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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: Super Bowl 50 is all about the food Blonde Cucina: Super Bowl 50 is all about the food
150 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
  This year, we have the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos going head to head Sunday, Feb. 7, to see who will be the 2016 Super Bowl champions. And, you’ve decided that you are going to have all your friends over to your place, seeing as how you got that super-large television [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
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The Blonde Cucina: Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
150 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
If you really want to do the whole homemade-from-scratch cooking thing and need some direction, never feel like you can't ask for help. It's completely acceptable and may or may not save you from ruining your hard work, throwing it in the trash, and calling for takeout. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Don't be afraid to ask for help The Blonde Cucina: Don't be afraid to ask for help
151 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The era of homemade meals is a thing of the past. When I was younger, I had homemade meals on the dinner table just about every night of the week. However, in this ever-changing fast-paced life we are all living, it’s hard to remember what your mom put in her homemade chicken noodle soup or [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: The Benefits of Meal Planning
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The Blonde Cucina: The Benefits of Meal Planning
151 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
The last edition of the Blonde Cucina talked about it being a new year and working on a new you. I am continuing that topic this week by talking about meal prepping and planning. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: The benefits of meal planning The Blonde Cucina: The benefits of meal planning
152 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The last edition of the Blonde Cucina talked about it being a new year and working on a new you. I am continuing that topic this week by talking about meal prepping and planning. I’ve been going to the gym and, believe you me, it’s hard to get up at 5 a.m., get out from under my cozy [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: New year, new you, new diet Blonde Cucina: New year, new you, new diet
154 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
How many of you made a New Year’s resolution to have a new year and a new you? Beach bodies are made in the winter, and since January has officially started, you have no more excuses to eat those Christmas cookies or nibble on that gift basket you were given. It’s easy to make a [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Treat Loved Ones to Edible Gifts Blonde Cucina: Treat Loved Ones to Edible Gifts
155 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Ciara Semack
Here is the whole book on gift giving in one statement: People love food! That’s it, and that’s all you need to know. Make something delicious and you will never ever go wrong again with holiday gift giving. The recipes below are easy-as-can-be. [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Treat loved ones to edible gifts Blonde Cucina: Treat loved ones to edible gifts
156 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
With all of the unseasonably warm weather recently, it’s hard to believe the holidays are here. I still remember it being Halloween, seeing Christmas décor and thinking to myself, “I have plenty of time.” Well, folks, we are all out of time. The stores have those helpful [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Thanksgiving is What You Make It Blonde Cucina: Thanksgiving is What You Make It
160 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
Just because Thanksgiving is a daunting task doesn’t mean it has to be hard. Here are a couple of full-proof recipes that will make your Thanksgiving meal — or another meal if you hit a restaurant on Thanksgiving day — delicious. [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Thanksgiving is what you make it Blonde Cucina: Thanksgiving is what you make it
160 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Though we have all seen the Christmas holiday presence in the stores since Halloween, Thanksgiving is here and it is a great holiday to get together with family and or friends. A newly trending term is “Friendsgiving.” This is where friends get together and have a Thanksgiving meal [Read More]
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