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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: Cooking for the camping crew The Blonde Cucina: Cooking for the camping crew
183 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
With summer practically here and school being out, I’m sure many of you are making weekend plans to go to camp or the lake. Going camping on the weekends is a way of life for some families. They get to enjoy the great outdoors, spend time together and enjoy cooking over an open fire. This [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: End of the School Year Fun! The Blonde Cucina: End of the School Year Fun!
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
What cool, super terrific, awesome thing can you make for that end of the school year party that all the kids will love and make you that uber cool mom or dad that we always secretly want to be? Make donut hole kabobs or s'mores on a stick. How about rice crispy sushi? [Read More]
Blonde Cucina: Time for end-of-the-school-year fun Blonde Cucina: Time for end-of-the-school-year fun
188 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The weather has gone from the 50s to 80s in no time at all, gorgeous gowns can be found down at Talleyrand Park, graduation announcements are ordered, final field trips are scheduled and the sun is shining with birds chirping at the first light of dawn. This can only mean one thing — the [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Cooking with oils and fats The Blonde Cucina: Cooking with oils and fats
189 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Have you ever been to the store and noticed all the different fats and oils from which you can choose? There are a lot of them. I’m sure you also are wondering what the difference is. Well, I’m here to tell you — there is a difference. Don’t worry — I’m not [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Making Easter Eating Easy
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The Blonde Cucina: Making Easter Eating Easy
193 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Ciara Semack
The buffets are great, and I do make reservations at those (that’s one of my little secrets). However, what about dinner? Well, here’s a little idea — you can do what I do. First, I go to church, then to a buffet, then I make a small Easter dinner at home. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Easter made easy The Blonde Cucina: Easter made easy
194 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
When you start to think about Easter, bright and colorful hard-boiled eggs, large chocolate bunnies, egg hunts and daffodils come to mind. You also might be considering whether you’re going to go to one of those Easter buffets or if you’re going to do the cooking that day. Most [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Kitchen Spring Cleaning
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The Blonde Cucina: Kitchen Spring Cleaning
195 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
It is ten times easier to make good healthy meals while you're at home when your kitchen, cupboards, fridge and freezer are organized and up to date. Keep in mind when you know what you have on hand you'll end up really stretching your food dollar. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: With spring's arrival, time to clean your kitchen The Blonde Cucina: With spring's arrival, time to clean your kitchen
195 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
With daylight savings time, warmer temperatures and the sun shining, some of you may get the urge to start that annual rite of passage, spring cleaning. You may be cleaning the windows, scrubbing your house top to bottom, putting away the winter clothes and pulling out the spring and summer [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Beach Bodies Are Made in the Winter The Blonde Cucina: Beach Bodies Are Made in the Winter
197 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
When it comes to creating that beach body you need to remember a few things; summer and your vacation is going to be here before you know it; getting that bathing suit ready body is going to take a while; and you need to realize it’s a lifestyle change not a quick fix. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Beach bodies are made in the winter The Blonde Cucina: Beach bodies are made in the winter
198 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
I’m sure with all of the cold weather and snow, none of us have really thought about summer. When it comes to creating that beach body, you need to remember a few things: Summer and your vacation are going to be here before you know it, getting that bathing suit ready body is going to take [Read More]
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