Crazy about pumpkin

  Is it just me, or is pumpkin taking over? I was fine with seasonal pumpkin products such as pumpkin bread and pumpkin roll. But these days, you can find its distinctive autumnal flavor in just about everything from drinks to granola bars to pasta to ice cream, and the orange tide keeps rising. Even […]

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“Eat & Run”: Scott Jurek is one ultra-amazing vegan athlete

  Endurance athlete Scott Jurek has run, and won, some of the world’s longest and most physically demanding races, including the Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon through Death Valley, where the temperature can slide past 120 degrees even in the shade; the Spartathlon, a 153-mile foot race that traces Greek messenger Pheidippides’ historic run in 490 B.C. […]

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Quinoa: A high-octane fuel for hungry runners

      This time of year when so many are obsessing about eating less in an effort to fit into warm-weather shorts and bathing suits, it’s all I can do┬ánot to think about food and how much of it I can possibly stuff in my mouth. Spring ushers in the start of racing season […]

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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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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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This is Pittsburgh Food: Wholey’s Fish

For most Pittsburghers, some things are as sure as the sun rising each morning. You root for the Steelers. You don’t, unless you absolutely have to, cross rivers. And you buy your seafood at Wholey’s in the Strip District. It’s impossible to think about fish in this city without also thinking about Robert Wholey Co., […]

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Chilling out at Quebec’s Hotel de Glace: a night on ice

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec — I’m not going to lie. My husband thought I was nuts when I suggested spending my January birthday at Hotel de Glace here in Canada. Our winter getaways typically are spent someplace warm, preferably with a sandy beach, always with a pool or waterfront bar that serves fruity cocktails garnished with […]

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This is Pittsburgh Food: Sopressata

The mercury has dipped to 18 degrees when Leon Panella pads into his garage in Prospect, Butler County, at about 8 a.m. on a recent, snowy Saturday. Still, he smiles. In an hour or so, things will warm up as close to two dozen male helpers — friends, friends of friends, Duquesne University fraternity brothers […]

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