30. 03. 2018

Finding God, and community, in a loaf of Easter bread

Tweet Slava Martyn never could have imagined that one day he’d find God, in Homestead, by baking bread. With a pastry brush dipped in egg wash, he leans over the pan of uncooked...

Read More →
30. 03. 2018

Late-bloomer running coach leaves no runner — and no funds — behind

Tweet Audrey Burgoon’s come-to-Jesus moment came at mile 18. It was her first marathon, in San Diego in 2006, and her training partner of four months had just hit the wall. Seeing him...

Read More →
14. 03. 2018

Chinese New Year: Soul food is filled with comfort and symbolism

Tweet Food has been central to Seattle food writer Hsiao-Ching Chou’s life almost since the day she was born, and it’s not just because her parents ran a Chinese restaurant while she was...

Read More →
24. 08. 2017

Fueling a football team, the Steelers way

Tweet During the Steelers’ summer training camp, the Community Center Dining Hall at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe is the stuff big eaters dream of. Indecisive souls feeling ravenously hungry could go crazy...

Read More →
29. 06. 2017

Triathlete overcomes traumatic brain injury to race again

Tweet Megan Kruth still doesn’t know what sent her flying over her bike’s handlebars on Aug. 4, 2013. The Ironman triathlete and 17-time All-American collegiate swimmer had done training rides on that stretch...

Read More →
29. 06. 2017

Tweet Ron Molinaro has been obsessed with pizza most of his adult life. And not just your average slice, but the lightly charred Neapolitan-style pies crafted from a slow-rising dough and baked in a...

Read More →
20. 06. 2017

Pittsburgh’s meister of artisan bread

Tweet Nick Ambeliotis never doubted his life’s work would revolve around food. The Ohio native grew up working for his father, Mike, in the corner grocery store he started after World War II...

Read More →
20. 06. 2017

A different kind of runner’s high

Tweet As he lines up for Monday’s Boston Marathon, John Platt will feel the same jitters as every runner, plus a few of his own. Did I train hard enough? Will I make...

Read More →
26. 01. 2017

A519 Chocolate turns into a sweet career

Tweet With dual degrees in neuroscience and psychology, Amanda Wright possesses both a knack for problem-solving and the patience of a saint. Two skills that served her well as a research assistant studying...

Read More →
26. 01. 2017

Raise your spirits this winter with toasty cocktails

Tweet Nothing may be more pleasurable at day’s end than a well-crafted cocktail. The clink of ice on glass, the magical mix of sweet, sour and alcoholic — it’s a great way to...

Read More →
07. 09. 2016

McLaughlin Distillery crafts fine spirits in Sewickley Hills

Tweet Kim McLaughin crafts some mighty fine spirits in the abandoned party house he’s been renovating the past year in Sewickley Hills. It’s an avocation turned vocation that’s totally hip but not all...

Read More →
11. 08. 2016

The scoop on vegetable ice cream

Tweet Ice cream is a sweet treat that is easy to fall in love with, and it tastes all the more heavenly in summer, when hot days and humid nights beg for something...

Read More →
28. 07. 2016

Refreshing cocktails for summer

Tweet When it comes to a cold adult beverage, I almost always opt for a hop-heavy pour of India pale ale. It’s a learned taste, to be sure, but one that never seems...

Read More →
28. 07. 2016

Into the (Wild) Woods of New Jersey

Tweet                     WILDWOODS, N.J. — Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you’d normally...

Read More →
28. 07. 2016

Jazz up corn on the cob

Tweet Lots of sweet butter and a sprinkle, or two, of salt. Maybe some freshly ground black pepper, if a shaker’s within easy reach on the picnic table. That’s how so many of...

Read More →
11. 04. 2016

George Mason’s Gunston Hall plantation offers a look at 18-century Virginia life

Tweet MASON NECK, Va. — George Washington’s Mount Vernon tends to get all the attention when it comes to historic homes in the Washington, D.C., area, and deservedly so: One of the most-visited Colonial sites...

Read More →
09. 04. 2016

Chronic bowel disease doesn’t deter Pittsburgh runner

Tweet A love of running did not come naturally to Lauren Moran. If anything, the Baldwin native considered moving her legs forward in anything faster than a slow crawl as punishment — and...

