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Food & Dining


Upstart winery snags ‘Best Ohio wine’ top prize in an upset

Southwest Ohio wineries brought home some impressive hardware in the 2017 Ohio Wine Competition, while the top prize went to an upstart winery that hasn’t yet celebrated its 4th birthday. The competition was held earlier this month at Kent State University’s Ashtabula branch campus. The full results of the competition have not been formally released, but winning wineries have been informed...

Make a jar of this, and every meal is just a sprinkle away from crunchy

One common complaint about vegetarian dishes is that they can lack texture. But plant-based foods can range in texture just as much as meat can, so it's simply a matter of paying attention to that quality when you're cooking. Most weeks I write about a full-fledged meal, but this week I'm writing about a DIY pantry item that can act as a texture-insurance policy. It's a savory granola, made the same...
Cooking good food fast is key for Ramadan

Cooking good food fast is key for Ramadan

When a cook such as Rima Kasm prepares for Ramadan - the month-long period during which Muslims fast during daylight hours - she knows that planning is even more essential than usual. "I will write down what I want to cook each day and get everything I need," says the Newport Beach, California, resident who came to America from her native Lebanon 25 years ago. She will rise before dawn to...
Batali has advice for food-wasters

Batali has advice for food-wasters

Recently, I interviewed Batali by email about food waste, and tips he could offer readers about ways we can prevent waste in the home as well as when we dine out. A: I agree with Dan, but it’s even more critical to consider American portion sizes. Americans who dine out are typically faced with the dilemma of overeating or wasting food. The obvious solution is reducing entrees by 1/3, or even...
How to build a better BLT — and add lobster or arugula pesto

How to build a better BLT — and add lobster or arugula pesto

It seems almost a shame to be writing about BLTs in the middle of May, months from tomato season, but it’d be more shameful to indulge in a month dedicated to sandwiches without including this pillar of high art. And don’t be mistaken, a BLT with its symphony of crunchy, savory, salty and juicy is high art.  The blueprint is baked into the name, a triumvirate of bacon, lettuce and...
No cream? No butter? Can this really be French cooking?

No cream? No butter? Can this really be French cooking?

It’s time for American cooks to embrace their French side; no passport or accent necessary. As a proper guide for this French adventure, Georgeanne Brennan’s latest cookbook, “La Vie Rustic: Cooking and Living in the French Style” (Weldon Owen, 292 pages, $35), offers indispensable advice.  Brennan’s French lesson is based on simple, seasonal, sustainable eating...
The ideal aperitif: Good vermouth, cool and fragrant

The ideal aperitif: Good vermouth, cool and fragrant

One summer evening a few years ago, I was standing in the Napa Valley kitchen of Steve Matthiasson, a farmer and winemaker, when he handed me a tumbler filled with amber liquid and a fat cube of ice. It was not what I was expecting from Matthiasson, who, with his wife, Jill Klein Matthiasson, makes a range of wonderfully pure and refreshing wines from both the expected grapes like cabernet sauvignon...
Charcoal or gas? Depends on what you’re grilling

Charcoal or gas? Depends on what you’re grilling

Gas or charcoal? It is a question that has bedeviled American consumers and cooks for decades, since the first LazyMan propane grill went on sale in the 1950s and left the Smiths with their briquette-fueled brazier looking jealously over the fence at the Joneses and their new outdoor science stove. In the abstract, there is no one correct answer. You can have affirmative responses to the use of either...
This 10-minute dinner sauce starts with a bottle opener

This 10-minute dinner sauce starts with a bottle opener

Sauces that are complex and require hours of reduction are wondrous kitchen assets, but then again, so are the ones that take shortcuts to achieve the same lustrous, glaze-y results. This recipe features the latter and relies on ginger beer, which these days can be found at any supermarket and is really a carbonated, nonalcoholic beverage that is less sweet and more gingery-tasting than ginger ale...
Let your garlic, bacon and cheese dreams come true at this food truck

Let your garlic, bacon and cheese dreams come true at this food truck

Garlic toast grilled cheese? The Pork-splosion? Homemade southern sweet tea? This food truck has it all. The 1776 Grill begins every. single. one. of its sandwiches with grilled garlic toast, and it only gets better from there. From the bacon-stuffed grilled cheese (which we sampled) to the “Pork-splosion” pulled pork sandwich and of course, the iconic 1/3 lb bacon cheeseburger, you...
Beer of the Week: A refreshing wheat beer with a tidal wave of hops

Beer of the Week: A refreshing wheat beer with a tidal wave of hops

I caught myself referring to Modern Times' Fortunate Islands as "really sessionable" the other day. It felt a little ridiculous: Of course a wheat beer should be easy-drinking. My first tastes of "wheat beers" were Bavarian hefeweizens and Belgian witbiers, perfect for crushing on a sultry summer day, which is something I still associate with the "wheat beer." That was...
Open strawberry season with a showstopper

