What's dishing on the blogs: Pizza and soup

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This week, we have homemade pizza and a great spread of winter soups. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is came up with a fantastic Meat Lovers Pizza and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ chose a Wood Fired Sweet Sausage and Broccoli Pizza. Also on the savory side, Culinary Cory prepared a filling Classic Lasagna, whereas Yum Yum whipped up simple and tasty Cucumber Crab Appetizers.

Katy showed us how to make the easiest Homemade Slow Cooker Turkey Stock in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Bill from Three Dogs BBQ went with a Smoked Marrow Bone Beef Broth version. On a similar note, Linda from Dinner Plan-it shared her flavorful Saged Potato Dumpling Turkey Vegetable Soup recipe, and Sam from Haute Pepper Bites put her money on this Creamy Spicy Sausage & Tortellini Soup.

For a sweet fix, try Sugar Pixie's gorgeous Vanilla Bundt Cake with Vanilla Buttercream, Sincerely Caroline's Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes, the boozy Pumpkin-Ginger Bread Pudding from Haute Pepper Bites, or Brown Eyed Baker's cute Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

On the restaurant front, Yum Yum checked out Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie; the girls from eatPGH visited Clifford's Restaurant; Pittsburgh Magazine stopped by Carmella's Plates and Pints; and Good Food Pittsburgh announced the new winter menu at Wild Rosemary.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Holiday desserts

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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With the holidays upon us, we're baking our way through the season's most delicious desserts. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco, I discovered this brilliant Pumpkin Tiramisu, a seasonal spin on the iconic coffee-flavored Italian dessert. Haute Pepper Bites baked adorable Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes, while the Brown Eyed Baker opted for a stunning Cranberry-Eggnog Cheesecake. Also, head over to Katy's BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen for a list of cookie recipes, or to How Sweet It Is for even more ideas for the holiday baking season!

Among the savory selections, Sincerely Caroline prepared a light Toasted Almond Chicken Salad, Linda from Dinner Plan-it put together a decadent Maryland Crab and Spinach Mac N' Cheese Lasagna, and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ made an easy Smoke Roasted Steelhead with Basil Pesto. To wash it all down, try Sugar Pixie's French Martini.

And in other news, D&T: in the burgh attended the Beer vs Cocktails dinner organized by East End Brewing and Wigle Whiskey; the girls from eatPGH took a trip to Lola Bistro; Yum Yum dined at Emporio; and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ found himself at Chris Lilly's Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Thanksgiving ideas

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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With Thanksgiving looming, our local bloggers are rounding up their favorite recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Brown Eyed Baker shared a tasty Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Cranberries & Pine Nuts recipe, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is whipped up some "not so boring" Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ put his smoker to good use for these quick and Crispy Roasted Root Vegetables and Red Potatoes, while Katy tossed together a fast Rosemary Garlic Roasted Mushrooms side dish in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. For a light and simple salad, try Sincerely Caroline's Butternut Squash & Toasted Pecan Salad with Goat Cheese.

For something sweet to nibble on, Katy baked adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes with Gingersnap Cookie Crusts and Marshmallow Frosting in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats made traditional Pumpkin Cookies. Want more inspiration? Head over to How Sweet It Is for an impressive list of Thanksgiving recipes!

Finally, on the restaurant scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats dined at California Pizza Kitchen at the Ross Park Mall, the girls from eatPGH tried Kaleidoscope Cafe, whereas Yum Yum explored a couple of restaurants in Ithaca and Geneva, N.Y., including The Crow's Nest and Parkers Grille & Tap House.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pumpkin feast

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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

It's impossible to ignore the pumpkin bonanza around us. Jessica from How Sweet It Is churned an incredible Pumpkin Gelato with Candied Ginger and Dark Chocolate. Haute Pepper Bites prepared a super yummy Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. Yum Yum baked a wonderful Pumpkin Roll, and Culinary Cory showed us how to easy it is to roast a pumpkin.

In other sweet news, Linda from Dinner Plan-it made a quick Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Apple Crisp. Katy went with nutty Chocolate Chip, Pistachio & Sea Salt Cookies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while the Brown Eyed Baker opted for extra-special Chunky Pecan Pie Bars.

For something savory, head over to Dinner Plan-it for a Uber Umami Porcini Pork Chops, try Bill's Caramelized Mushrooms and Onions in a Roasted Garlic Milk Stout Reduction at Three Dogs BBQ, or the mouthwatering Black Bean Butternut Sliders with Chipotle Ketchup at How Sweet It Is.

On the local food scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats lunched at Eat'n Park in Monongahela. Pittsburgh Magazine announced that Taglio Artisan Pizza will open in East Liberty. The girls from eatPGH encouraged us to stop by the third annual Farm to Table Harvest Tasting this Sunday, Nov. 16, whereas Leah from Brazen Kitchen invited us to check out seven more local food events including Organically Social Juice Fest on Nov. 15, the Conflict Kitchen Palestinian Potluck on Nov. 18, and the Cocktail v. Beer event on Nov. 19.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Sweets and fall favorites

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, the menu is laden with sweet treats and fall favorites. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Since we're in the midst of apple season, I baked a wonderful and ridiculously easy Apple Sharlotka at Simply Romanesco. Katy focused on peanut butter and came up with chewy Peanut Butter Chip Crispy Blondies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Jessica from How Sweet It Is was in the mood for chocolate and whipped up a decadent Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bar. The Brown Eyed Baker put a spin on the traditional Pumpkin Pie, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it introduced us to a perfect Millie's Concord Grape Gin & Tonic Float.

On the savory side, Bill grilled some appetizing Flank Steak with a Roasted Garlic Milk Stout Marinade at Three Dogs BBQ. Jessica loaded up on butternut squash for a flavorful Parmesan Crusted Butternut Galette at How Sweet It Is, whereas the Brown Eyed Baker prepared a classic Traditional Bread Stuffing.

On the Pittsburgh restaurant scene, Yum Yum revisited Grit & Grace, the girls from eatPGH dined at Shorty's Lunch, and Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats shared his top 20 restaurants where college students can eat in Pittsburgh including Mineo's Pizza House, Original Hot Dog Shop and Pamela's Diner.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Halloween treats

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have Halloween treats and an assortment of meaty and vegetarian options. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Let's start with dessert! The Brown Eyed Baker made adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting while Katy opted for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting at BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini. And Jessica from How Sweet It Is tried homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Stuffed Caramel Apples.

In terms of vegetarian options, Haute Pepper Bites shared a delectable family recipe of Artichoke Quiche. Jessica from How Sweet It Is assembled a super colorful Thai Brussels Crunch Salad, and Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats prepared a flavorful Vegetarian Sweet Potato Salsa that goes perfectly with chips, fish and poultry.

On the carnivore menu, Bill from Three Dogs BBQ concocted a new Beer and Butter Injected Pork Roast recipe. Linda from Dinner Plan-it shared with us recipes for loaded Spinach & Parm Meatballs and Sausage with Hot Banana Pepper Sauce hoagies, and a comforting Meatballs, Sausage & Shells Quick and Easy Casserole. Katy roasted smoky Maple Dijon Roasted Apples, Potatoes, Sprouts & Sausage in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Yum Yum put together a flaky Havarti Apple Ham Tart.

Lastly, on the restaurant front, Yum Yum dined at Stonecat Cafe in Hector, N.Y., Dan from Pizza Walk with Me talked about pizza culture with the founders of Pizza Brain, and the girls from eatPGH named the five local breweries we need to know before the Beers of the Burgh Winter Warmer including Draai Laag in Millvale, Reclamation Brewing Co. in Butler and Apis Mead in Carnegie.

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