RIP: The Dog Joint

I read today in ThisWeek News that The Dog Joint in Westerville closed last month. I visited it once, last summer, and found it to be fair to middlin’. Not bad enough to slaughter them in a review, but not good enough to recommend. I had wanted to go back and give it another try […]

Pork Meatball Banh Mi Sandwich

Somehow, in the past couple of years, I developed a love for Vietnamese sandwiches – the Banh Mi at Mi Li Cafe on the North Side are a staple for me whenever I can get up that way. When I saw this recipe, I knew I’d have to try it. Don’t get the wrong idea […]

Roast "Sticky" Chicken

Once in a while, you stumble upon one of those rare recipes where once you’ve made that particular dish that way, there’s no use in looking any further and then there’s just no other way of making it for you. This roast chicken recipe will be my “go to” recipe from now on. Not only […]

Cheeseburger Macaroni

As I mentioned yesterday, we really don’t do a ton of cooking in the winter. I think part of it has to do with the lack of fresh ingredients – there’s only so much squash and citrus you can eat before it gets old. And since a lot of the cooking responsibility falls on Paul […]

Life’s Simple Pleasures

We’re in the thick of winter, so I’ve been feeling really out of sorts lately, not able to find much joy in anything, instead biding my time until the sun starts shining again. Some of you may not know this (although most of you do), but I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, and in January […]

Event 2009: Restaurant Widow at Hills Market

In anticipation of the Hills Market starting up the 2010 season of Cooking Classes, I’ve decided to finally get around to posting about the events I attended there in 2009. Better late than never! Stay tuned at the end of the post for information on upcoming classes and events. — I’ve been a regular shopper […]

Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Orzo

Many times, I’ll take something out of the freezer to thaw in the morning with no concrete plans on what we’re having for dinner. We’ll flip through some recipes, and come across something that we can make with what we have on hand. We’re lucky enough to have a packed pantry (even Mormon’s would be […]

Basic Beer-Cheese Bread

If you’re anything like me, the cold weather outside has prompted you to try to keep warm with lots of hearty soups and stews. There’s nothing quite like hunkering down in front of the fireplace with a huge steaming bowl of something that’s been cooking all day. Gravy-based stews cry out for a nice hunk […]

Baked Sausage, Peppers and Onions

For the past couple of months, my slow cookers and Dutch oven have been my best friends. It’s been all about convenience in these parts, and the responsibility for any meals that require anything resembling work has fallen squarely on the shoulders of my wonderful husband Paul. Can I just say for the record that […]