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A spicy holiday tradition

Celebrating the rich, beloved flavor of gingerbread.

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 Figs poached in wine, served along with an assortment of cheeses.

Figs and dates sweeten winter treats

Dried versions of the fruits are great in the off-season.

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 Chanukah Juggling balls.

Shop Holiday: Religion-themed gift suggestions

If music is your thing, you can pick up the 15-track CD “Chanukah Is Tops!” by Jewish recording artist Paul Zim.

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 Dining spots such as Mezzo are putting as much effort into design as in the menu.

Best Dining: Unexpected trends

The best of Pittsburgh dining in 2014 includes the rise of international cuisine and a dominance of beer, coffee and cocktails.

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 For Best of Munch 2014:  Clockwise from top right: Pierogies at the Dorothy Six Blast Furnace Cafe in Homestead; a platter of ribs and the "Hillbilly Club" sandwich at South Side BBQ Company; the Red Margherita pizza at Colangelo's in the Strip District; small plates of Duck Confit Steak Fries, House Made Sausage Links, Beer Braised House Pastrami and snifter of Helltown Idle Hands Double IPA at Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden at Sienna Mercato, Downtown.

The 2014 Munchies!

In 2014, the Munches visited restaurants new and old, traveling north, south, east and west in search of a good meal and a cold drink.

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 Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies (the lighter-colored ones) and Chocolate-Toffee Cookies (the darker ones). Christmas cookies

Kitchen Mailbox: More easy holiday cookies

Readers shared several recipes, which we share with you.

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 Farm Truck Foods founders Meredith Neel and Nicole Muise-Kielkucki at a planning meeting at Idea Foundry in Oakland.

Farm Truck Foods to get rolling this spring

Grant will help mobile grocery hit the road.

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 Shawn Culp putting the finishing touches on the ACF Culinary Team USA ' entrée of Roasted Beef Sirloin with Sweetbread and Smoked Tongue, Truffle-celeriac Dauphinoise, Woodland Mushroom Variety, Braised Carrot, Semolina Dumpling, Jus Lie.

The Food Column: While you're at the mall, check out 'Culinary Traditions'

Pittsburgh Technical Institute culinary photo exhibit gives a taste of foods from many nations.

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 The Westmoreland County Live Nativity in front of the Westmoreland County Courthouse, sponsored by Christian Leaders Mentoring Ministry.

Live Nativity scene at Greensburg courthouse draws praise

Volunteers brave chilly weather to present a live tableau of the birth of Christ in Greensburg’s Courthouse Square.

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 Tim Hartman is Mr. Fezziwig in Pittsburgh CLO's "A Musical Christmas Carol."

The Hot List of events for the weekend: Dec. 18-21

Holiday festivities galore, from the CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” to “A Lyrical Christmas Carol” from PMT. (And rapper Bubba Sparxxx.)

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Community gardens approved for Crafton, Sharpsburg

The program, run by Allegheny Grows, provides materials and free advice to neighborhoods outside Pittsburgh.

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 The book cover of a new edition of "Hansel and Gretel."

Shop Holiday: Grab these gifts for your favorite book lover

“Hansel & Gretel,” a fairy tale for grown-ups, is one idea for the holidays.

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 Spaghetti Carbonara.

What's for dinner: Spaghetti Carbonara

Dishes like this classic spaghetti carbonara are super-easy to prepare requiring just a handful of ingredients.

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Be a Goodfellow this holiday season

You can brighten the holidays for underprivileged children with a donation to Goodfellows.

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Holiday Herald: Christmas with dozens of cousins fit her just right

Christmas felt right amid dozens of cousins and other relatives.

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In 1908, Helen Clay Frick picked Pittsburgh to make her debut

Before Helen Clay Frick’s debut, there was plenty of family drama and a secret out-of-town trip.

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 Three rings, priced at $200-$350, display iconic images from 'Sons of Anarchy" and are available online at

Shop Holiday: Gift suggestions for TV lovers

From “Sons of Anarchy” rings to books on “Downton Abbey,” there are plenty of options for television buffs.

