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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

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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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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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Tackle the taps

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Pies and Pints pregame pits pigskin rivals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ohio vs. Michigan Tap Takeover starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Pies & Pints At the time this article was written, Ohio State was poised to take on Michigan State, hoping to regain respect after their 2013 fourth-and-2 Spartan […]

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Rice is nice

Tops for Chinese takeout in East Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Cold noodles with sesame sauce at Rice The stretch between downtown Dayton and Beavercreek is dotted with family-owned ethnic restaurants worth making a trip for, such as Taqueria Mixteca and Linh’s Bistro. Add to that list Rice Chinese Restaurant on East Third Street, […]

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In this corner…


Super Tuscan and the return of ‘The Heavy Hitter’ By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Perticaia 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Fall! The air is cooling, leaves are turning and the menus around Vine HQ are shifting away from the scrumptious salads, soups and lighter fare the Sweet Partner in Crime regularly cobbles together during the warmer months. […]

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Do the dead have favorite watering holes?

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Inside Bellbrook’s haunted pub By Avery King Photo: The half-pound cheeseburger and fries at McIntosh’s Pub McIntosh’s Pub & Grub, located at 6 E. Franklin St., is a brown brick building near downtown Bellbrook. It looks unassuming, but the locals tell tales about this neighborhood mainstay, stories of unexplained happenings. In honor of Halloween, the […]

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Leave the pumpkins in the patch

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Gourd-free fall seasonals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Oktoberfests, harvest ales and vampire beers offer a break from pie-spiced seasonals Fall may signal the end of the growing season, but it’s the rebirth of big, cold-weather craft beer seasonals. Most people equate fall with pumpkin beers, and those styles certainly have their favorites. But for […]

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Naked Vine one-hitter


Up on the Rúfina By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Vecchie Viti 2011 Chianti Rúfina Good ol’ Chianti. You’ve got $15 in your pocket and you’re looking for a good table wine to go with a nice dinner you’re planning – and you know you can amble through la sezione italiana and come up with a decent bottle. […]

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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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The return of the brewsters

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What does it mean to be female in the beer industry? By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Massie Lawson from Dark Horse Brewing Company Before the Industrial Revolution pushed them to the margins, women were the dominant brewers of beer. Today, women are rejoining the beer world. In doing so, they are bringing to light issues […]

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When gourmet = pizza

Oregon District’s Wheat Penny: a solid pizza destination By Avery King Photo: Wheat Penny’s Hawaii 4-0 pizza   When Wheat Penny opened in December of 2012, it did so to instant rave reviews. Dayton’s food community knows a good thing coming. So, when Elizabeth Wiley, owner of Meadowlark, announced plans for this new project, which moved […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]