Halloween spending report portends well for holidays

Data from the National Retail Federation (NRF) show that consumers are spending more money on all manner of Halloween.

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 Creamy Cashew Turtle Pie, entered by Tina Repak-Mirilovich of Johnstown.

Ready, Set, Bake: Pittsburgh a presence at the Pillsbury Bake-Off

Next week’s recipe throwdown in Nashville features four area residents and one who used to live here.

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 Cream of Mushroom Soup

Pittsburgh Vegan Festival offers a taste of plant-based eating

Fall edition of the event brings together 30 vendors, live entertainment and other fun.

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 In the foreground, the spiral ham and Sriracha sandwich and behind it the Angus pastrami and spicy mayo sandwich at Curbside Coffee in Blawnox.

Munch goes to Curbside Coffeehouse in Blawnox

Brimming with good vibes, Curbside serves up healthy gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies — and excellent coffee.

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 Head chef Liu Zhen at the wok at Jade Grille in Mt. Lebanon.

On the Table: Jade Grille provides plenty of hot dishes and warm service

The spacious venue in Mt. Lebanon leads diners down a road of Sichuan flavor, with eclectic choices, too.

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 The Harmony Inn has been renovated and reopened by Bob & Jodi McCafferty.

Harmony Inn reopens, and the spirits are flowing again

Strange sights and sounds aren’t related to the drinks menu, regulars say

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 Food writer Gretchen McKay shovels pomace, the solid remains of grapes after pressing, at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.

Our writer spends a week in California wine country

At Wente Vineyards, hands-on is the best way to learn.

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 Exploding pumpkins, which are blown up with liquid nitrogen, at last year's Carnegie Science Center Great Pumpkin Smash.

The Food Column: Carnegie Science Center offers a pumpkin-smashing good time

Roll your jack-o-lantern off the fifth floor, or watch it get blown up.

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Let’s Learn from the Past: Billy Strayhorn

One of the most influential Pittsburgh-based jazz musicians was pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn.

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Let’s Talk About Science: The latest change in Earth, ice and gravity

Last month the European Space Agency announced it had compiled data revealing a gravity dip in West Antarctica due to disappearing ice.

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Let's Talk About Birds: Migrating birds

This time of year you can see many birds under the influence of zugunrhue, the restless behavior associated with migration.

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 Indian-spiced Chicken Stew.

What's for dinner: Indian-Spiced Chicken

This savory chicken stew takes a little time to pull together, but it can be made as many as four days beforehand and reheated.

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 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: It's brother-in-law's call on taking new job

A brother-in-law should be free to accept any job offer that comes his way.

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 Dan Leary.

Century club: WW II vet found his bride during the war

Dan Leary turns 100 years old, remembers serving in World War II along with his three brothers and his wife.

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New Web service ranks grocery items on ingredients and nutrition

An environmental research organization on Monday introduced one of the most comprehensive online databases of food products.

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 Kelvin Beachum and Cam Heyward.

Steelers Nation: Black & Gold Style hosts fashion show

Fashion show raises funds for Cancer Caring Center and UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

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 The interior of Social Status, Downtown.

Pittsburgh sneaker scene abuzz with conventions, specialty shops

There will be two conventions here next month: the Pittsburgh Sneaker Fall Classic and the Sole St. Sneaker Convention.

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Stylebook: FGI Pittsburgh plans series of fashion events for 2015

Plus: Bras for the Cause at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, a consignment bus tour, Christian Dior beauty tips and more in Pittsburgh fashion.

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 Tom VanKirk, Jan Glick and Seth Corbin.

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts corporate roast

More than 215 guests attended the BBBS roast at the Heinz History Center and raised roughly $209,000 for the charity.

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 Morgan O’Brien, Charlie Batch and Don Block.

Leaders for Literacy Luncheon held at Fairmont

The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council welcomed 300 guests to a luncheon at the Fairmont on Oct. 17.

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 Tunch Ilkin, Craig Schweiger and Craig Wolfley.

Gala raises funds for Light of Life Rescue Mission

Former Pittsburgh Steelers and current radio sportscasters Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley hosted the "More than a Meal" gala.

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 Warren Curd, Essel Emve and Adele Morelli.

La Passerelle Art Show

French artist Essel Emve premiered her new work inspired by the bridges of Pittsburgh at Boutique La Passerelle, on Wood Street, Downtown.

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 Dr. Terry Starz and Rich Riazzi.

Bone Bash Carnival Gala held at J. Verno Studios

The Arthritis Foundation held a Bone Bash Carnival Gala which helped raise more than $85,000 for the cause.

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 Standing Up for Standing Firm: Lynette Lederman, Susan Koeppen and Kathy Lederman.


Check out this week's #SEENFallPartyRoundUp to learn about other great events happening around town.

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Stargazing: Mars is also known as the 'death star'

The blood red "death star" Mars will be shining just above the spout of Sagittarius' teapot about 7:30 p.m. Halloween night.

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 Ghouls lurk in the front yard of Chris Palmer 's Regent Square home.

Extreme Pittsburgh halloweens

Some local houses go to extremes for Halloween, with elaborately crafted homemade decorations.

