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No-dishes noel

Christmas Day options for dining out By Paula Johnson Photo: Deluxe Fried Rice at Tik’s Thai Grille Restive not festive? As the days fly by in this frenzied holiday season, you might find yourself overwhelmed and thinking something’s gotta give. Between shopping, parties, wrapping, parties, baking and parties, you might be left with the nagging […]

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Pints and half-pints

Family-friendly breweries in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kids play pinball at Warped Wing Brewing Company, while adults taste the beers and take a tour Several weeks ago, Dayton saw its first “Beer Geeks with Kids” event, a meetup designed to bring families in the craft beer world together. About 25 people, […]

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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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Debonair and (Rico) Soave

This white wine may be your new holiday favorite By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Bolla “Tufaie” 2012 Soave Superiore Classico: $13 If you came of age in the era when MTV actually played videos, when you hear the pronunciation of “Soave,” an Italian white wine, you immediately get a mental image of Rico Suave. As with […]

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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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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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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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Advice goddess: 12/23

By Amy Alkon Lawn and order How can I get the guy I’m dating to shave his neck beard? He […]

News of the weird: 12/23

By Chuck Shepherd Language of love People advertising for love interests via online dating sites have apparently become picky about […]

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 […]