Open strawberry season with a showstopper

Galettes are generally casual desserts, made with just a rolling pin, a baking sheet and an oven. These free-form tarts can be filled with any fruit and will bake up bubbling and golden, no matter how slapdash you think you’ve been when folding them up. This elegant galette, however, requires a bit more attention. But those few extra steps — making a two-layer filling of strawberries and...
Artichoke hearts fry up crisp, delicious and pretty enough for prom

Artichoke hearts fry up crisp, delicious and pretty enough for prom

Flowers, though quiet, have a lot to say. For instance: I’m sorry. I like you. And, at prom: You’re mine. The tradition, one tradition has it, dates back to the damsel who ripped a swatch from her gown and pressed it into the armored fingers of her departing knight. He was hers.  Now she wears a corsage, which means bodice, though it snaps around the wrist. He wears a boutonniere...
Whether green or white, asparagus is a rite of spring

Whether green or white, asparagus is a rite of spring

For me, there’s no more secure harbinger of the exodus from winter than the oh so welcomed gift of a bundle of tender asparagus stalks from a dear friend who has been nurturing her asparagus bed for many years. A perennial, asparagus takes a few years of cultivating before it will yield its tasty rewards. It is worth the wait. If we were transplanted to the climes of Europe, we’d welcome...
Best Bites: Ritz Crisp & Thins Salt & Vinegar

Best Bites: Ritz Crisp & Thins Salt & Vinegar

You could argue that Ritz Crisp & Thins Salt & Vinegar chips have too many ampersands in the name, but it is inarguable that these puffed chips are good. Make that very good. They are a lower fat alternative to potato chips, and are every bit as insidiously addicting. They are light, crispy, airy and delicious. Sorry — airy & delicious. Size: 7.1 ounces  Price: $2.99 or more  Available...

Bitters: What exactly they are, and how to use them in cocktails and more

Think of bitters like the spice rack of the cocktail world. That's the first thing Hunter Bryant, bar manager at Haven in Tampa, tells me when I sidle up to the restaurant's bar on a recent weekday for a Bitters 101 lesson. It instantly helps me understand the allure of the alcoholic extracts.  Like most people, I was familiar with bitters, those mysterious dark dashes of potent liquid gingerly...
The worst fat in the food supply

The worst fat in the food supply

As strange as it may seem to someone who is not a chemist, the movement of a single hydrogen atom from one side of a molecule to the other can change a simple, naturally occurring food ingredient into a deadly substance. The transformed ingredient I’m speaking of is trans fatty acid, or trans fats as consumers know them, a core component of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. For most of...
Yummy desserts for diabetics

Yummy desserts for diabetics

I’m not going to lie to you: Desserts without sugar do not taste as good as desserts with it.  But diabetes is not to be taken lightly. It is literally a matter of life and limb. Amputations are common with diabetes. So is blindness. Sugar makes it worse, and so do carbohydrates.  Basically, everything that makes a dessert good is what makes it bad for diabetics, who now make up a...
A lasagna recipe that puts asparagus in the spotlight

A lasagna recipe that puts asparagus in the spotlight

Here in the 21st century, most produce is available year-round - even if it needs to come to us from afar. But we happen to be in the midst of asparagus season, when the toothsome veggie is at its absolute best: local, fresh and delicious. Typically, asparagus is cast as a scene-stealing supporting actor. But this lasagna recipe, in which tender spears take the place of beef or pork, places it firmly...
Bad wines are bad wines, period

Bad wines are bad wines, period

If you drink bad wine long enough, will that eventually lead to drinking good wine? No, I don’t think so. Still, a couple of wine writers have recently tried to make the case that bad wine should be tolerated, if not embraced. They argue that it can’t be entirely bad if it appeals to large numbers of people. Drinking bad wine encourages the love of all wine, and, really, nothing is harmful...
Einstein Bros.'s Espresso Buzz Bagel isn't the caffeine jolt you're looking for

Einstein Bros.'s Espresso Buzz Bagel isn't the caffeine jolt you're looking for

Perfect for the busy professional who wants coffee and a bagel on the drive to work, without the usual worry of drink drippage, Einstein Bros. has introduced the Espresso Buzz Bagel. It's a soft, brooding round, as dark as pumpernickel, that contains 32 milligrams of caffeine. You'll need to eat about five of these bloated rounds to equal the caffeine content of a single two-ounce pull of Starbucks'...
Fiber is under the radar, but still boosts health

Fiber is under the radar, but still boosts health

Dietary fiber is so 20th century. Important research published and widely publicized in the 1970s, ’80s and ‘90s highlighted fiber’s role in reducing the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders including diverticulitis, and some cancers — all while helping to control weight. Save the world with fiber.  Here in the 21st century, fiber no longer...
Aioli: Smashing it old school with mortar and pestle

