Tag Archives: FOOD

Glorious Cucumbers

My brother Norman brought nine glorious cucumbers to me the other day from his garden; I promptly sat on the couch with a salt shaker and devoured my first one of the season. For dinner I sliced cucumbers along with tomatoes; that has always been my favorite since I was a child; the melding of those two flavors is exquisite.

Tonight’s side dish was sliced cucumbers and Vidalia onions drenched in Ranch Dressing. On our honeymoon, 40 years ago, we had that dish in a restaurant and Continue reading Glorious Cucumbers

Finally, Oktoberfest & a Biergarten

Fifteen years ago I was drawn into a discussion between members of the local historical association. The topics were how to attract more members and get more community people to attend their programs and activities.

I wasn’t a member at the time but was asked for comments anyway. Maybe without thinking I answered the first question saying they needed to shake their publicly perceived image of being an elitist group trying to hold on to their claim of having descended from the town’s founders. I didn’t say this was a fair or exact image but lots of people believed it, nevertheless.

The second idea I offered was they should make their events mo’ better fun! A food event needed to be more than cheap boiled hot dogs and brownies from a mix. Continue reading Finally, Oktoberfest & a Biergarten

Columbus Taco Trucks & More

Earlier this summer I had my first taco from a taco wagon in Cincinnati. Since then I’ve become aware of the mobile restaurant industry that’s exploding in America’s cities.

The Cooking Channel has a program called Eat Street that each week visits various food trucks around the country. Seems if you can think it, someone is selling it out the side of an old bread truck or converted Airstream travel trailer. On just one-day and in just one downtown Cincinnati parking lot, I observed a mobile taco van, mobile wood-fired pizza trailer, mobile bbq pit, mobile pretzel truck, mobile espresso wagon, and mobile Cajun food truck. Cincinnati is a big place so who knows what was taking place elsewhere in the city.  Continue reading Columbus Taco Trucks & More

Next Best Thing to Ice Cream

I’ve said many times that ice cream is God’s own perfect food. If I’m ever told I have three months to live I’m not eating anything but ice cream and Lance’s cream-filled oatmeal cakes. Maybe the occasional Hostess Sno-Ball or Dolly Madison Razzie.

Other than actually eating ice cream, the next best thing is talking, reading about, or looking at pictures of ice cream. And, that’s what I like about Sally Turner Kennedy’s latest blog on North Coast Muse. It’s all about recent adventures making ice cream in her kitchen and it comes with photos.

Calhoun’s Jefferson Street Grill

Several weeks ago I ran into Brad Calhoun and got to talking food (I do that a lot). Brad began telling me about his plans to open a new restaurant in Greenfield on Jefferson Street, directly across from the post office.

I stopped by today to see what progress he’d made and while he is probably several weeks away from firing up the grill, char-broiler, and fry-daddy the place is taking shape.

He has stripped the walls and flooring to the Continue reading Calhoun’s Jefferson Street Grill

Too Many Tomatoes?

Every year about this time we hear in rural America are overwhelmed with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and summer squash. About everyone who planted these veggies in the spring now have far more than they can use and are begging others to take them off their hands.

Sally Turner Kennedy has a suggested and tried recipe on her blog, North Coast Muse, that makes use of some of these abundant and often FREE delights.

A Few Hours on Pittsburgh’s Strip

There may have been a time when every American city had a place like The Strip in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati still has Findlay Market, Columbus has North Market, Charleston, SC its City Market, and New Orleans’s French Market is still going strong.

These are areas of a city where vendors of all sizes and flavors seem to assemble to participate in Continue reading A Few Hours on Pittsburgh’s Strip

Orzo and More

All the recent comments about favorite Italian restaurants got me in the mood to cook Italian. So, I taking a quick inventory of the larder I came up with a box of orzo pasta, a link of Spanish chorizo, a little bit of pepperoni, a chunk of provolone, some day-old sour dough bread slices, a variety of typical Italian herbs and spices and a ton of fresh vegetable that were going to Continue reading Orzo and More

I’m Eatin’ Dog Food!

For several years I’ve been buying meat that has been marked down because the “use by” date was fast approaching. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this meat and the only reason it is marked down and labeled “Manager’s Special” is to cover Continue reading I’m Eatin’ Dog Food!

“Fast food Italian”

Years ago one of my Italian-American friends commented that he considered the grub at Olive Garden to be, “fast food Italian.” Not having much experience I was kind of taken back since I thought it was pretty good.

It’s been a number of years since we’ve eaten at an OG and until today, never at the one in Chillicothe. Looking for something different we decided to give it a try this afternoon. Well, the setting was fine, nothing wrong with the service, but (there’s always a but), Continue reading “Fast food Italian”

Ice Cream, Yummy. Reagan Wasn’t Always Wrong!

Sunday will give me a perfect excuse (not that I need one) to have a big DQ Banana Split. Ice cream is my favorite food and I celebrate July every year.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2011, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 17.

The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

Restaurant Reviews Welcome!

If you’ve followed my writings over the years you know I am always in search of a good place to eat. Recently my wife and I have been enjoying EAT in Hillsboro. Right next door is a place called Vickie’s Home Cooking which someone reported to have, “the world’s best onion rings.” Well, that’s quite a claim but if you’ve eaten at Vickie’s and would like to comment on your experience, please do.  Continue reading Restaurant Reviews Welcome!

Hillsboro’s EAT

My wife and I are always looking for a new place to eat and luckily one just popped up in our backyard, Hillsboro. The former McGee’s is under new ownership and is serving a menu unlike anything in the area.

The new owner,  chef Avery Elliot, is a Hillsboro native and graduate of the Hocking College’s Culinary School. Chef Elliot served as head chef at The Caves in Jamaica, one of the Caribbean’s top twenty-five best rated resorts, from 2005 until returning to Hillsboro this spring.  Continue reading Hillsboro’s EAT