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 Cajun Shrimp Skewers, vegetable skewers and Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Skewers from "The Hungry Fan's Game Day Cookbook" by Daina Falk.

Kebobs: Stick to the sizzling skewered foods this holiday weekend

Skewered foods are perfect for a big crowd with varied diets.

3 months ago

 Blueberry cake.

Blueberries + zucchini = awesome cake

The best tastes come together at the end of summer in one, moist bite.

3 months ago

 Easy Cheesy Eggplant Roll-ups are sure to please.

Let's eat: Cheesy Eggplant Roll-ups

It’s simple to go vegetarian with an easy, cheesy eggplant dish with Italian flair.

3 months ago

 Heirloom Tomato and Pimiento Cheese Pie is a delicious invention from chef Matthew Krenz.

Miriam's Garden: Heirloom tomatoes burst in rainbow of colors and evocative names

Look beyond salads and sandwiches, and use the tomatoes in one-of-a-kind pies.

3 months ago

 Sun-dried tomatoes add a kick to this speedy linguine and zucchini dish.

Let's eat: Linguine with Ricotta, Zucchini and Lemon

A super-speedy pasta dish makes good use of summer’s most prolific vegetable.

3 months ago

 Loaded Campfire Pizza.

The joy of campfire cooking

Cooking on a trail requires only one heavy pan and not a lot of work.

3 months ago

 Jubilee Hilltop Ranch is famous for its grass-fed beef. The Bedford County farm recently got into the commercial egg business, and is the first local farm to sell eggs at Giant Eagle Market District stores.

For fresher and tastier eggs, go local

Bedford County farm is the first to sell local eggs at Giant Eagle.

3 months ago

 Green Beans with Pork and Garlic Black Bean Sauce puts green beans in a spicy spotlight.

Let's eat: Green Beans with Pork and Garlic Black Bean Sauce

Fermented black beans and doenjang give green beans a kick.

3 months ago

 Cucumber Ice Cream.

The scoop on vegetable ice creams

Beet, cucumber and corn ice creams are just as creamy and easy to make as the ones made with fruits and flavorings.

4 months ago

 Finished ice cream is creamy and delicious.

Ice cream facts

Some facts about ice cream and a recipe.

4 months ago

 Cold soups clockwise:  Lettuce Soup with Radish Salsa, Almond Gazpacho with Grapes, Ukrainian Sorrel Soup, Chilled Watermelon-Basil Gazpacho and Chilled Minted Peach and Prosecco Soup.

Chill out with summery cold soups

Pureed or brothy, sweet or savory, nutty or spiked with prosecco, chilled soups are welcoming this time of the year.

4 months ago

 Raspberry Pudding Cake.

One good recipe: Think pudding. Think cake. Think Raspberry Pudding Cake.

The dessert is moist, light and sweet without being cloying.

4 months ago

 Turkey-Feta Burgers with Tomato Jam.

Let's eat: Turkey-Feta Burgers with Homemade Tomato Jam

Cutting back on red meat? A turkey burger — one that adds a little fat to compensate for the leanness in the meat — is a fine substitute.

4 months ago

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Refreshing cocktails for summer

They are easy to make at home because all you need are alcohol, simple syrup and plenty of ice.

4 months ago

 Sweet and Spicy Pickle Slaw.

Let pickled cucumbers be key players on the plate

Whether they are brined or vinegared, pickles add plenty of punch when mixed in with dressings and salads.

4 months ago

 Smoky Corn Chowder is delicious way to enjoy summer ears.

Let's eat: Smoky Corn Chowder

A smoky, spicy bowl of summer’s favorite vegetable makes a wonderful seasonal supper.

4 months ago

 Mexican-style Corn.

Jazz up corn on the cob

Tender cobs can be dressed up with a tangy basil vinaigrette or herb butter or peppery chipotle-honey glaze or sriracha aioli.

4 months ago

 Squash from Miriam's Garden.

Miriam's Garden: Give summer squashes some love, respect

They can be used in crunchy muffins, savory pies and basil-flavored stews.

4 months ago

Serve gourmet dinner with Giant Eagle's Fresh in 30 meal kit

Meals can be whipped up easily with the kit’s fresh vegetables and high-quality ingredients.

4 months ago

 Chicken and Zucchini Crepes.

