Chili like Zip’s Cafe

Update on Zip’s chili: Both Main Street Cafe and Zip’s Chili are owned separately today. (At the time of the article below written years ago, both restaurants were family owned). Dave Murrie owns Main Street Cafe in Newton, and Mike Burke owns Zip’s Cafe in Mt. Lookout. Mike has worked at Zip’s, off and on, since he was 15! He purchased Zip’s from Brian Murrie over 4 … Continue reading Chili like Zip’s Cafe

Make Friends with Amish Friendship Bread

The past couple weeks I’ve had a hankering for Amish friendship bread. Judging from requests coming in, so have you. Maybe it’s the short, frigid days of winter. A slab of warm, fragrant friendship bread with a cup of hot lemon tea…you get the idea. A fun project that’s meant to share. Read the recipe and see what I mean. First make a fermented “sour … Continue reading Make Friends with Amish Friendship Bread

Tom’s Award Winning Chili and Fire Crackers for Super Bowl

  Tom Feie’s chili is on the menu. Tom, an Eastside Cincinnati resident, shared his recipe that won first place in a corporate chili contest 3 years running. Yes, the chili takes a bit of time to assemble, but once it starts cooking, requires little attention. Serve some fire crackers on the side. They stoke up the heat quotient with red pepper flakes. A word … Continue reading Tom’s Award Winning Chili and Fire Crackers for Super Bowl

Frisch’s Vegetable Soup “Clones”

Gosh, some recipes live on and on, and produce “offspring”, as well. That’s how it is with my and readers’ versions of the famous Frisch’s Big Boy vegetable soup. Now none of these are exactly like Frisch’s veggie soup, since the last time I chatted with them several years ago, was told they use marrow bone and no ground beef or meat in theirs.  Plus … Continue reading Frisch’s Vegetable Soup “Clones”

Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

When I get several requests for a recipe, I know it’s a hit. Like this crunchy, sweet, yet a bit salty, caramel corn with mixed nuts. I’m making more batches today to give away as edible  gifts for New Year’s.  And talking about New Year’s, I hope you have a healthy, peace filled, family and friend filled 2019! Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts To … Continue reading Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

Baked Swiss Cranberry Dip – Fan fave!

  This is for Amanda M., who said: “I am desperately looking for your cranberry holiday dip…” No kidding, once you taste this super easy appetizer, it will become a favorite. Daughter-in-law Jessie shared the recipe with me, but I can’t remember from whom she received it. As I always say, it’s not so important where a recipe originates, but what is important is that … Continue reading Baked Swiss Cranberry Dip – Fan fave!

Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?

A couple of reasons for this, the main one being that you need to use high quality bar chocolate, not morsels, for both white and dark layers. (Now there are white morsels available made with cocoa butter – just found this out – but some experts still prefer the bar chocolate.) White chocolate should contain cocoa butter, NOT palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil inhibits … Continue reading Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?