What's dishing on the blogs: Summer plates

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have colorful summer dishes and coffee-flavored desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Hungry Hounds baked a vibrant Summer Harvest Pizza, while Jessica from How Sweet It Is cooked mouthwatering Summer Skillet Gnocchi. If you're in the mood for tacos, the Spicy Barbacoa with Chilies from Dinner Plan-it or the Walleye Fish Tacos with Roasted Corn and Peach Salsa from the Parmesan Princess are both great options. For something simple, try Sugar Pixie's Cheesy Garlic Bread.

For a sweet bite, try the airy Mocha Mascarpone Mousse from The Hungry Hounds, the smooth and Creamy Chocolate Pudding from Yum Yum, or the amazing Vietnamese Iced Coffee Ice Cream from How Sweet It Is. If you're searching for something slightly more traditional, Brown Eyed Baker's Fudgy Pudgy Brownies are an excellent choice.

On the restaurant scene, the girls from eatPGH ventured out to Park Bruges Cafe for some traditional French flatbread and hearty braised short ribs; Yum Yum dined at Hough's where she tried the Grilled Cheese Sliders and Hough's House Burger; Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie reviewed her first dinner at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina where she ordered La Casa Salad, with Grilled Shrimp from Gaucho, and Chorizo Blood Sausage among others; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine assessed the food at Station, The Vandal and Driftwood Oven; and Good Food Pittsburgh announced that Dinette will be hosting a Tuscan Wine Dinner on Aug. 24; the menu will include Roast Free Range Chicken with Panzanella and Pancetta-Wrapped Black Mission Figs with Greek Yogurt and Clover Honey.

See you back here soon!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Tropical dishes

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have exotic breakfasts and stone fruit desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is spoiled us with these juicy Tropical Banana Rum and Melon Breakfast Bowls. If you're looking for a more traditional breakfast, try Linda's tasty Cornbread Buttermilk French Toast Fingers at Dinner Plan-it or Sam's loaded Blueberry Orange Bread at Haute Pepper Bites. If you prefer eggs for breakfast, you'll find Chef Chuck's post on eggs at Cooks and Eats very informative.

On the savory menu, the Parmesan Princess prepared a quick Roasted Chicken Salad, while Yum Yum opted for a fantastic Shrimp Salad. If you're in the mood for pizza, try Bill's Roasted Eggplant Sweet Sausage Pizza at Three Dogs BBQ or Jessica's Smoky Grilled Chicken Pita Flatbreads with Creamy Feta at How Sweet It Is. And since a good meal ends with dessert, The Hungry Hounds made some creamy Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Peaches, and the girls from eatPGH baked adorable Mini Spiced Peach Pies. Not into stone fruits? No problem! Try Brown Eyed Baker's spiked Chocolate Mudslide Poke Cake.

On the local food scene, Yum Yum dined at Sienna where she tried the shrimp with deep fried polenta, tomatoes and microgreens, and the prosciutto wrapped salmon; Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie enjoyed her lunch at Eden where she ordered the butterbean veggie burger with a garden side salad; Good Food Pittsburgh dished about the new boozy floats at Osteria 2350 including the Salted Caramel Float and the Root Beer Float; the girls from eatPGH invited us to the Urban Supper event on Sept. 19; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me was all over Spak Brothers' new shirt; and Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine introduced Andrew Moore's engaging new book "Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit." Also, don't forget to dine across the city this weekend for the last days of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week!

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: French desserts

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have delicious French desserts and intriguing breakfast choices. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco, I baked a glorious Blueberry-Pistachio Galette, a super easy dessert for any novice baker. Haute Pepper Bites decided on a French Silk Chocolate Pie for her husband's birthday. Jessica from How Sweet It Is made decadent Nutella S'mores Puff Pastry Pop Tarts, while the Brown Eyed Baker whipped up a rich Peanut Butter Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting. And Leah from Brazen Kitchen listed her 10 Easy Frozen Treats to cool you down this summer.

On the unconventional breakfast menu, Linda from Dinner Plan-it prepared classic Breakfast Sausage Corndogs, whereas Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats went with fancy Breakfast Grits. For something less eccentric yet equally tasty, try the colorful Berry Dutch Baby from The Hungry Hounds. And on the more substantial menu, Yum Yum cooked a tender Rack of Lamb, while Three Dogs BBQ experimented with this Bacon Pesto Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe.

Locally, the girls from eatPGH embraced the rich dishes at Paris 66 including the classic French onion soup and the snails served with garlic, parsley and butter; Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats paid a visit to Istanbul Sofra where he ordered stuffed grape leaves and mixed eggplant among other dishes; Yum Yum revisited BRGR for some Pork-N-Tots and Grilled Cheese Bites; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me gave us another Pittsburgh Pizza update; Good Food Pittsburgh announced the Southern-Style Beer Dinner at Burgh'ers on Aug. 16; the Sugar Pixie bragged about this year's garlic harvest; and Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine shared insides from the Tales of the Cocktails festival in New Orleans.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Small bites and sweet treats

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have tasty small bites and enticing sweet treats. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is lured us with her favorite Beer Marinated Flank Steak Fajitas. Linda from Dinner Plan-it put the smoker to good use with her Hickory Smoked Brisket, Slaw & Avocado Spring Rolls - TexAsian Style. The Hungry Hounds prepared a vibrant Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with Queso Fresco. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ wooed us with Southwestern Roasted Corn and Grilled Chicken Pizza, while Haute Pepper Bites shared her best BLT Sandwich.

