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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

The Blonde Cucina: Have a 'Spooktacular' Halloween The Blonde Cucina: Have a 'Spooktacular' Halloween
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Ciara Semack
Having a get-together for this frightfully fun holiday doesn’t have to be hard — it can actually be fun. I have many ghoulish treats and, if you so dare, tricks for your partygoers. You’ll want to make sure you have delicious finger foods, as well as a punch that will “wow” the crowd. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Have a 'spooktacular' Halloween The Blonde Cucina: Have a 'spooktacular' Halloween
164 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
OK, all you ghosts and ghouls, Halloween is right around the corner, and if you want to ensure you have a frightfully “spooktacular” time, take a few tips from this mummy and you’ll be sure to be a top scream queen. Having a small or large get-together for this frightfully fun [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Create Your Own Salad Dressings
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Blonde Cucina: Create Your Own Salad Dressings
167 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
I’m here to tell you that there is absolutely no reason to go down that daunting aisle and purchase factory-made dressings. You can get better-flavored dressings with just a few easy steps and no preservatives or chemical additives. [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Create your own salad dressings Blonde Cucina: Create your own salad dressings
168 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Whether you're at Target, Wal-Mart or Wegmans, you'll find a dedicated salad dressing aisle with so many options that it can be as overwhelming at picking out a good bottle of wine. What some people don’t realize is that these dressings are very mundane and full of unnecessary ingredients. [Read More]
Wow The Crowd With Tailgating Treats Wow The Crowd With Tailgating Treats
169 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
Tailgating, especially in Happy Valley, isn’t just an excuse to eat and drink — to some, it’s a religion and way of life. When you adopt this way of life, you realize that the food is just as important as who wins the game. [Read More]
Wow the crowd with tailgating treats Wow the crowd with tailgating treats
170 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Tailgating, especially in Happy Valley, isn’t just an excuse to eat and drink — to some, it’s a religion and way of life. When you adopt this way of life, you realize that the food is just as important as who wins the game. Even though I grew up in Happy Valley, I admit I was [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Cooking while on vacation The Blonde Cucina: Cooking while on vacation
175 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Over the years, my family and friends have been doing the trendy thing, which is going on vacation together and renting condos and houses in locations such as Ocean City, Md., Rehoboth Beach, Del., Myrtle Beach, S.C., or, my favorite and this year’s travel destination, the Outer Banks of [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Sunsational Summer Salads The Blonde Cucina: Sunsational Summer Salads
176 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
Now what you've all been waiting for: the recipes. I have 3 different sunsational salads that are all fantastic whether it's used as a side dish, main meal, or show stopping potluck favorite! [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Be a super chef with summer salads Blonde Cucina: Be a super chef with summer salads
178 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Well, folks, we are in the dog days of summer. Over the years, people have been doing more grilling in the summer. However, if you’re tired of those same old grilled meats and veggies, why not make a “sunsational” salad? Aside from the taste of all the great fresh produce that [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Cooking for the Camping Crew The Blonde Cucina: Cooking for the Camping Crew
182 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
What really stuck out in my head about camping was two things: cooking over an open flame and cooking on sticks. As for your meal on a stick for breakfast you need four things — skewers, thick sliced ham, honey and pineapple. [Read More]
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