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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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

5 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

 Pork Rhubarbecue gets its tart-sweet taste from early summer mainstays strawberries and rhubarb.

Let's eat: Pork Rhubarbecue

An easy, tart-sweet oven barbecue results from combining strawberries and rhubarb.

1 month ago

Miriam's Garden: Green onions are coming up while beets are taking their time

Onions in the lower beds look terrific, but those in the middle bed don’t seem to be suited to our changeable climate.

1 month ago

 Key lime pie

Beach vacation on a plate: delicious dishes await

Vacation cooking can be terrific because it doesn’t have to be labor-intensive or complicated, and the food is fast and simply prepared.

1 month ago

 This easy strawberry salad won't last long at the table or a holiday picnic.

Let's eat: Best-Ever Strawberry-Spinach Salad

A quick and easy salad is a salute to the short-but-sweet strawberry season.

2 months ago

 Inspired by an annual Cuban barbecue in Pittsburgh, "El Cubano del Lado Sur" is a blended and seasoned beef and chorizo patty topped with a Cuban "Mojo" sauce, Jarlsberg cheese, Serrano ham, pickle chips and mustard on toasted sourdough.

The Grownup Pizza Burger and the South Side Cuban

Here’s a pair of gourmet burgers inspired by a childhood experiment and an annual neighborhood cookout.

2 months ago

 Warm Potato Salad with Green Olive Vinaigrette from "Whole World Vegetarian" by Marie Simmons.

Lighter side dishes for the Memorial Day buffet

Here are three vegetable-packed recipes where clean flavors shine through, instead of being laden down with mayo and melted cheese.

2 months ago

 All-American Cheeseburgers with Homemade Pickles.

Simple is best when it comes to grilling burgers

A his-versus-her approach to building the ultimate hamburger

2 months ago

 Versatile cannellini beans, vegetarian chipotle sausage and poblano chilies enliven White Bean and Hominy Chili.

Let's eat: White Bean and Hominy Chili

Who says chili has to include meat?

2 months ago

 Grilled Chicken Skewers from "Flavorwalla" by Floyd Cardoz.

The 'Flavorwalla' cookbook is a fusion of many different cuisines and cultures

It’s the second book from chef Floyd Cardoz of the now-closed Tabla in New York City, also a four-time Beard Award nominee.

2 months ago

 Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart.

One good recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

Strawberry cream cheese tart is an “essential recipe” that’s easy to make and great tasting.

2 months ago

 Built in 1770, George Washington's Gristmill at Mount Vernon produces grain products on millstones powered by a 16-foot waterwheel.

George Washington’s reconstructed gristmill offers a historic look at Colonial grains

After acquiring the mill in 1997, The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association embarked on a five-year renovation.

2 months ago

 The homemade sauce is the secret to success with Cheese Enchiladas Con Carne.

Let's eat: Cheese Enchiladas Con Carne

Enjoy this hearty Tex-Mex dish from South Texas.

2 months ago

 "Bonjour Kale"  by Kristen Beddard.

Food column : Former Pittsburgher chronicles kale crusade in memoir

Kristen Beddard tells her tale of bringing kale to France.

2 months ago

Miriam's Garden: Rain or shine, let the gardening season begin

Welcome to a new gardening season. Despite the erratic weather, rhubarb, sweet peas and greens are starting to thrive.

2 months ago

 Green Curry Braised Salmon.

Salmon cookbook is a good catch for creative recipes, tips

Diane Morgan showcases the versatility, exceptional flavor and health benefits of North America’s third-most consumed seafood.

2 months ago

 Cool Whip Strawberry Pie.

Cool Whip: Still cool after 50 years

America’s favorite frozen topping has a devoted fan club as it is time-saving, keeps for a long time and brings up good memories.

2 months ago

 Gluten-free Chicken Noodle Salad

Let's eat: Gluten-free Chicken Noodle Salad

Expect your appetite to spiral out of control with this easy chicken salad.

2 months ago

 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months ago


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