Lyndsay Luff, 6, of the North Side, tosses a green pepper into the crate as she and her brother Brandon Luff, 12, volunteer to pick vegetables in the Common Ground garden.

Agriculture and suburbia find common ground

In sight of the malls and shopping centers of Upper St. Clair, a community garden thrives.

about 2 hours ago

 Plant Power.

Miriam's Garden: Powering up with plants

"Plant-Powered For Life," is a workbook, a collection of actionable steps to help readers eat more healthfully.

about 2 hours ago

 The Breakfast Pizza at Voodoo Brewery in Meadville, topped with sausage gravy, eggs, a cheddar cheese blend and steak from Pasture Perfect Beef, with snifter of Voodoo Good Vibes IPA.

Munch goes to Voodoo Brewery

Cool spot, good food and great beer make for a fun excursion north to Voodoo Brewery in Meadville.

about 2 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival opens Saturday

Renaissance Festival opens with new characters

The time has come again for a journey back to a medieval world alive with chivalrous knights, fair maidens and Washing Well Wenches.

about 1 hour ago

 Tomatoes with Toasted Garlic-Balsamic Dressing.

One Good Recipe: Tomatoes!

A recipe developed in honor of the Phipps Conservatory "Ripe, Red and Roasted" tomato and garlic festival.

about 2 hours ago

 Birchrun Blue from Birchrun Hill Farms in Chester Springs, Pa., at the Festival of Cheese.

Local cheesemongers take a cheese field trip

Caldwell Linker and  Alix Wiggins take part in the annual American Cheese Society Conference in Sacramento.

about 2 hours ago

Local company launches a North Side food tour

Burgh Bits & Bites will start running its new North Side food tour beginning Friday.

about 2 hours ago

 Roasted Cauliflower with Hot Sauce.

Kitchen Mailbox: Some of her favorite recipes of the summer

Shared recipes, summer’s bounty combine for delicious seasonal eating.

about 2 hours ago

 From left, Asa Foster and Matt Katase at The Brew Gentleman, the Braddock brewery co-founded by  pair.

Gymnastics event to include restaurant competition

“Steel City’s Taste of the Championships” will pit five Downtown restaurants against each other for best gymnastics-themed entree.

about 2 hours ago

Let's Talk About: natural tie dye

Free of chemicals and easy for kids to handle, natural dyes can range from nuts to berries to plants.

about 2 hours ago


Food Feedback: Our readers liked being puzzled

Marlene Parrish’s “Food Puzzle” left readers wanting more crosswords.

about 2 hours ago

 The 2013 Great American Banana Split Celebration in Latrobe. Bobby Banana with some Latrobe beauty queens.

The Food Column: Latrobe isn't splitting the honors with Wilmington, Ohio

Laurel Highlands village is celebrating the creation of the banana split.

about 2 hours ago

The Hot List of things to do this weekend

A roundup of events happening in and around the city this weekend.

about 1 hour ago

 A hooded pitta at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: hooded pitta

Pittas are chunky, medium-sized songbirds with long sturdy legs, stout beaks, large eyes, stubby tails and a distinctive plumages.

1 day ago

 Caprese Skillet Eggs.

What's for dinner: Caprese Skillet Eggs

All the flavors of Italy’s favorite salad in an open-skillet egg dish.

1 day ago

 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: He wants to turn off wife's binge-TV watching

The husband should come up with more couple activities to enjoy with his wife to dissuade her from excessive TV binge watching.

2 days ago

Pittsburgh man on kayak trip to Gulf Coast

Mark Oddo of East Liberty is kayaking down the rivers to Mobile, Ala.

2 days ago

 Dorthia Jackson.

Century Club: Her secret to long life was never hidden

Hard-working, loving Dorthia Jackson turns 100 in Butler.

2 days ago

 Self Portrait by Julia Parra using a process called scanogram.

Let's talk about art: Alternative photo processes

Alternative photo processes available on smartphones are reviving interest in historic photography techniques.

2 days ago

 Candace Michelle Sarris married Robert "Tino" Rionda III at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg.

#SEENWedding: Chocolate is for Lovers

Candace Sarris, daughter of Bill and Jamie Sarris of Sarris Candy, wed Robert "Tino" Rionda III on Saturday.

3 days ago

 The blusher is making a comeback as an alternative to a long veil. Adding bold accessories is a simple way to switch up a bride’s style from the ceremony to the reception. Rent the delicate and demure blusher ($15), Radley earrings ($60) and stitch in time bracelet ($65) at

Down the aisle in grand style: Couples find fresh ways to customize their big day

Where and how couples are celebrating their wedding is evolving, giving them more choices to pepper their big day with their personalities.

3 days ago

 Caitlyn Hess, creative director/president of Schee shoes in Cranberry Township, with styles from the brand's first, forthcoming bridal collection called Bliss.

Schee shoes' new bridal collection marries fashion, philanthropy

The Cranberry-based brand is coming out with a line of shoes for brides. Part of the proceeds will go to the Wish Upon A Wedding non-profit.

3 days ago

Stylebook: Macy's spices up shopping with events for all ages

Plus: Final days for “Halston and Warhol,” learn what it’s like to be a Stella & Dot stylist, Pittsburgh Fashion Week tickets and more.

3 days ago

 The Duquesne Club's Sara Milarski, assistant pastry chef, and Keith Coughenour, executive chef.

SEEN: SWARM celebrates urban beekeeping

Hive325 is the first urban apiary Downtown.  It’s located on the roof of the Duquesne Club.

