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How to freeze and thaw bread while ensuring freshness

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If you’re guilty of wasting one food it’s probably bread. Here’s the all-too-common situation: You just twisted open a basic bag of sliced sandwich bread at home, but then you go ahead and buy an artisanal loaf to accompany tonight’s dinner-for-two anyway. (After all, they are very different breads.) Then you buy buns for grilling […]

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Easy ways to help restaurants survive the coronavirus pandemic

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The United States has fully plunged into the coronavirus pandemic. It’s an uncertain time for most people and businesses, and restaurants are no exception. Small businesses of all kinds depend on foot traffic, and with people staying home voluntarily—and now by government mandate in many areas—businesses and their employees are feeling particularly vulnerable. Here’s how […]

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Why you should never store canned goods in the garage

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Stockpiling food and water is like a little insurance policy: Hopefully you never have to rely on it, but if you do, if could prove to be priceless. Whether it’s the threat of natural disaster or the fear of a pandemic, having a safety stash of food and water can give you a little piece […]

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How to freeze broccoli

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So you bought or grew too much broccoli and you know you’ll never use it up in time. It’s your freezer to the rescue! Broccoli can easily be frozen and its healthy fiber and nutrients preserved for enjoying at a later date. The best part? The process is actually really simple. Here’s how: SELECTING THE BEST […]

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Whiskey vs. Whisky: What’s the Difference?

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Whiskey or whisky? You may have found yourself, at one time, doing a double take at a liquor store. Yes, if you’re a whisk(e)y fan, you may have noticed some brands are spelled with an “e” while others skip the extra vowel. But why? In short, it has to do with a particular brand’s country […]

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White Chocolate Baileys Irish Fudge

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Make your fudge a little more fun this St. Patrick’s Day by adding Baileys Irish Cream. It gives the candy just enough kick to make for a festive treat. This Baileys Irish Fudge the perfect dessert for a low-key celebration in or as a slightly boozy snack for serious St. Patty’s Day party-goers. Note: If […]

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Irish Whiskey Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So, you say you like whiskey AND you like chocolate chip cookies? This might just be your new favorite cookies of all time. Chocolate and whiskey (or is it spelled whisky?), perhaps unsurprisingly, go together extremely well. A subtly smokey, nutty whiskey complements the creamy chocolate morsels quite nicely. You can go with any whiskey, […]

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Crock pot Guinness Pot Roast Recipe

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Get ready for the heartiest and richest pot roast you’ve ever made. The addition of Guinness to this traditional recipe makes for the perfect St. Patty’s Day dish—but it’s also just as delicious served on a cold winter day. Guinness beer’s dark, rich flavor adds great depth, but it also keeps everything super tender. Feel free […]

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Irish soda bread

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Contrary to popular belief, soda bread didn’t originate in Ireland. It was actually first developed by the Native Americans well before European colonization. However, the simple bread was eagerly adopted by commoners during the increasing poverty and famine of 19th century Ireland. Soda bread requires only a few ingredients—flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt, so […]

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Save money and buy produce in season in March

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March marks the beginning of the end of winter (yay!). It might not feel very warm when you walk outside your door, but spring is coming. March is also an interesting month for produce, as many winter fruits and veggies fall out of favor and we see the start of sweet fruits we associate with […]

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Classic chocolate éclair recipe

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Do you dare to éclair? Éclairs used to seem like one of those unattainable pastries—something you had no choice by to pay $8 for in a fancy French patisserie in New York or Europe if you wanted to cure your craving. Why, they simply couldn’t be made at home by a cheeseburger eating American girl […]

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Why you shouldn’t order “chai tea”

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Tea lovers, listen up. I’m about to save you from an easy error we’ve all made before. Here it is: Chai means tea. Yes, that means if you’ve ever gone to a coffee or teahouse and ordered a “chai tea,” you basically ordered a “tea tea.” While it is common to order that way in America, […]

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What’s the difference between cajun and creole?

