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 A group of scientists from around the world say we need to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of healthy daily diet.

What exactly makes up a healthy diet?

Some of the world’s top scientists provide clarity on what we’re supposed to eat and drink, and what foods we should avoid.

about 10 hours ago

 Kentucky Hot Brown with Manchego-Jalapeno Mornay Sauce comes from the book "Southern Heat: New Southern Cooking Latin Style" by Anthony Lamas.

Let's Eat: Kentucky Hot Brown with Manchego-Jalapeno Morney Sauce

A spicy variation of traditional Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich (created in Louisville in 1926) gets extra kick from jalapeno peppers.

3 days ago

 The five-month budget stalemate has halted about $7 million in state funds that would have normally gone to food banks around the commonwealth.

Budget standoff has state's food banks looking to hunters for help

Hunters Sharing the Harvest, Pennsylvania’s venison donation program, will mark one million pounds of donated meat this hunting season.

4 days ago

 There's a technique to carving your Thanksgiving turkey.

VIDEO: How to carve your Thanksgiving turkey with ease

It’s that time of the year when you are about to handle the hardest Thanksgiving task -- carving a turkey. We are here to help.

5 days ago

 Nicole Johnson, co-call director of Butterball Turkey Talk-Line.

Need more turkey tips? Butterball hotline experts await

From how to thaw the bird to cooking instructions, operators at the hotline answer 10,000-plus questions every year.

6 days ago

 Thanksgiving is the peak day for home fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and most fires are started between noon and 3 p.m.

Officials urge holiday cooking safety

The U.S. fire Administration says Thanksgiving Day traditionally has the highest number of home fires all year, double the normal average.

4 days ago

 Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Muffins.

Here's a few ideas for those Thanksgiving leftovers

For a post-holiday meal, make muffins, griddle cakes and chowders with the leftovers.

1 week ago

 Crustless Pumpkin Pie is served with a simple granola topping for crunch and whipped cream for glamour.

A crustless pumpkin pie for pastry scaredy cats

The creamy Thanksgiving dessert with a crunchy granola topping doesn’t require a crust.

1 week ago

 Make-Ahead Gravy

As countdown begins, reduce anxiety with Make-Ahead Gravy

The gravy can be prepared at least two days ahead of the holiday in a stress-free environment.

1 week ago

 After flooding the cranberry bog with water, workers at Pine Barrens Native Fruits in Browns Mills, N.J., wade through the thigh-high water and round up the fruit with large wooden brooms. Once the bobbing berries are gathered, they're transferred via a pump into trucks.

Stunning, reliable cranberries are steeped in Thanksgiving's heritage

The ruby red berries, which have long been part of America’s food scene, bring color and flavor to the holiday table.

1 week ago

 Chicken Chili prepared by Girl Friday Cooking Co.

Food Column : Peters resident caters to paleo diets

Girl Friday Cooking Co. in Pittsburgh’s South Hills finds success in providing ready-made meals for those following the paleo diet.

1 week ago

 A miniature Teenie Harris takes a picture of the front of the new Crawford Grill building at the Miniature Railroad and Building at the Carnegie Science Center.  Patricia Everly, Curator of Historic Exhibits at the Carnegie Science Center, used Teenie Harris’s pictures to create her replica.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week, Nov. 21

The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village adds another iconic Hill District venue with its new Crawford Grill feature.

1 week ago

 Petty Officer 1st Class Rachel Tuttle talks next to Chef Michael Symon today. Mr. Symon met with a dozen military service members for breakfast at Bar Symon as part of “Treat Our Troops” at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Celebrity chef Michael Symon talks food, football during Pittsburgh stop

The visit kicks off troop appreciation week at Bar Symon at the Pittsburgh airport. And who knew the Cleveland chef had Pittsburgh roots?

1 week ago

 You don't have to wrestle with that bird if you don't want to -- there are plenty of places to get turkey takeout. But deadlines for orders are looming.

Last-minute finds for Thanksgiving feast

From roasted turkey to sides to desserts, takeout holiday dinners are available at the eleventh hour.

1 week ago

 Lynn Lewis, right,  talks Nov. 10 with Ralph Croushore, president of the Peters Creek chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, about one of the turkeys he and his organization are distributing through the Central Food Pantry in Elizabeth.

Conservation group provides turkeys for Elizabeth Township families to cook at home

The Peters Creek Trail Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation donated about 90 turkeys this year for Thanksgiving dinners.

