From left, Arty Quinn, brew master; Paul Stinelli, sales; Erika Quinn and her husband, owner Alan Quinn pose for a portrait inside Quinn Brewing Co. in North Huntingdon.

Insurrection AleWorks to open in Heidelberg, Quinn Brewing Co. brewing in North Huntingdon

They’re the newest in the next big wave of Western Pennsylvania brewpubs and breweries.

about 15 hours ago

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

Butterball Talk-Line experts talk turkey with callers

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

about 15 hours ago

 The front parlor contains a piano and other musical instruments. On the left is an old church pew.

Christmas in Ben Avon: Holiday house tour set for Dec. 5

The tour includes a century-old house that is both beautiful and functional, with an elevator that can accommodate a wheelchair.

about 5 hours ago

 Kennywood shines for the season with Holiday Lights through Dec. 27.

Holiday to-do list: Festive activities abound in Pittsburgh

Special exhibits, events and more.

about 15 hours ago

 In the former window factory that they're turning into the Levity Brewing Co. in Indiana, Pa., Jay Herman, left, and Luke McKelvy pour samples of their beers. Their other partner is Erich Walls.

More brewpubs and breweries are on the way

More than two dozen brewing operations have recently opened or soon will in locations ranging from the North Side to Hermitage and beyond.

about 15 hours ago

 The "Playground" -- a Chicago-style marinated Italian beef sandwich with sauteed peppers on a Breadworks bun at the Old School Italian Sandwich Shop in Munhall.

Munch goes to Old School Italian Sandwich Shop

Skip the chains near the Waterfront and check out a famil- run spot with grandmother’s recipes.

about 15 hours ago

 Cured Salmon at Poros in Market Square.

On the Table: Poros offers an interesting menu

With an expensive location, design and concept, Poros is the most ambitious restaurant of the moment.

about 15 hours ago

 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

about 15 hours ago

 Hart Johnson pours a brew at Piper's Pub on Carson Street in April 2014.

Is tonight the busiest bar night of the year?

Many people are home for, and can sleep in on, the Thanksgiving holiday.

about 15 hours ago

 The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance estimates charities collect one-third of their donations in the last quarter of the year.

Donor beware: Fake charities prey on your holiday spirit

As consumers get caught up in the holiday season of giving and goodwill, their defenses go down, according to some experts.

about 15 hours ago

 Green-winged macaw.

Let's talk about birds: Nutcracker

There are two birds, both members of the crow family, named nutcracker.

about 15 hours ago

 An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a plane, bus, car or train at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.

Travelers flock to airport, highways for long holiday weekend

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the holiday, the most travelers since 2007, AAA says.

about 4 hours ago

 Mark Milovats.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

A listing of weekend events

about 15 hours ago

 The tracks at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum begin at Pittsburgh before going to the J&L Steel Mill before eventually ending in Cumberland, Md. Everything in the model is set during 1953.

Trains keep chugging through Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum holiday show

The 28th annual display at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum in Richland includes 350 locomotives and 6,500 feet of track.

about 15 hours ago

Holiday celebrations around the North

Here’s a roundup of some holiday programs around the North.

about 15 hours ago

 Karen Stilley grew up in Pittsford, N.Y., and attended Penn State University in a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program.

Newsmaker you should know / Hempfield mom creates website of kid-friendly activities

My Fun Maven, a website created by Karen Stilley of Hempfield, is attracting about 2,500 visitors looking for activities for children.

about 15 hours ago

 "The Good Dinosaur" tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way?a  human boy.

A feast of films on Thanksgiving Eve

“Creed,” “Good Dinosaur,” “Brooklyn,” “Trumbo” and “Victor Frankenstein” arrive in theaters just in time for the holiday.

about 15 hours ago

 When it comes to health, how can we make our parents understand modern recommendations?

Ask Natalie: Concerning parents' health, lead by example

Are mom and dad unhealthy and not willing to change? Graduating college but unsure of your major? Ask Natalie has the answers!

1 day ago

 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

1 day ago

 Astronomical highlights for the coming week; illus­­tration prepared by Amy Jill Pazur, Buhl Planetarium & Observatory.

Stargazing: Beaver moon and apparent magnitude

Wednesday’s full moon is called “beaver moon” because beaver traps were set during November to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

1 day ago

 The Mid-Atlantic Region is expected to have 4.94 million people hit the highways.

Lower gas prices, milder temperatures to ease holiday traveling

About 5 million people from the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey region are expected to take to the highway for Thanksgiving.

1 day ago

 Dave Crawley, Chris Beichner and Stephen Quick.

Into the WILD event raises funds for Allegheny Land Trust

The Allegheny Land Trust welcomed guests to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on Saturday night to celebrate the work of its volunteers.

2 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.