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 Costumes by Jen Rocket for ScareHouse actors.

Stylebook Snapshot: Designer refashions clothes into scary costumes

Pittsburgh-based designer and seamstress Jen Rocket caters to requests for everything from couture gowns to ScareHouse costumes.

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 One of the many thermal pools in Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Tetons and Yellowstone: Nature enthralls at parks in Wyoming

September is a great time to visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone and Wyoming as crowds begin to dwindle.

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 Grand Oaks Manor, the historic home in Brentwood owned by Bob Cranmer. Cranmer has written a book about the home, which he believes was haunted until it underwent an exorcism several years ago.

Former residents of Brentwood 'demon' house dispute book's claims

Bob Cranmer’s new book describes evil forces that inhabited his Brownsville Road home. Some former occupants beg to differ.

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 Regular customer Steve Nago of Mt. Lebanon leaves the Pink Box with cakes.

Dine: Pink Box serves a world of sweets in Squirrel Hill

For Chinese and American cravings, Pink Box Bakery Cafe in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill is the place to go.

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Theme parks aim to fight the lines

Amusement parks have plenty of motivation to lessen waits, or at least make them less boring, analysts say.

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 Judy Morini in her Christmas Corner store at The Mall at Robinson.  Ms. Morini has trouble finding reliable help for her store.

Holiday jobs available in retail and transportation

The high demand for workers this holiday season is not driving up wages.

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 Todd Siegel in his backyard garden in Squirrel Hill.

How to grow a gardener

A water leak and a bare patch of dirt transform a non-gardener into a Great Gardens Contest winner for late summer/early fall.

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 Different types of dahlias make an eye-catching arrangement.

For best results, treat Dahlia like a diva

Dahlia is a high-maintenance diva, but if she is treated well, she can be the queen of a fall garden.

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 Front exterior of the house for sale at 912 Berkshire Ave in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood.

Buying Here: Two-gabled house in Brookline

A house in Brookline features new siding, windows, bamboo floors and heating/central air conditioning.

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 The new visitor's center is now open at Ohiopyle State Park, offering accessible and weather protected views of the falls and Youghiogheny River.

New Ohiopyle visitor's center offers spectacular views

Long-awaited visitor’s center in Ohiopyle finally opens amid the brilliance of the fall foliage along the Youghigheny River.

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 Carving pumpkins is a great activity for all to enjoy.

Host a pumpkin carving party this weekend

Pumpkin carving is a simple, fun affair for everyone to enjoy.

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Gardening Q&A: Lime sulpur spray may prevent peach leaf curl

Lime sulpur spray and proper cultural practices that maintain the tree’s vigor will prevent peach leaf curl.

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 Dustin Gardner, new executive chef at Soba.

New executive chef at Soba builds on the Big Burrito Restaurant Group's tradition

At Soba in Shadyside, Dustin Gardner has been groomed for the gig, carrying on Big Burrito's tradition of innovation and quality.

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There's a kind of decadence to reading in bars

For me, it started in San Francisco — probably a mix of that gloriously extroverted city combined with my 23-year-old new-drinker self.

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 Centipede Cake.

Kitchen Mailbox: Recipes for Halloween fun

Don't be scared that it will take too much time: Holiday treats can be made quick and easy

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 The basic ingredients of the "Almost Famous" Primanti's sandwich can be delivered to your door, assembly required.

Get a taste of Primanti Bros. anywhere in the U.S.

The eatery has partnered with a food delivery service to ship sandwich packs nationwide through November.

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 David Demeter sorts packages in July at the FedEx Express station in Nashville, Tenn. FedEx forecast that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments.

FedEx expects record holiday season shipments

FedEx Corp. promised shoppers on Wednesday that it’s ready for the frenzy set to commence the day after Thanksgiving.

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 From left, the deep fried chicken thighs in Nihilist and Abidance sauces, and the Loaded Mac & Cheese at the Hollywood Gardens bar in Rochester, Beaver County.

Munch goes to Hollywood Gardens

Munch abides Beaver County bar with generations of history

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 Some diners check their cellphones during an etiquette dinner  for freshman enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business.

Business dining: It's not about the food.

Mandatory “etiquette dinner” shows Carnegie Mellon University business students how it should be done.

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 After the judges scored the latte art in the first Latte Art Throwdown during Pittsburgh Coffee Week, the aficionados in what was Voluto Coffee and is now Commonplace Coffee, compared the cups.

Baristas compete in a Latte Art Throwdown

Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week event made art in milk foam.

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 From Left : Ashley Lockland , Talicia Herriot, Jourdan Hicks and Skylar Woodall, four students who worked on the film "Not Finished Yet," about the food desert in Hazelwood.

The Food Column: Student film focuses on the desert that is Hazelwood

Ten high-school students worked together on a film about food scarcity.

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Two Good Recipes: Linguine with Zucchini and Lentils with Eggplant

Two recipes that make vegetables the star.

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Let's Learn From the Past: Charles 'Teenie' Harris

Regarded as one of the most iconic photographers of the 20th century, Charles “Teenie” Harris captured all facets of African-American life.

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