1 week ago

 Eat'n Park is honoring WQED and PBS producer Rick Sebak with a Smiley cookie.

Rick Sebak has something to smile about

Eat’n Park chooses WQED documentary producer Rick Sebak for this year’s celebrity Smiley Cookie.

1 week ago

 A genetically engineered salmon from AquaBounty Technologies, rear, with a conventionally raised sibling roughly the same age.

Some Pittsburgh-area stores refuse to sell genetically engineered salmon

Ron Stotish, AquaBounty’s CEO, said in a statement that the fish is a “game changer that brings healthy and nutritious food to consumers.”

1 week ago

 Food, family and gratitude are what Thanksgiving is all about for these famous Pittsburghers. Pull up a chair and join the holiday feast, by sampling their favorite recipes.

Notable Pittsburghers share their Thanksgiving recipes, gratitude

Food, family and gratitude are what Thanksgiving is all about. Pull up a chair and join the holiday feast by tasting their favorite recipes.

1 week ago

Tips on how to safely prepare your turkey

There are tips to follow to handle your Thanksgiving bird correctly through cooking and storage.

2 weeks ago

 In this July 21, 2005 file photo,  Hershey's Chocolate Kisses sit on the belt at Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey, Pa.

Hershey kisses artificial flavors goodbye in some chocolates

Many food companies are removing artificial flavors, colors and ingredients to please consumers demanding less processed foods.

2 weeks ago

 Pecan Pie with Pretzel Crust.

Ace Thanksgiving pies and cakes the Duff Goldman way

These pies, cakes and puddings give the holiday tradition a paradigm shift.

2 weeks ago

 Gluten-free Cheesecake.

Gluten-free diners can feast on Thanksgiving, too

From cornbread stuffing to cheesecake, those with wheat sensitivities can indulge in a mega meal.

2 weeks ago

 Autumn Dump Cake is drizzled with a caramel topping.

Convert a dump cake into something special for the holiday

All you need for the dessert is a boxed cake mix, canned fruit filling and minimum effort.

2 weeks ago

Cheap hams could steal the show from turkeys this Thanksgiving

The number of hogs slaughtered this year is above 2014’s pace by 7.9 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

2 weeks ago

Turkey prices soar as families plan Thanksgiving feasts

Thanksgiving turkey prices at the supermarket are expected to be about 15 percent to 20 percent higher than last year, according to experts.

2 weeks ago

 Yuriy Bekman, owner of Yuriy’s Jewelry store on Smithfield Street, recently purchased Wiener World across the street with plans to keep the eatery open.

Wiener World promises to stay local

Wiener World, the iconic Pittsburgh hot dog shop Downtown, sells to new, local owner who will keep it running.

3 weeks ago

 The cheesy costume.

'Dearheart' is gone but not forgotten

Carol Pascuzzi, the famous cheese seller at Penn Mac in the Strip District, was remembered at a party this Halloween.

3 weeks ago

 A closeup of Samantha Small’s work with sliced apples , grapes, orange and a slice of pear at Bower Hill Elementary in Peters.

Peters students turn snack time into showtime

The kitchen at Bower Hill Elementary School is a stage for students showing others how to make healthy snacks.

3 weeks ago

 Green Beans with Pecans.

Thanksgiving side dishes that are sophisticated and satisfying

From side to side, vegetables deserve their moment in the spotlight on the holiday table.

3 weeks ago

 Cider-Braised Turkey Legs.

All-star Thanksgiving: Roast turkey parts instead of the whole bird

This way you don’t have to fuss over the bird, and please those in the dark-meat and white-meat camps.

3 weeks ago

 Thenkuzhal is a snack served on Diwali, the festival of lights. It is made with rice flour and is deep-fried.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of noshing

Sweets and savories are exchanged as gifts during the festival of lights.

3 weeks ago

 Former chef-owner of Restaurant Echo, Brian Hammond, has bought Schrim's Garden Cafe, where he'll open a restaurant with a menu that emphasizes local sourcing.

Beyond bar food on East Ohio Street on the North Side

Chef Brian Hammond buys the former Schrim’s Garden Cafe with plans for something “really vibrant.”

4 weeks ago

Jefferson Hills man accused of running illegal slaughterhouse

Authorities say Xia Xue Vue was buying animals at auction, then slaughtering them at home and selling the meat to ethnic food stores.

