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Ciara Semack

Ciara Semack is the owner of The Blonde Bistro in Bellefonte. She is the mother of one and a lifelong resident of Centre County. Her column appears every other week in the Gazette. Questions, suggestions and comments can be directed to ciara@semack.net.

Articles by Ciara Semack

Blonde Cucina: Recipe hits on many of 2017's new food trends Blonde Cucina: Recipe hits on many of 2017's new food trends
9 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
When it comes to food, just as in fashion, there always are predicted trends that, throughout the seasons, we see come to life. Along with those new red hot trends are others that we see slipping away. Sadly, quinoa, vegan and vegetarian-type dishes, food trucks and grass-fed beef, to name a few, [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Enjoy a meatless pizza for Lent The Blonde Cucina: Enjoy a meatless pizza for Lent
13 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Recently, at work, I had to give an impromptu lesson on Mardi Gras and Lent. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” and Fat Tuesday is considered the last day of "Carnival." The Carnival season includes feasting, dancing, and, sometimes, drunkenness and debauchery. In general, [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Made-from-Scratch Mac and Cheese Is Worth It
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The Blonde Cucina: Made-from-Scratch Mac and Cheese Is Worth It
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
In today's fast-paced world we sometimes forget what quality food is. With a lack of time, we forgo things such as big Sunday suppers and homemade meals. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: made-from-scratch mac and cheese is worth it The Blonde Cucina: made-from-scratch mac and cheese is worth it
17 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
In today's fast-paced world we sometimes forget what quality food is. With a lack of time, we forgo things such as big Sunday suppers and homemade meals. Take something as simple as mac and cheese.  You can buy that box of macaroni and cheese with the powder or the liquid cheese, and [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Succeed in the Kitchen with Cooking Muse
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The Blonde Cucina: Succeed in the Kitchen with Cooking Muse
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
In order to be a great chef, you need to have a strong set of folks or key people to push you and support you. Remember, a restaurant is nothing without customers, and a meal isn’t a work of art unless you have an audience. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Succeed in the kitchen with cooking muse The Blonde Cucina: Succeed in the kitchen with cooking muse
19 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Stepping into a kitchen — whether it be your own at home or a professional grade kitchen — doesn’t necessarily mean you instantly have become or will become a chef, let alone a successful chef.   Many people work in kitchens and the restaurant field when they are in college [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Celebrate Slow Cooking in January
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The Blonde Cucina: Celebrate Slow Cooking in January
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
Let's focus on two foodie days that are celebrated in January: National Slow Cooking Month and National Soup Month. I’m going to give you some great recipes based on these two celebrations. After all, it’s winter, and when you come home from work one of the last things you want to do is cook. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Celebrate slow cooking in January    The Blonde Cucina: Celebrate slow cooking in January
21 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Happy 2017! I’m sure you are all expecting a “new year, new you” article based on fitness and food, but that’s dull, boring and played out, not to mention, expected. Instead, let's focus on two foodie days that are celebrated in January: National Slow Cooking Month [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Cook Up a Victorian Christmas
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The Blonde Cucina: Cook Up a Victorian Christmas
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
The Victorians were very economical, as well as creative, when it came to making meals, and this especially held true for their holiday celebrations. The Christmas meal was the biggest meal of the year for the Victorians. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Cook up a Victorian Christmas The Blonde Cucina: Cook up a Victorian Christmas
25 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing. One delightful event that our county enjoys is the annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas festivities, Friday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 11. this year. Giving and receiving gifts was not the focus of the Victorian Christmas [Read More]
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