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 6 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 6 hours 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 6 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 6 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 6 hours ago


Food Feedback: Our readers liked being puzzled

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

about 6 hours 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

 Aldo Sauro, who sells his home-grown vegetables, fruits and fig plants at local farmers markets is seen here with a fig plant.

Urban farmer Aldo Sauro finds his calling

Aldo Sauro's card table at the East Liberty Farmers Market is an array of fava beans, lettuce, basil and raspberries in foam containers.

1 week ago

 Dale Seaquist, owner of Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay, Wisc., discusses this season's tart cherry crop.

In Wisconsin's Door County, it's always cherry time

Growers, producers and others have numerous ways to extend the season.

1 week ago

 "Northeast Foraging" by Leda Meredith.

New book helps you forage for your supper

Keep a copy in your glove compartment.

1 week ago

Food Feedback: A beef with beef

Reader wants to see more on the environmental impact of raising beef.

1 week ago

 Harvest Valley Farms stand at the Waterfront in Homestead.


Produce stand at P.F. Chang’s gives diners some fresh options.

1 week ago

 Cod and Corn Cakes

What's for Dinner: Fish and Corn Cakes

Made with roasted, mild-tasting cod that’s been rolled in crunchy panko, these lightly fried cakes are sweet and delicate.

1 week ago

 Soft-shell crabs at Wholey's in the Strip District.

Dine: Crabs are all they're cracked up to be

That means fond memories for our columnist and many other Pittsburgh crab fans.

1 week ago

 Maria Almone, left, jokes with D.J. Jodikino on Wednesday while visiting the farmers market at the Carrick Shopping Center. She said she knows food because she was born on a farm in Ukraine, trained as a chef in Russia at 19 and worked in Downtown at a restaurant for 29 years.

Pittsburgh-area farmers markets grow

The number of markets in the country has grown by more than 70 percent in the last six years, with 130 of them now in the region.

1 week ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Gadgets make healthy meal prep faster and easier

Stocking your kitchen with fresh, healthy ingredients is important, but it’s not the first step to eating better, notes ShopSmart.

1 week ago

 No-Bake S'mores Pie

S'mores: Celebrating America's favorite campfire treat

Conventional wisdom pins this act of culinary genius on the Girl Scouts.

2 weeks ago

Miriam's Garden: The magic of garlic is coming to a head

Our columnist is brushing the dirt off and cooking what she planted in the fall.

2 weeks ago

 A variety of foods labeled gluten free are displayed in Frederick, Md., in 2013.

FDA rule specifies what 'gluten-free' means

Labeling rule that went into effect this week should make shopping easier.

2 weeks ago

 Customers at Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant watch as a rolling cart of dim sum is wheeled past their table so they can choose their next steamers of dumplings.

Dine Quixote goes to New York for dim sum

Our road-food photographer wants to roll that cart back to Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago

 Derek Stevens.

A (very long) run for a good cause

Chef Derek Stevens is running for his daughter.

2 weeks ago

 Black Angus cattle roam freely and graze on one of several pastures belonging to John and Audrene Burns, of Burns Angus Farm in New Wilmington, Pa.

Dine: From farm to table, the burger is now a star

With the rise of the foodie era, the image of the burger has transformed from backyard barbecue staple to glammed up fast-food fare.

2 weeks ago

 Geronimo Equihua picks zucchini at Brenkle's farm in Butler County for Eat'n Park. Brenkle's grows zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers for the restaurant.

Farmers, restaurants work together to tailor locally sourced foods to needs

Eat’n Park, which planned its menu based on produce that could be locally grown, found that nature is not the most reliable partner.

2 weeks ago

Short supply of beef and pork sends prices soaring

The price of beef and veal shot up more than 10 percent from June 2013 to June 2014. Pork prices rose by 12 percent.

2 weeks ago

 Gwen Manno and her grandson Gavin Parisi, 15, both of South Fayette, enjoy coffee at Carnegie Coffee, located in the old post office at 132 E. Main St. in downtown Carnegie.

Main Street in Carnegie lined with culinary charms

The stretch offers a few eateries to consider -- from sushi to pizza to kielbasa, including a “world fusion freestyle restaurant.”

3 weeks ago

 Lemon Basil Blossom Cocktail.

Summer's Green Goddess: Basil

Now’s the time to try some creative uses for those sprigs of fresh basil.

3 weeks ago

 Cover of Food Traveler magazine.

Guide helps tourists eat up Appalachia

Several Pittsburgh businesses are part of “Bon Appetit Appalachia.”

3 weeks ago

 The  logo for the new Apis Meadery in Carnegie.

Apis Mead & Winery's grand opening is Friday in Carnegie

Former Penn Brewery brewer is now fermenting honey wines to sell at his place and around the region.

3 weeks ago

It's summertime, when pickin' a food event to go to isn't easy

A roundup of some summer festival and dinners.

3 weeks ago

 Cast-iron pans from "The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook" by Ellen Brown.

Food Feedback: Cast-iron on glass

Readers wonder: Can you use old-school pans on new-fangled stoves?

3 weeks ago

 Google Pittsburgh Executive Chef Lee Keener oversees a vertical garden planted with greens and herbs used for meals at Elements Cafe.

Dine: Good eats at Google

The new cafe at Google is the best restaurant you‘‍ll never go to in Pittsburgh.

3 weeks ago

At Google, each floor is its own fantasyland

The Pittsburgh Google offices mix play and whimsy with work.

3 weeks ago

 Retail prices for orange juice have hit a fresh record. In the four weeks ending July 5, prices have averaged $6.42 a gallon. Ten years ago, that figure was $4.40 a gallon.

Expanding options put squeeze on OJ

It may be the end of an all-American, breakfast-eating, mimosa-drinking era. Orange juice is becoming passe, according to Nielsen data.

3 weeks ago

 Hawaiian Barbecue Pizza

A really hot trend: Pizza on the grill

Grilled pizza continues to grow in popularity with home cooks as they realize how easy it is  to make pies on a gas or charcoal grill.

4 weeks ago

 Assorted smoothies during a test at Arlene Burnett's house.

Smoothie-making was anything but smooth

Eight grandkids plus seven smoothies equals a big mess -- and great memories.

4 weeks ago

 Shauna  Kearns, 25, a  student in Chatham University's food studies program, chops wood at the Braddock community brick oven to feed the fire for her sourdough bread.

Bringing people together with brick-oven-baked bread

Wielding flour and an ax, Chatham food-studies student helps build a new community oven in Braddock.

4 weeks ago

Miriam's Garden: It's pickling time

Our columnist is making pickles by the bushel, and her homegrown cukes are next.

4 weeks ago

 Artisan cheese made in the Hudson Valley.

Pittsburgh cheese scholarship winners named

Slow Food Pittsburgh is sending two local cheesemongers to the American Cheese Society conference in Sacramento July 29 to Aug. 1.

4 weeks ago

Pittsburgh Canning Exchange offers a pickle class

‘‍Pickle whiz’‍ will lead Greenfield party and participants can take pickles home.

4 weeks ago

 Margarita Cupcakes.

One Good Recipe: Margarita Cupcakes

Boozy baked dessert is a different way to mark National Margarita Day today.

4 weeks ago


What's for dinner: Summer-on-a-Pizza

Pizza on the grill continues to be one of summer‘‍s hottest, and tastiest, trends.

4 weeks ago


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