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Fifty Shades of Grey Wines By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Fifty Shades of Grey 2011 “Red Satin” Red Wine It’s the “literally” that got me. I was shopping for Riesling the other day. In the wine store I frequent, the Rieslings are shelved next to the American white blends, and my attention was snagged there by […]

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Stick to your, well, ribs

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Vandalia’s Original Rib House By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ribs and Chicken Combo dinner at Original Rib House in Vandalia The dining room of the Original Rib House in Vandalia reminds you of nothing so much as the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. The harvest gold and rust brown interior of what was once a […]

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Ohio: the heart of it ale

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Beer road trip destinations dot the state By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Willoughby Brewing Company’s red brick exterior The brewery explosion of the last three years isn’t a purely Dayton phenomenon. Since 2011, Ohio has grown from 49 operating breweries to more than 100, with more to come (the Ohio Liquor Control has issued more […]

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’Tis the season(ing)

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Troy’s Basil’s on Market By Paula Johnson Photo: The Nutty Craisin Salad at Basil’s On Market in Troy Basil: from the Greek basileus, meaning king. It’s referred to by many chefs as the king of herbs, and Chef Todd Uhlir’s featuring of basil in many of his dishes speaks to his fondness for it. Open […]

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Calvados

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The evolution of apple cider By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Calvados Pays d’Auge V.S.O.P. I got a Twitter follow the other day from @ilovecalvados – which immediately made me first think, “Cool, another follower” followed quickly by “What in tarnation is Calvados?” A quick blast of my ten-finger Google-Fu technique yielded an alcohol-related answer, so I […]

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Fast casual

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Newly opened Quick N Slick trades quality for quantity By Paula Johnson Photo: The Quick N Slick hot dog You might think of the latest in culinary trends as foods which are locally sourced, and inventively prepared meals focusing on organically raised vegetables and meats. And the continued popularity of the “slow food” movement, encouraging […]

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No-dishes noel

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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