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Almond Toffee

Almond Toffee

This is a wonderful treat and makes quite a bit. I have given it as gifts during the holidays. One caution–unless you like taking risk, use a candy thermometer. If you don’t have one, invest in one. It is very easy to burn the toffee and ruin the whole batch. Ingredients:

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Pierogies: A Pittsburgh Passion

Pierogies: A Pittsburgh Passion

I remember the first time I tasted a Pierogi. It was 1967 and I was about seven years old. One Saturday afternoon I followed my neighbor and friend, Marilyn, into her kitchen on the way to her backyard to play. I came upon a scene I’d never encountered before. Massive pots of boiling water burbled on the stove, while her mom, who was dusted in […]

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Beer Museum on Tap for Pittsburgh

Beer Museum on Tap for Pittsburgh

“Beer spans 10,000 years of human history and culture, and our intention is to tell that story in such a way so that you have fun while learning it,” said Matthew Sherwin, Director of Business Development for National Beer Museum Development Group, LLC, the entity working to bring Brew: The Museum of Beer to Pittsburgh. A Bright Idea Approximately three years ago, Joe McAllister, Principal […]

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The Gran Canal Caffe

The Gran Canal Caffe

  Tucked away just up the street from the statue of Seneca Chief Guyasuta in Sharpsburg is the Gran Canal Caffe. Since 1995, owners Michele and Antoinette Bonaventura have been serving freshly-made and cooked-to-order delicious Italian cuisine. How this restaurant escaped my attention baffles me, but I’m beginning to suspect that their loyal diners must have been keeping this gem to themselves for fear if […]

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