March 4, 2013
I see why they do it in the south and of course, it goes without saying, in the UK.
Taking time for afternoon tea is an immeasurably nice way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon. And if you’ve got a girlfriend to catch up on some gossip, all the better. The Harrison House, right now, kind of has a little secret.
But the scones and tea are so nice, it won’t be secret for much longer.
If you’re looking for an exceedingly quiet place to take tea, a few scones (good ones, with the exception of how they are cut, according to a very knowledgeable British source), some savories, some fruit, and a gorgeous dessert, let me recommend them. No hustle and bustle here, just attentive service and the charm of a Victorian Village house.
The afternoon tea service run by Savvy Spoon Tea is a pop up of sorts, taking advantage of off time in the Harrison House kitchen and its cozy parlor in which to serve it in. All the better for us, who get to enjoy the scones that pop out of the oven as you’re arriving and being seated. The tea menu is varied with all good selections, I chose the rose black. The scones were marvelous with a little lemon curd and I was completely enamored with the mushroom pasty. The pear cake was moist and a real treat.
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August 17, 2012
I picked up a beautiful, heavy and sweet local watermelon at my neighborhood Giant Eagle Market District. I still can’t believe that this is my normal, everyday, hey-we’re-out-of-milk grocery store – it’s humongous. But I have to give them props: for being as huge as they are, they do try for a couple of months to really bring in a bunch of locally grown and raised produce. I really like that.
So back home, I was cutting it up and then slicing up all the leftover rinds so that they would break down faster in the compost pile and it hit me. People make pickles out of this stuff. And thankfully it’s less for the compost pile to try to digest, which is a good thing this time of year, just ask my husband, who often gets stuck with the job of carting out all the scraps. He’s a good man.
Is that a cucumber in the foreground? No! Just a well trimmed watermelon rind.
So a quick browse around and it’s a simpler method than I even thought. For half of a medium watermelon the brine is
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August 10, 2012
It’s the time of year where just about anything your heart desires is available fresh and local here in Ohio. Farmer’s market tables groan under the weight of melons, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches. Oh the loveliness.
Local Matters (whose mission is to transform the food system in central Ohio to be more secure, prosperous, just and delicious) hosts Local Foods Week every year. This year they have so many events from tastings to picnics to special local foods week tours. It’s kind of a party with produce all week. Which is awesome.
Cooking with local produce is my personal favorite thing to do this week.
But it’s summer, too, and if you ask me, that means cooking should be just barely above a simmer. If you’re in the house, lightly sauteed or not cooked at all are methods I can stand behind.
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August 9, 2012
The Hills Market has a fantastic little pop-up happening on the Veranda, home to so many good events as it is. Little Eatery is occupying the space on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer from 11am to 2 pm and creating fresh, locally-sourced salads. Its chef, Cara Mangini, honed her craft on both coasts: in New York as Mario Batali’s vegetable butcher and in Napa in the farm-to-table kitchen of a restaurant and winery.
But honestly what I loved as much as anything was sitting and chatting with her while she deftly mixed up bowls of emerald kale with Lake Erie feta or arugula and peaches and doled out samples of her market salads: lovely combos of watermelon and that feta, or cabbage and peanut slaw.
Tastes all depend on the day, folks, as it should with good vegetables.
Not to be missed are her buttermilk cheddar biscuits with honey butter, the perfect foil to all those well dressed greens and veggies.
It’s nice to have a new face in town. Grab lunch and go say “hi.”
Playlist included, of course, New in Town, by Little Boots.
July 26, 2012
My palate has wanderlust again. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Vietnamese food and the influences the French left behind. I have a hankering for Pho. I’m desperate for a good bánh mì.
So it should come as no surprise that when I was invited to put together a dessert recipe Yagööt and the launch of their new line of Yagööt@Home, I chose to go the Southeast Asian route and use some inspired ingredients: coconut frozen yogurt, Thai basil, a French red wine, ginger. Sriracha.
Sometimes a recipe comes together so easily. Ingredients fall into each other like long-lost friends, perfectly happy to hang out again. And while everything except the sugar and strawberries (and the coconut Yagööt of course) in this dessert are savory, I can guarantee that it makes one of the sexiest desserts you’ve ever tasted. And did I mention that it takes only ten minutes to make?
For the red wine in this recipe, I used a Beaujolais-Villages, because it’s widely available as well as relatively inexpensive. An inexpensive pinot noir would work, too. I use only a cup, so heck, you can kind of throw this together if you’ve got a bit of wine left over from dinner. This time, I used fresh strawberries, but you can bet that I’ll be pulling out all those strawberries we picked and froze earlier this year when the weather gets colder. The recipe calls for Thai basil, which is at every Asian grocery store worth its salt. I think it’s pretty critical to the flavor profile of the dessert, but in a pinch you could substitute some standard basil. Sriracha is another seemingly exotic ingredient, but widely available in most grocery stores. Buy a bottle and you’ll find yourself putting this spicy hipster ketchup on everything from your morning eggs to Friday night pizza. It’s delicious.
Feel like being daring? Want to try this recipe? How about some free Yagööt?
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June 1, 2012
I went with a friend to my very first Meet Up. Which, to be honest wasn’t something I would normally find within my range of regular activities. But she tempted me with something: there would be ice cream. And someone to give you some tips on making it at home.
She didn’t have to know that I have had a frozen ice cream maker bowl languishing in my freezer for a couple of months. Or that I had, for some reason, an immoderate amount of Snowville Cream in my fridge. That was just an extra reason that I should probably go.
Oh my. Am I glad I did.
This unorthodox meetup was hosted in the lovely kitchen of Jim Cushing, owner of Charlotte and Olivia’s Sublime Ice Creams. After introducing ourselves and chatting all things ice cream, Jim gave us an overview of how he makes an ice cream base
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May 21, 2012
Sometimes texture can be just as important to a dish as flavor. It’s harder to enjoy something that’s just a bowl of mush. Ok, aside from perhaps enjoying a whole dinner of say, mashed potatoes with copious amounts of butter or oodles of macaroni and cheese. I have those days, too. But sometimes there are some things that need a little crunch.
Enter this delicious and surprising garnish for a ho-hum dinner in need of some oomph. Consider moderating the spices based on your dish. I think a curry granola or a chile scented granola would be equally tasty. And if you’re local to Columbus, stop by North Market Spices to pick up one of their many spice blends (which are amazing) to use.
Savory Cumin Granola
1 c rolled oats
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