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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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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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Risotto with Butternut Squash

I came up with this dish a few weeks ago for a beer tasting we were having at the club. This particular risotto recipe is deliciously rich, and may be served as an appetizer, or main dish.

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Istanbul Sofra, Pittsburgh, PA

Many different restaurants have occupied the space at 7600 Forbes Avenue in Regent Square. One of the busiest intersections in Pittsburgh, it would …

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Ardent Goods Handcrafted Grilling Furniture

    Are you a hard-core grilling enthusiast?  I am, even during those brutal winter months.  My neighbors often give me strange looks …

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Summer Grilling

  Summer Grilling   Summer is here and it’s time to fire up the grill.  I frequently get asked questions about my grilling …

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Knorr Pasta Sides

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Giant Eagle for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My Father introduced me to the Knorr brand when I was growing up. Both of my folks were avid cooks, but didn’t always have time to prepare dishes from scratch. Knorr products were convenient, easy to use, and flavorful for a myriad of dishes that my family and I enjoyed while growing up.

I recently prepared Salmon Herb Pasta with Knorr’s Pasta Sides- it was simple to prepare, and came out beautifully.

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Chicken Chili

I’m a big fan of chili, especially during the cold winter months. I don’t make traditional chili too often because I find ground meat too fatty, and kidney beans waxy. This Chicken Chili recipe is delicious, nutritious, and satisfying.

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Chicken with Honey and Figs

Chicken with Honey and Figs

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Back Porch Restaurant, Belle Vernon, PA

Every once in a while I come across a restaurant with real character. These eating establishments are usually small, have a loyal following, and have been around for years. The Back Porch Restaurant in Belle Vernon is quaint, comfortable, and most importantly, serves excellent food.

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