What's dishing on the blogs: Summer staples

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This week, we have summer staples and sweet things. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

With summer in full swing, grilling is a must! Jessica from How Sweet It Is was obsessed with these mouthwatering Smoky Sweet Cherry Pepper Cheeseburgers, whereas Bill from Three Dogs BBQ grilled some creamy polenta. Likewise, Alex and Kathy broke out their smoker with deliciously looking ribs at Chew me! and the Sugar Pixie taught us how to harvest garlic, another summer staple activity. And Chef Chuck shared useful tips on how to get your grill ready for a lengthy grilling season at Cooks and Eats.

To keep our sweet tooth in check this summer, Katy baked really good Tropical Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen; Linda made crunchy Beer Caramel Chocolate Almond Bar Cookies at Dinner Plan-it; and the Brown Eyed Baker created a fabulous Chocolate-Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust.

Lastly, we can't overlook the ice cream concoctions! Yum Yum churned a smooth and rich Gianduja-Stracciatella Gelato, Sam from Haute Pepper Bites whipped up a nice combo of Kahlua & Coffee Malted Ice Cream, while the girls from eatPGH continued their ice cream month adventures with seven new ice cream places.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Ice cream month

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have tons of ice cream on the menu! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

In July, we're celebrating National Ice Cream Month! As a result, the girls from eatPGH decided to try a different ice cream place every day for the entire month. The Brown Eyed Baker churned a genius Peanut Butter & Jelly Ice Cream. Katy made a no-machine required Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Stiller Snacks celebrated Independence Day with fruity Red, White & Blouis Lipps Cheesecake Pops.

On the dinner menu, the Sugar Pixie whipped up super easy Guacamole and Jessica from How Sweet It Is put together fantastic Ginger Garlic Steak Tacos with Pineapple Pico de Gallo. If you're looking for rich and delicious recipes, look no further than Linda's Simple South-of-the-Border Meatloaf at Dinner Plan-it, Katy's Apricot-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken at BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini and Bill's Pulled Chicken with Alabama White BBQ Sauce at Three Dogs BBQ.

On the restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh brunched at Marty's Market in the Strip District; Yum Yum continued her restaurant quest in Portland, Ore.; and Pittsburgh Magazine invited us to get to know Salud PGH and its Puerto Rican cuisine.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Fourth of July treats

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This week, we have an eclectic menu for the Fourth of July weekend! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

To start the celebrations off, Bill from Three Dogs BBQ prepared a homemade Potato Salad to go with a good barbecue meal this Independence Day. Jessica from How Sweet It Is put together a vividly colorful Caramelized Peach Caprese with Smoked Sea Salt, and Chef Chuck offered us a heart-healthy Tuna Tartare at Cooks and Eats.

On the main course list, I made vibrant and vegetarian Spaghetti with Parsley Pesto at Simply Romanesco, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it cooked a satisfying and Easy Asian Spicy Shrimp and Chicken. And for a sweet finish to this delightful meal, you must try Brown Eyed Baker's festive Ice Cream Truffles. If this is not enough, check out Katy's Best 4th of July Party Recipes at BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini!

Lastly, on the restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh lunched at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina in the Strip District; Yum Yum tried the Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Ore.; and Pittsburgh Magazine encouraged us to discover the delicious concoctions of Pittsburgh Pie Guy.

Happy Fourth of July and see you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Ice cream and summer travel

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have glorious ice creams, mighty salads and nationawide travels! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Ice cream... summer wouldn't be the same without it! The Brown Eyed Baker churned super flavorful and rich Roasted Strawberry & Buttermilk Ice Cream. If you're craving ice cream sandwiches, Pittsburgh Magazine recommended Leona's, where the blackberry-tangerine shortbread concoction is a popular choice.

Continuing with the sweet treats, Heather from Cafe mastered the art of Cherry Clafoutis, Jessica from How Sweet It Is baked a tasty Vanilla Cornmeal Crumb Cake with Candied Cherry Tomatoes, while The Sugar Pixie went for her favorite New York-Style Crumb Cake.

If you're looking for something savory, try the bright and colorful Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette from How Sweet It Is. Katy offered us a hearty Southwest Pulled Pork Salad in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, whereas Bill from Three Dogs BBQ grilled an even heartier Eye of Round: Pittsburgh Rare Style. And to polish it off, Linda from Dinner Plan-it prepared her own Hot Pepper Horseradish Garlic Black Peppercorn Lemon Dill Vodka for Bloody Marys.

Finally, on the restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh checked out How Lee in Squirrel Hill; Yum Yum traveled to Portland, Ore. where she dined at Veritable Quandary; and Dan from Pizza Walk with Me tried the pizza at Pisano's in Chicago.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Lobster BLTs and grilling competitions

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This week, we have sophisticated sandwiches, savory sides and smoky competitions! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is dazzled us with fancy Lobster BLTs with Sweet and Smoky Mayo, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it came up with impressive Thai Peanut Coconut Chicken Banh Mi Sandwiches. Sophisticated or not, these two sandwiches are the bomb!

Also on the savory side, Yum Yum made deliciously easy Mustard Roasted Potatoes and the Brown Eyed Baker fried adorable Hushpuppies with Spicy Dipping Sauce. Chef Chuck shared with us a summery Avocado Gazpacho Soup with Cucumber, Tomato, and Bacon Lardons at Cooks and Eats, whereas Stiller Snacks brought us a tasty Ryan Shazier Salad with French Fried Croutons. And for a sweet treat, head over to BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini for Katy's cool Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cup Sundaes!

In other news, Yum Yum revisited Central Diner & Grille in Robinson; D&T: in the burgh dined at Tomato Pie Cafe in North Park; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me tried the selections at Piece Pizza in Chicago; Three Dogs BBQ took part in the KCBS barbecue competition at the Cross Boarder Blues, Brews, and Ques Festival in Wilson, NY; and Culinary Cory reviewed Macy's Sizzle Showdown grilling competition. If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the many options at eatPGH!

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Celebrating dad!

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, celebrate dad with mouthwatering pork dishes, mega meaty dogs and sweet doughnuts! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Bill from Three Dogs BBQ transformed the classic dogs into Mega Meat Dogs by wrapping them in ground pork and tons of bacon. Katy jazzed up her regular pork recipe and made Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. And Linda from Dinner Plan-it wowed us with sweet and savory Bacon-Wrapped Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Pork Tenderloins. Dad would be impressed with any of these dishes!

For somewhat lighter savory options, try Jessica's Lamb Slider Lettuce Wraps with Whipped Feta Spread at How Sweet It Is, Sugar Pixie's Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches made with Castello® Burger Blue cheese or Yum Yum's Bacon-Smoked-Gouda-Asparagus-Mushroom Frittata. If these tasty choices won't get dad hungry, rest assured that this Pizza Boat Montage from Pizza Walk with Me will get dad in the mood for pizza.

For dessert, treat dad to some sweet doughnuts! Stiller Snacks baked fluffy Antonio Brown Sugar Glazed Lemon Doughnuts. Sincerely Caroline opted for Gluten-Free and Vegan Raspberry Lemonade Doughnuts, while Katy posted her favorite doughnut recipes in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. For something different, try Culinary Cory's moist and beautiful Spice Applesauce Cake or Brow Eyed Baker's fudgy and fancy German Chocolate Brownies!

Happy Father's Day and see you here next week!

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