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Esta Esta, Monroeville, PA

I rarely turn down Italian food, so when I was asked to go to Esta Esta last week I happily accepted. I had never been to the Italian eatery in Monroeville, PA, and wasn’t even aware of it’s existence.

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Spicy Bacon Cheese Dip

This Spicy Bacon Cheese dip is easy to make, and packed with flavor!

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Gravlax with Absolut Citron

Gravlax is a Scandinavian dish of dry-cured salmon marinated in herbs. There are many variations- some are savory, while others are sweet and tangy. Gravlax with Absolute Citron takes only a few minutes to prep, but requires 24 hours to cure.

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Green Drink Recipe

I started making green drinks a few weeks back. I usually start craving coffee at noon, so I’ve been trying to replace the caffeine with green, leafy veggies. This drink is easy to make, and provides a nice spike of energy!

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Thai Cilantro Dipping Sauce

I came up with this flavorful, delicious recipe for a beer tasting we had at the club. Thai Cilantro Dipping Sauce is perfect for chicken, pork, white fish, and grilled vegetables.

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Homemade Lemon Pepper

Homemade lemon pepper is a very easy, and useful seasoning that goes well with most proteins.

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Ristorante Arlecchino, McMurray, PA

Ristorante Arlecchino is located at 133 Camp Lane, in Mcmurray, PA. Previously a schoolhouse, the restaurant embodies comfort, and old-world charm. The main dining room is inviting and warm, with an open kitchen where you can see the talent at work.

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Cookware Buying Guide

Cookware Buying Guide

I frequently get asked questions about cookware. Most people are confused when it comes to purchasing pots and pans because there are so many varieties. Here are a few things to consider when buying a set for your home kitchen.

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Bravo Franco, Pittsburgh, PA

The show started out well, but quickly became a bit overwhelming and repetitive- a sensory overload to say the least. When the lights came on, and the intermission bell chimed, we decided to skip the second act (along with many other folks) and have an early dinner. We chose Bravo Franco, located at 613 Penn Avenue, because of its close proximity to the theater.

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Lobster Risotto with White Wine and Veggies

Lobster Risotto with White Wine and Veggies – Cooks and Eats

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