What's dishing on the blogs: Bread and pizza

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This week, we uncovered the best bread in Pittsburgh and ate pizza for breakfast. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

On the local restaurant scene, Pittsburgh Magazine found the Best Baguette in Pittsburgh at Five Points Artisan Bakeshop in Squirrel Hill; Good Food Pittsburgh announced that Habitat introduced the new winter dessert menu; the girls from eatPGH paid a visit to Stagioni; and Dan from Pizza Walk with Me ventured out to Slice on Broadway.

On the local food menu, Leah from Brazen Kitchen improvised a Pizza Stuffed French Toast for breakfast. Jessica from How Sweet It Is opted for a ridiculous Marinated Kale and Whipped Ricotta Pizza. The Brown Eyed Baker taught us how to make Homemade Flour Tortillas. Haute Pepper Bites whipped up a killer Three Bean Chili and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ found a recipe for German Smoked Goose Breast. Yum Yum tried her hand at Pastitsio, Linda from Dinner Plan-it experimented with tasty Gypsy Kielbasa Unstuffed Cabbage, while Kathy from Chew Me! prepared a simple Thai Chicken Rice.

For some dessert, head over to How Sweet It Is and try this crazy good Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Marshmallow Frosting and Bananas, or to the Brown Eyed Baker for her favorite Better Than "Anything" Cake.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Haute Pepper Bites and comfort food

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This week, we have lots of tasty comfort food, but first I'd like to introduce you all to one of our blogger buddies – Samantha Hartzman from Haute Pepper Bites. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Sam Hartzman is the voice behind Haute Pepper Bites, a delicious local blog that is "the result of many years spent obsessing about food, food shows, and food related causes." The blog also came to life "in honor of my family since everything I know about food quite literally comes from watching them and being too much of a busybody to stay out of the kitchen."

In the pages of Haute Pepper Bites you'll find delectable dishes from Potato Keftedes to
Stir-Fry and Egg Rolls, as well as a heap of family favorites from her grandmother's recipe box that includes a wonderful Lemon Cloud Pie, a boozy Irish Coffee Pie, a lovely Pineapple "Brickle" Cake, sweet Cranberry, Coconut, Oatmeal Crunch Cookies, a mean Chicken Florentine Casserole, rich Bacon, Bleu Cheesed Brussels, and many, many more. So, head over to Haute Pepper Bites and start cooking!

In other food news, Jessica from How Sweet It Is was craving insanely good Slow Cooker Short Rib Sauce with Bucatini. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ made hearty Bock BBQ Sauce with Pulled Beef and Broccoli Slaw. Yum Yum went with a sides dish of Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes. Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats introduced us to the beautiful delicacy of caviar. Katy shared the readers' picks of top 10 recipes of 2014 in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Leah from Brazen Kitchen showed us how to boost our breakfast repertoire. If you're longing for a sweet breakfast, try Brown Eyed Baker's fluffy and moist Banana Muffins.

On the restaurant front, Yum Yum reviewed Picnic Cafe in Dahlonega, Ga., Pittsburgh Magazine informed us that Pittsburgh Chefs Share Secrets for Perfect Soup, and Good Food Pittsburgh dished about the new menu at Soba.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Sinful and sophisticated

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This week, we're welcoming the new year with a sinful display of sweet treats and sophisticated dishes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco, I baked beautiful Sugar Snails to comemorate twenty five years since the tumultous Romanian Revolution. Katy made cute Five-Ingredient Chocolate Graham Cracker Toffee cookies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Sugar Pixie whipped up an Easy Vanilla Buttercream Cake to celebrate a special birthday. Jessica shared a yummy and Embarrassingly Easy Chocolate Covered Grape Skewers recipe at How Sweet It Is, while the Brown Eyed Baker opted for Chewy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

The savory menu also includes a mouthwatering selection! Culinary Cory put together a simple yet tasty Pear Salad with Chopped Candied Dates and Crumbled Blue Cheese. Haute Pepper Bites went for perfectly Spicy Asian Wings. Jessica from How Sweet It Is indulged in fun Chili Garlic Chicken Skewers with Yogurt Sauce. The Brown Eyed Baker enjoyed a comforting Slow Cooker Whole Roasted Chicken. Yum Yum prepared ridiculously delicious Braised Lamb Shanks with Olives, Lemon, and Tomatoes. And Bill from Three Dogs BBQ showed us how to properly cook goose. To wash it all down, try Linda's Figgy Old Fashioned at Dinner Plan-it.

