What's dishing on the blogs: Easter recipes

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With Easter fast approaching, your kitchen will be filled with sweet and savory goodness that will rock the house this holiday! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Brown Eyed Baker created a festive Chocolate-Covered Banana Cake with Strawberries and Cream Cheese Frosting. Jessica from How Sweet It Is whipped up Chewy Pistachio Macaroon Granola Bars. Sincerely Caroline baked super cute Lemon Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches whereas iheartpgh pointed out via Huffington Post that Prantl's Burnt Almond Torte is the best cake in America!

Let's continue with the savory menu! Linda from Dinner Plan-it prepared tasty Garlicky Spinach, Feta, Tomato & Eggplant Stuffed Baby Eggplants. Katy made flavorful Haluski with Bacon in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Yum Yum cooked wonderful Panko-Crusted Chicken with Mustard-Maple Pan Sauce, while Liz from Stiller Snacks opted for easy Honey Mustard Glazed Jack Ham, and Dan from Pizza Walk with Me crafted his own pizza.

Finally, Chew me! ventured out to Oakmont Bakery for some doughnuts, D&T: in the burgh tried out Emporio for some meatballs, and the girls from eatPGH checked out Sacred Heart for more fish fry.

Happy Easter and see you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Cookies and pizza

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have plenty of cookies and pizza for everyone! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Brown Eyed Baker published a great recipe for Oatmeal Cream Pies. Katy created crisp and chewy Chocolate Chip, Pretzel & Potato Chip Cookies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, whereas Yum Yum made delicious and gorgeous Chocolate Hazelnut Pizzelles.

Also in the dessert category, Linda from Dinner Plan-it took a stab at healthy Elvis Protein Bars and Sincerely Caroline whipped up a Whole Grain Peanut Butter & Banana Quick Bread. Amazing sweets just in time for the holidays!

On the pizza menu, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me got familiar with The Merry Pizza Man; Chef Chuck shared a Vegetarian Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipe at Cooks and Eats, while Jessica from How Sweet It Is was smitten with this Quattro Formaggi Flatbread. A pizza-like concoction will satisfy any taste buds anytime!

And on the Pittsburgh restaurant scene, D&T: in the burgh dined at Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville and the girls from eatPGH paid a visit to the Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pa., for some tasty fish fry, pierogies, and much more.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Beer and international travels

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This week, I'm finally back from my trip to Transylvania, which was filled with birthday parties, barbecues and lots of home-cooked traditional meals. So make sure you check out the story at Simply Romanesco! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Katy came up with a creamy Pasta with Asparagus, Chicken & Goat Cheese recipe in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. Chef Chuck made simple Butter and Herb Pasta with Salmon at Cooks and Eats and the Brown Eyed Baker offered us a cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole.

Also on the cheesy side, Culinary Cory shared a Baked Brie with Honey & Almonds recipe that is perfect for entertaining during this spring holiday season, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it went for satisfying Texas Eggs in Poblanos. And if you're more of a steak person, you'll surely enjoy the Chicken Fried Steak from Chew me!

On the dessert menu, The Sugar Pixie whipped up chewy Coconut Macaroons, Sincerely Caroline opted for Flourless Chocolate Pistachio Cookies, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is couldn't resist making some Chocolate Fudge Goat Cheese Ice Cream. Great options for everyone!

Finally, D&T: in the burgh enjoyed the beer selection at The Beerhive; Yum Yum checked out the many restaurants in the Strip District; and the girls from eatPGH announced the BRGR opening at PNC Park, just in time for baseball season.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Homemade pasta and other goodies

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This week, we're making fresh pasta, bean stews and gluten-free cookies! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Brown Eyed Baker gave us a very helpful step-by-step tutorial on how to make fresh pasta. The Sugar Pixie also tried her hand at pasta making with Pepper Pasta. But if making pasta is not your cup of tea, the Homemade Onion Rings from Cooks and Eats are a great choice.

Moving on to more substantial meals, Jessica from How Sweet It Is served us comforting Spicy Greens and Creamy Parmesan Bean Stew, while Linda from Dinner Plan-it put a spin on the traditional beans and rice and prepared spicy Black Beans and Rice with Chunky Avocado Salsa and Crispy Plantains. Enjoy these rich and tasty recipes for the remainder of this cold weather!

On the sweet side, Sincerely Caroline baked gluten-free Better-than-Butter Cookies, Yum Yum opted for cute Baci di Dama cookies, and Katy whipped up Homemade Pecan Pie Larabars in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. It won't be easy to keep your sweet tooth in check with these delicious options!

Finally, Yum Yum took the restaurant scene by storm and dined at Grit & Grace and Mercurio's; D&T: in the burgh checked out Crested Duck; Bill from Three Dogs BBQ paid a visit to Franktuary; and the girls from eatPGH tried the new meatball joint in town, Sienna Mercato Emporio.

See you here next month!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Pizza Cono comes to Squirrel Hill!

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This week, we're leading up to Valentine's Day with the grand opening of Pizza Cono! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Pizza Cono has officially opened in Squirrel Hill, according to Dan from Pizza Walk with Me. Check out how the pizza cone is made, how much it costs, and how you can impress your significant other on Valentine's Day!

In other Valentine's Day news, the Brown Eyed Baker shared a lovely roundup of recipes while Katy assembled a great list of Valentine's Day dinner dishes in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen.

Here are some other delicious treats to enjoy with your sweetheart this upcoming holiday: Jessica from How Sweet It Is made light Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts with Potato Chips and Liz from Stiller Snacks prepared a tropical Antonio Brown Betty. If you're in the mood for something different, try the unique Pig Candy from Three Dogs BBQ or the crispy oven "fried" Chicken Wings from Chew me!

And to make this special night even more memorable, savor the Cinnamon White Hot Chocolate from Yum Yum or the exotic Passion Fruit Blood Orange Ginger Fizz from Dinner Plan-it.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone and see you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Drinks, dips and desserts

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This week, it's all about fancy drinks, dips and fabulous desserts! Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

On the drinks list, we have boozy cocktails, frozen beverages and immunity boosters! Linda from Dinner Plan-it enjoyed a Summer State of Mind rum drink. At Simply Romanesco, I paired coffee and ice cream in a frothy Viennese Iced Coffee. And Leah from Brazen Kitchen went for a delicious Cleansing Beet Juice.

Although the Super Bowl has come and gone, having big bowls of satisfying dips on hand is always a good idea. Jessica from How Sweet It Is turned dinner into dip with a tasty Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip. The Brown Eyed Baker made an addictive Spinach Dip for the game day. Sincerely Caroline shared a melty and gluten-free Buffalo Chicken Dip. Katy whipped up an epic Three Layer Black Bean, Salsa, and Avocado Dip in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. And Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats prepared a sweet and tangy Asian Dipping Sauce that goes particularly well with seared Ahi tuna.

On the sweet spectrum, Liz from Stiller Snacks opted for an old-fashioned Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cake and a homemade Super Bowl Sundae, while Chef Chuck baked chewy and flavorful Michigan Rock Cookies at Cooks and Eats.

Finally, Yum Yum dined at Silk Elephant in Squirrel Hill, the girls from eatPGH enjoyed brunch at Stagioni in the South Side, and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ went all the way to Harrisonburg, Va. for Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint.

See you here next week!

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