Aioli: Smashing it old school with mortar and pestle

“When the moon marks your breath with the fragrance of death, that’s aioli.”  Stupid Dean Martin: That’s how that lyric should have gone. Amore, after all, is highly over-rated. But, aioli, my friends, is forever, like Bela Lugosi’s “children of the night.” Pungent garlic and slippery extra-virgin olive oil emulsify into a creamily congenial sauce that...
Crafted & Cured has a ‘charcuterie cone’ and you need it in your life

Crafted & Cured has a ‘charcuterie cone’ and you need it in your life

Meats, cheese and bread. All in a portable little cone. Why didn’t we think of this? Lucky for us the geniuses at Crafted & Cured have us covered. For a cool $6, you can get your very own charcuterie cone. Look, it’s super adorable (and delicious): Here’s another photo, in case you aren’t convinced. And ONE MORE, this one of an actual charcuterie board. You know, just in case...
You MUST taste this under-the-radar food truck’s crispy, delicious tots for yourself

You MUST taste this under-the-radar food truck’s crispy, delicious tots for yourself

Call us “Crazy,” but these tots just may change your life. We may have stumbled upon some of the most AMAZING tots you’ll ever taste. We stopped by the Crazy Redhead Canteen food truck during the Miami County Food Truck Competition and Rally last weekend and discovered deliciousness.  The food truck specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and sandwiches made on fresh grilled...
The best red and white wines for under $10 from Dayton Fleurs de Fete

The best red and white wines for under $10 from Dayton Fleurs de Fete

Those lucky folks who thumbed their collective noses at the weather forecast and attended the Fleurs de Fete at Carillon Park on Sunday were treated to a vast array of interesting wines and some fantastic food samples to go with the (mostly) lovely weather.  Some of my best wine finds — and no, I didn’t try all of the hundreds of bottles available for sampling, not even close &mdash...
FOOD DEAL: Here’s how to get $1 cupcakes for this Dayton bakery’s second birthday 

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how to get $1 cupcakes for this Dayton bakery’s second birthday 

What 2-year-old doesn’t want a cupcake? This 2-year-old wants to share them.  Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St. in downtown Dayton, is offering cupcakes for $1 in celebration of its second anniversary.   Here are the details from the Facebook event page:  Twisted cupcakes are normally $2.25 each. Traditional cupcakes are 1.75 each. You can get $1 cupcakes on Saturday...
Head to Europe for crisp white wines to match grilled chicken wraps

Head to Europe for crisp white wines to match grilled chicken wraps

The white wines of Europe are far more diverse — and flavorful — than the mass-produced pinot grigio you usually grab at the supermarket. Take these three from Chablis, Santorini and the Ribeira Sacra region of Spain. Each would make a fresh companion to a light dinner, like this grilled chicken salad in a wrap. ———  In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt...
A vital drug runs low, though its base ingredient is in many kitchens

A vital drug runs low, though its base ingredient is in many kitchens

Hospitals around the country are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug — even postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments — because the country’s only two suppliers have run out. The medicine? Sodium bicarbonate solution. Yes, baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate is the simplest of drugs — its base ingredient, after all, is found in most kitchen cabinets...
Think small: Quick grilling for Memorial Day with thinner cuts

Think small: Quick grilling for Memorial Day with thinner cuts

Empty-nesting opens new doors. I’ve come to appreciate a mostly empty fridge — no pressure to cook. Grocery shopping takes less time, especially with an expanded budget. The menu contains new additions — all quick-cooking and much of it indulgent. What has not changed is the preferred cooking method: the grill.  BK (before kids), my husband and I toted our hibachi grill on driving...
15 wines that will help you understand Washington (the state, not the swamp)

15 wines that will help you understand Washington (the state, not the swamp)

Those adhering today to the legendary prompt of 19th century America — “Go west, young man” — would serve themselves well by not going all the way west, particularly if the goal is to make Pacific Northwest wine. Coastal Washington has beauty and charms all its own and even produces some of the state’s wine. But eastern Washington is predominantly where the state&rsquo...
For vegetables that sing, cook them simply - and then slather in sauce

For vegetables that sing, cook them simply - and then slather in sauce

Apologies to the Beatles, but in the kitchen, all you need is sauce. Vinaigrettes for your salads, creamy purees for your grain bowls, salsas for dipping, glazes for coating. I mean, if you think about it, what is soup, if not a big bowl of sauce? With perhaps some chunks of vegetables and/or proteins swimming in it. Perhaps that last example goes a little far, but you get my point. When I'm in the...
How can fried rice be good for you? When you make it this way.

How can fried rice be good for you? When you make it this way.