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Confused about what’s Cajun and what’s Creole? Though you might hear the terms Cajun and Creole used interchangeably, they are in fact, two distinct ethnic groups, each with its own history, traditions, culture, and of course, food. The two cuisines do share some common ingredients but differences can be difficult to point to, so here’s […]

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Immunity boosting orange carrot turmeric ginger juice

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It’s official. It’s sickness season in the North East. There is no denying winter is here. Once the winter gloom sets in and you’re cooped up inside, it doesn’t take long to start feeling the sniffles set in. But food is your first line of defense against that expensive, unwanted trip to the doctor’s office. […]

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This is why Starbucks’ drink sizes are tall, grande, and venti

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Forget small, medium, and large. If you frequent the coffee mega-chain Starbucks, you know these sizes aren’t a menu option. When you’re ordering at Starbucks, you better know your tall, grande, or venti. So what’s the story behind this unconventional naming convention? Well, it all started in Italy. On a fateful trip to the coffee-loving […]

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A short but sweet history of Hershey’s kisses

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The year was 1907. Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, Oklahoma had been admitted as 46th state in the Union, and Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses came into the nation’s collective candy-loving conscious. Hershey’s has been planting its chocolaty kisses on Americans for more than 110 years. Today, the bite-sized candy is the 5th most […]

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Honey soy glazed salmon

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If you want a fancy-yet-easy main dish, look no further than baked salmon fillets. It can be a midweek date go-to as much as it can  be an al fresco meal with friends, or even a romantic night in. Salmon pretty much always suits the occasion. This baked salmon comes out beautifully with little-to-no effort. […]

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Heart-shaped peanut butter cookies

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Soft, sweet, and chewy, who can resist peanut butter cookies? This recipe is packed with peanut flavor, sure to satisfy that peanut butter craving. They taste as delicious dunked in ice cold milk as they do all on their own. Plus, you’ll fall in love with the little heart-shaped design. This is my go-to recipe […]

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Tips for making the best breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day

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On any given weekday, breakfast might mean a simple cup of coffee and perhaps a piece of toast—still warm if you’re lucky—gobbled up as you leave a trail of breadcrumbs to the door. But Valentine’s Day is a special day meant for spending with the one you love—and the food you love—so what better place […]

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25 most romantic restaurants in Pittsburgh

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The once industrial Steel City might be well-known for its dominating sports teams and french fry smothered salads and sandwiches—but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a softer side. Take the guesswork out of where to go this Valentine’s Day. From fire-lit dining, to impeccable service, historic architecture, and of course, decadent dishes, Pittsburgh’s most romantic […]

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Red Velvet Brownies with cream cheese frosting

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We swear we’re done eating junk after the holidays, and then BAM! Valentine’s Day goodies are everywhere. But I have to tell you, these red velvet brownies are totally worth it! If you’re a fan of red velvet, you’ll love these moist, chewy brownies. They’re 100 percent homemade, and ready in no time. Even the […]

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The best way to reheat a baked potato

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Whether you’re serving them oozing with chili and cheese or slathered with butter as a simple accompaniment to a steak dinner, baked potatoes make for a tasty, versatile side dish. But perhaps you found you made too many and now have leftovers.  Don’t pitch that potato. Here’s how you can make sure they taste as […]

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What’s in season in February?

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Nothing tastes better than fresh-picked fruits and veggies. If you too prefer your produce when it’s freshest from the farm, here’s what you should be buying in February. Fresh produce is tastier and cheaper since there is plenty of it—simple supply and demand here! So stock up, save money, and enjoy these fruits and vegetables […]

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Marry me chicken — also known as creamy Tuscan chicken

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Yes! I’d marry you for that chicken! So the story goes. From what I can tell, the first lucky recipient of this dish was moved to proclaim his eternal love if it meant always being able to eat this chicken dish. That’s a pretty stellar review. And a perfect one for Valentine’s Day! If you’re […]

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You don’t have to go to Gobbler’s Knob when you have Groundhog Day cookies at home

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Here in Pennsylvania, we’ve given a groundhog celebrity status. But he’s not just any old groundhog. On February 2, all eyes will be on the prognosticator of prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil. Phil has been sharing his weather predictions every Groundhog Day with the public for going on 134 years (never mind that the average groundhog lives […]

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20 creative ways to use your KitchenAid mixer

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A friend of mine recently said she received a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas, but didn’t know what to use it for. If you too have one of the bright-colored beauties just sitting on your countertop, let me share with you the top 20 favorite ways I use my KitchenAid. I admit, I was a bit […]

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