Read More →
02. 03. 2016

After family members’ suicides, woman heals her emotional wounds through running

Tweet For months after her older brother Allan’s suicide in November 2002, Amy Jacobson was numb. It was as if the Maryland college student had fallen into a big black hole of nothingness...

Read More →
17. 02. 2016

Serve afternoon tea, the “Downton Abbey” way

Tweet If you’re a fan of “Downton Abbey,” chances are you’re soon to be in a funk. After six seasons, PBS’s “Masterpiece” series will air its series finale March 6, leaving scores of...

Read More →
11. 02. 2016

Teacher with cystic fibrosis gears up to run Pittsburgh Marathon

Tweet Hannah Camic gets a look when she’s running that flies in the face of the chronic lung disease she was born with. She doesn’t smile so much as she glows, as if...

Read More →
11. 02. 2016

Lidia Bastianich gives a lesson in Italian cooking

Tweet Lidia Bastianich has written a dozen cookbooks since arriving in America more than 40 years ago, introducing at least two generations of Americans to the delights and intricacies of regional Italian cooking....

Read More →
11. 12. 2015

Simple, easy tips for rolling out Christmas cut-outs

Tweet Dough for a pie crust isn’t the only mixture of flour, sugar and fat that gives home cooks pause during the holiday season. Cut-out cookie dough also can be a source of...

Read More →
24. 11. 2015

A few ideas for those Thanksgiving leftovers

Tweet Thanksgiving dinner takes so much time, energy and planning to prepare, and then everyone’s done eating in what feels like five minutes. It’s enough to drive a conscientious cook crazy. Thank goodness,...

Read More →
22. 11. 2015

Stunning, reliable cranberries are steeped in Thanksgiving’s heritage

Tweet BROWNS MILLS, N.J. — Love ’em or hate ’em, cranberries have long been part of America’s culinary history. Even before Gen. Ulysses S. Grant gave orders in 1864 for the tart ruby berries...

Read More →
17. 11. 2015

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt explores the science of home cooking

Tweet A self-described science nerd, and proud of it, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt planned a career in biology when he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1990s. He was the type...

Read More →
17. 11. 2015

Chasing fall’s colors in Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley

Tweet LURAY, Va. — Some years ago, fresh out of college and poor as church mice, my husband and I set out on our great honeymoon adventure. Our three-day drive from Pittsburgh to jobs...

Read More →
17. 11. 2015

All-star Thanksgiving: Roast turkey parts instead of the whole bird

Tweet Every year on Thanksgiving Day, the same scene plays out on countless American dinner tables. You score with the holiday bird’s thigh meat (so moist and juicy) but its breast, most unfortunately,...

Read More →
17. 11. 2015

A gluten-free Thanksgiving

Tweet Cooking for someone with a wheat allergy or sensitivity is never easy, but it’s particularly trying during the holidays. So much of what we love to serve at our Thanksgiving table is...

Read More →
26. 05. 2015

Let’s eat: Pan-seared corn and quinoa salad

Tweet So you’ve been asked to bring a potluck dish to a Memorial Day cookout this weekend, and you’re thinking a salad might be an easy way to go. How about one that...

Read More →
26. 05. 2015

Tart it up with rhubarb

Tweet Locally grown veggies are starting to show up in area grocery stores and farmers markets. Many of these early offerings — spinach, baby lettuces, peas, asparagus — are sweet, tender and green....

Read More →
13. 04. 2015

Pittsburgh’s pie guy

Tweet Frank Ruzomberka of Shaler has been in the family-restaurant business going on six decades, and he’s always been a terrific chef. (He was American Culinary Federation’s Chef of the Year, Pittsburgh chapter, in...

Read More →
18. 03. 2015

Tuna noodle casserole: Yuck!

Tweet Everybody remembers a food from childhood that made them shudder, if not gag outright when Mom brought it to the table. For me, it’s tuna casserole. My three older brothers all loved...

