What's dishing on the blogs: Burger competition

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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.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Summer favorites

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This week, we're firing up the grill and enjoying the summer fruit bonanza. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Sam from Haute Pepper Bites grilled locally-sourced Little Italy Burgers. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ put his grill and smoker to good use and prepared Fire Roasted and Smoker Roasted Peppers, while the Sugar Pixie opted for Grilled Vegetable Skewers. And at Cooks and Eats, Chef Chuck shared his Rib Rub recipe that is perfect for either grilling or baking.

Although summer is on its last gasp, the markets are still flooded with colorful fruits! Yum Yum replaced the classic caprese salad with a stunning Peach, Burrata and Tarragon version. Jessica from How Sweet It Is also incorporated stone fruits in her fantastic Vanilla Yeasted Waffles with Roasted Peach Maple Syrup and this easy Black Plum Tarts with Brown Butter and Sea Salt. Katy went for berries and baked flavorful and Healthier Lemon & Wild Blueberry Muffins in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. And at Simply Romanesco, I made a tender and citrusy Lemon Cake with Berries and Pistachios.

Since zucchini are so popular these days, the Brown Eyed Baker whipped up a loaf of Spiced Zucchini Bread with Walnuts and Dried Cranberries. For a refreshing drink, try the Orange Carrot Ginger & Turmeric Juice from Sincerely Caroline or the One Sweet, Hot B*tch, a grown-up cocktail from Dinner Plan-it.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Sandwiches and pizza

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This week, we have layered sandwiches and homemade pizza. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Culinary Cory assembled a tasty Petite Baguette with Prosciutto, Butter and Pickles just like the one at La Gourmandine Bakery in Lawrenceville, whereas Jessica from How Sweet It Is threw together crazy-good Roasted Chipotle Chicken Taco Stacks. And since a good sandwich needs great bread, the Brown Eyed Baker baked a light Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread.

On the pizza menu, Katy made gooey and green Chicken Sausage & Broccoli Pizzas in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Bill from Three Dogs BBQ shared a simple yet delicious Reuben Style Pizza recipe. For a different kind of pizza, try Yum Yum's tomato-y Tomato-Fontina Torte with Rosemary Crust or Jessica's vibrant Beet, Goat Cheese and Honey Tarts at How Sweet It Is. And since it's still summer, salads are mandatory, such as the Bacon and Green Bean Salad from Haute Pepper Bites or the Warm Cabbage & Kale Salad with Savory Mushrooms from Sincerely Caroline.

On the restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh reviewed La Palapa, their last stop during Restaurant Week; Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats visited Pasqualino's Italian Eatery in Murrysville; Yum Yum dined at Toast Kitchen & Wine Bar; and the girls from eatPGH ate their way through Cleveland.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Tomatoes and zucchini

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This week, we have an abundant display of tomato and zucchini concoctions. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Tomatoes are at their peak and they show up in a myriad of dishes! At Cooks and Eats, Chef Chuck turned the sweet tomatoes from his garden into Fresh Garden Tomato Salsa, and then paired tomatoes with bacon and lettuce for a crowd pleaser Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Chicken Salad. Yum Yum prepared a refreshing Tomato & Mint Salad, while Jessica from How Sweet It Is opted for heirloom tomatoes in her gorgeous Salt and Pepper Heirloom Tart with Whipped Feta. And for something more filling try Sugar Pixie's BLT Sandwich.

On the zucchini front, Leah from Brazen Kitchen made a colorful Peach, Zucchini and Tomato Salad in a Basil Vinaigrette. Katy whipped up a delicious Summer Squash & Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, whereas Culinary Cory used zucchini to bake a Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread.

For other sweet and seasonal recipes, head over to the Brown Eyed Baker for a summery Overnight Chilled Plum-Oatmeal Pudding, to Dinner Plan-it for a gluten-free version of Chocolate Candied Orange Cannoli Jars with Drunken Cherries, or to Haute Pepper Bites for Easy Peasy Ice Cream Sandwiches.

In restaurant related news, D&T: in the burgh stopped at Grit & Grace during Restaurant Week, the girls from eatPGH dined at Savoy, and Three Dogs BBQ competed in the Hudson Valley Ribfest 2014 in New Paltz, N.Y.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Restaurants and greens

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This week, we have restaurant reviews and summer greens. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

I'll jump straight to the restaurant scene where D&T: in the burgh tried the sandwiches at the Thin Man Sandwich Shop in the Strip District; Yum Yum dined at the Double Wide Grill in the South Side; the girls from eatPGH ate their way through Philly's restaurants; and at Simply Romanesco I reviewed Tableau, my favorite brunch spot at Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

On the green menu, Chef Chuck whipped up a proper Arugula Pesto at Cooks and Eats. The Brown Eyed Baker shared a deliciously Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing Recipe. Bill served flavorful Prosciutto, Peas, and Parmesan at Three Dogs BBQ. Jessica from How Sweet It Is came up with super simple Cheesy Summer Stuffed Poblanos, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it prepared wonderful Triple Dilled Potato Salad.

If you're in the mood for muffins, we have two excellent and very different choices: spicy and cheesy Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins that Katy baked in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and sweet and chocolaty Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins from Sincerely Caroline. For another tasty baked concoction, head over to Haute Pepper Bites for some French Onion Tarts.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pizza competition

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This week, we have pizza competitions and summer corn. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Dan from Pizza Walk with Me reported on The Return to Pizza Dojo, a thrilling pizza competition between Pizza Boat and Bread + Salt. However, if you want to make your own pizza at home, try the wonderful Sweet Corn, Zucchini and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza from How Sweet It Is. Katy also included corn in her cooking and prepared fantastic Old Bay Summer Corn & Zucchini Chili in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it whipped up delightful Sweet Savory Triple Corn and Sage Sausage Waffles. Take advantage of the fresh and sweet summer corn!

On the sweet menu, Sincerely Caroline baked dairy-, gluten- and grain-free Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping, the Brown Eyed Baker threw together a summery No-Bake Peanut Butter Lover's Pie, and the Sugar Pixie churned creamy and Easy Chocolate Ice Cream.

In other news, the girls from eatPGH ventured out to La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen in South Side; Yum Yum explored the food at Altius on Mt. Washington; D&T: in the burgh paid a visit to Cafe des Amis in Sewickley; Bill from Three Dogs BBQ showed up at the All American BBQ Festival in Pittsfield, Pa.; and Pittsburgh Magazine invited us to take part in molecular gastronomy events at Notion restaurant on Tuesday nights.

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