I don’t have a great system for keeping track of my favorite recipes. Some are stored in a blue folder, some are stored in a binder, some are stored in a Pendaflex file, and some are in a variety of cookbooks. But instead of looking at these places, I find that now I just go online and google something like “easy baked chicken recipes” or “easy oatmeal bars” (the key word being “easy”). Then I print out the recipe, and if I like the way the food turns out, I put it the paper in the blue folder, or if not, I recycle it. The system seems to work pretty well, but now I don’t know what to do with all my cookbooks. Will I ever use them again? Should I just copy the favorite recipes I already use from them and then donate the books to Goodwill?
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just one handful of peanut butter M&Ms. I have no willpower when it comes to them. So why do I even BUY them at the store??
is for sale at the Marc’s on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls if you’re interested. I found the item a strange thing — why would you want your butter shaped like a lamb and you’re just going to slice it up anyway? — but a quick Internet search taught me that it’s a traditional butter sculpture accompanying the Easter meal for many Russian, Slovenian and Polish Catholics. It’s especially big in Buffalo, NY (?). The eyes are often peppercorns and a white banner with a red cross on a toothpick is placed on its back. You know, when you do things for your whole life you often don’t question them, but when you’re on the outside looking in, a lot of traditions just seem very very odd.
I don’t hang out in coffee shops, but when I occasionally run in and out of one, I always wonder how on earth those places make money. With free Wi-Fi, you see the shops full of people settled in with laptops, notebooks, iPods, books, etc. and you know they’re not going anywhere. One table can net you a what, $3 cup of coffee and maybe a $2 muffin, but that table’s going to be occupied for hours. Most coffee shops are small and the number of tables is limited, so, do the math. I spoke with a barista recently and asked her opinion. She said the coffee shop she had most recently worked at had a brisk morning business of coffee “to go” which made up for what is known as the “squatters” who hung around the rest of the day. But what about the places that don’t have the big carry-out business? I just read in the paper that some shops are thinking of charging for Wi-Fi, putting limits on it, or taking it out completely in order to discourage this practice. These small coffee shops have a tough decision to make.
Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, Main Street Gourmet will be selling all slightly off spec products at $1.25 per pound (a portion of the proceeds and any unsold product will go directly to the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank). They’ll have granola, brownies, dessert bars, cookie dough, baked muffins and muffin batters. It is first-come, first-served and cash and checks only. We’ve gone in the past and, wow.
When we recently visited with friends in Buffalo, they proudly served us Buffalo Chicken Wings and Buffalo Sponge Candy. We knew of the wings, of course, but the sponge candy was new to us. It’s chocolate outside and inside it is crisp at first and then melts away in your mouth. Tasty! I started thinking about all the cities with their special foods: Cincinnati Skyline Chili, New York Style cheesecake, Deep Dish Chicago Pizza, Philly Cheesesteaks, Boston Baked Beans, etc. True, there is “Barbeton Chicken” and “Ohio Buckeyes”, but Akron needs its own. Preferably something with chocolate.
I’m so bummed out that The Creperie on Mill Street closed after just eight months. Their crepes were SOOOOO good. I also read in the Beacon today that The Sandwich Board and Metro Burger in West Akron closed as well. I never went to Metro Burger and only went to The Sandwich Board once, about 10 years ago, but still. I always hate to see a local business close.
I actually like! I’m more of a milk chocolate gal, but our next-door neighbor brought over a bunch of sweets for us for Valentine’s Day, and one was a Godiva dark chocolate bar that was 50% cacoa with sea salt. Mmm…
The good news is Shamrock Shakes are now available. The bad news? Shamrock Shakes are now available! Seriously, I just shared one with my daughters today and mmm mmm YUM! Do you know this is the first year they’re going to be offered at McD’s nationwide? In the past it was up to the individual operator to decide whether or not to offer them and only about half did. No wonder I often felt like I was on a wild goose chase trying to find one! BTW the shakes have their own Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Shakes/320264383648#!/pages/Shamrock-Shakes/320264383648?sk=wall&filter=12) AND a Web site dedicated to them (www.shamrockshakes.com).