Tasty ways to enjoy the winter squashes of autumn

If it’s October, surely there’s a pumpkin in your future. Piled high in giant cardboard boxes at grocery stores or stacked beside the peppers and potatoes at the farmers market, these thick-skinned, bright-orange winter squashes are ripe for the picking, in several shapes and sizes. So many will never make it onto a dinner table. […]

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3 cheers for leftover brisket!

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is almost upon us. Celebrating the holiday with family and friends probably means a few sure things when it comes to dinner. There will be sweet foods like apples dipped in honey and honey cake to ensure a sweet and happy new year. The supper table also will feature pomegranates, […]

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Ice cream desserts worth screaming about

Summer ushers in many wonderful flavors and textures. Plump, juicy berries. Farm-fresh corn that’s sweet and tender. Fat and wonderfully misshapen heirloom tomatoes that can be eaten right off the vine. And perhaps the most enjoyable of all, cool and creamy ice cream. So beloved is this frozen mixture of milk, cream and sugar that […]

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

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 growing up in Columbia, Mo. Gathering around a table with family to savor a simple stir-fry or plate of chicken-stuffed wontons ( which she […]

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Fueling a football team, the Steelers way

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 mulling its many menu choices, which features a cornucopia of lean meats and fish, garden-fresh vegetables, orb after orb of plump seasonal fruit. […]

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