1 month ago

 Dhal Soup.

Fall's here, and the soup is on

Fusion meets comfort in the full-bodied, richly hued vegetable soups bubbling away this season.

1 month ago

 Food artist Greg Butauski of Subury, Ohio, poses with  a  pumpkin he carved during  a demonstration at the Market District Giant Eagle in Robinson.

Pumpkins carved to the extreme

Culinary artists turn fruit, veggies into scary works of art.

1 month ago

 Hasselback Potatoes.

One Good Recipe: Fussing over a Hasselback Potato is well worth it

Named for a hotel in Stockholm, the potato is sliced into thin wedges but left joined at the bottom.

1 month ago

 Jeanette Coleman, who lives on Winebiddle Street in Garfield, says that she has problems getting to a grocery stores in her area.

Garfield residents cope as they wait for grocery store to reopen

With no Bottom Dollar and a new Aldi yet to come, residents in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood without cars struggle to buy food.

1 month ago

Education key to stretching food

Infrequent trips to the grocery store instills a new way of life among some Pittsburghers: “food desert living.”

1 month ago

 Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are turned on the grill. A research division of the  World Health Organization announced today that bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer.

Red alert for meat eaters: WHO study finds hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer

The World Health Organization conclusions come from a 22-member panel of international experts that reviewed decades of research.

1 month ago

 Chef and author Mike Solomonov will be back in Pittsburgh, where he grew up, on the tour for his new book.

Dine: Chef of modern Israeli cuisine coming home to Pittsburgh to celebrate his first cookbook

Mike Solomonov will take over the kitchen at Cure on Nov. 2 as a part of the 10-city tour for his book “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.”

1 month ago

 “This classic Szechuan dish struck me as a perfect way to start fresh,” writes Ruth Reichl of Ma Po Tofu in her new book.

Let's eat: Ma Po Tofu

Feeling disheartened by life? This spicy hot Szechuan dish will bring you back to life.

1 month ago

 "Flashdance the Musical" comes to Heinz Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday.

5 things we are loving this week, Oct. 24

Remember when Bill Murray sang about “Star Wars”? And here’s another blast from the past: “Flashdance” is headed back (in stage form).

1 month ago

 Owner of DJ's Butcher Block in Bloomfield, DJ Smulick, will be opening a sandwich shop in the neighborhood.

Pittsburgh restaurant news: A sandwich shop in Bloomfield, a pizza place and a coffee bar Downtown

Plus, the cafe and music venue Mixtape quietly opens on Penn Avenue in Garfield.

1 month ago

 Ruth Reichl.

Former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl finds refuge in cooking and writing

After her magazine closed, Ruth Reichl got to work. Result: “My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved Me.” She speaks Monday in Oakland.

1 month ago

 Halloween drinks: Witch's Potion, left, and Floating Spiders.

Halloween cocktails for a night of fright

Create easy-to-make shocktails in the official holiday colors and serve them with creepy props.

1 month ago

 Boo Brownies.

For Halloween foods, ugly is good

The weirder the ghosts, goblins and bugs look, the better it is for the tricksters.

1 month ago

Federal prosecutors file complaints against Slippery Rock company accused of selling imitation cheese

A Slippery Rock cheese company has been accused of selling imitation cheese.

1 month ago

 Coconut Curry Lentil Stew is gluten-free and high in fiber.

Let's Eat: Coconut Curry Lentil Soup

This spicy vegan soup will warm (and fill) you up this fall.

1 month ago

 Spouses Lori and Kevin Heenan are planning to convert a houseboat into a floating ice cream parlor on the rivers as an offshoot of Sugar and Spice in Baldwin Borough.

Coming this spring: An ice cream float

A 35-foot-long Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Boat will ply the Three Rivers by April.

1 month ago

 Jack Jew, owner of the Wok of Life food truck, holds a popular dish, chicken fried rice, at the Heidelberg Park in Heidelberg on Friday, October 9, 2015. The community, which doesn't have any restaurants, is trying to attract dining options.

Food trucks fill Friday hunger in Heidelberg

New this year, Food Truck Friday brought an assortment of food trucks to the town once a month to offer quick and easy dinners.

1 month ago



Harrisburg sheds its stodgy image

Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a hidden gem in plain sight in a city building a reputation as a foodie and sightseeing destination.

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