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A candlestick from Miss Frick

Mary Alice Brown Painter Thompson treasures the pair of favors from her mother’s debut party, one of which was given to Helen Clay Frick.

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 Kelly Hughes founded the Foster Love Project.  The project is a charity drive to provide foster kids with a backpack filled with pajamas, blanket and other comforting things when they arrive at a new placement.

Making foster care a little more special

Kelly Hughes, Bon Air foster mother, starts Foster Love Project drive to bring comfort bags to foster children.

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 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: Thank-yous should never go out of style

It is socially expected behavior to send a note of appreciation to acknowledge gifts, contributions and large favors.

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Man pays for $50,000 worth of layaway at a Walmart in Pennsylvania

The store manager said the benefactor showed up at the Walmart in Mechanicsburg on Monday with a cashier's check that covered 100 accounts.

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 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator Taiji Nelson compares hemlock and white pine tree branches in Frick Park.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Name that evergreen

Evergreen trees are easy to spot, but can you tell the differences among firs, pines and eastern hemlocks?

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 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, from left, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and former Gov. Ed Rendell chat during a reception held by the mayor and county executive at Inside Park at St. Bart's in New York City.

Natalie Bencivenga's #SEEN: Pittsburghers in New York City

Over the weekend, Pittsburghers attended parties in New York. Learn more about events and partygoers in SEEN column.

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 Cheryl's cookies come in bakery assortments, as well as gift sets, at

Holiday Survival Guide: Gadgets and tips for streamlining stress

When hazards threaten to sabotage the holiday season, use these counter measures to ensure joy to your world.

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Stylebook: Michael Aram brings new fine jewelry line to Pittsburgh

Plus: See some chances for last-minute holiday shopping at trunk shows across the city.

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Shop Holiday: Gifts for runners

Whether they’re training for a marathon or hoofing it to stay in shape, they can benefit from the latest gear and accessories.

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 The Notre Dame mascot attends the Pennsylvania Society Gala honoring Jim Rohr, a Notre Dame alumni, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The Pennsylvania Society hosts its 116th annual gala

More than 1,500 guests attended the 116th annual Pennsylvania Society Gala which honored Jim Rohr, former chairman of PNC.

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Goodfellows: Bradley Center kids to get Christmas celebration

Christmas will be special for children at the Robinson center, thanks in part to the generosity of Post-Gazette readers.

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Pittsburgh concert combines patriotic and Christmas selections

This marked the first time the free annual concert combined traditional patriotic music with Christmas and holiday music.

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Peet's closing coffee shops in Pittsburgh area, Ohio

Peet’s coffee shops closing in the Pittsburgh area are in Oakland, the SouthSide Works and Waterworks Mall near Aspinwall.

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 Jay Cleveland Jr., left, with Diane and Clifford Rowe Jr., at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC cocktail party at the W Hotel in New York City.

New York parties filled with Pittsburgh guests

Friday night, Pittsburghers attending the Pennsylvania Society’s Gala enjoyed parties in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria and surrounds.

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 Joan Mills, manager of A Child's Place at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System poses with an elf, played by Peter Hughes and Sister Susan Welsh, right, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System holds 11th annual Reindeer Ball

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s 11th annual Reindeer Ball was a sellout with 500 guests, raising more than $100,000.

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 Urban League Gala: Jody Doherty, Judith Davenport, Esther Bush and Annie Hanna Cestra.


Catch up on other great events happening in December.

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Stargazing: Crescent moon passes Saturn

Before the year’s last cycle of lunar phases ends, early risers can see the waning crescent moon pass Saturn in the southeastern sky.

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 A very small detail of the massive oil painting “The Wedding at Cana” by late-Rennaisance artist Paolo Veronese. The painting is located in the Louvre Museum.

A theological debate is unleashed: Are dogs heaven bound?

