnics at the Croatian Center of Millvale serve up camaraderie and delicious roast lamb" by Marlene Parrish, Food & Flavor, July 18]. It truly brings fond memories of my grandmother, mom, family and cousins. It is a hidden treasure to us all. We still go and think of grandma.
A nice article on the Center. I understand that the property was once owned by Fritzie Zivic, the middleweight boxing champion in the 1930s and '40s. He was of Croatian descent and either lived there or it was his training camp. The boxing arena in nearby Bauerstown had a Zivic Arena in Hickey Park. In the later '40s, Zivic Arena was the site of professional wrestling matches with participants such as Gorgeous George Wagner. I hawked the early edition, which came out about 6 in the evening, of the Post-Gazette to the fans there.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for not only knowing how to pronounce bruschetta, but also for publishing the correct pronunciation ["Bruschetta: Carbs on the grill" by Gretchen McKay, Food & Flavor, July 18]. It's the worst Italian food item mispronunciation, second only to "expresso."
A low-caliber lead
In the Food & Flavor section on July 4, there was a story written by Bob Batz, Jr. ["Her meatballs are rolling on the road"]. The starting sentence of the article was totally unprofessional and certainly not in keeping with the high caliber of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The article was about meatballs, but Mr. Batz chose to start his article with a double entendre that was, at best, a feeble attempt to be clever. As Maggie Smith's character in "Downton Abbey" said, "Vulgarity is no substitute for wit!"
Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Food at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Find the stories referred to above at post-gazette.com/food. First Published August 1, 2013 4:00 AM