Hop to it and make your own Easter basket treats

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 whole lot of unhappy campers if the celebration didn’t include a whole lot of peanut butter cups and sugar-coated marshmallow Peeps. Yet who […]

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Cooking up a new kitchen

Old house lovers often find themselves in a quagmire when it comes to a major remodeling job. How do you stay true to the period of your home while also taking advantage of modern conveniences? The question can be particularly vexing when you’re not exactly sure what the room you’re re-doing looked like when it […]

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Roll into spring with . . . spring rolls

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 the change of season by focusing on spring rolls, whose name evokes the fresh, leafy veggies on the horizon.   However you like […]

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‘Pioneer Woman’ brings the frontier to Pittsburgh

  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 of children, she simply thought it might be fun to tell a few stories from the Oklahoma homefront — and as a cowboy […]

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What’s for dinner: Wednesday Night Cream of Potato Soup

  My daughter Olivia is obsessed with three things in life: Harry Potter, anything to do with the Titanic and Eat’n Park’s Cream of Potato Soup … and not necessarily in that order. Every Sunday and Wednesday — Potato!Soup!Day!, as it’s known in Livvy Land — the drumbeat starts about an hour before dinner: “Don’t […]

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Old hospital cabinets play integral role in revamped kitchen

      One-of-a-kind homes often have gathering spaces that turn heads. And indeed, until very recently, Kevin and Alana Kulesa did a double take every time they stepped into the kitchen of the house they bought in Ross 10 years ago. Actually, “winced” might be more like it. Remodeled on the cheap by a […]

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What’s for Dinner: Pat’s (Updated) Pot Roast

Pat’s (Updated) Pot Roast PG tested Culinary historian Michael Twitty hopes to bring a greater awareness of African-American contributions to the development of Southern cuisine during his upcoming “Southern Discomfort Tour” through the Deep South. But the D.C. native also has a deep appreciation for, and love for, the simple comfort foods he grew up […]

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Casting call: Try Spanish mackerel

    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 at the same time, it shouldn’t be too . . . fishy. No wonder, then, that mackerel doesn’t much figure in when people […]

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