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Grape pie's journey from vine to table leaves sweet legacy

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PITTSBURGH — September is often the time when home gardeners harvest the bounty of the summer growing season.

Retired educator and city planner Evan Stoddard and his wife, Janet, are certainly busy this time of year picking the pears, peaches, figs and plums they grow in their South Side Flats garden, along with basketfuls of squashes, ...Read more

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Best Bites: St. Pierre Brioche Pretzel Rolls

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St. Pierre Brioche Pretzel Rolls are made in France but have recently found their way to U.S. shelves. The soft, golden brioche is topped with sesame seeds that put a unique twist on the classic pretzel roll. These are somehow both sturdy and yet soft, almost as if they have just come out of the oven. Use them on sandwiches or hot dogs; we ...Read more


Breakfast of champions: Here's what doctors eat to fuel their day

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A balanced breakfast typically includes a protein, fiber and a range of nutrients.

Nearly everyone agrees: A healthy breakfast fuels the body and helps us get through the day.

“Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of ...Read more

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We tried Arby's new Venison-Elk-Beef Burger. Is it a wild-game winner?

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Arby’s has dreamed up a Big Game Burger that has nothing to do with a big football game.

The star of this burger is game … wild game. For a limited time only, the restaurant group is offering a huge burger made with ground venison, elk and beef.

It’s not the first time Arby’s has gone where no other fast-food chain ventures. In 2017, ...Read more

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Gretchen's table: Hey kids, wanna help make Japanese chicken meatball skewers?

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One way to get kids to try new things at mealtime while also teaching them about nutrition is to hand them a spoon (or bowl or knife, if they're old enough) and get them involved in making dinner.

Sons and daughters are more apt to eat things they've had a hand in preparing and, by teaching them to cook, even just a little, you're fostering ...Read more


Chipotle is bringing back its carne asada

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For a limited time, Chipotle is bringing back its popular carne asada to restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

“Over the past few years, our fans’ passion for carne asada has rivaled any other Chipotle menu item,” Chief Brand Officer Chris Brandt said in a press statement. “Now, we’ve answered the call, brought back this iconic protein,...Read more

EatingWell: Make-ahead meatballs are great for a snack, lunch or dinner

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This foolproof meatball recipe makes enough to stash away for another day. They’re great to have on hand for easy dinners, but also make good impromptu appetizers.

Italian-Style Beef & Pork Meatballs

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup finely chopped onion

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs,...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: The forgotten flavor

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As a flavor, bitter often gets a bad rap. A taste to grimace at instead of crave. While we have historically avoided bitter flavors in favor of all things fatty, salty and sugary, foods like arugula, frisée, rapini, and their respective bitter edges are increasingly colonizing restaurant menus and the vegetable aisle of supermarkets. Bitter ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Fennel adds an unexpected surprise to potato leek soup

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As the weather starts to turn nippy at night, signaling summer has left us, I like to prepare a comforting bowl of soup.

Potato leek soup is a European classic served from France to Sweden to Scotland and Wales. It’s usually just a simple puree, and I’ve enjoyed it with many variations, but without a doubt my favorite is a recipe that adds ...Read more

The Kitchn: These blueberry cinnamon rolls are life-changing

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Unexpectedly, a new Cinnabon location popped up in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. (Who knew they were still opening new stores in 2023? Certainly not I!) Naturally, every time I walk past it, I spend the rest of the walk home thinking about homeandleisure/recipes/varietymenu/s-2880761">Read more

JeanMarie Brownson: The glaze is so nice, I used it twice!

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Chicken halves are the way to go for both family meals and dinner with friends. Beautiful presentation, easy carving and moist meat top the advantages. Chicken halves taste just as luxurious as whole roasted chicken but require less time.

You’ll likely need to start with a whole chicken and cut it up at home or ask the butcher to help. Whole ...Read more

The Kitchn: Your cup of coffee needs this homemade spice

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I know it’s fall when I see jars of pumpkin pie spice at the store. The cozy scent from this blend of different spices always makes me feel like I’m walking through piles of autumn leaves. Similar to pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice is just as equally warm and cozy. It’s the perfect jar of spices for welcoming the change in season.

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Celebrate the sweet side of cabbage

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Its versatility makes the vegetable popular with both chefs and home cooks.

Thanks to the popularity of fermentation, vegetables usually enjoyed seasonally can last all year long. Beans, asparagus, carrots, peppers, rhubarb and mushrooms are now part of our pickling roster. But cabbage has been there all along.

The most common cabbage ...Read more


Best Bites: Nature's Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola

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While it may be the season for pumpkin spice everything, it’s always the season for nutritionally charged pumpkin seeds. Here, they are blended with flax seed, rolled oats and more organic ingredients for a granola snack that is delicious and good for you. High in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, this granola is great on yogurt, oatmeal...Read more

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Skip the pancakes. You should be making these memelas for breakfast

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The idea of making tortillas at home might seem daunting, says Bricia Lopez, a second-generation co-owner, along with her siblings, of Los Angeles Oaxacan institution Guelaguetza. But "I think sometimes people will spend more time making pancakes in the morning than to make a tortilla, which can come together very easily."

Even easier than ...Read more

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5 grab-and-go breakfasts that get kids ready to learn

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School is back in session and, for some parents, that means learning how to get a quick and nutritious breakfast into their children's stomachs before they head out the door.

I don't have school-aged kids anymore, but I sure remember how difficult it was after getting them dressed, readying their backpacks and making them brush their teeth to ...Read more

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5 easy school night dinners to combat the chaos

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Having to make dinner night after night can be a drag any time of year, but it can feel even more like a chore in September if you have kids in school.

After the (relatively) relaxed days of summer, it can take a while to get back into the rhythm, routine and energy of a school year. In addition to making sure everyone gets fed, evenings bring ...Read more


Yes, fast-food soft serve is still the best soft serve. These are the top 7 brands, ranked

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We're rapidly approaching the official end of summer, but there's nothing saying you have to roll back your summertime habits. Keep going to the beach. Keep up the picnicking and outdoor movie-ing. And keep enjoying one of the finest of all hot weather treats: soft serve.

Between the first drips that form when your cone hits the sunlight and ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Veal Ragout

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Veal slowly cooked with vegetables, herbs and red wine makes a tasty ragout or stew. The pasta cooks right in with the veal and vegetables.

Helpful Hints:

— You can use any type of short cut pasta such as macaroni or rigatoni instead of penne pasta.

— The recipe calls for a small amount of tomato paste. Freeze the rest for another time.

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Gretchen's table: Pumpkin mac and cheese puts fall spin on classic

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Football isn't the only thing people go nuts over this time of year.

September also marks the start of pumpkin-spice season, with the warming (and controversial) seasonal fall flavor finding its way into everything from your Starbucks latte and Southern Tier Brewing Co.'s Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale to cookies, popcorn, spreads, breads, ...Read more



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