Library & Archives Treasures: Eating Good in the Neighborhood: The Library and Archives’ Cookbook Project


On the eighth foor of the Garfeld Heights Senior high-rise on Fern Street throughout the 1980s, my grandmother, like Pittsburghers everywhere, made chipped ham sandwiches. This ham, thinly sliced from a processed loaf of pork trimmings and seasonings, was mixed with a homemade BBQ sauce and served on thick slices of white bread. A local product, usually purchased from Isaly’s (though Kroger and Giant Eagle also sold variations under a miscellany of brand names), is thought of as a Pittsburgh classic.

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