Read More →
18. 03. 2015

Pittsburgh’s pie guy

Tweet Frank Ruzomberka of Shaler has been in the family-restaurant business going on six decades, and he’s always been a terrific chef. (He was American Culinary Federation’s Chef of the Year, Pittsburgh chapter, in...

Read More →
18. 03. 2015

2015’s new kid on the block: Cauliflower

Tweet Trends are a peculiar thing, especially when you live in a city that doesn’t exactly shape the zeitgeist. (Sorry, Pittsburgh, but you know it’s true.) Somebody somewhere decides something is the Next...

Read More →
07. 12. 2014

Tweet LITITZ, Lancaster County — Squinty-eyed moles aren’t the only thing Ruth Zimmerman Martin is mindful of when checking a swath of slender purple blossoms in this quaint little town settled byPennsylvania Germans in the 1720s....

Read More →
25. 11. 2014

Into the woods: recipes for deer hunters

Tweet Donny Zarra has headed to deer camp two or three days after Thanksgiving for as long as he can remember — more than 30 years in all, at cabins and with groups...

Read More →
03. 11. 2014

A week in California wine country

Tweet LIVERMORE, Calif. — Much as I cook and write about food for this section, I’m pretty much at a loss when it comes to figuring out a good glass of wine to serve with...

Read More →
24. 10. 2014

Pittsburgh sets record for world’s largest pierogi

Tweet Chefs at Rivers Casino on Wednesday put Pittsburgh in the record book by preparing and serving what Guinness World Records has verified to be the world’s largest pierogi. More than a year...

Read More →
23. 10. 2014

Pumpkin: One of fall’s favorite flavors

Tweet My beloved pumpkin has been getting a bad rap lately. More than a few of my fellow food-lovers have been calling it out on Twitter, bemoaning what they consider the over-exposure and over-commercialization...

Read More →
23. 10. 2014

The pressing business of hard cider

Tweet BENTON, Pa. —  Come September, when apples hang ripe and heavy on the tree in this tiny, rural corner of Columbia County, Bob Antanitis stands ready. No doubt there’s a giant smile spread across...

Read More →
23. 10. 2014

Autumn shows its colors at Ricketts Glen State Park

Tweet BENTON, Pa. — Fresh air and blue skies are easy tonics for the stressed-out city life.  Still,  I was in a pretty foul mood when I rolled into Ricketts Glen State Park in this scenic,...

Read More →
01. 09. 2014

Nestle’s Toll House teardrop chocolate morsel turns 75

Tweet Ask someone about his favorite cookie, and unless his taste runs to the exotic, the answer usually is pretty quick. Chocolate chip! Seriously: Is there any other cookie that so immediately makes you...

Read More →
01. 09. 2014

Meet Carol ‘Dearheart’ Pascuzzi, the ever-cheerful cheese expert of Penn Mac

Tweet Carol Pascuzzi often finds people staring at her. She’ll be standing in a line somewhere — the supermarket, perhaps, or an airport hundreds of miles from her creekside home in Turtle Creek  — when she’ll...

Read More →
01. 09. 2014

The huge Minnesota State Fair is big on decadent food creations

Tweet ST. PAUL, Minn. —  The smell washes over you in the parking lot, even before you reach the long lines that snake out in every direction at the ticket booth. The sweet,...

Read More →
30. 04. 2014

26.2 Food: How to eat right while training

Tweet An occasional series on how to fuel for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Most serious runners will stop at nothing in the race to maximize performance. High-tech trainers that keep your feet happy while logging serious...

Read More →
29. 04. 2014

26.2 Food: Pre-run meal before marathon training essential

Tweet                     An occasional series on how to fuel for the Pittsburgh Marathon.   Tempting as it might be to cozy up on the couch...

Read More →
25. 10. 2013

Pittsburgh Pierogies: “We love you, dumpling!”

Tweet Carl Funtal has spent most of his adult life as a tough guy, protecting the public as a sergeant with the Shaler Township Police Department. Truth be told, he’s really kind of...

Read More →
22. 10. 2013

Robinson “cottage” a link back to Sewickley Heights grandeur

Tweet In the 1920s and ’30s, Pittsburgh’s captains of industry built lavish summer cottages high above the Ohio River to escape the city’s smoke and summertime heat. “Cottage” was something of a misnomer;...

