What's dishing on the blogs: Sandwiches and booze

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This week, we have sloppy sandwiches and fancy booze. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Haute Pepper Bites tempted us with a massive Blackened Chicken Po' Boy, while How Sweet It Is lured us with dreamy Tortilla Crusted Chipotle Salmon Sliders. Linda from Dinner Plan-it prepared divine Eggs in Purgatory with Sweet Italian Sausage, whereas Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats and Yum Yum preferred easy and tasty side dishes: Mango Salsa with Strawberries and Pineapple, and Cauliflower Snowflakes respectively.

For a proper end to a good meal, have a gulp of Culinary Cory's Old Fashioned, Yum Yum's Snap & Ice Tea Cocktail or the Blood Orange Bourbon Smash with Spicy Vanilla Sugar from How Sweet It Is. For a sweet treat, try Brown Eyed Baker's Cap'n Crunch Milkshake or Sugar Pixie's Sour Cream Old-Fashioned Doughnuts.

On the restaurant spectrum, the girls from eatPGH advised us not to miss the dive bar pop-up restaurant on March 14; Good Food Pittsburgh introduced the new menus at Lidia's Italy; and Pittsburgh Magazine explored Hungary's bar scene.

See you back here soon!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Valentine's Day ideas

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This week, we have more chocolate desserts for Valentine's Day and homey savory recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is dazzled with a scrumptious Chocolate Cream Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream. The Brown Eyed Baker shared her Ultimate Triple Chocolate Chip Brownies. Yum Yum baked lovely Chocolate-Espresso Cinnamon Rolls and Culinary Cory prepared an elegant Greek Yogurt Lemon Pound Cake with Blueberries. For more inspiration, check out the 83 Valentine's Day recipes from the Brown Eyed Baker.

On the main course menu, Haute Pepper Bites cooked some sophisticated Cornish Hens with Dark Cherry Sauce. Yum Yum went with Marsala-Braised Chicken & Mushrooms, Linda from Dinner Plan-it made an easy Sunday Supper One Pan Roasted Chicken N Ribs, while Bill from Three Dogs BBQ opted for Quesadilla Style Pizza. And don't miss out on the Roasted Garlic that Chef Chuck introduced us to at Cooks and Eats.

On the Pittsburgh scene, the girls from eatPGH took Piper's Pub by storm; Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats was impressed with The Commoner and Hotel Monaco; Good Food Pittsburgh raved about the new pierogi of the month at Braddock's American Brasserie; and Dan from Pizza Walk with Me announced that Tony Gemignani, author of "The Pizza Bible", is in Pittsburgh today, Feb. 13, signing books and talking pizza from 6 to 8 p.m. at Caliente Pizza & Draft House.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Chocolate and doughnuts

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have chocolate treats and doughnut recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

At Simply Romanesco I baked a dense and super fudgy Chocolate Loaf Cake. Jessica from How Sweet It Is prepared dreamy Chocolate Coconut Cream Cupcakes and the Brown Eyed Baker whipped us classic Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting. Yum Yum made rich Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars, while Sincerely Caroline opted for Gluten-Free Doughnuts. Also in doughnut news, the girls from eatPGH informed us that Freedom Farms is offering a doughnut CSA. Make sure to check it out!

For something savory, try Bill's flavorful Chili with Smoked Poblano Chiles at Three Dogs BBQ, Yum Yum's homemade Sloppy Joes or the messy Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese at How Sweet It Is. All excellent choices!

On the local scene, Yum Yum made it to Meat & Potatoes; chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats paid a visit to Bea's Taco Town; Sugar Pixie checked out Willow; Good Food Pittsburgh invited us to try the cakecups at BRGR; Pittsburgh Magazine raved about Bread and Salt Bakery in Bloomfield; and the girls from eatPGH showered us with ideas for Valentine's Day.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Super Bowl and party food

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This week, we have snacks, dips and sandwiches to keep us satisfied during the upcoming Super Bowl game. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Haute Pepper Bites built messy and tasty Buffalo Chicken Sliders and light Mediterranean Chicken Sandwiches. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ made great Goose Pastrami and Jessica from How Sweet It Is went with seriously delicious Chorizo and Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos.

