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October 3, 2010

The Big Sunday Breakfast

There’s something magical about the big, stick-to-your-ribs kind of breakfast I enjoyed on the weekends growing up in Texas.  Demeter and Zeus really know their way around a kitchen.  So breakfasts like this one are really up there in terms of comfort foods for me.   How happy was I that we could find OH so many local products to recreate the kind of breakfast that will give you a nice food coma to nurse for the rest of the afternoon?  Let me answer that: very.  

One of the first things I was dying to try this week was making my own butter.  I get it: you think I’m off my rocker for trying something like that and that you would never have the time to do it yourself.  Let me ask you a question: do you have ten minutes on the weekend?  You do?  Do you have a food processor?  You do?!?  Well guess what?  You’ve got no more excuses.  It’s a totally great thing to do with your kids, if you got any.  It’s downright fun! (I realize now, that was more than one question.)  



In a food processor pour in heavy cream (we used, of course, Snowville, because it’s the best tasting stuff around here) to the liquid fill line.  Flip on processor.  Process for approximately 3 to 4 minutes, stopping the machine and scraping down the sides two or three times during the process.  First you’ll have whipped cream, then really firm spreadable whipped cream, then butter!   

Cherub is not the best photographer, but she tries.


Remove the butter to a very clean kitchen towel over a bowl.  Wrap up the towel and twist to squeeze out all the liquid.  Buttermilk!  I am such a food nerd.  

At this point you can do whatever you want to it, salt some, leave some plain for baking, add some herbs or a wine reduction (awesome).  It’s tremendous and I think a lot cheaper than the stuff you get at the store.  Plus, it’s freezable, so you can make a bunch and chuck it in the freezer until you need the rest of it.  I’m sold.  

The Big Breakfast, in Pictures:  

Fried eggs from Manchester Farms, sausage from Curly Tail Farms, grits from Stutzman Farm, scratch whole wheat (from Flying J Farm) buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy (keep the sausage drippings, sprinkle a bit of flour over them while still hot and cook over medium heat for a few minutes, pour in milk and whisk, adding more until you get the gravy the consistency you like, season with salt and pepper), homemade butter and local honey.  And Silverbridge coffee.  Thank goodness for the coffee.  







Complete sourcing can be found on the Farms and Producers page.  

In a nod to my Texas roots, the playlist included Twenty Cycles to the Ground by Molina & Johnson.  Jason Molina (of Magnolia Electric Co, from the great lakes area) and Will Johnson (of Centro-matic from that hotbed of music Denton, Texas).  Gosh, I just love Will’s voice.  He’s the music version of comfort food for me.

October 2, 2010


We started our Eat Local Challenge this morning!

I think we’ll have to stop by Stauf’s this morning on our way out to Ohio Market Day at The Hills Market.  I was remiss in stocking up on Silverbridge.

Cherub noshed happily on a Holistic Acres Egg from Ashland, Ohio.  Hades and I skip breakfast most mornings, but we usually do up a real spread on Sundays.  For tomorrow, I’m leaning toward something with a nod towards my Texas roots.

At Hills Market, we’ll stock up on local produce for our side dish we’re bringing to Fall Fest at Dick Jensen’s Flying J Farm in Johnstown later this afternoon.  Cherub is looking forward to the hay ride and seeing what square dancing is all about.

Playlist was Cannonball, by Dayton’s own The Breeders.

September 16, 2010

Luck Brothers’ Cubano

If you find yourself in the Grandview area with as little as 10 or 15 minutes to kill, stop by Luck Brothers Coffee House and order the Cubano.  I had a bit of time this morning, as Cherub has started back to school two days a week.  There’s something magical about this particular mix: a shot of simple syrup, two shots of espresso, and foamed half and half.  Don’t order this to go, please.  Have a seat and enjoy it properly in a mug and saucer.  I know, it could have been just me that seemed to melt a little bit after the first sip, but wouldn’t you like to see if it worked for you, too?

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