Read More →
07. 10. 2013

Dutch oven cooking

Tweet PARK CITY, UTAH — Funny story here: When I learned there would be a Dutch-oven cooking demonstration at this year’s Association of Food Journalists conference, held last week in this mountainside ski town...

Read More →
16. 09. 2013

Kinzua colors: Reborn bridge offers spectacular views of Pennsylvania fall foliage

Tweet MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. — Even before its tattered remains were reimagined as a spectacular walkway over one of Pennsylvania’s prettiest gorges, the Kinzua Viaduct was one for the history books. When it rose some 300...

Read More →
12. 09. 2013

Find Bigfoot and more, at Jack Bell’s meat market in Kane, Pa.

Tweet KANE, Pa. — Mom-and-pop butcher shops usually are pretty friendly places, but not always the cutest businesses on the block. Not so with Bell’s Meat & Poultry, Jack Bell’s tiny market here in the heart of Allegheny...

Read More →
27. 08. 2013

Pizza on the grill is easier than you think

Tweet I love BBQ chicken, burgers and hot dogs as much as anyone, so long as the meat is juicy and charred and the franks are the good ones — all beef and kosher. Yet every summer for...

Read More →
16. 08. 2013

Into the woods in Cook Forest

Tweet LEEPER — Summer weekends in Cook Forest, a registered national natural landmark known for its old-growth hemlocks, usually involve this: Paddling or tubing on the lazy Clarion River. Climbing the teetering, 87-foot fire tower built as a...

Read More →
16. 08. 2013

Bruschetta: Carbs on the grill

Tweet   Fresh vegetables are starting to roll into local farmers markets, and what better way to whet summer appetites than by firing up the Weber for a quick and easy appetizer? You know...

Read More →
24. 06. 2013

Boston: The cradle of liberty still rocks

Tweet BOSTON — It was by happenstance, really, that we came across the memorial. This was a trip to see the historic sights and taste the seafood for which this capital city is...

Read More →
17. 06. 2013

Joey Fatone gets ‘N Sync with City Chicken

Tweet Like so many Italian-Americans, Joey Fatone didn’t just grow up eating tomato sauce made from a recipe handed down over the generations — he helped his parents make it. His entertainer father,...

Read More →
21. 05. 2013

Blue Ridge “Hi!”: The pleasures of Roanoke beckon

Tweet ROANOKE, Va. — Its heritage is tied to the railroad. Yet even before Norfolk and Western Railway’s steam locomotives rolled into the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque little town...

Read More →
06. 05. 2013

Pittsburgh marathoners get help up The Hill

Tweet For a city that’s as famous for its big hills as its 400-plus bridges, today’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Half Marathon will offer its 27,700 runners a...

Read More →
01. 05. 2013

Marathoners: Take these recipes and run with them

Tweet   A big bowl of pasta one or two days before a big road race is a time-honored runners’ tradition. Carbs are the body’s primary fuel source during endurance events such as...

Read More →
28. 03. 2013

Pittsburgh Food: Family puts its eggs, other holiday fare in one basket

Tweet   Sometime around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Stella Woytovich and her daughter Justine will gather with family in their neat-as-a-pin Baden home and, as they have on more Easters than anyone can...

Read More →
11. 03. 2013

Female runners self-defense: Stay aware

Tweet It was a beautiful, sunny day when Leah Yingling set out on June 15, 2010, for what she thought was going to be a routine three-miler on one of Johnstown’s most popular...

Read More →
19. 02. 2013

Sexy cookbooks provide recipes for a hot meal

Tweet   Sex and food have been intertwined ever since the first man got evicted from the Garden of Eden, just for accepting an afternoon snack from a naked woman. Entire volumes have...

Read More →
08. 02. 2013

Chocolate for dinner

Tweet   The love-struck will express their dying affection with more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate come Valentine’s Day. Actually, the cocoa route isn’t a bad one if you’re hoping to...

Read More →
03. 02. 2013

Super Bowl victors: Cajun appetizers

Tweet   If you’re reading this, you’re probably not whooping it up in the parking lot of Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. I’m not at the NFL’s biggest game of the year either,...

