Suffering from a wee tad bit of a bad attitude from being tired and not taking good care of myself, I missed my deadline for the Foodie Pen Pal program that Lesley over at The Lean Green Bean works so hard to coordinate. My apologies to any and all that are disappointed by my tardiness. If that’s not good enough, sue me, unfollow me, or whatever it is one does when one is unhappy in cyberspace. (See? Bad attitude. I didn’t even dress it up in a pretty little passive-aggressive dress – HA.)
Checking the bad attitude at the cyber door, let’s get on with it, shall we?
This month my Foodie Pen Pals were Virginia in Arizona (my recipient), and Katie in Pennsylvania (my sender). After asking Virginia about allergies and preferences I proceeded to send her something that was on her allergy list. My error occurred to me after she received the package. That’s TWO demerits for me this month. Damn, I need to get my act together. Despite my boo boo she seemed to enjoy the rest of the items – go see for yourself. I aspire to be that nice.
As for Katie – well, Katie is like my new best friend. I’d like to have her next month again so I can place an order. I grew up in Pennsylvania, though the other side of the state, but I also lived in her neck of the woods for a couple years for my work. Now that I know where she is it might be nice to get some of my favorite things from Northeastern PA. I did get one of them – Barbeque potato chips. If you haven’t been to PA, let me just say that these people are serious about two things: BBQ Flavor Potato Chips and Beer. When I was a kid growing up, most every town had their own chip factory and their own brewery. Not so much any more, but everyone does still have their favorites and they are all made in PA somewhere. As you can see in the photo, I received a bag of chips, some Spiedini Marinade, the official Penn State dipping mustard, bread crumbs (this is another thing made in nearly every town in PA, and essential for breading your dinner), Maple Syrup, and Maple Cream-filled Dark Chocolates.
The chips were mostly gone and the candy already sampled before I remembered to stop and take the picture. There’s something about the way they do the BBQ seasoning on the chips in PA that’s different than what I can get here in NC – it’s so much better in PA. Katie is a transplant to PA from the west coast (the first person I’ve ever met that moved into PA; most people leave like me – don’t hate me, it’s true), and said that in the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton area of PA, you are either Polish or Italian – as are the food choices.
I haven’t used the other items yet because I haven’t been eating at home much. It’s partly due to my work schedule, but mostly due to the malfunctioning refrigerator that cannot be trusted to house perishable foods without freezing them, even on the number 1 setting. That, along with the broken toilet and the dog who got fleas, is another blog post. I’m sure I will get to all of it – the spiedie marinade and the landlord-hating blog post – eventually.
Until then, I’ll leave you to it. Have a good one!