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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: Valentine's Day tips for going out or staying in The Blonde Cucina: Valentine's Day tips for going out or staying in
200 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Valentine's Day is coming up quicker than any of us would like to admit. In case you forget, its Saturday, Feb. 14. Now, I’m sure you’re starting to stress. Do you need to call the florist? Do you have dinner reservations? Did you get a gift? Well, the good news is that [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Make Your Super Bowl Party a Success With These Recipes
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The Blonde Cucina: Make Your Super Bowl Party a Success With These Recipes
202 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
You have two things you need to decide; who you are rooting for; and what’s on your menu for your Super Bowl party. keep it simple when putting together your party. You want to have fun like everyone else, so make it easy for you and your guests. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Make your Super Bowl party a success The Blonde Cucina: Make your Super Bowl party a success
202 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Super Bowl XLIX is set — it will be the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Now, I know everyone is still bitter about the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers not making it in the big game this year, but you just have to come to terms with that. You have two things you [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Time to Start Planning for the Big Game The Blonde Cucina: Time to Start Planning for the Big Game
205 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
While I pause in a moment of silence to let you die-hard Steelers fans wipe away your tears again after a tough loss, I'm going to help you plan a Super Bowl Party that will help you focus more on the party, and less on who is or isn't in the big game. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Time to start planning for the big game The Blonde Cucina: Time to start planning for the big game
205 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
I know everyone was rooting for the Steelers on Dec. 3, hoping that they were going to crush the Baltimore Ravens because — let’s be real — there’s nothing better than planning a Super Bowl Party, especially when it’s for a hometown favorite. Now, while I pause in a [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Taking your Christmas leftovers to New Year’s Eve The Blonde Cucina: Taking your Christmas leftovers to New Year’s Eve
207 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
It’s is inevitable that you’ll have leftovers after a holidays, especially Christmas. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m always worried about if I cooked enough. Then I run to the store and decide I need a ham to go with turkey because what if that 25 pound bird [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Eliminate Some Holiday Stress With These Tips
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The Blonde Cucina: Eliminate Some Holiday Stress With These Tips
207 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
Holidays can be stressful. Take your holiday to-do list and prioritize. Decide what you want to do and can do, then accept what you, unfortunately, won't get done. Tip 1: It's perfectly acceptable to purchase cookies. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Eliminate some holiday stress with these tips The Blonde Cucina: Eliminate some holiday stress with these tips
208 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Holidays can be stressful. I know with owning my own restaurant I’m already busy as it is. Then, I realize that I have to do shopping, decorate my restaurant and home, bake cookies and snacks, wrap gifts, attend holiday parties, and, most importantly, plan what type of food everyone will want [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Tips and Tricks to Make Perfect Pasta
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The Blonde Cucina: Tips and Tricks to Make Perfect Pasta
209 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ciara Semack
If you remember nothing else, remember this tip — if your sauce is thin use a flatter noodle; if your sauce is thick, rich or chunky, use a noodle that is shorter and has texture to cling to. You don't need a lot of tools, just lots of water, a big pot and salt. [Read More]
The Blonde Cucina: Perfect pasta The Blonde Cucina: Perfect pasta
209 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
I remember a time when I was at my restaurant, Bella II, and the phone rang. I answered it, and on the other end was a customer who just had to call and tell me how much she loved one of my pasta dishes. She continued to rave about just how perfectly cooked the pasta was, and she wished she knew [Read More]
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