Best Breakfast Ever

I’ve fallen into a rut with breakfast, but this is the kind of rut that I don’t mind one bit. This is my breakfast, every day, for the last 2 weeks: Sliced strawberries from Crum’s, freestone peaches from Rhoad’s, vanilla Dannon Lite ‘n Fit, and a handful of vanilla almond granola from Trader Joe’s. Are […]

Review: Gallo’s Tap Room

I admit, for the longest time, I wouldn’t set foot into Gallo’s Tap Room. For all intents and purposes, it looks like a dive bar in the middle of a concrete wasteland nestled deep in suburbia. And maybe at one time, it was exactly that. But little birdies have been whispering in my ear for […]

Farm Fresh and Local Produce 8/1/09

One of the things I love about produce, and especially about going to farmers markets instead of a regular grocery store, is the vibrancy of color in the produce. You see varieties of fruits and veggies that have never crossed the threshold of your neighborhood Kroger or Meijer or Giant Eagle. Take, for instance, these […]

OLS Week 13: Caprese Risotto

It seems almost wrong that One Local Summer is ending just as the growing season is at its peak – with so much still to look forward to, and with no excuse to cook anything but completely local, ending the event seems almost premature. I wish there were a “One Local Fall” to carry on […]

Farm Fresh and Local Produce 7/25/09

We got an early start as usual, and got to the North Market around 7:30ish. I have to say, I definitely had a reality check and saw winter squash at the market that day. How could it be? It’s only July! But a definite eye opener to how little summer is actually left. Mrs. Rhoads […]

Review: Basi Italia

When I ask those in the know where to get good Italian in Columbus, an answer that inevitably comes up time and time again is Basi Italia. Unbelievably though, although it’s been on my radar for ages, I never got around to eating there until a couple of days ago. Part of that is because […]

Butter Pecan Oat Bars with Chocolate Filling

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. If that’s the case, it means either my mother loves me very much, or she’s trying to kill me at a young age by sending me into a diabetic coma. She stopped by the other day and brought these to us. They are little […]

Farm Fresh and Local Produce 7/18/09

I’ve been a sucker for sweet corn this season, and have been eating it like it’s going out of style. I mean, seriously – how can you resist something as beautiful as this corn from Persinger Farms? Wayward Seed Farms have been selling lots of fruit this year, provided by Eshleman Fruit Farm. I absolutely […]

Garden Update: July 2009

I have to tell you, this garden could have never happened but for the assistance of my mother’s boyfriend Joe. He’s done all the heavy lifting when it came to getting everything set up. His input has been invaluable, and his gardening knowledge has saved me from disaster more than once. I’m so lucky to […]

Garden Update: June 2009

June is a weird month for gardening. Some things are quite prolific, and others have hardly grown at all. The radishes I planted from seed back in mid-May were ready to harvest in mid-June. They were sweet and delicious sliced onto a piece of dark pumpernickel that was slathered with homemade butter and sprinkled with […]