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

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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

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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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

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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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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