What's dishing on the blogs: Thanksgiving ideas

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With Thanksgiving looming, our local bloggers are rounding up their favorite recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Brown Eyed Baker shared a tasty Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Cranberries & Pine Nuts recipe, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is whipped up some "not so boring" Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ put his smoker to good use for these quick and Crispy Roasted Root Vegetables and Red Potatoes, while Katy tossed together a fast Rosemary Garlic Roasted Mushrooms side dish in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. For a light and simple salad, try Sincerely Caroline's Butternut Squash & Toasted Pecan Salad with Goat Cheese.

For something sweet to nibble on, Katy baked adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes with Gingersnap Cookie Crusts and Marshmallow Frosting in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats made traditional Pumpkin Cookies. Want more inspiration? Head over to How Sweet It Is for an impressive list of Thanksgiving recipes!

Finally, on the restaurant scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats dined at California Pizza Kitchen at the Ross Park Mall, the girls from eatPGH tried Kaleidoscope Cafe, whereas Yum Yum explored a couple of restaurants in Ithaca and Geneva, N.Y., including The Crow's Nest and Parkers Grille & Tap House.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pumpkin feast

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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

It's impossible to ignore the pumpkin bonanza around us. Jessica from How Sweet It Is churned an incredible Pumpkin Gelato with Candied Ginger and Dark Chocolate. Haute Pepper Bites prepared a super yummy Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. Yum Yum baked a wonderful Pumpkin Roll, and Culinary Cory showed us how to easy it is to roast a pumpkin.

In other sweet news, Linda from Dinner Plan-it made a quick Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Apple Crisp. Katy went with nutty Chocolate Chip, Pistachio & Sea Salt Cookies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while the Brown Eyed Baker opted for extra-special Chunky Pecan Pie Bars.

For something savory, head over to Dinner Plan-it for a Uber Umami Porcini Pork Chops, try Bill's Caramelized Mushrooms and Onions in a Roasted Garlic Milk Stout Reduction at Three Dogs BBQ, or the mouthwatering Black Bean Butternut Sliders with Chipotle Ketchup at How Sweet It Is.

On the local food scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats lunched at Eat'n Park in Monongahela. Pittsburgh Magazine announced that Taglio Artisan Pizza will open in East Liberty. The girls from eatPGH encouraged us to stop by the third annual Farm to Table Harvest Tasting this Sunday, Nov. 16, whereas Leah from Brazen Kitchen invited us to check out seven more local food events including Organically Social Juice Fest on Nov. 15, the Conflict Kitchen Palestinian Potluck on Nov. 18, and the Cocktail v. Beer event on Nov. 19.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Sweets and fall favorites

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, the menu is laden with sweet treats and fall favorites. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Since we're in the midst of apple season, I baked a wonderful and ridiculously easy Apple Sharlotka at Simply Romanesco. Katy focused on peanut butter and came up with chewy Peanut Butter Chip Crispy Blondies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Jessica from How Sweet It Is was in the mood for chocolate and whipped up a decadent Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bar. The Brown Eyed Baker put a spin on the traditional Pumpkin Pie, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it introduced us to a perfect Millie's Concord Grape Gin & Tonic Float.

On the savory side, Bill grilled some appetizing Flank Steak with a Roasted Garlic Milk Stout Marinade at Three Dogs BBQ. Jessica loaded up on butternut squash for a flavorful Parmesan Crusted Butternut Galette at How Sweet It Is, whereas the Brown Eyed Baker prepared a classic Traditional Bread Stuffing.

On the Pittsburgh restaurant scene, Yum Yum revisited Grit & Grace, the girls from eatPGH dined at Shorty's Lunch, and Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats shared his top 20 restaurants where college students can eat in Pittsburgh including Mineo's Pizza House, Original Hot Dog Shop and Pamela's Diner.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Halloween treats

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have Halloween treats and an assortment of meaty and vegetarian options. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Let's start with dessert! The Brown Eyed Baker made adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting while Katy opted for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting at BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini. And Jessica from How Sweet It Is tried homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Stuffed Caramel Apples.

In terms of vegetarian options, Haute Pepper Bites shared a delectable family recipe of Artichoke Quiche. Jessica from How Sweet It Is assembled a super colorful Thai Brussels Crunch Salad, and Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats prepared a flavorful Vegetarian Sweet Potato Salsa that goes perfectly with chips, fish and poultry.

On the carnivore menu, Bill from Three Dogs BBQ concocted a new Beer and Butter Injected Pork Roast recipe. Linda from Dinner Plan-it shared with us recipes for loaded Spinach & Parm Meatballs and Sausage with Hot Banana Pepper Sauce hoagies, and a comforting Meatballs, Sausage & Shells Quick and Easy Casserole. Katy roasted smoky Maple Dijon Roasted Apples, Potatoes, Sprouts & Sausage in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Yum Yum put together a flaky Havarti Apple Ham Tart.

Lastly, on the restaurant front, Yum Yum dined at Stonecat Cafe in Hector, N.Y., Dan from Pizza Walk with Me talked about pizza culture with the founders of Pizza Brain, and the girls from eatPGH named the five local breweries we need to know before the Beers of the Burgh Winter Warmer including Draai Laag in Millvale, Reclamation Brewing Co. in Butler and Apis Mead in Carnegie.

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What's dishing on the blogs: BBQ ribs

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This week, we have BBQ ribs, soups and stews. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

On the savory front, the Brown Eyed Baker prepared glorious Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. Haute Pepper Bites threw together a colorful Maple Roasted Root Vegetables and Squash dish. Linda from Dinner Plan-it cooked a rich Angry Orchard Beef, Pumpkin & Apple Stew, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is made a super satisfying White Bean Tortellini Soup with Broiled Havarti Toasts.

On the side dish menu, we have Chef Chuck's flavorful Over the Top Scalloped Potatoes at Cooks and Eats, Bill's Fire Roasted Garden Salsa at Three Dogs BBQ, and Culinary Cory's blissful Slow Cooker Applesauce. This last recipe can easily be enjoyed for breakfast or brunch. For something sweet, head over to BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini for 20 devilishly delicious Halloween treats.

On the restaurant scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats reviewed 61 B Cafe in Regent Square, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me paid a visit to Espresso a Mano, the girls from eatPGH dined at Mezzo, while Yum Yum checked out Poppleton Bakery & Cafe in Corning, N.Y.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Good eats

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have simple salads and magic desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

How about we start with dessert. Katy baked smooth and chocolatey Zingerman's Black Magic Brownies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. The Brown Eyed Baker made crunchy Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bread Biscotti. Haute Pepper Bites whipped up her favorite Apple Butter and Linda from Dinner Plan-it introduced us to Millie's Homemade Ice Cream.

On the salad menu, Yum Yum tried this delicious Red Potato & Green Bean Salad, the Sugar Pixie put together a refreshing Greek Salad, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is shared with us this seasonal Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta and Herbs recipe. For something heartier, try the mouthwatering Harvest Apple Chicken Burgers with Spinach & Cranberry Stilton from BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini or Yum Yum's flavorful Chicken Breast Dijon. Good eats.

In other local news, Culinary Cory attended the One Woman Farm dinner in Gibsonia, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats lunched at the Olive Garden in Monroeville, while the girls from eatPGH invited us to check out the new Palestinian menu at Conflict Kitchen in Oakland and the newly reopened Willow restaurant in the North Hills.

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