On the Pittsburgh restaurant scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats paid a visit to Nola; the girls from eatPGH checked out Noodlehead; Good Food Pittsburgh announced that Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company added chocolate-covered jalapenos to their menu, whereas Pittsburgh Magazine proclaimed that starting in April, Bar Marco is eliminating the standard tipping practice at the end of the meal.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Cocktails and cookies

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This week, we have Pittsburgh's best foods, drinks and holiday cookies. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

On the local restaurant scene, Good Food Pittsburgh listed their 7 Best Holiday Cocktails in the 'Burgh; the girls from eatPGH cited the best things they ate this year in and around Pittsburgh; Yum Yum revisited BRGR; while Pittsburgh Magazine announced the partnership between a local couple and farmer to bring pasture-raised lamb and pork to the Pittsburgh Public Market.

On the holiday dessert table, Jessica from How Sweet It Is baked a killer Sweet Orange Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread, whereas Sugar Pixie made the fabulous Stollen – German Christmas Bread. And Yum Yum whipped up a flaky and filling Apple Pie. Haute Pepper Bites focused on her favorite Eggnog Snickerdoodles with Ginger Snap Sugar, and Brown Eyed Baker opted for adorable Turtle Candies.

Lastly, on the savory spectrum, Katy shared her favorite food-centric ways to get together with the ones she loves in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ cooked Spatchcocked Pheasant with a Seasoned Butter Injection.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pizza and soup

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This week, we have homemade pizza and a great spread of winter soups. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is came up with a fantastic Meat Lovers Pizza and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ chose a Wood Fired Sweet Sausage and Broccoli Pizza. Also on the savory side, Culinary Cory prepared a filling Classic Lasagna, whereas Yum Yum whipped up simple and tasty Cucumber Crab Appetizers.

Katy showed us how to make the easiest Homemade Slow Cooker Turkey Stock in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Bill from Three Dogs BBQ went with a Smoked Marrow Bone Beef Broth version. On a similar note, Linda from Dinner Plan-it shared her flavorful Saged Potato Dumpling Turkey Vegetable Soup recipe, and Sam from Haute Pepper Bites put her money on this Creamy Spicy Sausage & Tortellini Soup.

For a sweet fix, try Sugar Pixie's gorgeous Vanilla Bundt Cake with Vanilla Buttercream, Sincerely Caroline's Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes, the boozy Pumpkin-Ginger Bread Pudding from Haute Pepper Bites, or Brown Eyed Baker's cute Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

On the restaurant front, Yum Yum checked out Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie; the girls from eatPGH visited Clifford's Restaurant; Pittsburgh Magazine stopped by Carmella's Plates and Pints; and Good Food Pittsburgh announced the new winter menu at Wild Rosemary.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Holiday desserts

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With the holidays upon us, we're baking our way through the season's most delicious desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco, I discovered this brilliant Pumpkin Tiramisu, a seasonal spin on the iconic coffee-flavored Italian dessert. Haute Pepper Bites baked adorable Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes, while the Brown Eyed Baker opted for a stunning Cranberry-Eggnog Cheesecake. Also, head over to Katy's BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen for a list of cookie recipes, or to How Sweet It Is for even more ideas for the holiday baking season!

Among the savory selections, Sincerely Caroline prepared a light Toasted Almond Chicken Salad, Linda from Dinner Plan-it put together a decadent Maryland Crab and Spinach Mac N' Cheese Lasagna, and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ made an easy Smoke Roasted Steelhead with Basil Pesto. To wash it all down, try Sugar Pixie's French Martini.

And in other news, D&T: in the burgh attended the Beer vs Cocktails dinner organized by East End Brewing and Wigle Whiskey; the girls from eatPGH took a trip to Lola Bistro; Yum Yum dined at Emporio; and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ found himself at Chris Lilly's Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala.

See you here next week!

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