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 Sydney Tyner, 12, prepares Chicken Taco Tower for her mom, Amy Reed, the head chef of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Chefs cook for Mother's Day: Sydney Tyner, Pennsylvania winner of Healthy Lunchtime Challenge in 2015

I feel blessed to have a mother who makes steaks for me, says the sixth-grader from Ross.

about 9 hours ago

 Lauren Kudlawiec learned how to make Blueberry Pound Cake from her mother, Barbara Bucci of Johnstown. "My mom played a paramount role in my cooking career," Mrs. Kudlawiec says.

Chefs cook for Mother's Day: Lauren Kudlawiec, runner-up on Rachael Ray’s 'Great American Cookbook Contest'

The Cresson high school teacher says her mother played a pivotal role in her cooking career.

about 9 hours ago

 Vincent Brady with his mother, Janice Brady of Mentor, Ohio.

Chefs cook for Mother's Day: Vincent Brady, winner of ‘Almost Famous Chef’ Signature Dish award

The Pittsburgh Art Institute culinary student will be cooking for scores of moms on Mother’s Day.

about 9 hours ago

 Chef Elise Wims prepares Capellin pomodoro with prawns and scallops in the kitchen at the Holiday Inn in Monroeville.

Winning delights for Mother's Day

Pittsburghers, who have showcased their culinary skills on national TV and contests, say their most devout fans have been their moms.

about 9 hours ago

 Jacqueline Wardle plates Brioche French Toast in her booth, Josephine's Toast, at Smallman Street Galley in the Strip District. The booth is named after Jacqueline's maternal grandmother who "always burnt the toast, but got the butter and jam on at just the right time to create a culinary masterpiece."

Chefs cook for Mother's Day: Jacqueline Wardle, finalist on 'Cutthroat Kitchen'

The owner of Josephine’s Toast in Smallman Galley says her mother has been her faithful cheerleader through the ups and downs of her career.

about 9 hours ago

 Key Lime Bundt Cake.

Win mom's heart with easy yet divine desserts

Make her a square-shaped Key lime cake or cookies or fudge that require only two ingredients.

about 9 hours ago

 Cracked Wheat Pilaf with Spring Peas is a taste of spring.

Let's eat: Cracked Wheat Pilaf with Spring Peas

This toasty cracked wheat pilaf makes it easy to go green in spring.

4 days ago

  Almond, Orange and Semolina Cake for Orthodox Easter.

Find a piece of heaven in the syrup-drenched revani

The cake, named after a Turkish poet, is made with semolina and topped with sugar syrup.

1 week ago

Roasted Asparagus

Spring is the best time to eat fresh asparagus, and it doesn’t need fancy flavor enhancements.

1 week ago

 French Onion Soup, from "Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher: The Essential Kosher Cookbook for the Jewish Soul," is delicious and easy to make.

Let's eat: French Onion Soup

You don’t have to be Jewish to eat Kosher during Passover.

1 week ago

 Lisa O'Connor, left, and Amanda Williams are pastry chefs at Six Penn Kitchen, Downtown.

Hard and sweet life of a pastry chef

Lisa O’ Connor and Amanda Williams make more than just desserts at Six Penn Kitchen. They make the breads, garnishes and after-dinner mints.

2 weeks ago

 Chicken Soup with Cilantro Matzah Balls.

Celebrate a time of tradition and change for Passover

Accent matzo balls with jalapeno and cilantro or dot karpas salad with dates and pine nuts.

2 weeks ago

 Spaghetti Frittata with Arugula and Fresh Herbs.

Go green with an arugula-herb frittata for Earth Day

Be kind to the planet by making a meatless dish with seasonal ingredients.

2 weeks ago

 Chicken liver pate on crostini with pickled fava beans and chianti reduction, aka The Census Taker, was the Post-Gazette's entry in this year's  Hair Peace Charities’ annual Recipes for a Cure fundraiser.

Let's eat: The Census Taker

A sumptuous party appetizer pokes fun at one of Hollywood’s greatest horror villains.

2 weeks ago

 Macaroni and cheese samples from last year's MACC n' Cheese Bakeoff in Morningside are plated with wings and celery.

Food Column: Sample contestants' entries at MACC n' Cheese Bakeoff, and help a cause

The macaroni and cheese contest will be held at Morningside VFW on April 30 and proceeds will benefit the annual Morningside Mile.

3 weeks ago

 Savory Granola.

Savory oats is no fad; it's here to stay

A recent issue of “Food & Wine” called savory oats a chef’s healthy trend.