This recipe turns a humble bowl of rice into a lip-smackingly tasty meal. It feels like an indulgence, but the dish is actually good for you. The bowl is brimming with colorful spring vegetables - asparagus, peas and carrots - that are stir-fried with scallion, ginger, garlic and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. The aroma gets your mouth watering the second those flavors hit the skillet. Then...
Pediatricians say no fruit juice in child’s first year

Pediatricians say no fruit juice in child’s first year

The nation’s top pediatricians are advising parents to stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life, saying the drink is not as healthful as many parents think. In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for babies younger than 6 months. On Monday, the group toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink...
Why you should cook up a batch of this 'new' ancient grain

Why you should cook up a batch of this 'new' ancient grain

Sorghum, a whole grain that has been a staple food in Africa and India for centuries, is finally getting its moment on the American table. It is well suited for our modern world because it is highly nutritious with a mildly nutty flavor, it's gluten-free and it's easy to grow even in drought conditions. You cook it for about 45 minutes, just like you would brown rice, in water (or broth) until it...
Diane, you’ve gotta try this pie

Diane, you’ve gotta try this pie

Finding an authentic recipe for “Twin Peaks” cherry pie is about as easy as figuring out who killed Laura Palmer.   They serve a version here at Twede’s Cafe, the restaurant about 30 miles east of Seattle that played a backdrop as the Double R Diner in David Lynch’s quirky 1990s television series. Visitors still come from around the world to linger over slices of the bracingly...
COLDWATER CAFE: Judge fines restaurant founder for missing hearing

COLDWATER CAFE: Judge fines restaurant founder for missing hearing

The founder of Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City — who is suing her son, the current owner of the restaurant — has been fined $250 for missing a hearing in the lawsuit. Restaurant founder Betty Peachey had requested the legal equivalent of an excused absence from the May 11 hearing, saying through her attorney that she had recently moved from Arizona to upstate Michigan to start a new job...
SW Ohio college to offer 1st beer-brewing science degree in the state

SW Ohio college to offer 1st beer-brewing science degree in the state

Ohio’s first two-year brewing science degree program is scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday, May 23 in Cincinnati. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is scheduled to announce the brewing degree — the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Brewing, part of the Midwest Culinary Institute, to be exact — at a ceremony Tuesday morning. The new degree program was only recently...
So, pickle popsicles are a thing now

So, pickle popsicles are a thing now

If the thought of pickle juice soda makes you shudder, wait until you hear about the latest pickle concoction.  You know those pickles in a pouch that are practically staples of gas stations across America? Well the company behind those pickles, Van Holten’s, has launched a new product called Pickle Ice, according to Delish.  The company describes the product...
Hairless Hare brewery snags 2 national gold medals

Hairless Hare brewery snags 2 national gold medals

Vandalia’s Hairless Hare Brewery scored two gold medals in the 2017 Alltech Commonwealth Cup, an international beer competition based in Lexington, Ky. The two gold medals were awarded to Hairless Hare’s Rye the Hell Knot, and its Cold War. The Vandalia brewery also was awarded a silver medal for its Kings Reserve and a bronze for its Barrel Aged Barley Wine. The craft brewery is...
Metabolism myths

Metabolism myths

Why can one person eat like a growing teenager and not gain a pound, while another person's every indulgence shows up on the scale? Chalk it up to individual differences in metabolism, muscle mass and physical activity. Metabolism is the process by which our bodies convert what we eat into the energy we need to survive and function. It powers everything from breathing to blinking. A fast metabolism...
What’s new in the supermarket? A lot, and not all of it good

What’s new in the supermarket? A lot, and not all of it good

“We’ve come in the back door,” writer Michael Ruhlman said as we entered the chill of the ShopRite supermarket here. “We should be over there, in produce.”   Apologizing to shoppers trying to steer carts toward the exit we had just entered, we made our way to the produce section, where the first thing that caught our attention was the floor. While the middle of the...
An old favorite returns to the rotation with a leaner look

An old favorite returns to the rotation with a leaner look

Curried Singapore Noodles was my standard order at a restaurant in Washington's Chinatown - until it wasn't. That kitchen's particular proportions of curried sauce, rice noodles, vegetables, egg and shrimp was the only way I wanted the dish to taste. Once that place closed and a few other Chinese restaurants failed to live up to the standard, I struck it off my list. It appears that cookbook author...
When to buy organic & when to save your money

When to buy organic & when to save your money

Step into any supermarket these days and you’re sure to find a wide variety of organic foods on the shelves. From produce, milk and meat to breakfast cereals and snack foods, consumers have their pick of certified organic products—a far cry from the time when you could only find them in natural foods stores. The demand for organic foods continues to soar: According to the Organic...
Meet the ‘Chizza,’ a pizza with a fried-chicken crust

