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First Draft: There’s no time to spare when selecting brew method

By Chris Fleisher and Chris Togneri
To homebrew or not to homebrew? That is not the question. Obviously, you should brew your own beer. It’s affordable. It’s fun. It’s delicious. But ...

Pasta sauce of Castle Shannon’s Carbonara brothers captures Italy in jar

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
The jar holds more than pasta sauce. When you pop open the top, you have a little bit of Italy to make your dinner authentic. ...

Grand Concourse gingerbread village replicates Pittsburgh landmarks

By Kellie B. Gormly
Pittsburgh’s Grand Concourse restaurant has built a miniature model of Station Square, the North Shore and the Golden Triangle, all in gingerbread and other edibles. The ...

KitchenWise: Cooking low and slow keeps a rib roast rare

By The Associated Press
Here’s my holiday conundrum, and I bet you can relate: I am in charge of this year’s holiday meal, which will feature a big standing ...

Palm-size hot pockets satisfy appetites

By Bonnie S. Benwick
Anytime there are palm-size pies to be shared — sweet or savory — we’re in. We found fun options in the new “Pocket Pies: Mini Empanadas, Pasties, Turnovers and More,” by Australian test-kitchen expert Pamela Clark (Sterling; $18.95). What we ...

Make better latkes with a quick boiling water bath

By Melissa D'arabian
With the coming of Hanukkah, I was inspired to make smoky sweet potato latkes, which balance the sugar of the sweet potatoes with earthy cumin and smoked paprika. They are delicious and crispy and perfect accompanied by unsweetened applesauce and ...

Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish

By Alison Ladman
If you’re looking for some cold weather comfort food, you might want to consider the knish. Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine — a baked (though sometimes fried) ...

A la carte: Food Huggers lets you save your cut produce, extend life

By Tribune-Review
Food Huggers are silicone covers that can prolong the life of your produce by providing a seal around unused portions. This new food gadget simply slips onto the unused portions of your fruits and veggies like half a lemon or lime, avocados, bell ...

Batali cookbook celebrates healthy home cooking

By Candy Williams
If celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali’s Christmas dinner is anything like his Thanksgiving feast at home in northern Michigan, it’s going to be a ...

Dinner in Minutes: Apple Butter, Cider Vinegar provide zip to pork

By Linda Gassenheimer
Using apple butter to flavor succulent pork chops provides a variation on a down-home favorite. Quick barley and lima beans make a crunchy and unusual ...

Potato pancakes not just for Hanukkah

By Tribune-Review
Potato pancakes are the signature dish for Hanukkah because they are fried in oil. Dishes fried in oil represent the miracle of Hanukkah. The story ...

An idiosyncratic gift guide for the food- and drink-obsessed

By Ann Haigh
Inventive ideas churn up amazing, food-related items on this year’s holiday wish lists. If you imagine it, it can be yours. If you can’t ...

Roasted lamb an ideal dish when welcoming holiday guests

By David Kelly
It’s December, and we are on a “Countdown to Christmas.” Holidays are about anticipation, high spirits and good cheer, and, of course, great food. Roasted Stuffed Lamb (serves six to eight) Boneless leg (or shoulder) of lamb, about 4 ...

Ross family bakes more than 7,000 treats for distribution during holidays

By Kellie B. Gormly
For much of two weeks, Janet and Martin Ramaeckers and their culinary crew of family members have been rolling out of bed around 6 a.m. ...

Favorite candy bars inspire cookies

By Alison Adman
Classic cookies are a welcome and expected part of every holiday cookie tray. But, sometimes, we like to mix it up with a few new recipes. Here are some special treats that have their origins in familiar candy bars. Alison ...

KitchenWise: Once-a-year eggnog must be made with the best ingredients

By The Associated Press
Eggnog is a funny thing. We crave it for one month a year, then never think about it again. And when we do crave ...

Dinner in Minutes: Chicken piccata recipe requires little prep time

By Linda Gassenheimer
Here is a quick version of an Italian classic, chicken with a white wine, lemon and caper sauce. Wine columnist Fred Tasker’s suggestion is a ...

Sweet smell of gingerbread fills Oakmont Carnegie Library

By Pamela Murphy
It’s beginning to look (and smell) a lot like Christmas at the Oakmont Carnegie Library. The library is holding its first gingerbread-house contest. Entries have been ...

Cooking Class: Mezzo in the middle — Pittsburgh eatery finds way to stand out

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
After Sienna Sulla Piazza opened in Market Square in 2012, its owners wanted to build a rooftop bar there, but they found the project was ...

1 pork tenderloin, 3 fresh ways to serve it

By Alison Ladman
The holidays are stressful enough, never mind if you feel the need to reinvent your dinner repertoire every time someone new pops over. But, at the same time, December is going to be an awful long month if you resort ...