A couple of months ago Tammy and I traveled to a wedding in Leesburg VA. A last minute decision allowed us to go to Philadelphia. We got to eat a Philly Cheesesteak and we had an opportunity to meet the mother of my best friend. This trip would prove to be a very important one.
Our closest friends are Frank and Krista Hasty. Frank grew up in Philly and of course a Philly Cheesesteak will usually become part of the conversation. Frank’s mom Laura Hasty would also become part of the conversation. It’s June 6th, the day after the wedding and we intended to go into Washington D.C. but rain was in the forecast so we made other plans.We hadn’t planned to go to Philly but I called Frank and asked how long it might take to get to his mom’s place. He told me they had moved her into a nursing home in Bristol PA a week or two before. We thought it would be about a 3-1/2 hour drive so off we went!
It was a really beautiful drive! I was always under the impression that the area was pretty urban and obviously the closer we got to Philly the more urban it got. Mostly it was rolling green beautiful hills with spectacular views!
We arrived at the nursing home and surprised Laura! We spent a little over an hour with her. She told us about her life and her children whom she loved so very much. She spent her life loving others and helping people learn how to live. Whether they were friends of her children with nowhere else to go or people from a halfway house that she worked in, they had an encounter with love. Sometimes that love was pretty tough. Laura could be quite “salty” at times but you never had to guess what she meant to say!! She talked about her Frankie and how proud she was of the man that he had become! She also talked about Krista and what a wonderful daughter-in-law and friend she’s become.
She was getting pretty tired so Tammy and I got ready to leave. We held hands and prayed then Laura hugged us like we were her own children and kissed us on the cheek and told us she loved us and was so glad we came. I became a rich man that day because we had loved and been loved by Laura Hasty.
Laura passed away on July 11th and left a hole in our hearts.
Tammy and I are so incredibly glad we went to see her and will forever be blessed that we knew her.
Laura, This is dedicated to you!
While we were in the area we had to stop and have a Philly Cheesesteak in Philly!! We left Bristol, PA around 7pm and headed back toward Philly. Frank suggested Penn’s Landing but by the time we got there parking wasn’t happening! We drove around for an hour or 2 looking for a place to park and walk. We also took a little detour….Not the best idea I’ve ever had!! We finally found a place called Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Company Here’s their Facebook page.
This place is AWESOME! The food was excellent and the service was great!!!
I told the guy that I wanted white american on it. He said authentic Philly Cheesesteak’s were made with Whiz. Now, I had asked Laura about this before we left the nursing home and she (and Frank) said that authentic cheesesteaks didn’t use Whiz So white american it was!!!! We ordered a medium pizza too. Both were AWESOME!!
So of course I have to be able to have a legit Philly Cheesesteak at home right??? I mean who can afford to drive to Philly every time I get a craving??!!
When Laura’s heart began to get worse, Frank and Krista drove out to be with her. Frank got to show Krista where he came from. They got to hang with some of the people Frank grew up with. They also got to look around Philadelphia and see many of the historical sites as well as sample a lot of the local food (I use the word “Sample” there!! Did you catch that?? LOL)
When they got back he had picked up some cheese steak meat
and some PORK ROLL!!!! Hello!!!
We went to their house for dinner and had some Philly Cheesesteak!!!!! OH YEA BABY!!!!!
I took some of the meat home and cooked it the next day!
Wanna Make a Philly Cheesesteak yourself?
Good, here’s what you’ll need:
- VERY thinly sliced ribeye
- diced onions, peppers and mushrooms (Laura liked them on hers)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Crushed pepper flakes(I like them)
- White or Yellow American Cheese
- Hoagie buns
- Drizzle of oil
Sautee’ the onions and peppers in a drizzle of oil in a large non-stick skillet until just translucent. Remove and let drain.
In the same skillet (HOT) place the ribeye and work it. It’s sliced very thin and will over cook very quickly so keep it turning until browned then add the cheese, salt, pepper and pepper flakes and shove everything over to the side of the skillet. Place the open, buttered hoagie down in the skillet to toast. Then carefully lift the bun and place it on top of the cheesesteak meat. Slide the spatula under and lift the whole thing out while turning upright!!
Add the onions, peppers and ‘shrooms and EAT!!!
The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, The Rocky Statue and the Philly Cheesesteak!! Welcome to Philly!!