The off-season is the perfect time to visit NC’s Outer Banks

MANTEO, N.C. — So maybe it wasn’t the nicest message I ever sent my son. Especially since the whole point of our off-season beach getaway was to leave our many worries behind in Pittsburgh, and simply chill. “Just in case: Dad and I are about to go up in an airplane,” I texted him, attaching […]

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Pittsburgh olive oil company’s roots reach all the way to Greece

Like many in Pittsburgh’s Greek community, Panayiotis Liokareas grew up eating and cooking with extra-virgin olive oil, both at home and on summer visits to his paternal grandfather’s sun-baked olive groves in Kalamata, Greece. Known for its exceptional taste and healthful dietary fat, EVOO is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet. A flavor booster in […]

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Corn has been the Shenot family’s star crop for more than 150 years

These days, when it’s tougher than ever to make a living off the land, Shenot Farm and Market is flourishing. The Shenots have growing fruits and vegetables on the same 100-plus hilly acres in Marshall for more than 150 years, ever since Christopher Scheno and his wife, Margreta, emigrated from Alsace-Lorraine in France with their […]

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The tasty but often overlooked food of Sri Lanka

Mary Anne Mohanraj missed a lot of things when she went off to college, but the thing she was most homesick for was her mother’s cooking. When her parents immigrated to Connecticut from Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1973, they brought with them their fiery curries, coconut sambols and countless rice dishes. Many of the recipes […]

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Tangled up in blue (berries)

  It’s July. Surely there are blueberries on your kitchen counter or inside your fridge just waiting to be turned into something fantastic. Summer’s favorite fruit is available in spades this time of year. And whether we’re tickling them off bushes in our backyards or piling them into our shopping cart or basket at the […]

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Make the most of basil, summer’s favorite herb

The garden gods have been good to me so far this summer, even if the weather has been something of a nightmare for those of us without central air. Despite a long string of 90-degree days and not enough rain, my basil is thriving. Thanks to soft and tasty leaves at the ready, pesto is […]

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Dreams of a dreamer

Gisele Fetterman helps her son August, 4, get ready for school at their home in Braddock. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette) The line of new and expectant mothers stretched a half block down Braddock Avenue by the time Gisele Fetterman opened the doors of a former-pharmacy-turned-business-incubator at 5 p.m. and welcomed in the smiling faces. Inside was a […]

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Wedding soup is a marriage made in heaven

LOWELLVILLE, Ohio — Nancy Grapevine and her sister, Marilee Pilkington, have been making their mother’s wedding soup for longer than they can remember. Like any self-respecting Italian cooks, they think it’s the best. Award-winning, even, which is why on a recent Saturday, they braved a wicked winter blast that dumped several inches of snow on […]

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Superior Motors demonstrates “Braddock is a destination”

On what some thought would be the one-year anniversary of its failing, Superior Motors in Braddock is humming along on all cylinders. Even before the 80-seat restaurant across the street from Edgar Thomson Works celebrated its first birthday on July 15, it was named one of the best new restaurants of 2018 in the country by Food […]

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

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 dough in front of him. With the delicate yet precise hand of an artist, he paints the loaf’s bumpy surface until the entire […]

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