March 2007 Roundup

Sorry about getting this out so late – that hospital stay knocked my schedule for a loop, and I’m just barely starting to catch up – if I owe you an email, please be patient – I’m trying to work my way though my inbox.

There I went talking about springing and sprunging and now it’s snowing on my beautiful tulips. Argh. Gotta love this Ohio weather. Hard to believe that just a few days ago it was 80 degrees. We had to turn on the heat and fireplace last night. Brrr.

Looks like Liu Pon Xi is going belly up – not much of a surprise, though. I never got a chance to try them myself, as I’ve been told by more than one person that the food is mediocre and overpriced. However, the 2 restaurants slated to replace Liu Pon Xi in that space sound promising.

There was an interesting article in the Dispatch on whether Whole Foods is straying from it’s progressive roots? – I think any time you roll out a store on a national level, you lose some of the environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture – if for nothing else, because of all the fossil fuels needed to ship organic produce from all over the world to Dublin, OH. I honestly don’t think the audience that Whole Foods is catering to (at least most of them) is all that concerned about the politics or issued. Why do I go? Because it’s winter and there are no farmer’s markets open, they have some of the best looking produce in town, killer pizza, and good cheese. While I do like to support local farmers whenever possible, in winter it’s a little more difficult.

In other Columbus news, it looks like Thom Coffman, owner of the Clarmont Restaurant, is planning on revitalizing the space in addition to adding condos and other stores to the complex. Another one on my “to try” list as I hear they have killer steaks – of course, I doubt they would have stayed in business for 60 years if the food wasn’t good.

Why am I just hearing about Danny’s Deli for the first time now? Oh my Lord is that sandwich massive! And only $7.75?? I usually don’t go downtown during the day (hard to find cheap parking), but this may warrant a special trip…

And speaking of places that are new to me, the Dispatch also did a feature on a Korean bakery on the Northwest side, Choong Hee Bakery and Cafe in the Bethel Center Mall. The offerings here sound unique enough for me to want to check it out…

There’s a new restaurant in town, Rosendales, whose opening night rated an article in the Dispatch and lots of pretty pictures (yum, truffle popcorn!) from The Restaurant Widow. By the looks of the menu, this place is definitely up my alley and one that I want to try ASAP. I love the kind of restaurants Columbus is attracting lately!

In other Short North news, there was an article in Columbus Business First about the influx of new restaurants to that particular area, and questions if they will change the flow and draw of the neighborhood and if there are enough people there to support them. I say, bring them on! I *love* the choices available in the Short North, and will go out of my way (although I hate trying to park there sometimes) to visit my favorites, like Betty’s. On the other hand, there are tons of places I still want to try, but haven’t, because of the parking. Does anyone have any secrets to Short North parking?

This post on spring vegetables over at Counter Intelligence has me chomping at the bit, anxious for spring to hurry up and get here for real already. I can’t wait for the first stalls to show up at the North Market, bearing glorious ramps. ๐Ÿ™‚ I unfortunately missed out on them last year.

Lots and lots of links from other sites this month, probably due to me adding so many new blogs to my blogroll. It’s amazing how many great food blogs there are out there – each and every one of them is an inspiration in some way.

Among the savory recipes that have caught my eye this month, are Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup Under Cover, and Lindey’s Overglazed French Onion Soup from the Columbus Dispatch, Irish Brown Bread from Mele Cotte, Savory Roasted Pepper and Sundried Tomato Cake from Boxcar Kitchen, Beer, Thyme, and Cheese Spelt Bread from Cloudberry Quark, Hasselback Potatoes with Camembert and Hazelnut Dressing from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once, Leek Soup from genussmousse, Spicy Empanada Potpie with Cream Cheese Crust from Baking and Books, Boxty from Coconut & Lime, Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs from Cookin’ with Cyndi, Pho Bo from Definitely Not Martha, Popcorn Cauliflower from Dirty Sugar Cookies, Mexican Potato Soup from Eating For One, Potato and Onion Cakes from Fancy Toast, Cream Sauced Pasta and Vegetables from Four Foodies, Ultimate Mac & Cheese from Fresh Approach Cooking, Sweet Corn Bread Pudding from Have a Bite, Brown Butter Flavored Butter from Ideas in Food, Meatballs and Pasta from immaeatchu, Sundried Tomato and Mushroom Risotto Cakes from Kitchen Wench, Risotto with Creme Fraiche, Aspargus, and Lemon from Kitchenography, Skirt Steak with Caramelized Shallots and Red Wine Jus from Leite’s Culinaria, Roasted Garlic Champ with Truffle Oil and Irish Butter from The Mad Chef, Cottage Pie from Melting Wok, Vintage Cheddar Breads from Milk and Cookies, Fried Kibbeh Balls from Live to Eat, Arepa de huevo from Nika’s Culinaria, Giant Cauliflower Puff from One Hot Stove, Spicy Mac from Not Eating Out in New York, Pork Schnitzel with Caramelized-Onion Egg Noodles from Paper Palate, Central Vietnam Noodles from Pickled Garlic, Onion and Shallot Muffins from Superspark, Kapusta from Lorence’s Kitchen, Lisa’s Taco Rolls from La Mia Cucina, Reuben-esque Chicken Roulades from What We’re Eating, Easy Pork Satay Stir-Fry from What geeks eat…, and ย Pappardelle with Chicken Cooked in Red Wine and Impossible Spinach Pie from What Did You Eat?.