3 weeks ago

 Quinoa Bowl with fried egg and avocado.

Liven your breakfast with the venerable quinoa

The ancient grain, packed with nutrition and flavor, is perfect for quiches, muffins or simply served with fried egg.

3 weeks ago

 Enchiladas de Espinacas take time to prepare, but it is well worth it.

Let's Eat: Enchiladas Espinacas (Spinach Enchiladas)

Just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean Meatless Monday has to be boring.

3 weeks ago

 Pork and Beans Bars from "The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life by Anna Ginsberg."

Give in to cookies, the savory kind

Bake cookies with pork and beans or ham and cheese or sausage and potatoes.

4 weeks ago

 Caption: Chicken Tikka Masala.

In home-canned tomatoes we trust

Enjoy preserved summer tomatoes now and use them in chicken tikka masala, chili and with yellow squash.

4 weeks ago

 From left, Matthew Sheeler, Aden Whitlinger and Celeste Chitambo work on measuring sugar for oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies.

Food Column: Children get a lesson in basic kitchen skills

The classes in Sharpsburg teach proper boiling and draining techniques, egg preparations and using a knife properly.

4 weeks ago

  Singapore Rice Noodles from Gwyneth Paltrow's "It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook."

Let's eat: Singapore Rice Noodles

These kid-approved pan-fried noodles are heavy on the veggies.

1 month ago

 Asparagus spears are laid out side by side in this tart made with goat cheese.

Savor the savory side of early spring

Tarts, salads and meats are elevated with a seasonal touch.

1 month ago

 Strawberry Buttermilk Cake from “Back in the Day Bakery Made With Love.”

Fragrant, fork-tender desserts are the stars of the spring table

From strawberry and cherry-almond cakes to raspberry shortcakes to orange scones, there’s a reason to celebrate the season.

1 month ago

 Cherry Blossom Collins are on the menu at Brabo in Old Town Alexandria, Va.

One good cocktail: Cherry Blossoms Collins

Here’s an elegant, Japanese-inspired drink to celebrate the arrival of Washington, D.C.’s, famed cherry blossoms

1 month ago

 Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream are low in calories, gluten-free and vegan.

Let's eat: Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Roasted, cauliflower loses it edge, mellowing into a dish that’s rich and tender with a wonderful nutty undertone.

1 month ago

 Christina King prepares a ricotta pie at her Ross home.

Nina King: Ricotta Pie

For Easter, Nina says, Grandma would prepare the ricotta pie crust weeks ahead of the holiday and throw them in the freezer.

1 month ago

 Tina Reed got the ricotta pie recipe from her grandmother, and uses orange and lemon zests to impart a citrusy flavor.

Tina Reed: Italian Ricotta Easter Pie

It’s not an Easter meal for Tina Vezendy-Reed’s family without ricotta pie, which is served with memories and laughter.

1 month ago

 The Croatian Butter Cookies recipe from Helen (Hranilovich) Bossick Kulusich pictured here on her wedding day to Nicholas Kulusich. The cookie cutters were made by her son Philip Kulusich in his eighth-grade metal shop class in the mid-1930s.  Philip, 2, sitting in the chair is photographed with his brother Daniel. The copy of the recipe is faded from years of use.

Janet Buzzeo: Grandma Kulusich’s Croatian Butter Cookies

Grandma Kulusich’s Croatian Butter Cookies brings back plenty of wonderful memories of family and good homemade wine for Janet Buzzeo.

1 month ago

 Mary Welsh of Erie got the recipe for the Gingery Lemon-Lime Jello Salad from her mother who had in turn received it from her dear cousin.

Mary Welsh: Gingery Lemon-Lime Jell-O Salad

Mary Welsh says she makes “a really good green stuff” to complement the baked ham every Easter.

1 month ago

 Lucy Koutsavlis of Munhall names these thumbprint cookies after her grandmother Ivy who taught her how to bake them. Grandma The cookies are made with brown sugar and shortening.

Lucy Koutsavlis: Grandma Ivy’s Thumbprint Cookies

Lucy Koutsavlis will be celebrating Easter twice this year — with thumbprint cookies on Sunday and with leg of lamb on May 1.

1 month ago

 The Rice Pie has been an Easter classic in Lell Wood's family for generations. It is similar to a ricotta pie except that it also has rice and is covered with strips of crust.

Lell Wood: Rice Pie

Lell Wood’s grandmother’s sister, Annie DeLuca, was the best cook and baker of the family but she never liked to share her recipes.

