What's dishing on the blogs: Tomatoes and zucchini

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This week, we have an abundant display of tomato and zucchini concoctions. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Tomatoes are at their peak and they show up in a myriad of dishes! At Cooks and Eats, Chef Chuck turned the sweet tomatoes from his garden into Fresh Garden Tomato Salsa, and then paired tomatoes with bacon and lettuce for a crowd pleaser Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Chicken Salad. Yum Yum prepared a refreshing Tomato & Mint Salad, while Jessica from How Sweet It Is opted for heirloom tomatoes in her gorgeous Salt and Pepper Heirloom Tart with Whipped Feta. And for something more filling try Sugar Pixie's BLT Sandwich.

On the zucchini front, Leah from Brazen Kitchen made a colorful Peach, Zucchini and Tomato Salad in a Basil Vinaigrette. Katy whipped up a delicious Summer Squash & Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, whereas Culinary Cory used zucchini to bake a Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread.

For other sweet and seasonal recipes, head over to the Brown Eyed Baker for a summery Overnight Chilled Plum-Oatmeal Pudding, to Dinner Plan-it for a gluten-free version of Chocolate Candied Orange Cannoli Jars with Drunken Cherries, or to Haute Pepper Bites for Easy Peasy Ice Cream Sandwiches.

In restaurant related news, D&T: in the burgh stopped at Grit & Grace during Restaurant Week, the girls from eatPGH dined at Savoy, and Three Dogs BBQ competed in the Hudson Valley Ribfest 2014 in New Paltz, N.Y.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Restaurants and greens

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This week, we have restaurant reviews and summer greens. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

I'll jump straight to the restaurant scene where D&T: in the burgh tried the sandwiches at the Thin Man Sandwich Shop in the Strip District; Yum Yum dined at the Double Wide Grill in the South Side; the girls from eatPGH ate their way through Philly's restaurants; and at Simply Romanesco I reviewed Tableau, my favorite brunch spot at Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

On the green menu, Chef Chuck whipped up a proper Arugula Pesto at Cooks and Eats. The Brown Eyed Baker shared a deliciously Basic Creamy Coleslaw Dressing Recipe. Bill served flavorful Prosciutto, Peas, and Parmesan at Three Dogs BBQ. Jessica from How Sweet It Is came up with super simple Cheesy Summer Stuffed Poblanos, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it prepared wonderful Triple Dilled Potato Salad.

If you're in the mood for muffins, we have two excellent and very different choices: spicy and cheesy Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins that Katy baked in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and sweet and chocolaty Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins from Sincerely Caroline. For another tasty baked concoction, head over to Haute Pepper Bites for some French Onion Tarts.

See you back here very soon!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pizza competition

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This week, we have pizza competitions and summer corn. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Dan from Pizza Walk with Me reported on The Return to Pizza Dojo, a thrilling pizza competition between Pizza Boat and Bread + Salt. However, if you want to make your own pizza at home, try the wonderful Sweet Corn, Zucchini and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza from How Sweet It Is. Katy also included corn in her cooking and prepared fantastic Old Bay Summer Corn & Zucchini Chili in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it whipped up delightful Sweet Savory Triple Corn and Sage Sausage Waffles. Take advantage of the fresh and sweet summer corn!

On the sweet menu, Sincerely Caroline baked dairy-, gluten- and grain-free Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping, the Brown Eyed Baker threw together a summery No-Bake Peanut Butter Lover's Pie, and the Sugar Pixie churned creamy and Easy Chocolate Ice Cream.

In other news, the girls from eatPGH ventured out to La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen in South Side; Yum Yum explored the food at Altius on Mt. Washington; D&T: in the burgh paid a visit to Cafe des Amis in Sewickley; Bill from Three Dogs BBQ showed up at the All American BBQ Festival in Pittsfield, Pa.; and Pittsburgh Magazine invited us to take part in molecular gastronomy events at Notion restaurant on Tuesday nights.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pizza feuds

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This week, we have pizza feuds and frozen desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Dan from Pizza Walk with Me uncovered a new and exciting pizza rivalry between Pizza Boat and the new competitor in town, Bread + Salt. To learn more, Pittsburgh Magazine invites us to get familiar with Pizza Boat, this new mobile vendor that serves 9-inch pies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays outside Bar Marco in the Strip District. And Linda from Dinner Plan-it focused on a different kind of pizza: a dreamy True Blue Maryland Crab, Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip Pizza. Pizza seems to be on everyone's mind these days!

On the non-pizza-spectrum, Jessica from How Sweet It Is prepared a satisfying Nectarine and Fig Summer Salad with Crispy Pancetta, Katy made a colorful Chicken with Strawberry & Avocado Salsa in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and Kathy from Chew me! was impressed with her Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread. For something sweet, head over to Haute Pepper Bites for a fruity Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake.

On the ice cream front, the girls from eatPGH are still taking ice cream stores by storm. Yum Yum whipped up flavorful Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, while the Brown Eyed Baker churned lovely Coffee and Doughnuts Ice Cream. And Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats encouraged us to cool off with The Climate Reality Project that's giving away free Ben & Jerry's ice cream around town, next week.

See you here next week!

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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.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Ice cream month

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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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