Author: Sherry Esser


Pork chops on the grill
June 16, 2019
Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill create comfort and confidence, but when the grill comes out for pork chops, panic arises. But no worries, just follow these directions and your guests will think you are a true grill master. Marinating for 24 hours in a homemade rub creates part of the magic, but the meal is completed when coated with three types of mustard. Cooked on medium-high, basting every 10 minutes, this will become a summertime favorite.

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Monsignor shares recipes inspired by faith
June 6, 2019
Before long, many people will be planting their gardens and capturing the joy of harvest. Monsignor Michael Begolly, pastor of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Saints Parish in New Kensington, will harvest more than most.

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Recipes: Spam considered staple in Guam kitchens
May 30, 2019
Lindsay Nagengast, my daughter, lives in Barrigada, Guam, with her husband and 9-month-old daughter. When asked, “What is the No. 1 island specialty?” her answer is Spam! Spam is a staple in Guam. Spam is even offered in every Wendy’s and Taco Bell on the island. Many islanders have taken Spam to the kitchen. Growing accustomed to many different cultural foods, Lindsay is particularly fond of two recipes: Spam Kelaguin and Spam Fried Rice.

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Grandmother remembered for Italian feasts
May 25, 2019
It doesn’t matter how old you are, it seems that the best recipes come from the kitchens of grandmothers and grandfathers.

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Graduation party potato salad
May 18, 2019
Graduation parties require planning and will put your math skills to work.

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Local caterer shares mom’s recipe
May 12, 2019
John Marshall, owner of John Marshall Catering, has been a resident of Gibsonia for 53 years. If you have ever been to an event that he has catered, you will never forget the creativity that goes into his menus and the expertise displayed by his creations.

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Something sweet is on the menu
May 3, 2019
Ligonier is known for its beautiful hills and scenery, but after you visit Amy Hepler’s confectionary Scamps Toffee and Sweet, the only thing you will remember is how wonderful you were treated and feel after leaving this small business.

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Enjoy healing properties of cooking for another
April 25, 2019
Food Heals, it’s a source of restoration, and when one prepares a meal for another, it is even more healing.

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Create this Hawaiian-style Luau in your back yard
April 20, 2019
Having a Luau always seems to be the first choice for a picnic or a graduation party, but the thoughts of it are overwhelming.

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Homemade Mac and Cheese always a winner
April 4, 2019
Paul and Ginny Penezic are very familiar with the labor involved in hosting a fish fry. They have been providing fish dinners to the community at St Mary’s of the Assumption Church on Middle Road for the past 12 years. With a dedicated team of nearly 150 volunteers, they work tirelessly to serve close to 1150 to 1400 guests per week for six Fridays in Lent. This crew are experts at feeding hungry people in large numbers.

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