The sweet recipes I’ve bookmarked are Paula Deen’s Buttermilk Pie with Bisquick from A Fridge Full of Food, Guinness Cupcakes with Espresso Cream Frosting from A Mingling of Tastes, Doughnut Muffins from Alice Q. Foodie, Nutmeg Crunch Muffins from Boxcar Kitchen, Grande Mocha Frappuccino Lite and Double Lemon Poppy-Seed Cheesecake Muffins from The Columbus Dispatch, Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake from Cherry Leader, Baked Crepe Pudding from Cream Puffs in Venice, Snickerdoodle Muffins from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, Vanilla Budino from FamilyStyle Food, Bri’s Chocolate Cherry & Rum Cheesecake from Jumbo Empanadas, Fig and Amaretti Tart from Kitchen Unplugged, Iced Meyer Lemon Cupcakes from Alpineberry, Basic Macaron Batter from My Food Geek, Chewy Brownie Cookies from Sugar Delirium, Sticky Bun Muffins from Utopian Kitchen, andย Caramel Corn from Bitchin’ in the Kitchen with Rosie.

In informative posts, A Fridge Full of Food shows us how to make sushi, Anthony of Bachelor Cooking gives us a lesson in how to make homemade paneer, Apartment Therapy does an excellent overview of Dutch Ovens, 101 Cookbooks shows us how to make pesto like an Italian grandmother, the Cooking Diva educates on the best fats and oils for cooking, and we can learn how toย make homemade butter with Apartment Therapy. Also, Bribe Me With a Muffin shows us how to throw a wine tasting party, the Food Lava Blog gives us an overview of Asian condiments, Gluten-Free Gastro-Gnome gives you hints on eating gluten free on a budget and tells us all about starches, Hooked on Heat gives us our first segment of Intro to Indian, Vegan Grandma tell us interesting things about apples.

I need to get one of these. It sure would beat lugging around a bowl and a plate when I eat soup and sandwiches. But if I gave into every whim of kitchen gadgetry, I’d run out of room (wait, that’s already happened, which is why there’s an overflow of kitchen stuff in the basement).

A must read for all food bloggers – newbies and old-timers alike – the Delcious Days blog gives us Foodblogging – Do’s and Don’ts.

Oh my goodness! These bentos are too cute for words! Especially the stretching cat…

The fact that someone made sea salt from Pacific Ocean water is amazing to me – not sure if I’d want to eat it in large quantities due to pollution issues – but just the fact that it is possible is as cool as cool gets.

I’m not a wine person, but this is a great idea. Perfect for tucking in a picnic basket.

After my post about my hospitalization the other day, I’ve decided that even though I’ll post about the healthier eating aspect of weight loss here in this blog, I’m going to dedicate my old Livejournal blog to my weight loss efforts exclusively. Please bookmark it if you’d like to follow along in my journey. There should be some content there starting tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for being so patient with me, everyone. Happy Easter to all who celebrate it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Until next month…

5 thoughts on “March 2007 Roundup

  1. PW

    Search for BANANAS FOSTER in Columbus OH. Does anyone know it a restaurant her in Columbus serves the fabulous southern delight. The true kind where the desert is made at your table with a flaming liquor.The crepe style at Lindey’s or toast at Bananna Bean is not what I am looking for.

  2. Julie

    Wow, lots of inspiration! Thanks for pointing me in the direction of so many great looking recipes and thanks for including me in your roundup.

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