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!   Chicken Pot Pie Soup A very quick, flexible recipe for those who have a hectic schedule but still want a tasty meal. Baked Cod Yields: 4 servings Prep:    Approx. 30 minutes from start to

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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?

What's Your Favorite Meal?

We hope to give you some “food for thought”! This list features good food and came from our staff, friends and readers. Just good meals: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or even a snack. We didn’t ask about the parking, the service or the price. We simply asked, “What’s your favorite meal, and where do you get it?” Whenever you can’t decide where you want to go

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Pittsburgh-Style Holiday Recipes

Pittsburgh-Style Holiday Recipes

Like most Pittsburghers, we at Popular Pittsburgh 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 for some essential dishes.  We’re giving you the easiest, tastiest, and most economical way to prepare them.

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Turkey Tips and the Legends and Lore of Thanksgiving Dinner!

Turkey Tips and the Legends and Lore of Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving can be a confusing and overwhelming time when it comes to cooking. Luckily, you’re not alone when it comes to Thanksgiving cooking horror stories. For one Pittsburgher, the legend of the Paper Bag Turkey lives on. She decided to cook their turkey using the brown bag method for the first time. This method involves cooking the turkey in a brown paper bag and claims

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Pittsburgh’s Whiskey Heritage

Pittsburgh's Whiskey Heritage

The people who 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; they warred with the native peoples they were displacing; 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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Tom Friday’s Market

Tom Friday's Market

In 1955, a butcher shop opened on East Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Sixty years later, that same shop can now be found nestled at the intersection of California and Termon Avenues in Brighton Heights. Tom Friday’s Market has been going strong for decades. The current owner, aptly named Tom Friday, is the third generation of butchers from his family. The store is founded on

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Wine a While

Wine a While

Everyone talks about the California wine country, but for oenophiles and those who just like a nip of the grape every now and then, you don’t have to travel all the way to the West Coast for a fun and an informative day of visiting wineries. Pennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of grapes in the country and is ranked seventh nationally in the number

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Heinz Ketchup: The Taste Loved ‘Round the World

It’s enhanced more hamburgers than Hamburger Helper. With French fries it has formed as perfect a union as peanut butter and chocolate, and it’s made the inedible edible. What is this marvelous, miraculous substance? Why, it’s none other than Heinz Ketchup, the taste loved ’round the world. Pittsburgh’s Henry J. Heinz Henry J. Heinz, the son of German immigrants Frederick and Margaretta (Schmit) Heinz, was

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