On the snack menu, the Brown Eyed Baker whipped up an easy two-ingredient Onion and Pepper Relish Cream Cheese Dip. How Sweet It Is shared the recipe for a creamy and tangy Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Dip. Yum Yum cooked her favorite German Potato Salad, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it decided on Turtle Corn for this Sunday's Super Bowl party.

On the Pittsburgh restaurant scene, Yum Yum dined at Sonoma Grille; Good Food Pittsburgh talked about the new bartender's tasting menu at Spoon; and both Pittsburgh Magazine and the girls from eatPGH dished about The Commoner at the new Hotel Monaco downtown.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Bread and pizza

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This week, we uncovered the best bread in Pittsburgh and ate pizza for breakfast. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

On the local restaurant scene, Pittsburgh Magazine found the Best Baguette in Pittsburgh at Five Points Artisan Bakeshop in Squirrel Hill; Good Food Pittsburgh announced that Habitat introduced the new winter dessert menu; the girls from eatPGH paid a visit to Stagioni; and Dan from Pizza Walk with Me ventured out to Slice on Broadway.

On the local food menu, Leah from Brazen Kitchen improvised a Pizza Stuffed French Toast for breakfast. Jessica from How Sweet It Is opted for a ridiculous Marinated Kale and Whipped Ricotta Pizza. The Brown Eyed Baker taught us how to make Homemade Flour Tortillas. Haute Pepper Bites whipped up a killer Three Bean Chili and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ found a recipe for German Smoked Goose Breast. Yum Yum tried her hand at Pastitsio, Linda from Dinner Plan-it experimented with tasty Gypsy Kielbasa Unstuffed Cabbage, while Kathy from Chew Me! prepared a simple Thai Chicken Rice.

For some dessert, head over to How Sweet It Is and try this crazy good Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Marshmallow Frosting and Bananas, or to the Brown Eyed Baker for her favorite Better Than "Anything" Cake.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Haute Pepper Bites and comfort food

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have lots of tasty comfort food, but first I'd like to introduce you all to one of our blogger buddies – Samantha Hartzman from Haute Pepper Bites. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Sam Hartzman is the voice behind Haute Pepper Bites, a delicious local blog that is "the result of many years spent obsessing about food, food shows, and food related causes." The blog also came to life "in honor of my family since everything I know about food quite literally comes from watching them and being too much of a busybody to stay out of the kitchen."

In the pages of Haute Pepper Bites you'll find delectable dishes from Potato Keftedes to
Stir-Fry and Egg Rolls, as well as a heap of family favorites from her grandmother's recipe box that includes a wonderful Lemon Cloud Pie, a boozy Irish Coffee Pie, a lovely Pineapple "Brickle" Cake, sweet Cranberry, Coconut, Oatmeal Crunch Cookies, a mean Chicken Florentine Casserole, rich Bacon, Bleu Cheesed Brussels, and many, many more. So, head over to Haute Pepper Bites and start cooking!

In other food news, Jessica from How Sweet It Is was craving insanely good Slow Cooker Short Rib Sauce with Bucatini. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ made hearty Bock BBQ Sauce with Pulled Beef and Broccoli Slaw. Yum Yum went with a sides dish of Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes. Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats introduced us to the beautiful delicacy of caviar. Katy shared the readers' picks of top 10 recipes of 2014 in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while Leah from Brazen Kitchen showed us how to boost our breakfast repertoire. If you're longing for a sweet breakfast, try Brown Eyed Baker's fluffy and moist Banana Muffins.

On the restaurant front, Yum Yum reviewed Picnic Cafe in Dahlonega, Ga., Pittsburgh Magazine informed us that Pittsburgh Chefs Share Secrets for Perfect Soup, and Good Food Pittsburgh dished about the new menu at Soba.

See you here next week!

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