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Shoo Fly Pie

Have you ever had a slice of shoo fly pie? Ah! It’s pure magic! Okay…I may be exaggerating a bit with the word magic, but it’s really that good!

Shoo fly pie is a pie that has three layers. A bottom gooey layer, called wet bottom. A middle layer of cake consistency, and a top layer that is sprinkled heavily with a streusel top. It’s a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch molasses pie and its delicious! If you ever find yourself around or driving through Central PA on 11-15, stop and treat yourself to a slice of shoo fly pie! Let me know what you think once you taste it too.

I never realized how much I enjoy cooking, and then of course there is eating too. I knew when I was home I wanted my grandmother to show me how she bakes her shoo fly pies.  She is amazing and of course made sure that she had all the ingredients for me to learn how to make it. It’s funny how much I miss the simple traditional things like this shoo fly pie. So many things that I took for granted. I cannot wait to bake it again in the near future when I am feeling a little home sick or craving something from my hometown.

Thank you Gram! These pictures will help preserve the wonderful memory of baking with you that I will treasure forever.  Love and miss you guys already!


Besides sensing a food pattern here, I am sure you can tell how much we love our italian cuisine. Due to bad weather our prior dinner engagement at Ghezzi’s fell through. Our friend Scott came to the rescue and suggested that we try out a newly opened restaurant called Isabella’s restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. Sure, why not!

The restaurant is located on the main street that runs through downtown Selinsgrove, PA. The building that the restaurant sits in is what used to be an old bank. Once you are inside you will still find many remnants of the bank in the decor. Old bank ledgers piled on the window ledges, knobs placed all around still from the original bank, the bar area being used is an old teller box, the vault visible from the bar and dining area propped wide open and used as a prepping station. All and all it really boast a Victorian era vibe. We instantly fell in love and we hadn’t even seen the menu, nor tasted the food.

The service was fantastic! The food was outstanding! So much so that we ended up going back a second time while we were home too. We have high hopes that when we are back visiting in the area that the restaurant still operates because we will certainly go back again!

The restaurant is located on 23 S. Market St., Selinsgrove, PA. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 4- 11 p.m.