Offbeat ice cream flavors.

Here's the local scoop on offbeat ice creams

Choose from fruity, floral and spicy flavors

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 Fresh ricotta cheese drained in the cheesecloth lined colander.

A fresh approach to ricotta

Homemade cheese wins bragging rights, wonderful results.

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 Miriam's Garden.

Miriam's garden: Squash reflects summer's magical powers

Summer squash is what’s happening in my garden.

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Upcoming food events

Regional food-related events scheduled for the coming weeks.

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What's in store? Plenty of frozen treats

Local ice cream shops abound.

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Taste of the Town: Summer desserts beckon

Sweet treats take you back in time.

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Versatile ways to use creamy ricotta cheese

A few suggestions for using fresh ricotta.

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 Mashed and Scrambled Breakfast Sandwich.

Hungry biker: Mashed & Scrambled Breakfast Sandwich

Eggs are nutritious and go into this easy, go-to breakfast sandwich

1 day ago

 Owner Paul Krawiec works in the kitchen at Cafe du Jour.

Pittsburgh ranked top-10 foodie city for 2015 editors cited Primanti Bros., Cafe Du Jour and Gaucho Parrilla Argentina as eateries offering a range of dining experiences.

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 John Jamison of Jamison Farm in Latrobe, Pa. walks the field as his dog herds the flock.  Here, a lamb he and his wife Sukey bottle-fed stays close.

Dine: Now's the season for grass-fed lamb

Jamison Farm in Unity, Westmoreland County, lists the ways this is the season for lamb in Pennsylvania.

3 days ago

 Summer Vegetable Guacamole Salsa comes together in minutes.

Let's Eat: Summer Vegetable Guacamole Salsa

Summery salsa can come together in minutes and taste so fresh!

4 days ago

Penn State helps DIYers go from farm to fork

Two classes –– Midsummer Night’s (Berry) Jam and Ferment This (From Kimchi to Kraut) –– were designed to take advantage of summer’s bounty.

5 days ago

 President Barack Obama and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush both tweeted that green peas have no place in guacamole.

Don't declare a war on peas! PG food editor tries 'controversial' guac recipe

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Jeb Bush even chimed in, noting peas have no place in guacamole.

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 Traditional Picnic Basket filled with fried chicken, herbed potato salad, lemonade and chocolate sheet cake.

Go Fourth with a picnic: Some star-spangled ways to celebrate the holiday

Make a classic American, Pittsburgh or melting pot basket for a festive picnic.

1 week ago

 Penne with Asparagus and Goat Cheese.

Yes, you can eat pasta -- and book shows the smart way to do it

“Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food” is a new book by Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali.

1 week ago

 Baked Salmon Cakes.

Food column: New blog advocates clean eating

Jeet Clean? offers recipes, shopping tips for a more healthy lifestyle.

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Upcoming food events in the Pittsburgh region

Food-related events scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

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Checklist of other essentials for a good picnic experience

A few handy things to include with the picnic basket.

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6 ways to make pasta healthy

Here are some easy ways to make pasta more healthful.

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 The merger of the H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group is expected to close Thursday after shareholders today approved the deal.

End of an era nears as Heinz merger OK’d by Kraft investors

The deal to create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America is expected to close today.

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 Janet McKee, with freshly picked strawberries,  and farm manager Kevin Keslar have started a "veganic" farm on a historic property in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County.

Holistic health counselor aims for better nutrition through vegan-inspired farming

Veganic farming is rare in America, but Janet McKee uses it to maximize nutrition on her Westmoreland County farm.

1 week ago

 Portobello Soft Tacos are low in fat but at the same time provide a satisfying meat substitute.

Hungry Biker: Portobello Soft Tacos

Thick enough to slice and naturally low in fat and calories, portobello mushrooms are a very satisfying meat substitute.

1 week ago

 Garlicky shrimp are paired with sweet cherry tomatoes in this light summer dish.

Let's Eat: Garlicky Shrimp with Tomatoes

Garlicky shrimp are paired with sweet cherry tomatoes in a light summer dish.

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 Salmon Quinoa Bowl.

Name your newborn Quinoa, win $10,000

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse challenge ends Labor Day.

1 week ago

 Jimmy Woods of Shaler works with mahi mahi fish in his food truck, Mission Mahi. Mr. Woods has had a long struggle with drugs and alcohol, but has found sobriety. He uses the truck not only to serve great fish tacos, but also to help people in recovery, many of whom work in the truck.

Mission Mahi food truck serves up more than tacos

For food truck owner and recovering alcoholic Jimmy Woods, “It isn’t about making money. It is about helping people.”

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 BBQ Beer Can Chicken: Just place the bird on the grill, and let the beer escaping the can keep it moist while cooking

Sauces, rubs and marinades can help create sparks for Fourth of July cookout

Three recipes each for rubs, sauces and marinades.

2 weeks ago

 Circus Dinner in the Field menu will include farm-grown vegetables, grass-fed beef and local wine.

