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Naughty noshing

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Ill watch what shes watching By Paula Johnson Photo: Kôji Yakusho as Man in White Suit and Nobuko Miyamoto as Tampopo in “Tampopo” “When Harry Met Sally’s” famous scene of orgasmic ecstasy has gone down as one of the most iconic cinematic moments of all time. Taking place in a diner, Meg Ryan simulates sexual […]

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Rum and revolution

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New York’s Stonewall Inn becomes a national monument By Paula Johnson Throughout history, many a social movement began with someone slamming a tankard of ale on a tavern table with one fist, the other raised high, shouting, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” or words to that effect. Think the […]

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It’s your party, we can’t cry if we want to

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Fresco’s Jenn DiSanto shares a day in the life of catering By Paula Johnson What does it take to make it in the catering business, and how is that world different than that of a restaurant chef? Jenn DiSanto, owner of Kettering’s Fresco Catering, sums it up with a story from a huge party she […]

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Femme de la cuisine

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The progress of women in the kitchen By Paula Johnson Recently, British chef Tom Kerridge stirred up a firestorm by remarking that although he liked “girls in the kitchen,” he felt women lack “a lot of that fire in a chef’s belly you need. That’s probably why there [are] not so many female chefs.” And, […]

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Everyone’s a critic

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Restaurant reviewing in the age of yelp By Paula Johnson In a 2010 interview, chef, TV personality and author Anthony Bourdain pronounced the restaurant critic dead, replaced by the democracy of the website Yelp. He referred to professional critics as dinosaurs, irrelevant relics. Seeing as it’s my job, and the job of many others, I […]

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The adulterated virgin

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The truth behind your olive oil By Paula Johnson Olive oil—the food and medicine of the gods. Even the tree that produces the olives contributes to its mythic nature: it recovers from fire by sending up new shoots from the root ball to regrow the tree. The ancients were obsessed with olive oil. Texts record […]

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Pop-up like it’s hot

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The low down on the pop-up Pop-up dining is coming to Dayton, and Dayton, you want to get in on this. It’s a trend that’s been happening in a lot of American cities and beyond and is now starting to trickle our way. Pop-ups are a one-time unique dining event offering diners a chance to […]

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Look for the book

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A gift-giving guide for the culinary artist in your life By Paula Johnson Photo: “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombaur ’Tis the season when we’re all trying to figure out that perfect gift that’s useful, meaningful and memorable. You know, something instead of those socks that heat up, light up and recharge your […]

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Ocean vibes

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Enon’s The Dock rocks By Paula Johnson Photo: Alaskan snow crab legs at The Dock in Enon Dock it to me Close your eyes to the rusty colors of Ohio’s fall foliage and instead imagine ocean blues and greens. Inhale the coconut smell of sunscreen, and let the warm salty breeze and strains of Jimmy […]

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Paula’s Palate: Soup recipe 11/24/15

One Soup To Rule Them All Everyone loves tomato soup, and the pairing of such with a crusty, buttery grilled cheese is one of the greatest culinary duets to ever be sung. The tart acidity and sweetness of the soup and the cheesy, crunchy savory of the sandwich makes for heavenly pairing that no man […]

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Nobody puts cookie in the corner

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…but they should By Paula Johnson Photo: Angostura sugar cubes make a great gift, and a perfect addition to champagne cocktails. Breaking the mold on ho-hum hostess gifting It’s that time of year when your calendar is filled with holiday gatherings and parties, and a gift is required for the host. So you find yourself […]

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Paula’s Palate: Holiday recipes 11/17/15

Three-C Cookies Makes 2 to 21/2 dozen 3” cookies I developed this recipe as a way of combining some of my favorite decadent things to eat: cashews, (white) chocolate, and coconut. Since these all start with the letter “C,” I named them Three-C Cookies.  I was sodisappointed the first time I made these—they didn’t taste anything as […]

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Fondue me, Baby!

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How I found dinner party success with hot oil, duct tape, and sharp objects Now is the time when heavy yellow peaches with coral blush skins give way to crisp tart apples and pears. Yes, it’s fall, and the time for summer barbecue has passed as well. But what if I told you there’s another […]

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Let’s meat up

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From grain to grill: everything you need to know By Paula Johnson Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” Cue the strains of Aaron Copland and hear the sizzle and pop of fat rendering in a volcanically hot skillet. Beef. Nothing smells as appetizing cooking, and tastes quite as […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]