Meet the ‘Chizza,’ a pizza with a fried-chicken crust

What do you call a pizza with a crust that’s made from a big ol’ slab of fried chicken instead of dough? KFC calls it the Chizza. Others have called it an unholy alliance. The Chizza begins with a base of flattened fried chicken topped with tomato sauce, slices of “chicken ham,” pineapple chunks (why, why?), mozzarella and cheese sauce. The Chizza debuted in the Philippines...
McDonald's replacing McFlurry machines after complaints

McDonald's replacing McFlurry machines after complaints

McDonald's is replacing older McFlurry machines after customer complaints about them being broken. The Wall Street Journal reported that the new machines will have fewer parts, making them easier to maintain and clean. The new machines, which will be rolling out in restaurants in the U.S. and Europe, will dispense more flavors than older ones and require less time to clean. Older machines, according...
Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Hawaiian pizza is not for everyone. It’s a decadent, tasty treat to some, but for others ham and pineapple are the worst topping choices ever created. Iceland’s president waded into the fray last week when a student asked him a question about pineapple on pizza. (Ham wasn’t mentioned, by the way.)  Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he found the combination “completely...
Toblerone candy lovers are unhappy with new shape

Toblerone candy lovers are unhappy with new shape

Candy lovers are having trouble with the new look of their Toblerone chocolates. The New York Times reported that the signature triangular peaks of the chocolate, honey and almond nougat treat are much narrower and a lot less dense. Mondelez International, which makes the candy, said that the 400g bar is now 360g and the 170g bar is now 150g. The latter is only sold in the United Kingdom The company's...
Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

There's nothing like some Halloween cheer to spice up a fast food restaurant rivalry. Burger King and McDonald's have been competitors for decades, but BK's prank take things a bit further. Mashable reported that, in a new promotional video posted to YouTube, a Burger King restaurant and accompanying sign are seen covered in white cloth with two holes and yellow  eyebrows reminiscent of the iconic...
Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Hunting season has begun, and Arby's is offering venison sandwiches to celebrate. Restaurants in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia -- states Arby's said have "heavy deer hunting areas" -- are offering the item starting Oct 31. 1690 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 704 Highway 33 South, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720 348...
Forget the diet, restaurant creates deep-fried Nutella dessert

Forget the diet, restaurant creates deep-fried Nutella dessert

What will the culinary gods think of next? A restaurant in Sydney has come up with one of the most decadent desserts that will be sure to add inches to the waistline of the person who eats it. It's a new deep-fried dessert that weighs more than two pounds of Nutella goodness. The restaurant called Piccolo Me takes a ball of Nutella ice cream, coats it in breadcrumbs and then pours caramel sauce over...
McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers

McDonald's is making another effort to emphasize fitness and health by including fitness trackers in its Happy Meals. Engadget reported that a Fitbit-like toy called Step-It will be available for four weeks in children's Happy Meals in the U.S. and Canada. The Step-It fitness trackers, which come in six  colors, blink depending on the level of activity of the child wearing them. “Step-It...
Burger King combines Whopper, burrito for new menu item

Burger King combines Whopper, burrito for new menu item

A week after Chipotle announced plans for its first burger restaurant, Burger King launches another mashup item to its menu. Bloomberg reported that, beginning Aug. 15, the fast-food restaurant is debuting the Whopperito in restaurants across the U.S. The Whopperito, as its name suggests, combines a burrito with Burger King's Whopper. Instead of a bun, it's wrapped in a tortilla and filled with...
The 'McDonald’s of the future' features unlimited fries — and that’s just the beginning

The 'McDonald’s of the future' features unlimited fries — and that’s just the beginning

Walk in, approach the kiosk, place your order via a large touch screen, then sit down and wait for the food to be brought to your table. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of McDonald’s. The Chicago Tribune reported that franchisee Chris Habiger brought these upgrades and more to one of his restaurants in St. Joseph, Missouri, which opened to the public Thursday. The 6,500-square-foot...
McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets

McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets

McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets. As of August, they no longer have any artificial preservatives. And later this month, high-fructose corn syrup will be removed from McDonald's buns. McDonald's has, of course, been the target of criticism over its ingredients. The president of McDonald's USA told The New York Times the fast-food chain is trying to talk more openly about...
Health group serves up list of unhealthy eats at chain restaurants

Health group serves up list of unhealthy eats at chain restaurants

Would you eat a 2,850-calorie burger from Uno Pizzera? What about Dave and Buster's 1,910-calorie sandwich? Both of those foods are recipients of the Center for Science in the Public Interest's 2016 XTreme Eating Awards, an annual list of unhealthy food at American restaurants. This year's winners also include The Cheesecake Factory's Fried Chicken and Waffles Benedict, with 2,580 calories, Buffalo...

