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For goodness’ Sake

Teppankyaki-style dining in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: Teppanyaki steak and salmon from Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar Arriving at Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar near the Dayton Mall is like arriving at a fork in the road. One can choose the Washoku Dining Room or a Teppanyaki table. The dining […]

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Meadowlark’s Pan-braised Spiced Carrots & Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle

Pan-braised Spiced Carrots (home volume) 3 lbs. carrots, peeled 4 tablespoons olive oil Salt 6 garlic cloves; sliced 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons aleppo pepper; or good powdered chile 2 teaspoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Serves 6. Cut the carrots into thickish batons or sticks, like you would give the kids. Warm the olive […]

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Crab Cakes ala Jennifer Dean

Ingredients: Crab Cakes: 8 oz. Fresh Lump Crab
, 1 Egg, 
2 Tbsp Green Onion, chopped
, ¼ cup Roasted Red Peppers, chopped, 
¼ tsp Salt,
 ½ tsp Pepper,
 ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
, Pinch of Cayenne,
 2 Tbsp IPA Beer,
 1 Tbsp Butter, melted
1 cup Panko Crumbs, Plus 1 Additional Cup, divided
, ¼ cup Canola or Vegetable […]

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Rue Dumaine’s Wilted Baby Tuscan Kale Salad & Hericot Vert

Wilted salad of Jamestown petite Tuscan kale, house-cured pancetta, sweet-n-sour red onions, toasted pistachio, red wine vinaigrette: serves 6 Bright purple onion dice that is both slightly sweet and tart, shiny from the cooking technique…think about the flavor these will add to each bite: slightly toothsome, wilted kale + cured pork-y fat flavor and slight […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup   Nothing makes me think of fall quite like the rich flavor of butternut squash.  While soup isn’t usually on the menu for Thanksgiving until the leftovers from the Turkey find their way into the pot on Friday, I love the idea of having a pot of tasty piping hot soup […]

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Thankfully delicious holiday potluck

Dining critic Paula Johnson’s “tradition with a twist” By Paula Johnson Photo:El Meson’s Drunken Tequila Turkey   It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. The time of gloppy, canned green bean casseroles and treacly, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. Don’t forget the winning combination of dry turkey slices with lumpy gravy over bland mashed potatoes. All this […]

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Lily’s holiday recipes

Here are recipes for Thanksgiving from Lily’s Bistro Executive Chef Mariah Gahagan   Appetizer: Stuffed Acorn Squash -serves 8 -vegan friendly appetizer!   Ingredients: -4 medium acorn squash -1 bunch kale (preferably lacinato), ribs removed, roughly chopped -1/2 cup dried cranberries -1 honeycrisp apple, diced small -1 small yellow onion, diced small -10 shiitake mushrooms, […]

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Viva La Colombiana!

Where everything is about family By Paula Johnson Photo: Bandeja Paisa from La Colombiana I am sorry I didn’t get to La Colombiana in Beavercreek on July 20 for Colombian Independence Day. And I’m really sorry I didn’t get there to watch Colombia play in the World Cup. This is because my recent visit, in […]

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Sweet dreams are made of these

Chocolate benefit has tails and tongues wagging By Paula Johnson Photo: The Oh, So Sweet Chocolate Benefit for The Humane Society of Greater Dayton begins at 1 p.m. on Oct. 12; photo: Jessica Garringer The sweet hereafter There are many ways to define heaven. In my version, those gates aren’t pearly, they’re made of solid […]

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Dark Horse by a nose

Texas Style BBQ in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: The Combo Platter at Dark Horse Tavern In politics, a “dark horse” is a come-from-behind candidate whose success would be considered surprising. My visit to Dark Horse Tavern on Byers Road in Miamisburg led me to consider the restaurant’s similarities to the political definition. Dark Horse […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]