Valentine’s Butter Cookie Cutouts

I’m not a huge fan of sugar cookie cutouts, however, these butter cookie cutouts drizzled with white and dark chocolate are buttery melty (I’m sorry spellcheck, melty is a word. My google sources say so. Be gone with your red squiggly underline.) goodness. I really wish I had made more already. I actually modified an […]

Poppy Seed Dressing (OTW)

This is a simple, delicious dressing for salads that is very quick and easy to make. My sister has brought this dressing to family gatherings for several years. When we were putting together the menu for Off The Wall, I insisted this be included. Definitely our most requested dressing. No matter how much I made, […]

Pittsburgh Style Chicken or Steak Salad

I find it sad that anyone that does not live within a 50 to 60 mile radius of Pittsburgh is aware that french fries on a chicken or steak salad is absolutely delicious. Since I grew up with this being a common and popular meal, I guess I take it for granted. I’ve always known […]

Pineapple Cheeseball

And the case of the disappearing Lawry’s seasoning. I learned to make this with my first husband’s mother when I was sixteen, and it’s been a family favorite ever since. I’ve never happened across it anywhere else. In my efforts to originate this recipe I actually found it posted in several places around the internet, […]

Peanut Butter Pie (OTW)Re

Ok, so I have been told this pie is better than sex. Every time I served it, we would watch our customers take the first bite. They would chew for a moment, and then they all made the same exact eyes-rolling-into-the-back-of-the-head expression. You’ve got to make this pie. Just be forewarned that you will be […]

Our Favorite Hot Dog Chili (OTW)

Another local specialty, one is hard pressed to find real hot dog chili outside of the Pittsburgh area. Go too far away and the only chili you’ll find has beans in it. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not what I want on my hot dog. Today I’m sharing a local Coney Island copycat […]

Homemade Pita Bread – originally from Brown Eyed Baker

To kick off the recipe section, I have a share for you. It is, in my opinion, the BEST bread ever! Making your own bread too daunting a task? It won’t be after this. This bread takes only a few minutes to throw together and is so versatile. We use it all the time. I […]


I received this recipe also from my first husband’s mother. I have no idea where it originated and haven’t been able to find anything remotely similar. This is one of those meals that we reserve for a special occasion or special request. It’s a bit involved, but so worth it. The flavor is wonderful and […]

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing (OTW)

These are the ooiest gooiest melt in your mouth cinnamon rolls I have ever tried, and were an Off The Wall Cafe favorite.  I do believe this was originally a Cinnamonster copycat recipe but I can’t remember where I got it.  If you come across it, let me know so I can give proper credit. […]