Beauty is in the mouth of the beholder: Walmart to sell 'ugly' apples

If a fruit or vegetable looked bad but tasted the same, would you buy it? Walmart is betting you will. The retail giant is partnering with a company called "I'm Perfect" that sells apples at a discount because the fruit has cosmetic imperfections that would usually get it thrown into the garbage. When edible food is blemished by hail or high winds, not only does it often go uneaten...
Nutrition labels on tap for beer

Nutrition labels on tap for beer

Drinkers will soon be able to read the number of calories and carbs in a can or bottle of beer.  Health groups have been pushing manufacturers to voluntarily disclose nutrition information. Now, some of the biggest industry names will comply, the Beer Institute announced this month. "No one is going to mistake an alcoholic drink for health food," Lindsay Moyer, of the Center for Science...
Celebrate summer (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

Celebrate summer (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

We have officially entered grilling and barbecue season. The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday in the country for barbecuing, followed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. The truth is that I have been on a BBQ high ever since I came across my favorite new food truck — The Beerded Pig — at a recent food truck rally a few weeks ago at the Yellow Cab Tavern. The salmon, brisket and pulled...
Family-owned restaurant is America's favorite fast-food chain

Family-owned restaurant is America's favorite fast-food chain

A family-owned restaurant tops the fast food list in the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report for 2016 was released Tuesday. "The ACSI Restaurant Report 2016 examines the implications of new customer satisfaction benchmarks for major companies in the food services sector, including popular fast food, fast casual and full-service or sit-down dining chains that serve the...
Moe's beats Chipotle to be America's favorite Mexican restaurant

Moe's beats Chipotle to be America's favorite Mexican restaurant

Moe's Southwest Grill has unseated Chipotle as America's favorite fast casual Mexican restaurant. The news comes from a Harris Poll survey that assesses how people feel about certain restaurant brands. This year, Chipotle didn't even rank in the top four after claiming the No. 1 spot the past three years in a row.>> Read more trending stories Taco Bell, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Baja...
Joe's Crab Shack to end no-tipping policy

Joe's Crab Shack to end no-tipping policy

The no-tipping movement may be coming to an end, at least at Joe's Crab Shack. The seafood chain, which began testing a no-tipping model at 18 locations last August, is now ending the practice.
McDonald's testing out new menu item

McDonald's testing out new menu item

Garlic fries may be coming soon to McDonald's. Gilroy Garlic Fries are a limited-time menu item at San Francisco Bay Area McDonald's. "In less than two weeks, our small, four-restaurant test of Gilroy Garlic Fries has been a huge success, and we are now experiencing a temporary shortage of supplies,"  the fast-food restaurant told CNBC Monday. The Twitter account for McDonald's restaurants...
Krispy Kreme launches doughnut dispensing machine

Krispy Kreme launches doughnut dispensing machine

Krispy Kreme is launching a new way to get its doughnuts. But it is only available in the UK. BuzzFeed News confirmed that Krispy Kreme UK is launching a "hole in the wall pop-up" at a London location. The machine will dispense doughnuts into the customer's hand after they select their doughnut. According to BuzzFeed News, the sweet treat will arrive out of a doughnut-shaped hatch after...
9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated more in the U.S. than south of the border, isn't Mexican Independence Day. But for many, it is an excuse to eat delicious Mexican foods and indulge in margaritas and beer. >> Read more trending stories   Whether frozen, blended or on the rocks, a margarita is the perfect drink for any festive party or celebratory occasion. Here are nine easy...

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo by whipping up some easy margarita cupcakes

A margarita in cupcake form is perfect for Cinco de Mayo. This easy recipe uses boxed cake mix, which simplifies the process, but don’t be afraid to swap that for homemade white cake if you’d prefer. You will need: Cupcakes1 box white cake mix3 large eggs½ cup vegetable oil1/3 cup lime juice1/3 cup tequila1 tablespoon lime zest1/3 cup buttermilk Frosting8 ounces cream cheese½...
Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream

Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream

Get ready for another free guilty pleasure. Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are scooping out their ice cream for free today all around the world.   From noon to 8 p.m., the popular ice cream company's stores will give everyone who stops by a cone of your favorite flavor for free.  It's the company's way to say thanks for another year of success, according to Ben & Jerry's Facebook event....
Where is America's No. 1 ramen restaurant?

Where is America's No. 1 ramen restaurant?

In Time Out’s list of best ramen restaurants, only two states get multiple shout-outs (New York has two restaurants on the list, and California has four). But it's Texas’ lone star ramen place right here in the 512 - Ramen Tatsu-ya - that has been named America's No. 1 ramen restaurant. Two ex-DJs opened Ramen Tatsu-ya in September 2012, and the restaurant immediately began drawing...

