A tray of dessert bars featuring Cranberry Pear Bars, Apple Crumb Bars, Hazelnut Jam Bars, Chocolate-Coconut Bar, Chocolate-Butterscotch Crispy Bars and Jack's Favorite Blondies.

Raising the bar on bar cookies

The desserts are easy to make, pack, transport, serve, and are always crowd-pleasers.

about 16 hours ago

 One of Atria's signature dishes during its Oktoberfest celebration is Traditional Kaese (Cheese) Spaetzle.

Have a spaetzle-filled good time during Oktoberfest

The traditional German classic, made with eggs and flour, is easy to prepare.

about 16 hours ago

 Grilled Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops with Grill-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa.

One Good Recipe: Grilled Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops

Cooler days are here, but don’t put away your grill yet. At least, not until you make these Southwestern-style pork chops.

about 4 hours ago

 Jason Dalling is the executive chef at Fairmont Pittsburgh.

Food Column: Celebrate Thanksgiving the Canadian way at Fairmont Pittsburgh

Habitat restaurant will celebrate with a brunch buffet on Sunday, a day before the actual holiday.

about 16 hours ago

 Alton Brown is bringing his new, live show, "Eat Your Science" to Pittsburgh in April 2016.

Alton Brown to bring new live show to Pittsburgh in April

Tickets for “Alton Brown: Eat Your Science” will go on sale at the Benedum Center Friday.

about 16 hours ago

Bars make good eating around the clock

Here’s a few suggestions for munching on bars.

about 16 hours ago

 Ines Beltrame.

Century Club: Centenarian was known for her cooking, and passing on the wine

Ines Beltrame, who turned 100 last month, is famous for her homemade bread, pasta and other Italian dishes.

about 16 hours ago

Ask Natalie: Divorced dad struggles in relationship with teen daughter

What do you do when your teenage daughter and you can’t stop fighting? Or when you can’t get along with your ex?

1 day ago

 A katydid's antenna may double its body length.

Let's talk about parks: Katydids

The sound of katydids calling on a warm fall evening is a common sign that summer has come to a close and fall has arrived.

1 day ago

 Astronomical highlights for week of Oct. 6; illus­­tration prepared by Amy Jill Pazur, Buhl Planetarium & Observatory.

Stargazing: Waning crescent moon passes four planets

The moon will shrink to a left-hand crescent this week as it passes Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury before disappearing in the sun’s glare.

1 day ago

 Joe Manganiello with Greg Barrett.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation hosts It's About Time! event

Fundraiser held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center raises $12 million.

2 days ago

 Love locks surround the Flame of Liberty monument, located above the tunnel where Princess Diana died in a car accident in 1997. The site became a memorial to her, and a magnet for love locks.

Paris tries to turn tourists away from 'love locks'

One famous bridge, the Pont des Arts, was cleared of 45 tons of padlocks left to show love. Yet locks are now showing up all over Paris.

2 days ago

 Bonnie and Jay Mangold.

#ItsGoodToGive: Jay and Bonnie Mangold

High school sweethearts, Jay and Bonnie Mangold, discovered their love of giving back to the community from a young age.

2 days ago

 Christine Haas, Ann McCarthy and Betsy Teti.

Midwife’s Center Appreciation Event held at Pittsburgh Winery

Supporters of Pittsburgh’s midwife center celebrate its expansion plans with a party in the Strip District.

2 days ago

 Mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman, and his wife, Gisele.

Braddock feast benefits Braddock Farms

Grow Braddock’s inaugural event to support Braddock Farms welcomed close to 800 partygoers on Sept. 27 with a feast for the senses.

2 days ago

 Geovette Washington, left, the senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer of the University of Pittsburgh, with her mother, Geraldine. Patrick Gallagher, the university chancellor, is at right.

University of Pittsburgh honors Geovette Washington

Geovette Washington, new senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer at University of Pittsburgh, is honored at a reception.

2 days ago

 Pat Bednarik, Dr. Rock Heyman and Anne Mageras.

Women on the Move luncheon benefits MS

Motivational speaker Carol Briney inspires crowd at Multiple Sclerosis Society benefit held at the Priory on the North Side.

2 days ago

Stylebook: Oakland Forever Fashion Friday event to spotlight street style

Plus an Escada trunk show at Larrimor’s, rare cultural costumes on display in West Homestead, a Dress for Success Pittsburgh party and more.

2 days ago

 Mary Prezioso, left, and Sherree Goldstein.

PerLora hosts fundraiser for POWER

POWER celebrates 25 years of helping women in early recovery during South Side party.

2 days ago

New restaurants on Mount Washington, in Brookline and Market Square

Vue 412, Jolina’s Mediterranean now serving; Poros opens next week.

2 days ago

 From left, Kevin Horner, Laura Horner, Dan Catanzaro, Bernadette West and Craig McDonald.


Check out even more fun events happening in the city!

2 days ago

 Trudy Friend, coordinator for the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania's Project Journey, guides a tour of the new home obtained for use by Project Journey in Crafton Heights. Project Journey provides many services, including emergency housing, to female veterans.

Housing program offers shelter for homeless female veterans and their children

Project Journey has been working since 2013 on what it says is a growing problem of homeless female veterans.

2 days ago

 The exterior of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City's Meatpacking District.

Stylebook snapshot: New Whitney Museum highlights NYC's trendy Meatpacking District

The neighborhood in lower Manhattan is home to the new Whitney Museum of American Art, designer fashion stores, fine restaurants and more.

3 days ago

 Kate and Nik Stoltzfus, shown in July 2014, are among the hundreds of Pittsburghers who use Airbnb to rent out rooms, apartments or homes. They rent out a mother-in-law apartment in Garfield and screen potential guests carefully.

