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.

1 day ago

 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.

1 day ago

 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.

1 day ago

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.

1 day ago

 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?

1 day ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

Travel notes: Fees could increase for baggage, upgrades

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

3 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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. 

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

4 days ago

  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.

4 days ago

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.

4 days ago

 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?

4 days ago

Peter McKay: Cat calls, sniffles and snuffles

A cat named Swiper has stolen his easy-breathing days, and now he knows his accomplice.

4 days ago

 Kim Cagni of Mt. Lebanon, who has Parkinson's disease, with her painted doors and other artworks for her exhibit "A Door It!" last year at Bicycle Heaven in Manchester. She and Dan McCarthy are planning a fundraiser in April at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.

Battling Parkinson's disease with chocolate and scarves

Local Parkinson’s awareness group has allies in chocolatier and knitter to raise money for research into prevention.

4 days ago

Gardening: Garden design for everyone

Now is a good time to think about the components and overall design of your garden because without foliage its structure is visible.

4 days ago

 This Craftsman-style home is for sale in Forest Hills.

Buying Here: Forest Hills

A Craftsman-style house in Forest Hills boasts lots of solid oak doors and woodwork -- even a water closet.

4 days ago

 Tegra-Lite Max International Carry-On, $695.

Shop Holiday: Gifts for travelers

Find the perfect present for that person in your life who is always on the go.

5 days ago

 Fireworks at Downtown's Light Up Night fireworks last month.

Fox News takes back not-so-‘sparkling’ report on Pittsburgh

As evidence of the “War on Christmas,” Fox cited Pittsburgh’s “Sparkle Day,” an outdated reference to the 1994-97 “Sparkle Season” campaign.

5 days ago

 Easy holiday cookies include, clockwise from left, Christmas Drops (containing mini M&Ms), Chocolate Brittle Bars, Chocolate Rum Cookies, Drop Sugar Cookies (drizzled with frosting and topped with colored sugar), Chocolate Chip Shortbread and Sandwich Cookies.

Holiday baking without the heavy lifting

You can quickly make cookies that sparkle.

6 days ago

 Chrysoula and Chris Balouris, owners of Salonika Imports in the Strip District, have run the ethnic food shop for a decade, also supplying Greek and other restaurants from the Mediterranean region

Restaurant scene: Market Square spots part of trend for more authentic, healthier Greek food

Poros will offer polished Greek fare while Simple Greek (a revamped My Big Fat Greek Gyro) will go for updated fast-casual.

6 days ago

 Potato, Spinach and Carrot Latkes.

New books give 2 takes on Hanukkah traditions

This year I explored some different recipes for the holiday, including a couple of latkes, my choices sparked by two cookbooks.

6 days ago

 Sony's "Destiny" Bundle is available for $449.99.

Shop Holiday: Suggestions to boost any gamer's catalog

Sony’s $399.99 bundle is a great deal that may sell quickly.

6 days ago

Communitywide Hanukkah celebration set for Galleria of Mt. Lebanon

For the second year, Chabad of South Hills will mark the holiday with festivities that are open to the public.

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