Read More →
21. 01. 2013

America’s classic combo: Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Tweet   Soup for lunch or dinner always is a good idea when temperatures start to dip, and nothing quite hits the spot like the creamy, savory tomato concoction of our childhood. One...

Read More →
31. 12. 2012

Biscotti: A friend’s tradition kept alive

Tweet   New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and no doubt you’re headed to a party, or maybe throwing one. You’re going to want to ring in the new year with, along with...

Read More →
27. 11. 2012

Braddock mayor turns rehabbed warehouse into home

Tweet   John Fetterman has never been what you’d consider a wallflower — 6-foot-8, with a shaved head and ginormous black tats running up and down his arms, Braddock’s mayor stands out in...

Read More →
13. 11. 2012

A tiny bites Thanksgiving, Part 2

Tweet   A formal Thanksgiving dinner is a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and family at the table, but let’s be honest: It also can be a heck of a lot of...

Read More →
13. 11. 2012

A tiny bites Thanksgiving, Part 1

Tweet   When you’re the holiday’s designated cook, and your extended family is large, Thanksgiving can be a very long day. Up early to stuff and throw a 20-pound bird in the oven,...

Read More →
01. 11. 2012

This is Pittsburgh food: Tailgating – Sunday dinner, Pittsburgh style

Tweet   Lynn Cauley grew up in a household that bled black and gold during football season, so as an adult, there never was a question she wouldn’t carry on the Steelers tradition....

Read More →
31. 10. 2012

Ghost spotters

Tweet   Everyone likes a good ghost story this time of year, but not many of us have actually lived one. Then there is Randy Myers, who not only claims to regularly see...

Read More →
25. 10. 2012

Crazy about pumpkin

Tweet   Is it just me, or is pumpkin taking over? I was fine with seasonal pumpkin products such as pumpkin bread and pumpkin roll. But these days, you can find its distinctive...

Read More →
10. 10. 2012

Priests who are blessed in the kitchen

Tweet   The Rev. Samuel Esposito grew up cooking in his grandmother Jennie’s house in Ellwood City, Lawrence County, and for most of his adult life as a priest he has had to...

Read More →
27. 09. 2012

Hatching a plan to bring chefs, kids and others to a chile fest

Tweet   Nicola DiCio’s grin is as warm as the bright September sunshine when we pull into White Oak Farm, the 50-acre farm straddling Hampton and Indiana townships that’s been in his family...

Read More →
09. 09. 2012

This is Pittsburgh food: On the cookie tables

Tweet This is the sixth “This Is Pittsburgh Food,” a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon. When Cristina Lazzaro started planning her...

Read More →
23. 08. 2012

Up your tailgating game by building a better burger

Tweet     For the football fan who cooks, tailgates are a beautiful thing. Unlike other parties where the host feels a lot of pressure to impress, this pre-game festivity can be as...

Read More →
20. 08. 2012

Training meals: A look inside the Steelers’ training kitchen

Tweet   They look invincible. Yet beneath those steely, confident exteriors, the Pittsburgh Steelers struggle just like the rest of us schlubs — at least when it comes to their diets. The underweight...

Read More →
02. 08. 2012

Pittsburgh Food: The Original Farmers Market and its bounty have been drawing crowds for nearly a century

Tweet     Farmers markets never have been more popular, with new ones popping up every season. Yet this is how Western Pennsylvania farmers always have brought their products to market during the...

Read More →
27. 07. 2012

To cook meat directly on the coals is to ‘clinch’ … and it’s a cinch

Tweet   Quick and clean with gas? Or slow and smoky with charcoal? That’s the question backyard grill masters have been hotly debating since the first gas grill in the 1960s. Here’s another...

Read More →
05. 07. 2012

A salute to the kernels and the cobs

Tweet Janoski’s Farm typically picks the first of its sweet corn the first week of July, just in time for Independence Day cookouts. So imagine customers’ delight when they discovered heaps of silk-topped...