Many travelers going the Airbnb route

With millions of listings, Airbnb can provide some worthy alternatives to pricey hotels, but like anything, do your homework.

3 days ago

 Popcorn panna cotta at Station restaurant in Bloomfield, created by chef Curtis Gamble.

Station restaurant in Bloomfield makes its panna cotta pop

As the Italian dessert known as “cooked cream” becomes more popular on restaurant menus, cooks are incorporating other ingredients.

3 days ago

 The Statue of Liberty is a National Park site.

National Parks reaching out to kids, families

As the National Parks system celebrates its centennial in 2016, it’s trying to build a new generation of visitors.

3 days ago

 New York's Hudson River in the fall.

All aboard the leaf-peepers express

Amtrak’s Great Dome Car returns to the Northeast for fall foliage runs.

3 days ago

Travel notes: Got the message? No guns on planes

Dozens of travelers every month are still bringing firearms -- many of them loaded -- on planes 14 years after they were banned.

3 days ago

New chip credit cards may ease travel purchases overseas

Microchips in credit cards -- which have been in use overseas for years -- are designed to prevent hacking of accounts.

3 days ago

 When using Airbnb, read the cancellation policy thoroughly. They vary from host to host.

What you need to know about Airbnb

You can improve your chances of a positive experience with Airbnb by following these precautions.

3 days ago

 A crew team rows downstream along the Allegheny River near the 16th Street Bridge.

Heads-up for rowing on the Allegheny River

The annual Head of the Ohio event attracts 1,200 rowers over two days.

4 days ago

 Julie Coletti in her kitchen. Behind her are original windows that were turned into light-filled display cabinets.

Casa bella: Shadyside beauty melds tastes of Italian & Victorian hospitality

Julie Coletti’s grand house and six others will be open Sunday for the 36th annual Shadyside House Tour.

4 days ago

 Peg Parks with her 8-foot-long steel lion in the living room of her Lawrenceville row house, one of 11 houses on the tour. The house features a 30-year collection of painting, sculpture and wood carving by her late father, Seigle Parks.

Retiree followed young people to Lawrenceville for her new digs

Peg Parks has a tried-and-true formula for choosing the hippest Pittsburgh neighborhood in which to live: Follow the young people.

4 days ago

Collier Township at a glance

Located 11 miles southwest of Downtown, the 12.8-square mile township has a history that precedes the Revolutionary War.

4 days ago

Peter McKay: Oh, say, can’t you see?

A man’s choice of eyeglass frames say only one thing about his personality: He’s really cheap.

4 days ago

 Amanda Freitag's new book, "The Chef Next Door," features an easy recipe for coq au vin.

Let's eat: Easy Coq Au Vin

Cookbook author Amanda Freitag offers an easy take on a classic French dish.

4 days ago

Biking with Larry Walsh: New trail in Mercer County honors outdoors advocate John C. Oliver

The John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail honors the DCNR’s first secretary.

4 days ago

 "Days of Our Lives" stars Alison Sweeney and James Scott, whose character was killed off on the NBC soap, teamed with "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" to make a video for a resilient Syrian teenager.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week

Lots to still see, do and watch this weekend — Phipps flower show, South Side StepTrek, “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s John Oliver.

4 days ago

 Upgrades available in this Collier townhome include hardwood floors.

Buying Here: Location and value in Collier's Centennial Point

S&A Homes Centennial Point community near Settler's Ridge appeal to both first-time buyers and empty nesters looking to downsize.

4 days ago

 Salmon Baked in Foil

What's dishing on the blogs: Surf and turf

Meat, fish and vegetarian options on this week’s menu.

5 days ago

 Chartiers Valley 10th-grader Emily Ford tries to beat the Steelers' Will Allen to the finish in a footwork drill at the Camp of Champions.

Elizabeth Forward football camp hosts variety of champions

The camp aims to make a positive impact on area youth with disabilities by teaching football skills and emphasizing a healthy lifestyle.

5 days ago

Osborne Elementary School’s gARTen Club receives program grants

The school in the Quaker Valley School District has received two grants worth nearly $9,000 to encourage education in and through the arts.

5 days ago

 Etna's ScareHouse will dish out frights Thursdays-Sundays until Oct. 31.

Etna's ScareHouse teams with makers of new horror film 'Krampus'

Krampus is a devilish anti-Santa who punishes kids for misdeeds. The film arrives in December, but ScareHouse features him now.

6 days ago

 The hanger steak at Station restaurant.

On the Table: Station in Bloomfield offers a menu beyond bar food

Station and chef Curtis Gamble are a welcome addition in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood.

6 days ago

RAD budget increased to $94.7M for 2016

The organization, which supports and finances the region’s cultural assests, says grant allocations will be increased in the new year.

5 days ago

 Demented clowns will roam about Fear Fest, part of Kennywood's 2015 Phantom Fright Nights, Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Sunday, Oct. 11.

Haunted houses pop up all over the Pittsburgh area

Here are lots of scary places to visit for a Halloween fright.

6 days ago

 The Cajun blue crab pasta at Breakneck Tavern.

Munch goes to Breakneck Tavern

Local and sustainable is the focus at a terrific new spot in the northern suburbs.

6 days ago

Let’s Learn from the Past: Bloomfield

Known as Pittsburgh’s “Little Italy,” Bloomfield today comprises a variety of specialty Italian shops and traditions.

6 days ago

Let's talk about science: Gluten

To see what gluten looks like, all you need is white flour, a bowl and the kitchen sink.

6 days ago

 Tony DeSare will appear at Heinz Hall for three concerts this weekend.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Tony DeSare, Arlo Guthrie, Yellowjackets and pianist Elena Uulyanova are in town.  An Italian Festival and farm tour are also scheduled.

6 days ago