2 days ago

 Kim Evert, Richard Parsakian and Carole Bailey.

War on Women Art Show benefits Planned Parenthood

Hundreds turn out to support Planned Parenthood and the work it does to support women’s causes.

2 days 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.

2 days ago

 Frederick Crawford, Rodney Jones, Sr. and Rahmon Hart.

Iota Phi Achievement Awards Dinner held at the Syria Center

Iota Phi Foundation and Iota Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held an awards dinner in Cheswick, Pa. on Saturday night.

2 days ago

 From left, Penny Zacharias, Cathy Trombetta and Kirk Burkley.

Shadyside Splendor house tour raises funds for PSO

Shadyside Splendor organizers and musicians hit all the right notes at the patron party Saturday and house tour Sunday.

2 days ago

 Christine McCormick Chopra, Jackie Dixon, Gayle Zacharia and Jill Nolan.

Ladies Hospital Aid Society hosts fundraiser

Supporters of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society learn how to make special cocktails during its fall fundraiser, Mind Body & Spirits.

2 days ago

 Nancy Williams and Diane Harrell.

Garden Club of Oakmont Holiday Luncheon

The Garden Club of Oakmont held its 11th annual Holiday Luncheon at Oakmont Country Club, Wednesday.

2 days ago

 Paul Fruehan, owner of Wood-N-You Like It from West Mifflin shows an antique post office box to Lauren Pusateri of Castle Shannon.

Stylebook: I Made It! Market kicks off first official holiday shopping weekend

Plus, several trunk shows on tap and a beauty lounge pops up on Mount Washington.

2 days ago

Give thanks with these wine bargains

Choices include a fruity Riesling for $7.99; California Pinot Gris and French Burgundy for $8.99; and a rare Nebbiolo for $24.99.

2 days 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.

2 days ago

 Avocado Shrimp Toasts.

Food Column: Celebrate Thanksgiving, the Peanuts way

Bring out the toast topped with avocado and shrimp; popcorn flavored with sesame seeds; and jellybeans.

2 days ago

County health department closes Hot Spot Cyber Cafe in North Versailles

Inspection reports for food facilities in the county are available online via the health department’s website.

2 days ago

Charity offers hotel rooms for patients' loved ones during the holidays

A new hotel in Robinson, the first TMI Hospitality property here, becomes the first to take part in the company’s Room in the Inn program.

2 days ago

 Detail of "Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil," 1873, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

'Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse' is a rejuvenating escape

A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a visual feast of works by artists familiar and new.

3 days 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.

3 days ago

 The prisoners at the Allegheny County Prison dined on roast beef for Thanksgiving in 1915.

Eyewitness 1915: Turkey shares pride of place with beef, pork

The youths who lived at the Pittsburgh Newsboys Home had to sing — or rather speak — for their Thanksgiving dinners 100 years ago.

3 days 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.

2 days ago

 British actor and director Kenneth Branagh stars in "The Painkiller," part of the Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour in London.

Kenneth Branagh headlines 2016 PG London Theater Trip

The 2016 Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour heads to London March 6-13, when the daffodils and magnolias will be in bloom.

3 days ago

 Erin Rayle of Oakdale waits with a shopping cart for her and her family party of five at the Mall at Robinson during last year's Black Friday.

Technology speeds holiday shopping, but Black Friday still motivates

Today’s holiday shoppers use technology to shop, buy and deliver their gifts — but they still like going to the mall on Black Friday.

3 days ago

 Workers with Magic Ice USA out of Johnstown work on the railing for the PPG Plaza Ice Rink Tuesday.

PPG ice rink offers more room to skate — and fall

The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place now has 25 percent more space, able to accommodate up to 350 skaters at once.

4 days 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.

4 days ago

 Workers with Magic Ice USA out of Johnstown put the final touches on the expanded PPG Plaza Ice Rink Tuesday.

PPG Plaza ice rink opening delayed again

Highwoods, owner of the PPG Place complex, said that ice conditions "are not favorable for skating" because of the warm weather this week.

4 days ago

 Smoked Gouda Frittata with Winter Greens

Let's eat: Smoked Gouda Frittata with Winter Greens

An Italian-style omelet that pleases both guest and cook.

4 days ago

Biking: Pitt grad student puts traffic to test

Matt Bauman of Bloomfield used his computer and open-source software and monitored a heavy bicycle-automobile area in Oakland.

4 days ago

 Thanksgiving menu

What's dishing on the blogs: Thanksgiving cravings

With Thanksgiving looming, the food options are plenty.

5 days 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?

5 days 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.

4 days ago

 The view from a glass-railed balcony looking down into the entry.

Peters mansion on Watchful Shepherd Home Tour is pure eye candy

A nearly 20,000-square-foot mansion is not yet decorated for the Dec. 6 tour. But does that really matter?

5 days ago