Read More →
27. 06. 2012

Braddock looks to new Kevin Sousa restaurant as urban renewal project

Tweet First in an occasional series on Magarac, Kevin Sousa’s new restaurant in Braddock, Pa.   Even more people are going to think chef Kevin Sousa is nuts: He’s not only opening his...

Read More →
19. 06. 2012

“Eat & Run”: Scott Jurek is one ultra-amazing vegan athlete

Tweet   Endurance athlete Scott Jurek has run, and won, some of the world’s longest and most physically demanding races, including the Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon through Death Valley, where the temperature can slide...

Read More →
01. 06. 2012

Bell’s, a tiny market in Braddock, keeps serving its community

Tweet This is the fourth “This Is Pittsburgh Food,” a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon.     Louis Greenwald was just...

Read More →
25. 05. 2012

Memorable recipes for Memorial Day

Tweet   Burgers and potato salad are traditional fare at Memorial Day picnics, but it’s also fun to shake things up every now and again with an unexpected new flavor. And if the...

Read More →
24. 05. 2012

Chia seeds go from sand to goo, but they’re oh-so-good for you

Tweet     My kids usually are pretty good sports about trying unfamiliar food. Yet no amount of cajoling, begging or double-dog-daring could get my daughters to taste chia, a protein-packed member of...

Read More →
10. 05. 2012

Three ways to refuel after a marathon

Tweet   So you’re among the thousands of Runners of Steel who participated in the Pittsburgh (or another city’s) Marathon. Or maybe you’re one of the many spectators who got up at the...

Read More →
01. 05. 2012

Soldier’s Story: A year in Afghanistan changes Lt. Col Chris Cieslak, and her family

Tweet This is the last in a series on Lt. Col. Chris Cieslak’s deployment to Afghanistan:   A bunch of red, white and blue balloons danced at the front door when Lt. Col....

Read More →
27. 04. 2012

Virginia Beach: Surf, promenade, street performers lead to a swirl of activities

Tweet VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Neptune, the Roman god of water and the sea, is the majestic poster boy for an annual festival that draws 500,000 visitors to Virginia Beach and its storied...

Read More →
25. 04. 2012

Quinoa: A high-octane fuel for hungry runners

Tweet       This time of year when so many are obsessing about eating less in an effort to fit into warm-weather shorts and bathing suits, it’s all I can do not to...

Read More →
25. 04. 2012

This is Pittsburgh food: Almost ended by a fire, an Easter bread tradition is resurrected

Tweet This a third in a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon. As in so many Italian homes, something wonderful was always...

Read More →
29. 03. 2012

Hop to it and make your own Easter basket treats

Tweet Most everyone hopes to find a few sweet treats tucked into their Easter basket along with the colored eggs and milk chocolate Easter bunny. In my house, for example, there’d be a...

Read More →
23. 03. 2012

Roll into spring with . . . spring rolls

Tweet It”s officially spring, but other than asparagus and early-bird spinach, it’s still too early for the tender vegetables we’re so hungry for this time of year. So instead, we’re going to celebrate...

Read More →
16. 03. 2012

‘Pioneer Woman’ brings the frontier to Pittsburgh

Tweet   Ree Drummond wasn’t looking for celebrity when she sat down at the computer five years ago, created a blog on Blogger and started typing. Blessed with a few quiet hours free...

Read More →
05. 03. 2012

Casting call: Try Spanish mackerel

Tweet     People can be funny when it comes to eating fish. You want a fillet to taste vaguely of the ocean so as to distinguish it from meat or chicken. But...

Read More →
24. 02. 2012

This is Pittsburgh Food: Wholey’s Fish

Tweet For most Pittsburghers, some things are as sure as the sun rising each morning. You root for the Steelers. You don’t, unless you absolutely have to, cross rivers. And you buy your...

Read More →
13. 02. 2012

Chilling out at Quebec’s Hotel de Glace: a night on ice

Tweet QUEBEC CITY, Quebec — I’m not going to lie. My husband thought I was nuts when I suggested spending my January birthday at Hotel de Glace here in Canada. Our winter getaways...

Read More →
04. 02. 2012

This is Pittsburgh Food: Sopressata

Tweet The mercury has dipped to 18 degrees when Leon Panella pads into his garage in Prospect, Butler County, at about 8 a.m. on a recent, snowy Saturday. Still, he smiles. In an...

