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Spring Recipes

Spring Recipes

Welcome to Popular Pittsburgh’s “Spring Recipes” Section! A perfect place to find that easy to follow recipe sure to put the Zing in your Spring. We will continue to add new delicious choices over time, so stop back often to see the latest!   Check out our latest recipes! Rhubarb Jam Rhubarb Jam is a sweet seasonal treat favored by many western Pennsylvanians. Roast Leg of […]

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Pittsburgh: A Dining Destination – Focus on East Liberty

Pittsburgh: A Dining Destination - Focus on East Liberty

Pittsburgh: A Dining Destination Focus on East Liberty Pittsburgh-Zagat’s No. 1 Food City If you took a break from devouring chipped ham sandwich or pierogies, you may have been pleasantly surprised to realize that Pittsburgh has become a dining destination. Recently the city was ranked No. 1 as the best food city in the country by the prestigious Zagat Survey, a restaurant review provider. A […]

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Winter Recipes

Winter Recipes

Welcome to Popular Pittsburgh’s “Winter Recipes” Section! A perfect place to find that easy to follow recipe sure to warm your home & soul on a cold winter’s night! We will continue to add new delicious choices over time, so stop back often to see the latest!     Chicken Pot Pie Soup A very quick, flexible recipe for those who have a hectic schedule […]

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Great Coffee Shops in the Pittsburgh Area

Great Coffee Shops in the Pittsburgh Area

How great are coffee shops? Not only do they provide cups of coffee, but they provide a wonderful place in which to meet. When you need to meet with someone, but meeting at your home or office is just not practical, a coffee shop provides a great neutral venue. In years past, business leaders often met in smoke-filled social clubs or over three Martini lunches at restaurants, but with the passage of time, the coffee shop […]

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What’s Your Favorite Meal in the Pittsburgh Area?

What's Your Favorite Meal in the Pittsburgh Area?

We hope our Favorite Meal list gives you some “food for thought” when someone asks what you would like to to eat.  The list comes from our staff, friends and readers.   We didn’t ask about the parking, the service or the price. The star of this list is good meals!  Just good meals whether breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or even a snack. This list was […]

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Pittsburgh-Style Thanksgiving Recipes

Pittsburgh-Style Thanksgiving Recipes

Great Ways to Prepare Some Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Pumpkin Pie! While the chefs at Popular Pittsburgh love good food, like most Pittsburghers, we are a practical lot, interested in preparing delicious dishes with the least fuss, and with ingredients that don’t require a loan from the bank. Thanksgiving is a well-known day for eating.  To help you prepare for your feast, we’ve included recipes […]

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Thanksgiving “Turkey Tips”

Thanksgiving "Turkey Tips"

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to gather around a table of magnificent food. There’s a lot of pressure to deliver a Norman Rockwell masterpiece and it’s not always easy to know how. Cooking the turkey may be one of the most confusing and overwhelming parts of the Thanksgiving meal. FEMA estimates that 60% of fires on Thanksgiving Day are cooking fires.  There […]

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Popular Pittsburgh’s Guide to Area Breweries

Popular Pittsburgh's Guide to Area Breweries

Pittsburgh has often been characterized as a “shot and a beer town.” With the proliferation of so many small breweries in the area, the city today might be more aptly called “a shot and a craft beer town.” Pittsburghers have always loved beer (See Tapping into Pittsburgh’s Beer Scene), but the brewers in the area have undergone several transformations. In the late 1800s, there were […]

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Pittsburgh’s Whiskey Heritage

Pittsburgh's Whiskey Heritage

The people who came to this area and settled Western Pennsylvania were a resourceful lot, making use of everything at their disposal and wasting nothing.  Those characteristics are still present in residents here today. The first settlers in this area faced a savage wilderness.  They were isolated; Indians were often hostile; and their lives depended upon scratching out an existence from the untamed land.  Most of […]

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The State of the State Stores: Our Crazy Liquor Laws

The State of the State Stores: Our Crazy Liquor Laws

In 2003, CBS News ran a segment on a California wine called Charles Shaw that was selling phenomenally well. The reason? Prior to the report, Charles Shaw’s Shiraz had beaten out 2,300 other wines to garner the gold medal at the Annual International Eastern Wine Competition. The wine was pretty tasty and cost a mere $1.99 a bottle. When CBS spotlighted the inexpensive wine, its […]

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