3 days ago

 From left, Kate Parker, Mary Siegel and Lhea  Wiese.

SEEN: First annual Friends at the Tables event

Party at Omni William Penn celebrates Sisters Place.

3 days ago

 From left, David Todd, James "Doc" Mendelson and Jessica Kennedy. #SEENInspiring

Seen: Pittsburgh's 50 Finest for 2014

Party at Omni William Penn raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

3 days ago

 Darryl Ford Williams, David Solomon and Deb Acklin.

SEEN: WQED's 2014 Emmy Nominations Party

Guests mingled before the nominee announcements for this year's Emmys by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

3 days ago

 From left, David Conrad and August Carlino.

Seen: Carrie Deer Party -- A blast at the blast furnaces

Nearly 450 guests attended the party which raised funds for Rivers of Steel.

3 days ago

 Franco Harris, Rob Rogers and Dana Franco.

SEEN: 'Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust' comic book launched at ToonSeum event

Comic book is a collaboration between ToonSeum and the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

3 days ago

Stargazing: Mars overtakes Saturn

Since ending its backward motion in May, Mars has moved easterly through Virgo and will meet up and pass Saturn this weekend.

3 days ago

 A Portia Brady-designed outfit at the kick-off fashion show for Style Week Pittsburgh at The Priory on the North Side.

Stylebook Snapshot: Style Week Pittsburgh introduces city to fresh fashion faces

The second annual event featured a mix of brands and designers from the city and abroad, such as recent Pittsburgh transplant Portia Brady.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh beekeepers avoid colony collapse

A sweet natural remedy protects honey bees from having their colonies collapse.

4 days ago

 Put-in-Bay Winery is located in a Victorian house on the Doller Estate. It opened in 2009 and has a view of the harbor.

Put-in-Bay is Ohio's party island

Put-in-Bay is billed as family friendly, but I’d steer clear of bringing kids on the weekends.

4 days ago

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The Next Page / 'Chutz-Pow': Ordinary superheroes of the Holocaust

The ToonSeum and Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have produced “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust.”

4 days ago

 Ray Charley, 63, of Greensburg is the president of the Shop ’n Save at 730 East Pittsburgh St. in Greensburg.

Shop ’n Save store owners are in it together — on their own

There are now 100 stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, west Maryland, eastern Ohio and upstate New York that carry the name Shop ’n Save.

4 days ago

 Master beekeeper Stephen Repasky checks on some of his hives at Dundee Farms in Sewickley.

Dine: Restaurants sweeten up with their own beehives

A handful of Pittsburgh restaurants are keeping busy as beekeepers.

4 days ago

Paper maps have kept their usefulness, fans say

In a GPS world, maps still have a place, experts say.

4 days ago

Travel Notes: Air passengers may pay eight times as much as seatmates, study shows

Study confirms airlines can charge some passengers twice as much as others; TSA PreCheck lines popular.

4 days ago

 The author's husband, Slobodan Mitric, with a statue of one of Serbia's  most famous generals at the 1914 Battle of Cer in Serbia.

Serbian mountain sacred site of first Allies World War I victory

The site of the Cer battle of World War I is sacred ground in Serbia, but it is little known and rarely visited by foreigners.

4 days ago

If you go to Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Put-in-Bay is a 195-mile drive from Pittsburgh.

4 days ago

Wildlife: Toxic algae blooms not likely in Lake Erie's waters near Pennsylvania

Wind and water currents pushed a bloom of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) to the intake of the Toledo, Ohio's water plant this month.

4 days ago

If you go ... Tekeris in Serbia

All major airlines fly from major U.S. cities to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

4 days ago

J.C. Penney burnishes its Liz Claiborne brand

Ready or not, here comes autumn, brought to you by Madison Avenue.

5 days ago

2Do this week, Aug. 17-23: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Associated Arts exhibition, hip-hop artist Chancellor Warhol, Lincoln Highway SupperMarket, The East Winds Symphonic Band and more

4 days ago

 Saverio Strati of Hazelwood recently checks on the first crop of figs at a community garden near his home.

While growing figs is hard, for those who do the harvest is that much sweeter

After a tough winter, first figs are Italian immigrants’ reward for hard work and preserving Old World garden traditions.

5 days ago

 Queen Anne's Lace, showing its lacey white flower with one small red blossom at center, sits along a highway near Cheat Lake, W.Va. The flower grows in the 48 contiguous states and in most of Canada.

The good and bad of chicory and Queen Anne's Lace

Chicory and Queen Anne’s Lace are beautiful companions by the roadside, but these wildflowers also have many other good qualities.

5 days ago

 Tim Prodanovich, a resident at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side, shows off some of the sunflowers he grows in a garden next to the shelter.

Growing vegetables and changing lives

More than vegetables and herbs grow in Light of Life Rescue Mission’s garden.

5 days ago

 Lythrum dominating wetlands by the Allegheny River.

Gardening: Pitch the Lythrum and plant something better

If you love waterways and native cattails, sedges and bulrushes, you’ll get rid of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and its cultivars.

5 days ago

Home & Garden notes: Hard-to-recycle collection on tap

Plus: Homewood Cemetery celebrates Founders Day and Friendship Hill holds a special tour.

5 days ago

 The living room of 23 Seneca Street in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh.

Buying Here: Uptown

Retired architect Sam Kiss put his Uptown empire up for sale: a loft above a storefront, six commercial lots and Sir Samelot.

5 days ago


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