On the dessert menu, the Sugar Pixie updated her Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake. How Sweet It Is preferred her vegetables in cake-form like this Fresh Pineapple Zucchini Skillet Cake. Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats opted for gooey Rice Krispies, whereas the Brown Eyed Baker went with adorable Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes. And for a palate cleanser, try the Blackberry Lime Sorbet from Yum Yum.

A lot has been happening on the restaurant scene! The girls from eatPGH ventured out to Coca Cafe for some duck-fat Brussels sprouts and the lobster cognac bisque with corn and pea shoots; chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats enjoyed his evening at Burgatory with a delicious Wagyu Burger, a Crab Shack, and a Green Apple and Quinoa Salad; Yum Yum went back to Braddock's for the Braised Short Rib Pierogies and the Bourbon Candied Pork Chop; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine talked about which chefs are switching kitchens in the city; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me dished about V3 Pizza; Good Food Pittsburgh highlighted the weekend pics of things to eat and drink in Pittsburgh, which included the Summer Berry Salad at Nine on Nine, and the Cereal Milk Punch cocktail at Grit & Grace; Leah from Brazen Kitchen recapped the amazing dinner at Churchview Farm; and Culinary Cory explored the options at grandpa(MAC.) including a Vegan Mac & Un-cheese.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Coconut and lemons

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This week, we have elaborate desserts and intriguing poultry recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Let's have dessert first! The Brown Eyed Baker made a moist Coconut Bundt Cake with White Chocolate-Coconut Glaze. Jessica from How Sweet It Is baked fragrant Caramelized Peach and Lavender Scones, and Chef Chuck whipped up a tasty Lemon Pie at Cooks and Eats.

On the savory menu, it's poultry time! Linda from Dinner Plan-it prepared a crazy-good Smoked Citrus Cumin Garlic Turkey Breast. Yum Yum chose a wonderful Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Dill-Yogurt Sauce, while Bill from Three Dogs BBQ went with an "outside the box" Sticky Fish Sauce Chicken recipe. And if you're looking for a vegetarian dish, try the light Arugula Kale Reggiano Salad from How Sweet It Is, the gluten-free Grilled Vegetable Soba Noodles with Rosemary Garlic Sauce from The Hungry Hounds, or the simple White Bean, Spinach, Mushroom, Potato, and Cheese Quesadilla from the Sugar Pixie.

On the local scene, Yum Yum paid a visit to Cucina Bella in Bridgeville for the loaded Della Casa Salad and delicious Ortolana pizza; Good Food Pittsburgh announced that Soba rolled out this year's Farm Dinner tasting menu, which includes among others the Tempura-fried peach, shiso aioli and apple slaw, and the Walleye pike, corn and shrimp dumplings; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine dished about the entertaining and invaluable Beer Bible; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me introduced us to Nick Offerman and his Pizza Farm; and Three Dogs BBQ competed in the I Love BBQ and Music Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Breakfast in the burgh

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have vibrant breakfasts and fruity desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco, I'm all over this delicious and no-cook Yogurt with Fresh Figs, Honey and Pistachios breakfast recipe. Jessica from How Sweet It Is went for colorful Summer Fruit Brown Butter Shortbread Parfaits with Coconut Cream. Linda from Dinner Plan-it scarfed down lovely Potato, Apple and Bacon Waffles, while the Brown Eyed Baker opted for quick and easy Chocolate Chip Muffins. For something savory, try Yum Yum's wicked Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette.

On the dessert list, we have a decadent Coffee Ice Cream Hot Fudge Sundae Pie with a Macaroon Crust from How Sweet It Is, a chocolatey No-Bake S'mores Dip from the Brown Eyed Baker, adorable Blueberry Hand Pies from Yum Yum, and an elegant Watermelon Chiffon Pie from The Hungry Hounds. For the perfect ending, gulp down Haute Pepper Bites' refreshing Blueberry Mojito!

Locally, the girls from eatPGH had the bacon and dry blue cheese burger from Tessaro's for the first time; Yum Yum revisited Meat & Potatoes where she tried the Three Little Pigs Sandwich and the Lobster Mac, among other tasty dishes; the Sugar Pixie went to BJ's Brewhouse for the Hawaiian Mahi Mahi and the Black and Bleu Burger; and Good Food Pittsburgh announced that Hofbrauhaus will be hosting a beer dinner on July 20.

See you here next week!

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