Let's eat: Chicken and Zucchini crepes

This summer squash is among the most versatile, working its magic in everything from salads, pasta dishes and soup to cakes and cookies.

4 months ago

 Grape salsa with ingredients.

Make sensational variations of salsa with fruit, veggies, nuts, herbs and olives

Five unusual salsa recipes using common summer ingredients.

4 months ago

 Pickled Stone Fruit and Buffalo Mozzarella Naan Flatbread.

For pickled ice creams, cookies and wine, head to Picklesburgh

For its second year, a bigger festival will return to Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday.

4 months ago

 French Green Bean Salad requires minimal cooking and results in a colorful fresh dish.

Let's eat: French Green Bean Salad

On July 14, celebrate Bastille Day with a classic French salad.

5 months ago

 Coq Without the Vin is a twist on the classic French poultry dish and uses beef strips instead of bacon and grape juice instead of wine.

Demystifying a halal kitchen with familiar foods

Author Yvonne Maffei showcases how Italian, Puerto Rican and other cuisines can be prepared the halal way.

5 months ago

 Jenny Bardwell with loaves of Salt Rising Bread.

Keeping Appalachia bread tradition alive is well worth its salt

Rising Creek Bakery in Mt. Morris continues to bake the salt-rising bread with a stinking starter.

5 months ago

 Rice Paper Banh Mi with Pork Meatballs and Nuoc cham Dipping Sauce.

Fresh spring rolls are summer's signature

Refreshing and healthful, Vietnamese-style rolls take the heat out of cooking in summer.

5 months ago

 Zucchini fritters, made with onions, feta cheese, dill and mint.

One good recipe: Bland zucchini exudes plenty of personality

Flavors explode in zucchini fritters when the squash is combined with dill, mint and feta cheese.

5 months ago

 Orange chiffon cake is perfect for a Fourth of July picnic.

As American as chiffon cake

The dessert was created in California in 1927 and revolutionized the American baking scene by using vegetable oil instead of butter.

5 months ago

 Red White and Blue Pretzel Salad.

Celebrate Fourth of July with red, white and blue desserts and more

The options are plenty when it comes to creating a menu with a patriotic palate — think fruit, meat, cheese and spices.

5 months ago

 Barbecue Pork Puffs is a party-ready finger food.

Let's eat: Barbecue Pork Puffs

Light flaky pastry is the yin to the yang of rich barbecue pork in this easy summer appetizer.

5 months ago

 A breakfast smoothie.

Smoothies for around the clock

Versatile beverage can be breakfast or lunch in glass or a snack in the middle of the afternoon or dessert after dinner.

5 months ago

 Blueberry-Sour Cream Pancakes with Big Batch Bacon.

Expecting lots of company? Then serve easy-to-make breakfast

Blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and breakfast bread pudding are all crowd-friendly.

5 months ago

 Aji de Gallina (Chicken Chile).

Western Pennsylvania native, Katie Choy, masters the taste of Peru

“Family Secrets: Experience the Flavors of Peru!” features a spicy blend of native, Spanish and Asian cooking styles.

5 months ago

 Quick Pho Broth-Poached Shrimp and Vegetables features grains instead of traditional rice noodles.

Let's eat: Quick Pho Broth-Poached Shrimp and Vegetables

A soup that offers a taste of Vietnam in a bowl is an ideal meal in hot weather.

5 months ago

 Pig Pickin' Cake. It has mango and orange zest in the batter, and is covered in buttercream crushed pineapple and coconut frosting.

Roast or no roast, Pig Pickin' cake is creamy and dreamy

Moist and fruity, the layered yellow cake is often served at pig roasts in the Carolinas.

5 months ago

 Steak Sandwiches on Texas Toast.

Espresso, Texas toast add oomph to steak sandwich

Treat Dad on Father’s Day with a tasty, hearty sandwich that has roots in the Lone Star State.

5 months ago

 Zucchini Pie (Kolokithopita) is simple to make, and it freezes well.

Let's eat: Kolokithopita (Zucchini Pie)

This Greek pie travels well to graduation parties, backyard barbecues and picnics -— and it is yummy, too.

6 months ago

 A classic strawberry jam, made with ripe berries and a Granny Smith apple, which is shredded.

Cooking with fresh vegetables and fruits

Take advantage of the bounty at your neighborhood farmers market to make salads, jams and pestos.

6 months ago


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