What's dishing on the blogs: BBQ ribs

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This week, we have BBQ ribs, soups and stews. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

On the savory front, the Brown Eyed Baker prepared glorious Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. Haute Pepper Bites threw together a colorful Maple Roasted Root Vegetables and Squash dish. Linda from Dinner Plan-it cooked a rich Angry Orchard Beef, Pumpkin & Apple Stew, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is made a super satisfying White Bean Tortellini Soup with Broiled Havarti Toasts.

On the side dish menu, we have Chef Chuck's flavorful Over the Top Scalloped Potatoes at Cooks and Eats, Bill's Fire Roasted Garden Salsa at Three Dogs BBQ, and Culinary Cory's blissful Slow Cooker Applesauce. This last recipe can easily be enjoyed for breakfast or brunch. For something sweet, head over to BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini for 20 devilishly delicious Halloween treats.

On the restaurant scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats reviewed 61 B Cafe in Regent Square, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me paid a visit to Espresso a Mano, the girls from eatPGH dined at Mezzo, while Yum Yum checked out Poppleton Bakery & Cafe in Corning, N.Y.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Good eats

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have simple salads and magic desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

How about we start with dessert. Katy baked smooth and chocolatey Zingerman's Black Magic Brownies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. The Brown Eyed Baker made crunchy Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bread Biscotti. Haute Pepper Bites whipped up her favorite Apple Butter and Linda from Dinner Plan-it introduced us to Millie's Homemade Ice Cream.

On the salad menu, Yum Yum tried this delicious Red Potato & Green Bean Salad, the Sugar Pixie put together a refreshing Greek Salad, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is shared with us this seasonal Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta and Herbs recipe. For something heartier, try the mouthwatering Harvest Apple Chicken Burgers with Spinach & Cranberry Stilton from BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini or Yum Yum's flavorful Chicken Breast Dijon. Good eats.

In other local news, Culinary Cory attended the One Woman Farm dinner in Gibsonia, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats lunched at the Olive Garden in Monroeville, while the girls from eatPGH invited us to check out the new Palestinian menu at Conflict Kitchen in Oakland and the newly reopened Willow restaurant in the North Hills.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pumpkin flavors

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This week, we have delicious pumpkin treats and savory autumn flavors. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Since we are in the midst of pumpkin season, the Brown Eyed Baker opted for this amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte Fudge, while Haute Pepper Bites combined her favorite fall aromas in this glorious Maple Bourbon Caramel Sauce. Also on the sweet menu, Yum Yum prepared fudgy Caramel Filled DelightFulls Chocolate Chip Cookies, whereas Katy baked soft and chewy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. And the girls from eatPGH shared with us the top pumpkin treats around town, such as the Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast at Dor-Stop and the Pumpkin Roll Ale at Penn Brewery.

On the savory menu, Jessica from How Sweet It Is made good and filling Autumn Avocado Toast perfect for breakfast or lunch. Sam from Haute Pepper Bites incorporated the much loved apple flavors in her Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese sandwich, while Yum Yum prefered a more substantial Pimiento Cheese BLT. Canning is also popular this time of the year so head over to Dinner Plan-it for step-by-step instructions on how to make Italian Vinegar and Oil Pickled Hot Peppers.

Lastly, Three Dogs BBQ participated in the Keystone Classic BBQ State Championship in Harrisburg, and the girls from eatPGH reviewed Pittsburgh's best breakfast spots.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Plums and chocolate

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This week, we have gorgeous fall desserts and hearty recipes for cooler weather. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco, I honored the last plums of the season by making this beautiful Meringue Plum Cake, one of my grandma's classic recipes. The Brown Eyed Baker found a fabulous Chocolate Lover's Cheesecake and Chef Chuck baked a gluten-free Chocolate Cake at Cooks and Eats. For a sweet snack, try the creative Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies that Katy made in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and for a dairy-free breakfast, try Culinary Cory's crunchy Almond French Toast.

With colder weather upon us, hearty dishes are a plus. Sincerely Caroline fixed a comforting Roasted Potato and Red Curry Soup, Jessica went for a filling Smoked Gruyere Butternut Soup with Spicy Chickpeas at How Sweet It Is, and Katy prepared an easy Five-Ingredient Pesto Chicken & Bean Soup in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. For something even more substantial, Haute Pepper Bites cooked tasty Lemon Garlic Chicken with Israeli Couscous, while Three Dogs BBQ grilled thick Boneless Beef Short Ribs the Old Fashioned Way.

In other news, D&T: in the burgh lunched at Pho Van in the Strip and Yum Yum visited Cafe du Jour in the South Side. Linda from Dinner Plan-it took a road trip to Maryland and the girls from eatPGH shared their tips on how to build the perfect Pittsburgh tailgate.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Bacon dishes

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This week, we have delicious bacon dishes and lovely desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Let's jump straight to the insanely good bacon recipes! Linda from Dinner Plan-it made a decadent appetizer of Bacon Wrapped and Stilton-Stuffed Fresh Black Mission Figs. Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats prepared a rich and super-tasty Bacon, Gouda and Crab Dip. The Brown Eyed Baker served us a Creamy Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Dip recipe. Sam from Haute Pepper Bites shared with us the recipe for comforting Turkey Meatballs Over Parmesan Mash, and Pittsburgh Magazine announced that chef Kevin Costa from Crested Duck will share his cured meats with the rest of the nation. But if you prefer something on the lighter side, try Sincerely Caroline's Potato Taco (Taco de Papa).

On the dessert menu, Katy baked a special French Apple Cake in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, Yum Yum whipped up a very easy Nectarine Upside Down Cake with Salted Caramel, whereas the Sugar Pixie opted for wonderful Pumpkin Muffins, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is wanted Homemade Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers.

And in restaurant news, Yum Yum revisited Mercurio's, the girls from eatPGH reviewed Grit & Grace, while Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats made it to Hog Father's Old Fashioned BBQ in Washington, Pa., and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ paid a visit to the Turkey Hill Brewing Co. in Bloomsburg.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Burger competition

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have local food events and tasty recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

September is packed with food events! On Sept. 13, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats invites us to The Pittsburgher, the annual gourmet burger competition and music festival. Pittsburgh Magazine informed us of the garden-to-table dinner inside the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Sept. 21. And the girls from eatPGH are giving away a pair of tickets to the A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh, the annual fundraiser for Grow Pittsburgh, which will take place on Sept. 21 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

On the homemade menu, Katy transitioned from summer to fall with this Cheesy Mushroom Tomato Chicken in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ shared his recipe for Stuffed Biscuit Fattie, a great dish during football season. Linda from Dinner Plan-it fancied this Fresh Corn, Potato, Tomato, Jalapeno and Bacon Chowder, while Jessica from How Sweet It Is also mixed fresh corn in her Lobster Bisque Pot Pies. And if you're hungry for more seafood, try Yum Yum's Crab Salad Stuffed Zucchini Boats. For something sweet, head over to Cooks and Eats for some nutty Candied Chocolate Bark, or to the Brown Eyed Baker for some fantastic Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

On the restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh dined at The Oven Pizza Co. in Wexford and Yum Yum stopped by Downey's House in Robinson. In honor of National Cheese Pizza Day, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me listed the cheese pizzas he's eaten in the past few months, while the girls from eatPGH explored more Cleveland restaurants.

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