Read More →
25. 10. 2011

Road-racing trips: Why not build a vacation around your competitive spirit?

Tweet When it comes to road races, nothing beats the classic 5K. Last year alone, the 3.1-mile distance chalked up nearly 4.7 million finishers, or 36 percent of all race finishers in 2010....

Read More →
17. 10. 2011

Friday Night Bites: Ideas for stepping up your game … at the concession stand

Tweet   Like so many parents I know with physically active kids, I spend a lot of time at school and community athletic events. In the last 25 years of parenthood, I figure...

Read More →
24. 08. 2011

Shore looks good: Three beach trips for early fall

Tweet Don’t know about you, but whenever I feel the need to rejuvenate, I head for the beach. As busy as life and work get sometimes, it’s hard to feel stressed when your...

Read More →
27. 07. 2011

Wines’ roots: Six Virginia wineries in a weekend

Tweet PARIS, Va. — History abounds in this picture-perfect hamlet snuggled in the crook of Ashby’s Gap, in the heart of Northern Virginia’s wine country. A young George Washington is said to have...

Read More →
27. 07. 2011

Illustrated Men: Chefs and their Tattoos

Tweet Painful and permanent, tattoos used to be the mark of bikers, sailors and hard-core rock ‘n’ rollers. Today, just try finding someone under the age of 35 who doesn’t have at least...

Read More →
02. 06. 2011

Vicksburg National Military Park

Tweet VICKSBURG, Miss. — War is never easy, but residents of this busy river town perched on the bluffs of the Mississippi River were especially miserable when on July 4, 1863, the 47-day...

Read More →
28. 05. 2011

Grilling your way around the world

Tweet Summer is fast approaching, and what better way to slip into vacation mode than by trading your oven mitts for some long-handled tongs so you can sink your teeth into something hot,...

Read More →
25. 04. 2011

A soldier’s story

Tweet VICKSBURG, Miss. — Most of us have a way of coping, a method for dealing with the things we’d rather not deal with. Lt. Col. Chris Cieslak chose denial when she was...

Read More →
22. 04. 2011

Breakfast ‘n wed

Tweet  Who doesn’t love a wedding? The dress, the flowers, the promise of love everlasting … Add to the mix a good-looking member of the British royal family, an historic venue and...

Read More →
06. 03. 2011

Taking the low road

Tweet Joshua Boggs and his equally fleet-footed twin, Justin, have run races on every imaginable terrain since embracing the sport in high school. But their mad dashes to the finish — Joshua insists...

Read More →
07. 02. 2011

A cut below: In the basement of Downtown’s Koppers Building, a convivial barber keeps customers coming back

Tweet Retired public relations executive Larry Werner has been sporting the same no-nonsense businessman’s haircut since at least the Kennedy administration, if not longer: short around the sides and neck, smoothly tapered on...

Read More →
20. 01. 2011

Here we go, munchers, here we go! Snacks for Steelers watching

Tweet With the Steelers one step higher on the Stairway to Seven, we know you’re more than ready for some football. Here’s what you might still be trying to figure out: What to...

Read More →
16. 12. 2010

Easier holiday entertaining: Yes, it can be done

Tweet It just wouldn’t be the season without some sort of festive gathering of family and friends. Usually, bless their generous souls, some brave couple in my neck of the woods takes on...

Read More →
12. 12. 2010

Priest and his dad bond in the family tradition of hunting

Tweet The sun had barely started its creep toward the heavens when the Rev. Father Mike Zavage positioned himself against a tree, his .284 Winchester hanging at the ready on his right shoulder....

Read More →
10. 12. 2010

Five Diamond chef, Dave Racicot, confident he’ll sparkle in new setting

Tweet First in an occasional series on the birth of Notion It’s tough to pigeon-hole Dave Racicot, the self-taught chef who earned Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Lautrec restaurant its coveted AAA Five Diamond rating...

Read More →
12. 11. 2010

A Thanksgiving Feast

Tweet By the time my hip pushed open my parents’ back door just after sundown, the 14-pound turkey I’d just finished roasting sliding precariously on the rimmed cookie sheet I held in my...

