A tray of dessert bars featuring Cranberry Pear Bars, Apple Crumb Bars, Hazelnut Jam Bars, Chocolate-Coconut Bar, Chocolate-Butterscotch Crispy Bars and Jack's Favorite Blondies.

Raising the bar on bar cookies

The desserts are easy to make, pack, transport, serve, and are always crowd-pleasers.

In about 5 hours

 One of Atria's signature dishes during its Oktoberfest celebration is Traditional Kaese (Cheese) Spaetzle.

Have a spaetzle-filled good time during Oktoberfest

The traditional German classic, made with eggs and flour, is easy to prepare.

In about 5 hours

 Popcorn panna cotta at Station restaurant in Bloomfield, created by chef Curtis Gamble.

Station restaurant in Bloomfield makes its panna cotta pop

As the Italian dessert known as “cooked cream” becomes more popular on restaurant menus, cooks are incorporating other ingredients.

2 days ago

 For the summer season try shells with roasted corn and basil.

Pasta hits the spot for every season

In “The Four Seasons of Pasta,” co-authors Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins say pasta is a good way to get more produce in one’s life.

6 days ago

 Apple cider doughnuts are a nice treat to serve up this fall.

Fall is the time for apples

The fruit is a star at festivals, and a team player in salads, soups, doughnuts and even tomato sauce.

6 days ago

Miriam's Garden: Winter squash is a fall fruit to love

Squashes need to be cured to enhance sweetness and extend shelf life.

6 days ago

 Basket of local pears.

Miriam's Garden: Finicky pear tree would do well as a pair

The tree, which is known to be planted for heirs, does not produce consistently and it can take 6 years to set fruit properly.

1 week ago

 To make pasta con zucca, cubed butternut squash is braised until soft, after which pasta is added to the pan, which results in a sauce of sorts.

It’s gourd season, and that’s a good thing

A 10th-generation Lancaster County farmer sells heirloom varieties that are making their way into Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

 Protein-Packed Pancakes.

Solve dinner dilemma with breakfast

Breakfast items are a quick and healthy way to eat in the evening instead of a traditional dinner.

1 week ago

Pears Poached in Red Wine and Whiskey Pear Glaze

Two more great ways to use pears.

1 week ago

 Penne with Meatballs.

Great race, great taste: Penne with Turkey Meatballs

A healthful take on an Italian classic for pre- or post-race celebrating.

2 weeks ago

 Cheese grits are the ultimate comfort food.

Recipe: G is for grits in Shenandoah Valley

If you eat out while vacationing in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, chances are the menu is going to include grits.

2 weeks ago

 Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Ultimate tailgate fare for game night

Kick off the Steelers’ first home game for the 2015 season with a first-string tailgate menu.

2 weeks ago

 Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.

Food Column: On a gluten-free diet? Then head to the carnival at Pitt

Annual awareness event will feature food samples, restaurateurs and a dietitian.

2 weeks ago

 Green Chili Cowboy Stew

Great race, great taste: Green Chili Cowboy Stew

A spicy beef stew is great for warming up after cool fall workouts.

3 weeks ago

 "The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen" by Amelia Saltsman.

Feast at Rosh Hashanah on foods filled with symbolism

The Jewish New Year is marked with honey, apples, circular challah, pomegranate and fish, a feast before the introspection of Yom Kippur.

3 weeks ago

 Cornish Pasties.

Savory meat pies are so comforting, so heavenly, so British

Sample the classic pies at first-ever Britsburgh celebration in Pittsburgh.

3 weeks ago

 Spaghetti alla Norma.

Great race, great taste: Spaghetti alla Norma

Sicily’s favorite pasta dish is a great source of energy-boosting carbs.

4 weeks ago

 Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes.

Labor Day spread should be labor-free

A holiday meal made in little time, without any advance prep work, and with a few select ingredients, can be just as delicious.

1 month ago

 Baby Back Ribs with Maple Chipotle Sauce

Labor Day spread is worth the extra effort

You could add oomph to your picnic table by making foods that acknowledge the holiday.

1 month ago

 Tomato-Mint Salad.

Miriam's garden: How do your tomatoes grow?

Even though the tomatoes are late this year because of the erratic weather, they are fantastic.

1 month ago

  Strawberry-Chicken Spinach Wraps.

Great race, great taste: Strawberry-Chicken Spinach Wraps

After your run, wrap things up with a wrap full of flavor and texture.

1 month ago

 Pickles in Suzdal, pickle capital of Russia.

Chef Trevett Hooper savors Russian hospitality for a new venture

Legume’s chef visits Eastern Europe and Russia to bring back ideas for Dacha, a restaurant he hopes to open in Pittsburgh.

1 month ago

 Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

Let's Eat: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Back to school means back to dinner and a good solution is a Cajun-style gumbo.

1 month ago

 Antonio Manti's garden in Shaler.

A chef salutes Italian Project gardeners

Vallozzi’s executive chef, Josiah Henry, wants garden project to get bigger and supports the people behind it.

1 month ago

 Quick Marinara Sauce.

Food Column: Gluten-free conference to be held in Pine

Event held by Allegheny Center for Digestive Health will include lectures and cooking demonstrations.

