Friday Roundup 10/27/06

Well, I’m back – computer problems are mostly handled (I got a new system out of the deal, but there was a ton of stuff on the old computer that I really need – food photos, my calendar, etc. – which I may or may not be able to get back, don’t know yet). We’re trying to get the old system to operational status – since the boot drive was the one that went paws up, that means we have to install a new hard drive with a new OS, and try to access the dead drive as a secondary drive. It will take me a little longer tonight to get out the events posting, since all of my links to the different Columbus event sources went bye-bye with the hard drive.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa the Restaurant Widow this week, and let me tell you, folks – she’s as friendly and warm in person as she is in her entries. She even brought me a copy of Donna Hay magazine when she realized I had never heard of her (thanks again, BTW!) I’m going to be having dinner with Rosie and her husband this weekend, and can’t wait! πŸ™‚ We Columbus food bloggers should all get together and have a potluck sometime soon. Or a get-together at a restaurant. Or something.

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last farmer’s market of the season! πŸ™ I’m playing around with the idea of stocking up on necessities (like potatoes, onions, squash, root veggies, etc) and doing some cold storage this winter. Probably not, though, as I didn’t leave much time to prepare. I’ll definitely get enough to last me the better part of the next month, though. Now that I’ve made eating local a way of life, winters are going to depress the hell out of me. Next year’s plan? Lots of canning and food preservation, so I can still have the taste of June strawberries in December. I don’t think I’m going to do the CSA next year, though. It was a great experience, but just too much food and too much waste when we couldn’t get through the share every week. There’s about 3 more weeks of CSA left. πŸ™‚

Speaking of CSA, is it sad that I’m already planning out Thanksgiving dinner? I’ll be getting a 15-18 organic pasture raised turkey from Just This Farm, the same place I have my CSA share with. Along with that, he’s offering a box that includes most of the ingredients you need for Thanksgiving (enough to feed 6-8 adults) for $48. Turkey is $3.49/lb. so I’ll probably end up spending about the same as if I were going conventional. I’m still undecided if I’m going to do my typical spread, or if I’m going to try some new recipes this year. Probably a mix of both, with some new dishes thrown in along with the old ones (for example, my husband would kill me if I stuffed the bird with anything other than my usual stuffing recipe). I’ll probably have my menu finalized in another week or two. We’re playing around with the idea of buying some grass-fed beef from him too, to get us through the winter. I usually get these things at Bluescreek or at the farmer’s market – we’ll see if we have the freezer space available.

I was so glad to see that Blogging Ohio reviewed one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus, the Starliner Diner. We’ll be heading there this weekend, so expect me to post a review of our meal there sometime next week. πŸ™‚

Also featured in the Dispatch this week was one of my favorite places to eat breakfast, Nancy’s Home Cooking. Totally uncomplicated, down-home comfort food, just like eating at mom’s. If you get down that way, give it a try. You can’t go wrong with *anything* on the menu.

Go to any Chipotle location on Tuesday, October 31st dressed like a Chipotle burrito, taco, bol or salad, and they’ll give you a free burrito. I think I’d spend more on wrapping myself in foil then I would paying for a ‘rito. Just saying.

L’Antibes is for sale. Along with The Refectory, you can count the number of French restaurants in this town on one hand. I haven’t had the opportunity to try either yet (although I’m dying to get to The Refectory for their three-course prix fixe bistro menu for $21 per person – from what I hear, one of the best deals in Columbus). I don’t know if I should keep putting off my visit to L’Antibes, though – if it does sell soon, there’s no telling how much the menu will change, let alone whether or not it will remain a French restaurant. Is anybody familiar enough with both restaurants to tell me which one *you* prefer? Thanks. πŸ™‚

Dispatch readers said that Giammarco’s has the best lasagna in town. Can’t say for sure, haven’t been there. To those who have, is it worth a visit? Even though I like most of my Italian rustic, I like lots of stuff in my lasagna, which is why I usually prefer to make it myself. This week, they want to know who has the city’s best happy hour? I’m going to have to sit this one out, too – I don’t usually eat out during happy hour (and I’m not a huge bar person), so I wouldn’t know. Put in your two cents and enter to win a $25 gift certificate.

My goal for November, in honor of National Blog Posting Month, is to blog every day of next month. I came close this month until my computer decided it wanted to die. November is my month! I can feel it! πŸ™‚


My “keeper” recipes for this week (ones that I want to try ASAP) are: Creamy Delicata Squash from A Finger in Every Pie, Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger-Pecan Crust from alpineberry, Spinach and Feta Quiche (wow! I wish my pictures came out like that!) from Bron Marshall, My Favorite Beef Stew from Chez MΓ©gane, Warm Tarragon Dressed Potato Salad from Coffee & Cornbread, Crunchy, Hearty Oatmeal Cookies from Cookie Madness, Baked Oatmeal from Everybody Likes Sandwiches, Paneer Makhani from Hooked on Heat, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Jus and Autumn Vegetable Stew with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping from Ja Mange la Ville, Crock Pot Carnitas from Kayaksoup, Garam Masala from The Kitchen – Apartment Therapy, Paneer Pad Thai with Bok Choy from Mahanandi, Potato-Ricotta Salata Gnocchi from Porcini Chronicles, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese from Smitten Kitten, Kitchen Sink Eggs from Tigers & Strawberries, Scotch Eggs from tsogb,and Spiced Candied Pecans from Slashfood.

In informative posts this week, Dave from KitchenSavvy answers the question How Long Can Cooked Food be Left Out?, and learn all about making soup with WhiteTrashBBQ.

CarbWire talks about huge portion sizes in restaurants this week, and I’ve honestly got to agree. I’ll go to a restaurant, order beef stew, and get the equivalent size bowl and serving as what fed my whole family of 4 in a meal when I was growing up. The only way I can come close to finishing a serving these days is to not eat an appetizer or dessert. Most of the time, I’m boxing up darn near everything, and get the “was everything OK”? question from the waiter/waitress. Yup, everything’s fine – just can’t eat this much food in one sitting! I’d rather get half as much food for half the price. I think that’s why I’ve been wanting to go to places like the Refectory lately. Smaller serving sizes, but rich enough to satisfy. My mom and I were having this discussion a while ago. I’d rather have a small serving of really good food, rather than a huge serving of crap. Anyone with me on this?

Until next week, folks…

One thought on “Friday Roundup 10/27/06

  1. kelly

    love Nancy’s…haven’t been in a while, but i love the chicken & noodles with mashed potatoes…fattening, but comfort food at it’s greatest, especially with weather we’re having here now!!

    also, as far as food portions go, i never realized how much food Olive Garden considers a portion, until today…last night my daughter and i split the fettucine alfredo, and took the leftovers home…we had 3 (good-sized) servings from one plate…2 last night and one today…goodness gracious!!

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