Gretchen McKay

Super Bowl victors: Cajun appetizers

  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, which is a total drag, because the official Super Bowl XLVII menu sounds pretty darn awesome. New Orleans cuisine is steeped in the […]

Emsworth gets a place to have breakfast

  Unlike many who dive headfirst into the restaurant biz with a place of their own, Kevin Wisniewski is not a professional cook. That’s not to say that the Emsworth native doesn’t know his way around a commercial kitchen, especially when it comes to breakfast. Having worked as a morning cook for a chain of […]

America’s classic combo: Grilled cheese and tomato soup

  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 spoonful and you’re instantly transported back to a time when Mom tucked you in at night, Saturday morning meant the couch and cartoons, […]

Biscotti: A friend’s tradition kept alive

  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 flutes of Champagne and pots to bang on, something sweet. For me, deciding what to make is easy. A few years ago, my […]

On the road with the Steelers: Dallas

Dallas has long been the No. 1 visitor destination in Texas, and for good reason. Not only is it a mecca for sports — it’s home to five professional sports teams, including the Cowboys, who take on the Steelers Dec. 16 — but the country’s ninth-largest city also is pretty serious about shopping. It gave […]

Braddock mayor turns rehabbed warehouse into home

  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 a crowd. Nor is he afraid of a challenge. When he was elected by a single vote in 2005, this steel town lay […]

A tiny bites Thanksgiving, Part 2

  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 work. Not to mention a timing nightmare for cooks with small ovens or ambitious menus that make it difficult to get 10 different […]

A tiny bites Thanksgiving, Part 1

  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, there’s barely time to swallow a single cup of coffee before starting the slow and steady work of preparing the expected smorgasbord of […]

On the road with the Steelers: Denver

  When the Steelers kick off their season next Sunday against Denver, there won’t just be Broncos fans filling seats in Sports Authority Field at Mile High. They’ll also be littered with Pittsburgh fans, waving a sea of Terrible Towels. Such is the power of Steelers Nation, among the most-traveled fan bases in the NFL. […]

On the road with the Steelers: Oakland, Calif.

  When it comes to Northern California’s Bay Area, San Francisco understandably gets all the glory. While it’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, it is notoriously expensive. So for fans who will be following the Steelers there for next Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders, we’re offering an alternative: the city of […]

On the road with the Steelers: Cincinnati

  CINCINNATI — This Ohio city is famous for many things, not the least its long and illustrative brewing history — waves of lager-loving Germans settled here in the mid-1800s, and by 1890, the city was the third-largest beer producer in the country — and the cinnamon-spiked chili served any of five ways that wears […]

On the road with the Steelers: New York

  The Steelers don’t take on the New York Giants until late afternoon next Sunday. Theoretically, then, you could jump in your car at the crack of dawn on game day and get to MetLife Stadium with plenty of time to tailgate before kickoff at 4:25 p.m. But that’s missing the point. One of the […]