What's dishing on the blogs: Gluten-free and comforting

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This week, we have gluten-free desserts and comforting entrees. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Since life is short I'll dive straight into desserts. Culinary Cory posted a juicy Gluten-free Blueberry Cobbler. The Brown Eyed Baker shared her recipe for nicely spiced Hermit Cookies. And who doesn't love lemons? Meyer lemons, that is. If you do, make sure you try Haute Pepper Bites' amazing Meyer Lemon Bars. Now, if you want more gluten-free tips, check out Sincerely Caroline's!

For something green, head over to The Hungry Hounds for a leafy Kale Cobb Salad with Avocado Green Goddess, and then wash it all down with the spiked Kiwi Margaritas from How Sweet It Is. If you're looking for comforting food, get grilling at Three Dogs BBQ to make an unbelievable Grilled Shrimp Stir Fry with Brussels Sprouts, then sink your teeth in the Cheesy Crunchy Crispy Chickpea Burgers at How Sweet It Is, and finish up with a plate of Yum Yum's creamy Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas.

On the local scene, the girls from eatPGH announced that Market St. Grocery has opened in Market Square; Good Food Pittsburgh dished about Sinful Sweets' new location at the Pittsburgh Public Market; Pittsburgh Maganize indulged in Indonesian food at Kusuka Indonesian Cuisine in North Huntingdon; Yum Yum dined at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto on Mount Washington; and according to Dan from Pizza Walk with Me Pittsburgh is still bursting with pizza news.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Mexican food

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This week, we have an eclectic roundup sprinkled with bright Mexican flavors and pizza news. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Hungry Hounds introduced us to a smokey Charred Ancho Mexican Red Rice and Jessica from How Sweet It Is whipped up wonderfully Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos. Who doesn't like Mexican food? But if you fancy something else, Yum Yum tossed toghether colorful Spring Vegetables with Warm Vinaigrette, while Bill from Three Dogs BBQ couldn't resist a nice Brisket Philly Cheesesteak Pizza. And to properly end a great feast, try the unique Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake from the Brown Eyed Baker or a fabulous Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Chocolate Pistachio Brittle from How Sweet It Is.

On the restaurant front, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me gave us the latest news on Pittsburgh Pizza; Good Food Pittsburgh announced that there's a rooftop beer garden to open at Hotel Monaco; the girls from eatPGH attended a pop-up dinner at Thin Man Sandwich Shop; and Yum Yum celebrated her anniversary with gorgeous cupcakes from Grandview Bakery. Pittsburgh Magazine discussed gardening in Pittsburgh; Chef Chuck shared grilling tips at Cooks and Eats; whereas Culinary Cory spent his birthday exploring the restaurant scene in Sandusky, Ohio.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Spring menu

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This week, we have spring ideas and restaurant news. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

With the weather warming up, our blogger friends are sharing their delicious spring recipes. Jessica from How Sweet It Is prepared her favorite Greek Salad with Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Bread. Yum Yum assembled a light Brown Rice Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese, & Lemon. Haute Pepper Bites made a super easy Honey Oatmeal Quick Bread. The Hungry Hounds announced their spring round-up, while the Sugar Pixie dished about her garden plan for 2015.

For something richer, try Linda's hearty Grillades and Fresh Veggie "Spaghetti" at Dinner Plan-it, Bill's lip-smacking Smoked Short Rib Pot Pie with an IPA Crust at Three Dogs BBQ, or Jessica's yummy Thai Chicken Street Noodles at How Sweet It Is. And finish a good meal with an even better dessert – the Malted Milk Chocolate Cupcakes from the Brown Eyed Baker.

On the restaurant spectrum, Pittsburgh Magazine listed a number of local restaurants worth visiting; Good Food Pittsburgh introduced Tender Bar + Kitchen's new happy hour; Yum Yum dinned at Bocktown Beer & Grill; the Sugar Pixie reviewed Silvioni's; Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats enjoyed a good meal at Lidia's; the girls from eatPGH filled their bellies with Mediterranean cuisine at Shouf's Cafe; at Simply Romanesco, I revisited One Flew South at the Atlanta International Airport; and Culinary Cory summed up the Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show.

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What's dishing on the blogs: Cakes and stews

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This week, we have fantastic cakes, elaborate meals and restaurant news. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Brown Eyed Baker spoiled us with the exquisite Mrs. Dill's Chocolate Cake. At Simply Romanesco, I shared with you homemade Chocolate Coconut Date Bars. Jessica from How Sweet It Is baked a boozy One Bowl Fudgy Whiskey Chocolate Cake, while Sugar Pixie presented her Birthday Cake Under Construction. For a somewhat lighter affair, try the beautiful Three Layer Parsnip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from The Hungry Hounds or the fruity Raspberry-Ricotta Cake from Yum Yum. These days, it's all about gorgeous cakes!

On the stew menu, Bill made a mouthwatering BBQ Pulled Pork Tomatillo Chili at Three Dogs BBQ. Culinary Cory opted for a tasty Slow Cooker Low Country Boil. Yum Yum went with her own version of Coq au Riesling and Linda from Dinner Plan-it chose the comforting Beer Braised Pork Chops with Cabbage, Apples and Caraway. In terms of appetizers, look no further than Chef Chuck's Guacamole at Cooks and Eats or Sam's Egg Salad with Crispy Pancetta at Haute Pepper Bites.

Finally, on the restaurant scene, Great Food Pittsburgh introduced the new spring dessert menu at Habitat; Pittsburgh Magazine dished about the Eastern European inspirations for Legume and the new eatery Dacha; the girls from eatPGH announced that Pizza Taglio will open in East Liberty; and Dan from Pizza Walk with Me recapped the International Pizza Expo 2015 in Las Vegas.

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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.

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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.

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