1 month ago

 Mixed Summer Salad.

Summer's last hurrah: Take this opportunity to feast on late seasonal produce

Celebrate the last weeks of the summer season with fruits and vegetables that best define it.

1 month ago

 Spicy Chicken Tacos.

Great Race, Great Taste: Spicy Chicken Tacos

Spicy Chicken Tacos make a handheld dish that’s simple to prepare.

1 month ago

 Frank Ruzomberka adds toasted coconut to his Coconut Cream Pie at Grant Bar & Restaurant in Millvale.

Rick Sebak's new PBS shows, 'A Few Good Pie Places' and 'A Few Great Bakeries,' are good eats

Grant Bar & Restaurant and Minerva Bakery are among the good pie places and great bakeries in Rick Sebak’s latest TV specials.

1 month ago

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Let's Eat: Cobb Salad With Maple Vinaigrette

Salads can be both a nutritious and filling option in gluten-free diets.

1 month ago

 Ricotta cavatelli with Italian sausage, rapini and tomato.

Pack to school: What do professional chefs pack for their kids?

Pittsburgh chefs think outside the box when it comes to packing lunches for their school-going children.

1 month ago

 Paulina Neuschwander, left, and Vanessa Kachulis, center,  help their grandmother, Mary Papazis, while making cookies at the Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in East Pittsburgh.

Greek festival cookie recipe: Hard work, lots of humor

Members from Presentation of Christ (Ypapanti) Greek Orthodox Church in East Pittsburgh make 2,000-plus cookies in 7 hours for festival.

1 month ago

Miriam's Garden: Summer corn's a good team player

Pair it with tomato in soup, salad, salsa, bread or frittata, and you have a match made in heaven.

1 month ago

Great race, great taste: Multigrain Pancakes

A stack of pancakes is a delicious carb-fest for runners

1 month ago

 Pork Souvlaki with Cucumber Salad

Let's Eat: Pork Souvlaki with Cucumber Salad

Go Greek with the other white meat in this easy recipe.

1 month ago

 Guests enjoy a cool summer night during an al fresco dinner party at the Ben Avon home of Gretchen McKay.

Celebrate summer with a dinner party al fresco

How not to be thrown by the thought of an outdoor gathering that doesn’t center around hot dogs, hamburgers and a charcoal grill.

1 month ago

Miriam's Garden: Cool beans -- A little past peak but still delicious

Beans are happy in the sun or rain, but critters may not leave much to pick.

1 month ago

Food Column: Feast on vegan delights at VegFest

Animal-rights group hosts event, a first in Pittsburgh

1 month ago

 Atlantic Beach Pie has a creamy lemon filling in a salty, buttery, crunchy crust.

Atlantic Beach Pie: Crunchy and creamy at once

Easy-to-make dessert has a thick saltine crust and sweet tangy filling.

2 months ago

 Iced Teas, from left, Blueberry, Peach, Boston Iced Tea, Green Iced Tea and Lemon Ice Tea.

Iced tea: Simply refreshing

Brew a perfect beverage with good quality tea and fresh water

2 months ago

 Macy's Thumbprint Cookies.

Macy's classic thumbprint cookie will be no more

Kevin Ulrich has been baking the iconic Thumbprint Cookies at the Arcade Bakery inside Macy's Downtown store since the mid 1980s.

2 months ago

 Linkie Marais demonstrates how to cook with the Big Green Egg grill in the seventh annual Big Green Egg festival at Moraine State Park in Portersville.

Big Green Egg, a Japanese kamado-style grill, fires up the faithful

Annual EggFest celebrated with cooking demos and grilled foods

2 months ago

 Tic Toc customers enjoy lunch at the restaurant in Macy's on Tuesday. Janice McCready, left, from Murrysville, had fried chicken, while Loralee Babjack from Pittsburgh had the chicken chili.

Dine: The clock runs out on Tic Toc

Time flies in the final hours for iconic Tic Toc restaurant Downtown, which closed on Friday.

2 months ago

 Chicken Kebabs With Grilled Romaine

Let's Eat: Chicken Kebabs with Grilled Romaine

Summer is prime time for grilled food on a stick

2 months ago

 Rita's Easy Quiche.

Dairy cookbook salutes farm families, foods

Middlesex farmer’s easy-to-make quiche is among 110 recipes selected by “The Dairy Good Cookbook.”

2 months ago

 Tres Leches Cake.

Food Column: An ode to Latino culture

Potluck picnic will include everything from rice and beans to tres leche cake

2 months ago

 Three feta-based dishes, Mediterranean Olive Bread, Healthy Spanakopita and Feta Salsa.

Debate on feta heats up in Monroeville cheese class

A local cheesemonger asks, and a jury decides: Can feta cheese be made outside of Greece?

2 months ago

 Black Bean Burger with Mango Salsa.

Let's Eat: Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa

Get your protein fix with a spicy-sweet vegetarian burger.

2 months ago

 Apricot bars.

Summer's bounty: Stone fruits

Peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and cherries are bakers’ favorites in tarts, muffins and cookies

2 months ago

Miriam's Garden: Cool cucumbers crave warmth

Vines are growing, but fruit is slow to form because of the wet season

2 months ago


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