1 month ago

 Kiki Lazaridis  cuts  spanakopita pie she prepared  at her home in Forest Hills.

Kiki Lazaridis: Spanakopita

Spanakopita is not going to make it to Kiki Lazaridis’ Easter table until May 1 because that’s when the Greek Orthodox celebrate.

1 month ago

 Louise DeRiso with her bunny and lamb cakes.

Louise DeRiso: Bunny Cake

Bunny Cake brings back fond Easter memories for Louise DeRiso of Edgewood.

1 month ago

 Bev Rowan of Bethel Park, bakes Patch Cake, an Easter tradition in her family. It's her Czech grandmother Anna Kerestan's recipe.

Bev Rowan: Patch Cake

One favorite dish Bev Rowan never could get enough of was her grandmother’s Patch Cake, a crunchy, rustic dessert made with sweet dough.

1 month ago

 Mexican Chicken and Potato Stew.

Let's eat: Mexican Chicken and Potato Stew

Spice things up with a hearty and savory chicken stew.

1 month ago

 Potato-Cabbage Patties are made with mashed potatoes, onion and cabbage.

Cabbage reigns, at least on St. Patrick's Day

Combine shredded cabbage with mashed potatoes and onion for a party-friendly patty.

1 month ago

 Bagels and Lox Deviled Eggs.

Deviled eggs with a twist

Be adventurous and fill eggs with green onions, jalapenos, bacon, balsamic vinegar or shrimp.

1 month ago

 Chicken ramen with shiitake mushrooms, noodles and hard-cooked eggs.

Make a bowl of ramen soup, and achieve supper

All you need is good broth, noodles, some chicken and shiitake mushrooms. Bean sprouts, scallions, jalapenos and cilantro are optional.

1 month ago

 Chef Anthony Marino, in blue, Don's Appliances corporate chef, hosts a cooking class at their East Liberty store.

Chef Anthony Marino brings enthusiasm to Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show

Chef Anthony Marino has never met an appliance he hasn’t wanted to take for test spin, which is how he ended up at the Home Show in 2013.

1 month ago

 Falafel hash with grapefruit-arugula tabbouleh provides terrific source of protein.

Let's eat: Falafel Hash with Grapefruit-Arugula Tabbouleh

Going vegan doesn’t have to be boring with Mediterranean flavors.

2 months ago

 Roasted Tomato and Feta Cream Toast from "Toast the Cookbook" by Raquel Pelzel.

Think outside the box when concocting sandwiches

Check out combinations such as roasted tomatoes and creamy feta, spinach and artichoke with three cheeses and roasted eggplant with arugula.

2 months ago

 Church member Ron Maurer makes wild boar sausage in the kitchen of Northgate Church in preparation for its annual wild game dinner in 2014.

Food column: Wild Game Dinner to be held at Northgate Church

Northgate Church in Ross will hold its annual Wild Game Dinner Saturday, offering an opportunity to try venison, wild boar and even moose.

2 months ago

 Caption: Lost-and-Found Lemon Pound Cake from "A Real Southern Cook in her Savannah Kitchen" by Dora Charles.

Soaking up the comforts of African-American foods

Classic and new creations acknowledge the African heritage.

2 months ago

 Celery and Olive Salad with Arugula and Celery Leaf Salad.

Give celery the respect it deserves

The stalks can be braised, stir-fried or roasted. They are pleasant when eaten raw or can be added to stocks and mirepoix for flavoring.

2 months ago

 Pinto Beans and Greens with Roasted Tomatoes.

The magical power of canned beans

They are easy to make, delicious to eat, inexpensive to buy, good for health and fit for hearty appetites.

2 months ago

 Sweet Cream Scones with the Countess' Lemon Curd.

Serve afternoon tea, the 'Downton Abbey' way

Be lords and ladies for an evening, and nibble on scones served with lemon curd, tea sandwiches and asparagus tart.

2 months ago

 Bakers should remember that cocoa and chocolate bars are not interchangeable when it comes to making treats for Valentine's Day.

A primer on chocolate for Valentine's Day

Cocoa and chocolate bars need to be used in specific recipes, and are not interchangeable.

2 months ago

 Chicken Parmesan, by Lidia Bastianich of Lidia's Pittsburgh.

An easy Valentine's dinner for two

Italian cuisine represents the perfect foods for canoodling.

2 months ago

 Deviled Salmon Cakes.

There's more to fish than the obvious

Some new takes on the old Lenten fish dinner.

2 months ago


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