Read More →
28. 10. 2010

Scary Food: One Girl’s Bug is Another’s Big Yum

Tweet We all like to scare ourselves silly at Halloween. But usually, the goose bumps are a reaction to a frightening event we see or hear, not something dished up on a dinner...

Read More →
22. 10. 2010

twit-wrthy recps Good recipes boiled down to their Twitter essentials

Tweet When you’re strapped for time, or maybe just impatient, the difference between a good dish and a really great one isn’t just the number of ingredients or how long it takes to...

Read More →
15. 10. 2010

Father and son help bring back the Black Amish apple

Tweet NEW WILMINGTON — Like the four generations that proceeded him, Lyle Johnston has spent a lifetime growing what he considers the world’s tastiest apples on the fruit farm his great-great-grandfather Josiah Johnston...

Read More →
10. 10. 2010

Pie Crust Demo has her going from ‘duh’ to dough

Tweet Every home cook has her Achilles heel, the one dish or technique that she simply cannot master. For me, it’s homemade pie crust. Or as it’s referred to in my kitchen: stinking...

Read More →
09. 10. 2010

Marshall couple’s home is their castle

Tweet Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter have never forgotten their storybook wedding trip to Thornbury Castle Hotel in South Gloucestershire, England. King Henry VIII spent 10 days in 1535 in this grand country...

Read More →
07. 10. 2010

Fast, ‘takeout’ breakfast choices can get your kids to eat

Tweet Got teenagers? Bet you have trouble getting something decent in their stomachs before they run to the bus on weekday mornings. Here’s how the school day unfolds in my house. My 16-year-old...

Read More →
05. 10. 2010

Lily Dale can be a spooky place

Tweet LILY DALE, N.Y. — I like a good ghost story as much as the next gal, especially this time of year, when even the staunchest disbelievers hope to hear something go bump...

Read More →
26. 09. 2010

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario: The quaint village is a real charmer during autumn

Tweet NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario — Tell someone you’re heading to Niagara, and she’ll probably think of one thing: the fabulous falls straddling the Canadian and U.S. borders that draw more than 20 million visitors...

Read More →
18. 09. 2010

Oktoberfest isn’t just about beer. It’s also about the food

Tweet I appreciate a nice pilsner or dunkel-style dark beer as much as the next frau. My ancestors on my mom’s side hail from the tiny village of Frommern in southern Germany, and...

Read More →
18. 09. 2010

Gretchen McKay’s ‘Cooking with Gretchen’ wins big

Tweet From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: The Post-Gazette’s “Cooking with Gretchen” video series has won a national award in the Association of Food Journalists’ Awards Competition 2010. To see the winning video, click...

Read More →
15. 09. 2010

Ben Avon family turns home over to film crew; Proves to be insane yet exhilarating

Tweet A movie production crew set up shop inside the Ben Avon home of PG reporter Gretchen McKay (center) for the filming of “Riddle,” As someone who writes about homes, I’m usually the...

Read More →
14. 09. 2010

Adventure just around the bend on overnight kayak-canoe trip

Tweet BELLTOWN, Pa. — Every paddler has her moment when the only thing on her mind is placing her water shoes on dry land. For me, it came about five hours into the...

Read More →
14. 09. 2010

Meet the ‘Blonde Elvis’ of Mount Oliver: Tribute artists are alive and well

Tweet Dan Casne makes his living redesigning and rewinding electromagnets used on overhead cranes in steel mills. It’s a technical job, and not a bad-paying one. But his true calling just might be...

Read More →
14. 09. 2010

New River Gorge offers scenic outdoor challenges

Tweet West Virginia’s New River offers some of the best white water in America. On the Lower New, rafters can expect to crash through giant waves but still float through calm sections with...

Read More →
14. 09. 2010

No doggie bags needed: More eateries let you bring in your dog

Tweet For some, it’s proof that the dining scene has, quite literally, gone to the dogs. But to animal lovers such as Dan and Joan Huber of Observatory Hill, eating with your pet...

Read More →
Pages:1234567...19»