What's dishing on the blogs: Fourth of July grilling time

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This week, we have Fourth of July savory and sweet recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

For Fourth of July, our local bloggers are grilling hot dogs! Haute Pepper Bites opted for the mighty Chicago Style Hot Dogs, while The Hungry Hounds went with gourmet Loaded Hot Dogs. In terms of side dishes, Jessica from How Sweet It Is made a filling Bacon Blue Potato Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs, and Chef Chuck whipped up a fresh Pico De Gallo Salad at Cooks and Eats.

Our holiday dessert and drink menu is also laden with goodness! Yum Yum baked a tasty and Fresh Strawberry Pie, whereas the Brown Eyed Baker came up with festive Red, White & Blue Finger Jello. To wash it all down, try the colorful Red, White & Blue Layered Drinks from the Brown Eyed Baker or the boozy Strawberry Gin Slushies from How Sweet It Is.

On the restaurant scene, the girls from eatPGH sampled the food at PJ's Bar-B-Q & Steak House in Center Township; Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats enjoyed a delicious meal at Bistecca at the Meadowlands; Yum Yum lunched at Bob's Kennedy Diner in McKees Rocks; Good Food Pittsburgh listed the new summer additions to Bistro 19's menu; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine shared his thoughts about Pittsburgh restaurants; and Three Dogs BBQ headed to Covington, Va., for the Covington Cork and Pork Festival.

Happy Fourth of July and see you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Grilling and drinking

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have summer grilling and trendy drinks. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The grilling season is in full swing with our blogger buddies! The Hungry Hounds wolfed down a hearty Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Avocado Herb Spread. Yum Yum made juicy Lamb Burgers with Red Pepper-Feta Sauce. And Dan from Pizza Walk with Me grilled some pepperoni pizza. If you fancy the homemade classics, look no further than the glorious Classic Lasagna from the Brown Eyed Baker or the seasonal Spicy Smoked Corn Casserole from Dinner Plan-it. And if you want something refreshing try the Summer Watermelon Salad from Chef Chuck at Cooks and Eats.

On the drink menu, we have a fruity Homemade Triple Citrus Soda from Yum Yum and a spiked Bourbon Mint Iced Tea from How Sweet It Is. And if you feel truly adventurous, try the wonderful Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard with No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from How Sweet It Is.

On the local scene, the girls from eatPGH invited us to Kaleidoscope Cafe; Yum Yum paid a visit to Mercurio's; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me indulged in some goodness at Pizza Taglio; Good Food Pittsburgh introduced the new sandwich lunch menu at Vallozzi's; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine dished about Millie's Homemade Ice Cream; and Three Dogs BBQ headed to Wilson, N.Y., for the Crossboarder Blues, Brew and Que competition.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Cakes and salads

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This week, we have extravagant cakes and healthy salads. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Let's go straight to dessert! The Brown Eyed Baker whipped up an intricate Homemade Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake. Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats decided on the classic Tiramisu, while Sam from Haute Pepper Bites went with adorable Blueberry "Shortcakes."

At the salad bar, The Hungry Hounds fired up the grill for this hefty Grilled Greek Salad. Jessica from How Sweet It Is tossed together a zesty Grilled Apricot, Corn and Arugula Salad. Yum Yum made a terrific Panzanella, whereas Linda from Dinner Plan-it brought back good memories with her crowd pleasing Caponata. To finish this fancy meal, gulp down a glass of refreshing Sparkling Cucumber Watermelon Sangria from How Sweet It Is.

