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 Nestle Toll House Spicy Party Mix.

Nestle’s Toll House teardrop chocolate morsel turns 75

For that simple, crunchy pleasure of a chocolate chip cookie, you have Ruth Wakefield and Nestle Toll House to thank.

1 day ago


 Ground cherries from the Trout Lake Farmers Market in Vancouver, Canada.

Ground cherries are having a moment

Fruit that originated in South America is spreading via farmers markets here.

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 A platter of raw local organic zucchini spaghetti with raw cashew ricotta and sundried tomato-basil marinara, with fresh basil and a glass of green juice from Zest Wishes inside the Schwartz Living Market on the South Side.

Munch goes to Schwartz Living Market

Old South Side market now a hub for vegan foods

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 Arlene Burnett's Labor Day desserts include Peach-and-Nectarine Cobbler, Blueberry- Cormeal Cake, Chocolate-Cherry Cookie Dough-filled Cupcakes and South African Mud Cake.

Kitchen Mailbox: Some fancier desserts for summer's last hurrah

Try something new for the last big picnic of the season.

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 60-second coffee ice cream.

Quick as caffeine: Coffee latte ice cream

Make your own ice cream with four simple ingredients.

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Beer: Local places will pour it on during 'Big Pour Week'

Saturday’s Steel City Big Pour has sold out, but look for these related events at area bars, restaurants and brewpubs.

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 Phipps Conservatory's edible rooftop garden.

The Food Column: A 'Garden to Plate' dinner at Phipps Conservatory

The Sept. 7 outdoor dinner is a first for Phipps, which is growing some of the food

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 Dianne Shenk calls attention to the condition of the cucumbers at her produce stand on Second Avenue in Hazelwood.

In Hazelwood, you can circle the wagon and get fresh produce

Second Avenue farm stand is just the first step in Dianne Shenk’s desire to turn a food desert into a food economy.

1 day ago


 Rusted Root (from left, Dirk Miller, Patrick Norman, Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Peach Freedom) play Sunday at Hartwood Acres for the 15th annual Allegheny County Music Festival.

The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend

Ribs and football, colonial crafts, county fairs and men with muscles on the slate for the holiday weekend.

1 day ago


 "Chef" included a stop at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas.  From left, Emjay Anthony, Jon Favreau, Aaron Franklin and John Leguizamo.

Feasts on film: Food plays key role in many movies this year

This year has brought a bounty of movies that entertain and have you salivate at the same time.

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Little Bites: 'Personal beer dinners' at Sharp Edge; Fukuda chef to leave town

Through Sept. 21, Sharp Edges are offering dinners marking the 35th birthday of Boulder Beer; Fukuda chef  T.J. Barney heads back West.

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Let's Talk About: Space sugar

Outer space is a rather impressive domain if you have a sweet tooth.

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Let's Learn From the Past: Shadyside

Considered one of Pittsburgh’s first suburban neighborhoods, Shadyside has retained its tree-lined charm for more than 150 years.

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 Cherry Margaritas being served at Fred & Fuzzy's Waterfront Grill in Sister Bay, Wisc.

Food Feedback: With Wisconsin cherries on top

Enjoyed your piece about Door County.

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 Dave Burrows and his daughter Dana Burrows walk up the aisle under the rotunda of The Pennsylvanian, as she prepares to marry Conor McCaskey, 34, of Dormont.

Pittsburghers have chosen some original wedding venues

A train station is a unique spot for a wedding, but it’s not the oddest location that locals have chosen to tie the knot.

2 days ago


 The Same Difference Film team, including Kyle Wentzel and Joshua Sweeny, filming Graeme Taylor playing a game of "Magic: The Gathering" with friends at GameStop in Ann Arbor, MI.

Childhood memories turn Pittsburgh dancer into filmmaker

A Pittsburgh-based artist channels his passion and life experience into his documentary, “Same Difference,” now in postproduction.

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 Carnegie Science Center can be rented for wedding receptions.

Wedding settings that will set you apart

Some other options for couples who don’t want a traditional wedding reception.

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 Dressed as Elvis Presley, Glenn Woods of Cranberry Township tries a pie by Gardner Pie Co. on Tuesday at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh food festival celebrates all things tasty

Not just anybody could sneak into the Clover Mountain Foods show, but almost everybody in the region will eventually taste its products.

2 days ago


 Tomato-Peach Salad with Crispy Tofu.

What's for dinner: Tomato and Peach Salad With Crispy Tofu

A sweet and tangy summer salad even tofu-haters will love.

2 days ago


 Lena Dunham arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Stars walked Emmys carpet in red-hot looks

They kept it classy with sophisticated silhouettes and muted hues that were balanced by a range of reds and a smattering of sparkles.

3 days ago


 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: It's never too late to express sympathy

It’s never too late to extend kind words of sympathy to grieving people.

3 days ago


 Kevin Tyler Jr. gets up close with a bullfrog as part of the Frick Environmental Center’s Young Naturalist program. While it is best not to handle amphibians, if you do come in contact, wash your hands thoroughly after gently returning them to where they were found.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Amphibians in Pittsburgh's parks

Ever see a frogsicle? The varying habitat in Pittsburgh parks offers many wonders about how frogs and other amphibians live.

3 days ago


Napa rushes to fix quake damage as drought means early harvest

Wineries and hospitality businesses rushed to clean up rubble and broken glass ahead of the expected influx of tourists.

3 days ago


 Dr. Stanley and Nikol Marks.

Orchids in the Moonlight event held at the Fairmont

Ladies Hospital Aid Society raises $100,000 for its Orchid Fund that helps those suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy.

4 days ago


Stylebook: Style Week Pittsburgh sets sights on next year

Plus: Philip Pelusi Salons will hold an open model call on the South Side.