The Bible is inconclusive. Some contend animals lack the will to choose right or wrong. Others say that makes them candidates for heaven.

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 The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to memorialize his third wife, who died in childbirth. It was their 14th child.

India's ancient and modern coexist in a dizzying parade of humanity

An awesome land of extremes, contrasts and contradictions awaits visitors to India, a country of 1 billion people.

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 Tony Moio, owner of Moio's Italian Pastry Shop in Monroeville, makes sfogliatelle, an Italian pastry stuffed with ricotta and candied fruit.

Dine: Homemade sfogliatelle is a three-day endeavor

And Moio’s Italian Pastry in Monroeville makes the effort. Delicate sheets of dough and filling make sfogliatelle a rare and special treat.

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 Part of a sweater in the running for ugliest at the "merry-oke" ugly sweater party held by the Young Executive Council at the Rivers Club, Downtown.

Ugly holiday sweaters help people ring in the season

The demand for festively ugly fashions has resulted in unique parties devoted to them and more retailers that specialize in selling them.

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 Williams Sonoma Popcorn Sampler

Shop Holiday: Gifts for movie lovers

Fresh popcorn, memorabilia, DVDs and gift cards are just a few options for the film buff on your gift list.

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 Vondra Henderson with her son, Amaree Tyler,4.

Goodfellows: Family settling in after domestic violence

Vondra Henderson moved to the Pittsburgh area from Tennessee, and hers is the type of family helped by the Goodfellows Fund at Christmas.

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 People who experienced a temporary job loss or a bad credit event, such as foreclosure or a car repossession, face an uphill battle getting a home loan approved in light of the higher down payment and higher credit requirements put in place by the banking industry to avoid a repeat of the reckless lending that fueled the 2008 housing market crisis.

New lending guidelines target first-time homebuyers

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are loosening mortgage requirements, and the housing industry hopes young people will be able to buy homes again.

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Travel notes: Fees could increase for baggage, upgrades

Airlines may start charging more for baggage checks or seat upgrades during peak demand periods.

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Goodfellows: How to get toys

The Toys for Tots program will hold open houses this week to distribute toys to parents and guardians of needy children.

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 Resident Alice Lauffer, 97, talks Saturday with scout Xavier Molgaard, 8, of Polish Hill, as scouts visit seniors at Beatty Pointe Village, a UPMC Senior Community.

Cub Scouts meet their match in Wii bowling contest at retirement community

Beatty Pointe Village activities coordinator Melanie Cherry had warned the youngsters and their parents that her seniors were good.

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If you go ... India

There are direct flights on Air India from New York’s JFK International Airport to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. 

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 Battleship Rock near Jemez Springs, N.M.

New Mexico's Jemez Mountains have a multitude of scenic wonders

Hike and soak in a natural hot spring in New Mexico’s funky Jemez area.

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 Southwest Airlines ramp supervisor Steve Belch, left, confers with ground crewman Dillard Blue after a mechanical glitch developed on the early morning originator flight waiting for departure from the gate behind them, at Love Field in Dallas. Throughout the airline industry, the first flight of the day sets the tone for keeping the system's flights running on-time.

Passengers and airlines can't afford late first flight

For years, Southwest Airlines was the most punctual, so its tumble toward the bottom of rankings for on-time arrivals was stunning.

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  The outdoor Winter Light Garden at  Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is part of the Winter Flower Show.

1934's 'Winter Wonderland' inspires 2014 Phipps’ Winter Flower Show design

The 80-year-old song and its lyrics by Dick Smith of Honesdale, Pa., guided the Phipps show’s designers.

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Shop Holiday: Gifts for hunters and anglers

Help the hunter or angler on your gift list to gear up right with something new under the tree since they can never have enough stuff.

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 Nariah White with her customized jewelry -- Nariah's Fabulous Jewelz.

Sales expo nurtures young entrepreneurs

How about combining this year’s holiday shopping with helping to nurture the region’s next generation of businessmen and women?

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