Lastly, on the local restaurant scene, the girls from eatPGH checked out Hyeholde; Yum Yum enjoyed her lunch at Tartine in the West End; Good Food Pittsburgh reported that Primanti's brought back the iconic "When Pigs Fly" sandwich; and Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine recapped his time at the "Anti-Pasta" event at Bread and Salt Bakery;

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Vibrant flavors

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This week, we have colorful dishes and exciting local updates. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is prepared a smooth and herby Summer Garden Whipped White Bean Dip. Culinary Cory tossed together a beautiful Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Honey Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette. Linda from Dinner Plan-it opted for a simple Brunch-Time Bacon Lettuce Tomato Potato, while The Hungry Hounds cooked a silky Cream of Asparagus Soup. On the pizza menu, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me worked on some killer pizza dough for an extreme pizza party, and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ tried his hand at Beer and Bratwurst Pizza. Our blogger buddies are definitely taking full advantage of the summer flavors this week!

On the sweet front, Yum Yum churned some refreshing Toasted Almond & Candied Cherry Ice Cream. How Sweet It Is went with dreamy Strawberry Buttermilk Sprinkle Donuts, and the Brown Eyed Baker made easy and fun Banana Popsicles.

Locally, the girls from eatPGH praised the food at Tako; Yum Yum dined at One Thirty One East; Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats got his sugar fix at Katiedid's Cupcakes; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine dished about the change of focus at The Livermore in East Liberty; Good Food Pittsburgh highlighted the new hours and dishes at San Lorenzo; Leah from Brazen Kitchen announced the summer events at Churchview Farm; and Three Dogs BBQ competed in the Roc City Rib Fest in Rochester, N.Y.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Summer dishes

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have Mediterranean flavors and summer desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco, I made rustic and mouthwatering Feta Cheese and Dill Stuffed Flatbreads. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ came up with a Smoked Leg of Lamb Gyros, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it whipped up a lovely Artichoke, Mushroom, Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Pasta Bake. On the salad spectrum, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats assembled a light Crab Stack Salad with Roma Tomato Salsa and Lemon Vinaigrette, The Hungry Hounds put together a refreshing Wild Rice & Quinoa Salad with Mushrooms & Asparagus, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is prepared a colorful Strawberry Caprese with Pistachio Pesto. For a hearty snack, try Haute Pepper Bites' comforting BBQ Chicken Pizza.

On the sweet menu, The Hungry Hounds baked crisp Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes. The Sugar Pixie opted for Perfect Yellow Cupcake with Fudge Icing, whereas the Brown Eyed Baker went with Fran's (Almost) No-Bake Cherry & Walnut Cheesecake. And for a summery drink, try Yum Yum's Homemade Blackberry Lime Soda.

On the local scene, the girls from eatPGH loved the pies at Sand Hill Berries; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine announced that Gaucho reopens in the Strip District; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me listed the best places to stop for pizza; Good Food Pittsburgh introduced the new "everyday" cocktails at Independent Brewing Co.; and Yum Yum checked out Red Sky Cafe in Duck, N.C.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Burgers and chocolate

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have juicy burgers and chocolate bonanza. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Memorial Day weekend had the barbecuing theme written all over it. The Hungry Hounds made super-flavorful Turkey Feta Burgers with Yogurt Curry Sauce. Jessica from How Sweet It Is threw everything but the kitchen sink into glorious Goat Cheese Guac Burgers with Cheddar and Caramelized Onions. Sam from Haute Pepper Bites listed her favorite Memorial Day recipes, and Linda from Dinner Plan-it opted for a Smoky & Spicy Pecan Bacon Pimiento Cheese spread.

On the chocolate menu, Yum Yum baked an easy and Moist Chocolate Bundt Cake, and the Brown Eyed Baker whipped up an intricate Salted Dark Chocolate Pretzel Truffle Cake and a killer Chocolate Pound Cake. To finish it off, slurp this fruity and summery Strawberry Pimm's Cup from How Sweet It Is.

On the restaurant scene, the girls from eatPGH dished about the ice cream at Family Farm Creameries; Good Food Pittsburgh announced that Thin Man Sandwich Shop added a new sandwich to its menu; Yum Yum enjoyed dinner at The Colington Cafe in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; the Sugar Pixie is growing zucchini in her garden this year; while Leah from Brazen Kitchen is asking us to help her raise money for 412 Food Rescue.

See you here next week!

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