Starbucks celebrates spring with limited-time cherry blossom frappuccino

To celebrate spring, Starbucks is offering a new blended beverage Wednesday through Sunday.  >> Read more trending stories   Starbucks describes the Cherry Blossom frappuccino as "a blend of sweet strawberries and cream with white chocolate sauce and matcha drizzle, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of matcha." Matcha is a powdered form of green tea.  "...
Pizza Hut’s National Pi Day contest combines free pizza, math

Pizza Hut’s National Pi Day contest combines free pizza, math

You could win 3.14 years’ worth of free pizza from Pizza Hut if you win the chain’s Pi Day contest, but you better have a sharp mind in addition to a big appetite. That’s because Pizza Hut will require contest participants to solve math problems, ranging from high school to PhD level in difficulty. The three questions will be posted on Pizza Hut’s blog, beginning at 8 a.m....
Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry comes to McDonald's

Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry comes to McDonald's

Easter treats have come early for lovers of Cadbury Creme Eggs. McDonald's is blending its famous McFlurry soft serve with the Cadbury treats to make a Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry. The sweet treat was announced in a McDonald's Australia press release Monday. The release describes the new menu item as "a delicious mouthful of chocolate pieces and Creme Egg topping, blended into a creamy soft serve...
This clever Chick-fil-A promotion encourages family time

This clever Chick-fil-A promotion encourages family time

We're all familiar with the scenario: You sit down to dinner with your family, look around the table and everyone is staring at their phones. In our uber-connected world, it's hard to find a single second that isn't interrupted by some text, tweet, message or alert, and family dinners are no different. But a Chick-fil-A promotion wants to put an end to all that. With the promotion the chain is trying...
New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality

New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality

There's an app on the way that helps you split up the dinner bill with some adjustments for race and gender income inequalities.  >> Read more trending stories   The app, called Equipay, is essentially a satirical statement about income gaps in the U.S. For instance, when using the app, women would only pay 78 cents for every $1 men pay of the bill. If a person disagrees with their...
9 fresh margarita recipes for National Margarita Day

9 fresh margarita recipes for National Margarita Day

In case you needed an excuse to indulge, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day. >> Read more trending stories   According to the Smithsonian, there are many stories about how the margarita came to be. One story says that Carlos "Danny" Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. He's said to have created the drink for a frequent customer...
Krispy Kreme returning to New England

Krispy Kreme returning to New England

There's some good news for doughnut loving New Englanders -- Krispy Kreme Doughtnuts has announced it's coming back to the region. The company announced  it will open four stores in New Hampshire and three more in Maine in the "next several years." The company didn't provide a specific timeline for the openings. "We already have a nice following in both states, so we're confident...
Sonic Drive-In celebrates Presidents Day with $1 hot dogs

Sonic Drive-In celebrates Presidents Day with $1 hot dogs

Workers and students across the country will get a little time off Monday to celebrate the birthdays of presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and at least one fast-food chain is taking the time to celebrate Presidents Day its own way. At participating Sonic Drive-In locations on Monday, hungry customers can choose between a pair of hot dogs for $1. Patrons can get either a 6-inch All American...
Watch: How to make Oreo-filled Reese's and Reese's-filled Oreos

Watch: How to make Oreo-filled Reese's and Reese's-filled Oreos

The Food Surgeon might have just won the key to our hearts and our taste buds.  In a dramatic video uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 31, the "surgeon" precisely operates on an Oreo cookie and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup to combine the two delicious treats into two new mouthwatering creations.  Behold, the Oreo-filled Reese's cup and the Reese-filled Oreo.  In four and...
Insane Super Bowl nachos feature 50 ingredients, weigh 66 pounds

Insane Super Bowl nachos feature 50 ingredients, weigh 66 pounds

In 2016, Bon Appétit magazine accepted a culinary challenge from Epicurious to create nachos featuring 50 ingredients in honor of Super Bowl 50. The results are mind-boggling.  Let’s break it down for those brave souls who want to attempt the recipe for future games. Bon Appétit’s 50-ingredient nachos is made up of 12 layers, with 9 kinds of meat plus chili and...
Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Here are five of the area’s best chili recommendations — and they could not be any different than night and day. Each will make a cold night just a little warmer. Where can I find it:  Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 461-1101 How does it taste: Hearty helping of grass-fed beef and veggies with red beans in a broth sauce. The meat is fresh from Keener Farms...
LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

Any alleged beef between singers Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle may be settled in the food aisle of your favorite grocery store. >> Read more trending stories   Franklin plans to come out with a food line that will likely include desserts. The Queen of Soul talked about her food products with Detroit Local 4. She said she also plans to offer chili, her special gumbo and baked chicken...
Recipe: Apricot-glazed ham steaks

Recipe: Apricot-glazed ham steaks

Hands on time:   Total time: 30 minutes  Serves: 3 3 ( 1/4-pound) ham steaks or 1 ( 3/4-pound) ham steak cut into thirds 1/4 cup apricot spreadable fruit 1/4 cup orange juice 1 orange, peeled and sliced  In a lightly oiled large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add ham when skillet is hot. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until...
Recipe: Ambrosia dessert

