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Life is Sweet can brighten up many a dark, dull day

By Rachel Weaver
A new bakery is making life a little sweeter in the South Hills. Life is Sweet, on Bower Hill Road in Mt. Lebanon, has been ...

Culinary Corner: Nothing kicks off a day like fresh pancakes

By David Kelly
The flavors and colors of autumn — and believe it or not, it is still autumn —are abundant in this breakfast favorite. The fluffy pancakes are topped with a sweet apple-cider syrup. The syrup will take a little bit ...

A la carte: Turkey rescue and tips

By Tribune-Review
Turkey rescue and tips At Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, help is just a click or phone call away. Here are hotline numbers and websites to help get your bird on the table: • butterball.com or 800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372) • ...

An easy way to have fresh cookies any time

By The Associated Press
Want to get a jump on your holiday cookies? These easy refrigerator cookies can be prepped ahead, then refrigerated for several days or frozen for ...

Leftovers feed excitement at Franktuary’s brunch

By Staff and Wire Reports
Those lucky diners who joined Franktaury’s Sunday brunch crowd were treated to creative Thanksgiving-theme dishes. The Lawrenceville restaurant offered exciting ways with Turkey Day leftovers, ...

Cooler weather sometimes improves winter greens

By Emily Horton
We take salads for granted, as cooks and as eaters. We undervalue them for their potential for sustenance and satiation, but also for the care they require in the making, a trend, no doubt, encouraged by our dependence on ...

Add surprise flavors to Thanksgiving turkey

By Wire Reports
Barbecue-Spiced Turkey It occurred to us recently that many of the same flavors we crave on grilled meats during the summer also would be superb ...

Asian-flavored marinade flavors roasted turkey breast

By Tribune-Review
Sometimes I need a Seriously Simple recipe solution during the busy holiday season. This is my answer. Roasting a boneless turkey breast solves the problem of stuffing and carving a whole bird. Those who love stuffing can make their favorite ...

Roasted almonds are a quick, simple snack

By Andrea Bemis
Quick and simple snacks that are portable, taste great with ice cold beer, and can be made in a flash are the best kind. These ...

First Draft: Leave the wine corked and serve beer for Thanksgiving

By Chris Fleisher
Next Thursday will present no shortage of culinary decisions, not the least of which will be what to drink. Don’t limit your choices to wine. A lot of people believe it to be the only elegant choice for special occasions. ...

Pittsburgh chef’s skills face test at Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup

By Rachel Weaver
A Pittsburgh chef is taking his skills abroad to represent his home nation in a competition for international glory. Chef Shawn Culp of Bridgeville, the new ...

KitchenWise: Make better mashed potatoes with a small change

By The Associated Press
I’ve made mountains of mashed potatoes in my little life, faithfully adhering to the method I was taught in cooking school. And I’ve always been ...

Dinner in Minutes: Buffalo Cheeseburgers with Mixed Salad

By Linda Gassenheimer
Ground buffalo (also called ground bison) adds a new dimension to this all-American cheeseburger. Buffalo meat is very low in saturated fat and has a wonderful flavor. It can be found in many supermarkets fresh or frozen and is worth ...

Turkey might be the star, but the supporting cast makes the meal

By The Associated Press
Thanksgiving dinner is a balancing act of demanded family favorites, required desserts — and a few new dishes to keep it interesting. Everyone loves the turkey and its aromatic scent swirling through the house. But let’s face it: The star ...

Best beer to Bier: North Side man’s porter tops at competition

By Chris Togneri
The winner’s last name, fittingly enough, was Bier — pronounced “beer.” “I hoped I’d win, but I didn’t expect to,” said Jake Bier, 26, of the ...

Thanksgiving baking covers sweet, savory sides and desserts

By The Associated Press
In our search for the creamiest possible pumpkin pie, we decided to take our inspiration from the ultimate of creamy pies: cheesecake. We love ...

Tomatillos add citrusy, sweet flavor to Mexican dishes

By Mario Batali
Well into autumn, hearty greens are still coming from the ground, and tomatillos are a season-finishing ingredient you should be cooking with. Also called “tomate ...

Frittata is ideal holiday breakfast

By Tribune-Review
On a recent visit to La Playa by the Sea in Carmel, Calif., I enjoyed this breakfast treat. The hotel, once a family mansion, has ...

Kelly: Tips to dress up your Thanksgiving table

By David Kelly
Before you know it, the happy holiday season will be upon us. Alhough there is plenty of time for all the planning and preparation, the shopping part has started before the pumpkins and candies have been cleared from the shelves. Here are ...

Harvest Tasting moves to the Strip to showcase Market Kitchen

By Candy Williams
The third annual Farm to Table Harvest Tasting on Nov. 16 celebrates not only locally grown food, but the opening of a new commercial kitchen ...