Pittsburgh sets record for world’s largest pierogi

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 in the making, the giant dumpling weighed 123 pounds, far exceeding the 110 pounds, 3 ounces needed to establish the record. It was […]

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Pumpkin: One of fall’s favorite flavors

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 of one of fall’s favorite fruits. “You know what’s great about drinking green tea?” a friend recently tweeted. “No one has tried to make it […]

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The pressing business of hard cider

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 his mustachioed face. Time to make cider! Not the sweet and cloudy, kid-friendly variety sold at farm markets and roadside stands, mind you. (Though […]

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Autumn shows its colors at Ricketts Glen State Park

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, woodsy corner of northeastern Pennsylvania. Equally distracted by my growling stomach and the country tunes wailing on my car radio, I’d missed the rustic […]

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