What's dishing on the blogs: Thanksgiving ideas

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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With Thanksgiving looming, our local bloggers are rounding up their favorite recipes. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The Brown Eyed Baker shared a tasty Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Cranberries & Pine Nuts recipe, and Jessica from How Sweet It Is whipped up some "not so boring" Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Bill from Three Dogs BBQ put his smoker to good use for these quick and Crispy Roasted Root Vegetables and Red Potatoes, while Katy tossed together a fast Rosemary Garlic Roasted Mushrooms side dish in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen. For a light and simple salad, try Sincerely Caroline's Butternut Squash & Toasted Pecan Salad with Goat Cheese.

For something sweet to nibble on, Katy baked adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes with Gingersnap Cookie Crusts and Marshmallow Frosting in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, and Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats made traditional Pumpkin Cookies. Want more inspiration? Head over to How Sweet It Is for an impressive list of Thanksgiving recipes!

Finally, on the restaurant scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats dined at California Pizza Kitchen at the Ross Park Mall, the girls from eatPGH tried Kaleidoscope Cafe, whereas Yum Yum explored a couple of restaurants in Ithaca and Geneva, N.Y., including The Crow's Nest and Parkers Grille & Tap House.

See you here next week!

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Second Breakfast opens in the Public Market tomorrow

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

secondbreakfastposterSecond Breakfast will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Pittsburgh Public Market. It's a stylish stand with a retro logo and weathered wood accents put together by owner Thomas Wood. Named for the reference in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," the stand offers a cross-cultural organic menu of breakfast dishes, such as crepes, Belgian waffles with bacon ice cream or pumpkin spread, eggy Hong Kong cakes and Japanese omelettes. Prices range from 50 cents to $10.

Second Breakfast has inspired Pittsburgh Market to open two hours earlier for the morning meal, starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.The new hours begin the first week of December, with breakfast menus from Ohio City Pasta and La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen.

Second Breakfast at the Pittsburgh Public Market. 2401 Penn Ave., 412-398-0352. facebook.com/secondbreakfastPGH/info
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What's dishing on the blogs: Pumpkin feast

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have pumpkin recipes and local food events. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

It's impossible to ignore the pumpkin bonanza around us. Jessica from How Sweet It Is churned an incredible Pumpkin Gelato with Candied Ginger and Dark Chocolate. Haute Pepper Bites prepared a super yummy Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. Yum Yum baked a wonderful Pumpkin Roll, and Culinary Cory showed us how to easy it is to roast a pumpkin.

In other sweet news, Linda from Dinner Plan-it made a quick Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Apple Crisp. Katy went with nutty Chocolate Chip, Pistachio & Sea Salt Cookies in her BakingDomesticityandAllThingsMini kitchen, while the Brown Eyed Baker opted for extra-special Chunky Pecan Pie Bars.

For something savory, head over to Dinner Plan-it for a Uber Umami Porcini Pork Chops, try Bill's Caramelized Mushrooms and Onions in a Roasted Garlic Milk Stout Reduction at Three Dogs BBQ, or the mouthwatering Black Bean Butternut Sliders with Chipotle Ketchup at How Sweet It Is.

On the local food scene, Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats lunched at Eat'n Park in Monongahela. Pittsburgh Magazine announced that Taglio Artisan Pizza will open in East Liberty. The girls from eatPGH encouraged us to stop by the third annual Farm to Table Harvest Tasting this Sunday, Nov. 16, whereas Leah from Brazen Kitchen invited us to check out seven more local food events including Organically Social Juice Fest on Nov. 15, the Conflict Kitchen Palestinian Potluck on Nov. 18, and the Cocktail v. Beer event on Nov. 19.

See you here next week!

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Learn to be a savvy wine consumer

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on . Wine

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Let's face it: When it comes to buying wine, a lot of us just wing it and guess what wine we might like, often going by the label. 

That's why Post-Gazette wine columnist Elizabeth Downer's columns are so popular. She's an expert on good wines and good values that you can find in Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board stores and elsewhere. Why, just this week, she attended a PLCB tasting where she and others tried 45 Chairman's Selection wines that will be available in time for the winter holidays. As she quips, "That's way more tastes than one's mouth can effectively do."

She'll soon be writing about those wines, and in this week's Food & Flavor section, she gave her picks for Thanksgiving wines, including the Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Cabernet pictured here.

You can continue to pick her brain on Wednesday, Nov. 19, when, from 7 to 9 p.m., she presents a Post-Gazette University, or PGU, class on being a "Savvy Wine Consumer." 

The course description from the PGU page: "Learn to navigate the wine list in Pennsylvania's state-run liquor procurement system. Elizabeth and a guest speaker will show you how to get the best buys available, as well as how to shop outside the system.

"Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies

"Free parking at Boulos lot across Commonwealth Place from Post-Gazette."

The tuition is $35; you can register here.

Two sure things: You'll very much enjoy your time with Libby, and you'll learn a lot. 

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Oyster fest at Wholey's

Written by Gretchen McKay on . Events

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Love oysters?

You're in luck. Wholey's in the Strip District is celebrating the briny bivalves in a big way in the days leading to Thanksgiving.

Oyster Fest kicks off Friday at the Penn Avenue fish market with sales and offers on oysters, along with recipes for everything from oyster stew and fried oysters to a New Orleans-style oyster po-boy.

There also will be samples, along with demonstrations on how to shuck the hard-shelled mollusks without slicing your fingers or stabbing yourself in the thumb or hand in the process. (Hint: It involves a kitchen towel.)oyster2

That includes an "oyster training class" at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, with PG garden writer Doug Oster.

Varieties available for sale during the fest will include all the favorites: James River, Chesapeake, Connecticut, Delaware Bay, Blue Points and Well Fleets. 

An added bonus: For every freshly shucked oyster sold from the market's oyster bar, part of the proceeds will be donated to The Children's Institute, a rehab center in Squirrel Hill. 

The fest runs through Nov. 26. 

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Korean restaurant, Nag Won Garden, opened in Shadyside on Saturday

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

nakwon41A new Korean restaurant opened at 5506 Centre Ave. in Shadyside on Saturday. Nak Won Garden is run by Chung-Chu Yi, his sister, Yang-Suk Beondy, and her daughter, Christina Beondy. 

I spoke with Ms. Beondy, who told me she moved back from Los Angeles four months ago to help with the restaurant. 

Mr. Yi is cooking with one other chef at the moment.  "The few Korean restaurants in the area offer barbecue and Korean-Chinese dishes," said Ms. Beondy. "We wanted to keep the menu as traditional as possible."

Here is the second page of the menu, with hours and the phone number.
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