What's dishing on the blogs: Bacon dishes

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have delicious bacon dishes and lovely desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Let's jump straight to the insanely good bacon recipes! Linda from Dinner Plan-it made a decadent appetizer of Bacon Wrapped and Stilton-Stuffed Fresh Black Mission Figs. Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats prepared a rich and super-tasty Bacon, Gouda and Crab Dip. The Brown Eyed Baker served us a Creamy Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Dip recipe. Sam from Haute Pepper Bites shared with us the recipe for comforting Turkey Meatballs Over Parmesan Mash, and Pittsburgh Magazine announced that chef Kevin Costa from Crested Duck will share his cured meats with the rest of the nation. But if you prefer something on the lighter side, try Sincerely Caroline's Potato Taco (Taco de Papa).

On the dessert menu, Katy baked a special French Apple Cake in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, Yum Yum whipped up a very easy Nectarine Upside Down Cake with Salted Caramel, whereas the Sugar Pixie opted for wonderful Pumpkin Muffins, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is wanted Homemade Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers.

And in restaurant news, Yum Yum revisited Mercurio's, the girls from eatPGH reviewed Grit & Grace, while Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats made it to Hog Father's Old Fashioned BBQ in Washington, Pa., and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ paid a visit to the Turkey Hill Brewing Co. in Bloomsburg.

See you back here soon!

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Spaghetti for breakfast

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on . Events

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Spaghetti breakfast?

That's one of Pittsburgh's quirky food traditions, now in its 31st year, started by the late KD broadcaster John Cigna.

The NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Spaghetti Breakfast will be served from 5 to 9 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 19, at the Heinz Hall Garden Plaza at Sixth and Liberty, Downtown.

KD's Larry Richert and John Shumway will be broadcasting the morning news, which will be leavened with entertainment, including Jimmy Sapienza and his band. Other KD personalities and local celebrities will be serving the public free plates of penne pasta, sausage and bread.
 
If that doesn't sound like breakfast fare, Mr. Shumway points out that plenty of people take it back to their offices and have it for lunch.
 
And its not only hungry Downtowners who benefit. The Little Sisters of the Poor will be collecting donations of canned food and cash at the breakfast. They'll also get the proceeds of an auction of three prints by South Side artist Johno -- Johno Prascak -- including the lovely "Tomatoes," a copy of which graces the Post-Gazette food room. 09172014tomatoes
 
You can read more about the breakfast and its sponsors here.

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A Prince of Porc Pig-Out

Written by Melissa McCart on . Events

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Last night Justin Severino of Cure hosted a Cure'ated dinner at his Lawrenceville restaurant, part of a series that incorporates the cooking of guest chefs from around the country.

Washington, D.C., chefs, Scott Drewno of Wolfgang Puck's The Source and Top Chef season 6 contestant Mike Isabella of the Italian-inspired Graffiato and the Greek-inspired Kapnos, displayed their cooking styles and humor throughout the night.

The James Beard-nominated chefs have both competed and won the D.C. title, "Prince of Porc," for Cochon 555, a ten-city tour that's a pimped out pig roast competition in which chefs show their skills through a multitude of dishes and wild thematic displays.

Their titles inspired Mr. Severino, with his pig-centric focus, to invite them to cook at his restaurant. Mr. Isabella invited Mr. Severino to cook in his Graffiato kitchen last year. 

The course above is a crispy pig ear from Mr. Isabella, with green tomatoes, pickled eggs and kale in a burnt-honey vinaigrette. 

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Bartender Colin Anderson's drink called The Brazil, with dry sherry, dry vermouth, absinthe and angostura was served with Mr. Severino's salumi board, below.

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The salumi course was served alongside Mr. Severino's baked Wellfleet, with nduja, giardiniera and pecorino Romano, below. 

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After the pig ear course, Mr. Drewno served a series of dumplings, one of many dishes that have earned him acclaim, paired with a Hitachino White Ale.

The first was a seared pork dumpling abd the second set was filled with pork and shrimp siu mai and "strange flavor eggplant," pictured. The third dumpling was a purse of boiled pork and crab wantons with a chili-shallot sauce.

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Dumplings were followed by a char siu pork bao, paired with a 2011 Trimbach Gewurtztraminer. Here's my before plate.
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A formidable pork crepinette from Mike Isabella was served as the savory finish, with sunchoke puree, grilled escarole and mostarda and a 2011 Domaine du Pas Saint Martin La Pierre Frite. 

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Dessert was a decadent, shared number, a prune and maple-braised bacon tart with bourbon paw-paw custard, paired with NV Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Boston Bual, a memorable Madiera. 

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What's dishing on the blogs: Burger competition

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have local food events and tasty recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

September is packed with food events! On Sept. 13, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats invites us to The Pittsburgher, the annual gourmet burger competition and music festival. Pittsburgh Magazine informed us of the garden-to-table dinner inside the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Sept. 21. And the girls from eatPGH are giving away a pair of tickets to the A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh, the annual fundraiser for Grow Pittsburgh, which will take place on Sept. 21 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

On the homemade menu, Katy transitioned from summer to fall with this Cheesy Mushroom Tomato Chicken in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ shared his recipe for Stuffed Biscuit Fattie, a great dish during football season. Linda from Dinner Plan-it fancied this Fresh Corn, Potato, Tomato, Jalapeno and Bacon Chowder, while Jessica from How Sweet It Is also mixed fresh corn in her Lobster Bisque Pot Pies. And if you're hungry for more seafood, try Yum Yum's Crab Salad Stuffed Zucchini Boats. For something sweet, head over to Cooks and Eats for some nutty Candied Chocolate Bark, or to the Brown Eyed Baker for some fantastic Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

On the restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh dined at The Oven Pizza Co. in Wexford and Yum Yum stopped by Downey's House in Robinson. In honor of National Cheese Pizza Day, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me listed the cheese pizzas he's eaten in the past few months, while the girls from eatPGH explored more Cleveland restaurants.

See you here next week!

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Russian restaurant, Diyor Cafe, now open Downtown

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

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Diyor Cafe & Lounge (14 Smithfield Street) opened Downtown last month, a Russian restaurant with an interesting bar and tapestry-covered tables and walls. It's owned by Oybek Babajanov who started Diyor Pizza that had been in the Parkway Center Mall, now closed.

He's one of three cooks who offer plov ($9), samsa pastries ($2.75 each), manti ($7.99), and delicious khonim ($9) among other dishes. 

Here's the menu and the interior, below. 

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Bea's Taco Town now open Downtown

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

beastacosBea's Taco Town opened on 633 Smithfield on Monday, the little taqueria from the owner who had briefly set up shop last year on the South Side near the Birmingham Bridge.

Bea Martinez mans the cash register as the line files out the door for a super inexpensive pair of tacos ($2.50), dorados (also called taquitos or flautas for $7.50), burritos ($7.50-$8.50), enchiladas ($9-$12), quesadillas ($7.50) and sides such as rice and beans, chips and guacamole. 

Don't set your heart on the beef and chicken on the chalkboard menu overhead, since additional meats are listed at the register. Though seats are available, perhaps on afternoons such as this one it's preferable to order take-out and head over to Mellon Square Park a block away.

Bea's is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Vegetarian tacos. Melissa McCart photo. 

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