Middlesex event pairs farm, food and dance

Aerial and belly dancers to perform at dinner in the field event coming on Sunday.

2 weeks ago

 Sydney Tyner, a sixth-grader at North Hill's McIntyre Elementary, is the Pennsylvania winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating.

Ross sixth-grader is a chef in the making

Sydney Tyner of Ross is Pennsylvania winner of Michelle Obama’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” contest

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Miriam's Garden: Beet goes on in the heat

Green beet tops add opulence and nutrition to dishes, while the roots make a luscious addition to meals..

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 A scene from the 2014 Hometown-Homegrown event at Heinz History Center.

Food Column: Chefs to dish out skills, samples at Homegrown fest

Heinz History Center’s annual Hometown-Homegrown festival returns Saturday, June 27.

2 weeks ago

 Terri Dowd and David Carmine are co-hosts of "Between the Eats," a new Pittsburgh food web TV show.

Pro, home chef team up for Web TV series

David Carmine, Terri Dowd to serve trendy dishes

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Food events for the coming week

Festivals, cooking classes and a food conference on the schedule for the coming week.

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 Toasted Penne with Chicken Sausage.

Hungry biker: Toasted Penne with Chicken Sausage

Pasta, because it’s full of easy-to-digest carbohydrates, has always been a go-to food for athletes, including cyclists.

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 Penn State head coach Joe Paterno tries to fire up his players against Ohio State at Beaver Stadium in November 2009. Ohio State won 24-7.

Latrobe brewery honoring Paterno with special beer

The Vienna-style lager available in mid-August will come in 12-oz. cans featuring Paterno’s image and accomplishments.

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 Kitty Vagley, left, director of development for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and event planner Nancy Byrnes, on the plaza behind the restored  barn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Tribute to chef Alice Waters will celebrate her influence

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will celebrate her legacy on Sept. 12 at its annual fundraiser, “From Garden to Table.”

2 weeks ago

 BIstro Steak and Frites  and Shallot Butter a great meal for Father's Day.

Let's eat: Bistro Steak and Frites with Shallot Butter

Because Dad deserves something special on Father’s Day.

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 John and Lisa Pasqualino, owners of Eggs-R-Us on Noblestown Road, at their diner on Friday.

Egg shortage comes to roost at the table

In December, the USDA announced avian flu is present in U.S. flocks, devastating the poultry supply and tripling the price of eggs.

2 weeks ago

Churchview Farm in Baldwin to stage brunch 'locavores' should relish

The brunch features six or seven courses and will be held outdoors at a table that seats 48.

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Steel Cup to sell coffee and beans at Strip farmers market

Organic-certified coffeemeister's secret? The Turkish roaster.

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Penn State ice cream at Klavon's

Klavon’s will be serving its own homemade ice cream starting July 19 and holds a special event tonight with the Penn State Creamery.

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 Minted Summer Couscous with strawberry and mint.

Super (easy) salads for the summer months

Here are 25 reasons to reach for the salad bowl this season.

3 weeks ago

 A Mulberry Margarita features a touch of Cointreau

Purple reigns: mulberries are everywhere

Western Pennsylvania’s ubiquitous berry deserves a place at the table: in jam, sorbet or even a refreshing cocktail.

3 weeks ago

The Food Column: Writer presents 'Grain of Truth' about wheat, gluten

Writer Stephen Yafa has turned his attention to food, and will appear at the Slow Food Pittsburgh’s Farmers@Firehouse farmers market.

3 weeks ago

 Upside Down Pizza Casserole.

Kitchen Mailbox: Upside Down Pizza Casserole

Here’s a fast and fun recipe for families on the go.

3 weeks ago

 Brunton's Chocolate Creme and Pasture-Maid's whole milk are bottled and ready for labels.

Pittsburgh-area milk returns to Giant Eagle Market District stores

Pasture Maid and Brunton offer half gallons

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Food events

Some food related events scheduled for the coming week.

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 The Food and Drug Administration said today that it will require food companies to phase out the use artificial trans fats almost entirely. Consumers aren't likely to notice much of a difference in their favorite foods, but the Obama administration says the move will reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.

FDA to require food industry to phase out artificial trans fats

Scientists say there are no health benefits to trans fats, which are used in processing food and in restaurants.

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 Betsy and Ryan Miller, owners of Betsy’s Ice Cream on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon, have a year-round subscription-based ice cream home delivery program.

Mt. Lebanon ice cream business starts delivery service

In November, Betsy’s Ice Cream started a subscription delivery service, modeled after the community-supported agriculture system.

3 weeks ago

 Housemade ricotta from Caputo Brothers Creamery in Spring Grove, Pa.

Mastering the making of mozzarella

The slow stretch: Making mozzarella the traditional way at Caputo Brothers Creamery in York County.

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Allegheny County program on canning, freezing food set

Denise Schreiber, greenhouse manager for county parks, will show how to preserve fresh produce from the garden or farm market year round.

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