Recipe: Ambrosia dessert

"At holiday gatherings, while Dot was alive, she spoke of her mother and her wonderful cooking. Some of these recipes were passed to me. The ambrosia, simple as it is in ingredients, is definitely a refreshing favorite. It was always served as a dessert after a huge [holiday] meal, when it was peak season for citrus."  Hands on time: 10 minutes  Total time: 10 minutes ...
Cinnamon Bun Oreos debut while a once limited time flavor returns

Cinnamon Bun Oreos debut while a once limited time flavor returns

There’s a new kind of Oreo on the block. To the delight of cookie lovers, Cinnamon Bun Oreos hit the shelves Monday. They consist of a cinnamon bun-flavored cream nestled between a pair of cinnamon cookies. They’re designed to have a “fresh-from-the-oven” taste and cost $4.49, according to Eater. The cookies appeared on shelves alongside a much-loved, limited time flavor that...
How to make Wookiee cookies

How to make Wookiee cookies

Got your Wookiee cookies ready? In anticipation of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Force is on just about everybody’s mind — and that includes Robin Davis, the author of the original official “Star Wars” cookbook. It was the late 1990s and Davis, who lives in Ohio now, was working as a food writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Chronicle Books was publishing...
Bake these mint chocolate chip cookies on Thanksgiving

Bake these mint chocolate chip cookies on Thanksgiving

Betty Crocker has an incredible recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. Enjoy! You will need:1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix½ cup butter or margarine, softened¼ to ½ teaspoon mint extract6 to 8 drops green food coloring1 egg1 cup crème de menthe baking chips1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, mint extract...
Woman attacks restaurant manager with chicken nuggets

Woman attacks restaurant manager with chicken nuggets

A hungry diner was upset when her nuggets and fries were not as hot as she would have liked. KCCI reports the woman then upped her game by chunking the food at the Burger King manager. When workers told the woman they were calling police her response was, “I don’t (profanity) care.” The nugget tosser left the restaurant, but cops found a car matching descriptions given by witnesses...
Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes made with real food (not Tofurkey)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes made with real food (not Tofurkey)

Vegetarians at a family Thanksgiving dinner are accustomed to getting the stink eye, the exasperated sigh, and the classic, “I think these mashed potatoes are meat-free…oh wait, I used chicken stock.” On a day that emphasizes indulgence to the point of a bellyache, those who choose to avoid meat are often the odd ones out. Instead of complaining, vegetarians just grin, bear...
Nabisco releases limited-edition Hot Cocoa cookies

Nabisco releases limited-edition Hot Cocoa cookies

Nabisco is hoping to warm you up this winter with its latest Chips Ahoy flavor - but only for a limited time. >> Read more trending stories   Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy will hit store shelves across the country on Nov. 2. The hot chocolate-flavored cookies are filled with a creamy fudge center and contain marshmallows and chocolate chips. According to Thrillest, the special-edition cookies...

Vermont hotel to serve $75 roadkill-inspired menu

Hotel Vermont will offer a "Wild About Vermont" event on Nov. 7 that will feature a game supper, with donations from hunters and fishermen in the state. The game supper will include fish, deer, bear, moose, muskrat and other roadkill. You read right: They'll serve roadkill. Vermont Fish and Wildlife will supply three animals that were injured or killed on roads and highways for...
How to get a pumpkin spice latte days early

How to get a pumpkin spice latte days early

While the official start date for Starbucks’ famous pumpkin spice latte is not until September 8, fans of the drink can earn a special pass to get one early. The official Twitter account for the drink, @TheRealPSL, tweeted instructions on Thursday night. Eager customers can go to this website and enter the word "pumpkin" to unlock their pass.  Anticipation for the pumpkin spice...
This magical way to cut a watermelon will surely become your new tailgating party trick

This magical way to cut a watermelon will surely become your new tailgating party trick

Watermelon is the perfect back yard snack, or treat for your tailgate, but this new way to cutting it will definitely impress your friends. The trick involves cutting a watermelon to look like a perfectly smooth orb. How do you do it? Well it actually involves two watermelon of about equal size. You shave the rind off of one, while you carve out the inside of the other. Put the two together, and you&rsquo...
M&M's releases new fall flavor, pecan pie

M&M's releases new fall flavor, pecan pie

Fall is still a few weeks away, but foodies can rejoice, Oktoberfest brews are hitting the coolers and fall candy flavors are being stocked. M&M's has introduced its 2015 fall flavor and it is taking a page out of a southern favorite: pecan Ppie. While it seems early, some stores like Walmart have already been putting the limited edition candy out on shelves, People magazine has reported.   An...
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