4 days ago


 Corey and Katie O'Connor, Judy O'Connor, Father Terry O'Connor and Heidy O'Connor Garth.

Cookie cruise raises funds for local charities

The 22nd annual Bob O’Connor Cookie Cruise set sail from the Gateway Clipper Docks on Wednesday.

4 days ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto serves ice cream to Malena Jones, 5, of Cranberry.

Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae held at the zoo

An estimated 360 gallons of Hagan premium ice cream was enjoyed by all.

4 days ago


 Harris and Janet Ferris, Carol Shriber and Chuck Snyder.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre kicks off season at Hartwood Acres

“Ballet Under the Stars” offered a mixed repertoire with the benefits going to the ballet.

4 days ago


 Miyoshi Anderson struts down the runway.

Carabella event raises funds for Alzheimer's research

Carabella Oakmont transformed Allegheny River Boulevard on Friday for its ninth annual fashion show.

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 Jason and Jennifer Pablonis, Shannon Sweeney and Nick Pablonis.

Savor Pittsburgh held at Stage AE

More than 20 restaurants came to compete during Savor Pittsburgh.  Proceeds go to the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

4 days ago


 St. Tropez's iconic clock tower and port as seen from the Citadel.

A stay in St. Tropez

St. Tropez is more than a jet-set destination on the French Riviera. It’s a sensory experience that takes much than a day to appreciate.

4 days ago


 Tom Slivka, Founder of Looks for Love and representatives of Ladies Hospital Aid Society, June Yonas, Laura Penrod Kronk and Carole Kamin.

#SEENSummerPartyRecap

A look back at some special parties in August.

4 days ago


Stargazing: Eye-catching celestial trio

After today's new moon, our closest neighbor in space will move east, away from the sun, and pass between Mars and Saturn.

4 days ago


 Some of  Charlie Humphrey's Facebook friends at his party.

Facebook friends answer call to party -- in real time

What happens when 2,135 of your Facebook friends are invited, in real life, to a party? Charlie Humphrey found out Saturday night.

5 days ago


 Jeans designed by Paula Minydzak of West Mifflin.

Stylebook Snapshot: Is denim a dying fashion trend?

Jeans sales slipped by 6 percent last year. Also: a report on the first FashionAFRICANA kids runway show in Shadyside.

5 days ago


 Thousands of movie fans are expected to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the filming of "The Shawshank Redemption" at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, this week.

Former prison in Ohio draws captive audience, thanks to 'Shawshank Redemption'

The enduring film, released 20 years ago, was shot in the majestic former prison in Mansfield, and is helping to spark restoration efforts

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Dine: Fancy or family, good service is key

For family restaurants and fine dining, here are some additional suggestions for service.

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 Steve Kass of Carol Steam, Ill., and his children Madeline, sitting, and Kyle lounge at their campsite at Floyd Bennett Field, a campground in south Brooklyn, N.Y.

Go camping in Brooklyn at former airport

Yes, you really can go camping in Brooklyn, New York, at Floyd Bennett Field, a former airport.

5 days ago


 Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption."

How 'The Shawshank Redemption' transformed from dud to fan fave

First, it was discovered on home video. Then Ted Turner’s TNT network and others picked up “Shawshank” and ran with it like a football.

5 days ago


 Guests on the Carnival Imagination pose in the pool.

Cruise lines catering to younger crowds

Millennials love to travel, and cruise lines are working to appeal to them.

5 days ago


 Google Glasses.

Google Glass can be useful in travel

Can Google Glass transform the way we travel? Maybe — or it could be the 2014 equivalent of the Microsoft Zune

5 days ago


Pet Points: Litter box behavior a clue to other issues

If your cat is missing the litter box, it’s time to start looking at where it’s located, how often it’s cleaned and other possible causes.

6 days ago


  Lawyer-turned-artist Glenn Olcerst is self-taught in creating glass and stone pieces. He designed and made this mosaic, named "First Historic District." It is now mounted on his home.

North Side lawyer found healing within his art

Glenn Olcerst has created a large work of tiny pieces of granite and porcelain for the side of his home in the Mexican War Streets.

6 days ago


Instant ramen has long-term health concerns, study finds

A study found that women who ate instant noodles at least twice weekly had a 68 percent increase in cardiometabolic syndrome.

6 days ago


 Rodney Tucker, a resident at the Allegheny YMCA on the North Side, picks tomatoes at The Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the grounds of the YMCA.

YMCA garden feeds bodies and souls

The YMCA’s Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the North Side is in its fourth season and thriving, thanks to tender loving care.

6 days ago


 A cheery color palette and modern updates set apart this two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath townhouse at 396 Newburn Drive in Scott.

Buying Here: Scott

Townhouse condominium in Scott boasts bright colors, modern updates, a pool and a close-knit community.

5 days ago


Peter McKay: Despite family sizes, house always had room for love

The house that was too big when we moved in, then was too small, is too big again as we send off the last of our five kids to college.

6 days ago


Home & Garden notes: Master gardeners to share advice

Garden Forum on Sunday features advice from master gardeners; “This Old House” TV crew is coming to Pittsburgh to help.

6 days ago


 A basil plant infected with downy mildew.

Garden Q&A: Sweet basil susceptible to basil downy mildew

Basil downy mildew is a fairly recent arrival in the United States, is likely culprit for yellow spots, especially on sweet basil varieties.

6 days ago


 Kiana Sanders, right, and other members of Gym Dandy from Washington, Pa., warm up before their performance during the P&G Gymnastics Championships Opening Celebration at the Consol Energy Center on Thursday. It kicks off the four-day event, Aug. 21-24.

Local gymnasts get to see some of the nation's best in Pittsburgh

Local gymnasts thrilled to meet some of the best during P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center this weekend.

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