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Trick or Treat!

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 31, 2011

What's left to say? Happy Halloween!

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Yocono's Italian Dressing

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 28, 2011

Since Yocono's closed, I've been getting lots of requests from readers for the restaurant's Italian dressing recipe.

Actually, I got a lot of requests for it before the restaurant ever closed.

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A week of notes

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 28, 2011

Here are this week's food notes, in case you missed them....

When the World Series ends, the annual Heinen’s WVIZ World Series of Wine is about to begin.

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Video on meat cooking guidelines

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 27, 2011

 

The USDA has a new video that you can watch on You Tube that gives good instruction on cooking meat, particularly pork, to a safe temperature.

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Jenn Thomas on national TV again!

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 26, 2011

Cuyahoga Falls resident Jenn Thomas-Pallotta, who a few years ago was the winner of Rachael Ray's "So You Think You Can Cook" challenge, will be back on Ray's show on Friday for the show's "Hey Can You Cook?! All-Stars."

Ray invited previous winners of her challenge to a cook-off shot on location in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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Ohio's Top Restaurants

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 25, 2011

 

The 2012 Zagat Survey on America's Top Restaurants has been released. It covers  1,578 of the nation’s top restaurants across 45 major markets and incorporates the votes of over 156,000 food lovers who dined out an estimated 25 million times in the past year.

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Going to the chapel.... or farmers market

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 21, 2011

 

Something special will be going on this Saturday, Oct. 22, as the Stow Community Farmers Market finishes up its first season in grand fashion.

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Book signing in Wooster

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 21, 2011

The Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster is set for Sat. Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I'll be there signing copies of my new book, Famous Chefs & Fabulous Recipes, Lessons Learned at One of the Oldest Cooking Schools in America.

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In case you missed them...

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 21, 2011

Here's a review of this week's food notes:

The bounty of the season will be celebrated Oct. 30 at a harvest dinner at Local Roots Market and Café in Wooster.

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Really???

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 18, 2011

Talk about poor planning.

October is National Dessert Month and also National Dental Hygiene Month?

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Onion jingle contest winner

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 18, 2011

Akron resident Marc Wildman must be singing a happy tune these days. He was the grand prize winner of a jingle contest sponsored by the Vidalia Onion Committee.

Wildman’s entry featured onion-shaped cartoon cowboys dancing to a tune that exalts the sweet Georgia onion as so good you would "walk a country mile for it."

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Real or fictional?

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 18, 2011

My Facebook friends and I have a fun debate going that all started when I commented that Betty Crocker wasn't real. Check it out on my Facebook page and add some names of your own to the debate.

If you aren't a friend, friend me on Facebook. My email is  labraham@thebeaconjournal.com

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Eagle Brand $10,000 contest

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 17, 2011

There’s $10,000 grand prize up for grabs in the Sweet Secret recipe contest being sponsored by Eagle Brand.

Now through Dec. 7, bakers can submit a secret holiday recipes (which uses Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk) along with an essay of 100 words or less describing why Eagle Brand is the "sweet secret" ingredient in the recipe.

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Lettuce recall expanded

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 17, 2011

The company who produces the bagged lettuce for Giant Eagle grocery stores (see earlier Giant Eagle recall post) has recalled more than 2,000 cases of its products.

It was the Ohio Department of Agriculture that found that Giant Eagle brand Farmers Market shredded iceberg lettuce was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Nick Anthe's bean salad

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 14, 2011

 

In 1991, the late Nick Anthe and his successor Doug Robinson sat down with the Beacon Journal for a magazine story about the restaurant.

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New fall menu at Vac Trat

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 14, 2011

Vaccaro's Trattoria, 1000 Ghent Road, Bath Township, has its new fall menu out. Haven't tried it yet. If you do, let me know what you think.

It's the time of year when most restaurants are converting to their fall  menu offerings.

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Giant Eagle recalls shredded iceberg lettuce

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 14, 2011

Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle grocery stores have recalled their Farmer’s Market brand of shredded iceberg lettuce due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducted a routine, random sample test of the store’s eight-ounce package, with a use by date of Oct. 14, and found the presence of  listeria.

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Bulking up: Another way to go green

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 13, 2011

Several local grocery and natural food stores are taking part in Bulk Foods Week, Oct. 16 to 22.

The week is a project of the Bulk is Green Council or BIG, an organization dedicated to increasing consumer, retailer and grocer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of buying natural and organic in bulk.

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My new book is here

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 12, 2011

It's been a labor of love for the past two years and now, it's finally a reality.

My book, Famous Chefs & Fabulous Recipes - Lessons Learned at One of the Oldest Cooking Schools in America, has been released.

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Ellet Meat Market up for auction

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 12, 2011

Dale Snider, owner of the Ellet Meat Market, has heeded the call of his wife to retire.

After 61 years in Akron, the market goes up for auction Nov. 1. (Snider, 71, has been there for 47 of them.

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Farewell Nick Anthe's

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 10, 2011

Add North Hill icon Nick Anthe's to the growing list of closed Akron restaurants. Details in tomorrow's ABJ.

 

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Akron native runs French school

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 7, 2011

Kudos to Akron native Jan Rhodenbaugh Gibson, whose cooking school in Normandy, France, was named one of the best "French cookery schools," by France magazine, a popular British magazine devoted to all things French.

Gibson, a 1970 Firestone High School graduate, and her husband Peter Gibson, operate La Conterie, in a 1770s chateau near the village of St. Denis LeGast.

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Mac and Cheese recall announced

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 6, 2011

 

Kraft Foods has issued a national recall of three Velveeta Shells & Cheese products due to the possible presence of small, thin wire bristles in the microwaveable cups.

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This Week's "Dancing With the Stars" Video Chat

By admin Published: October 6, 2011

Food writer and DWTS fan Lisa Abraham stands in for vacationing Lynne Sherwin to talk the two-step and more with pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels on this week's discussion. Included: Chaz Bono's problems and the magic of J.R. Martinez.

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Thanks for sharing

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 5, 2011

 

Today's mail held this gem from reader Joan Hughes of Akron.

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Jacques Pepin, come to Ohio and cook for me

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 4, 2011

If there was ever a doubt that the holidays are fast approaching, the evidence is piling up on my desk. Now is the season when all wise cook book authors get theirs into print, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

And seriously, what cook doesn't want another book? For most of us, cook book collecting is a favorite hobby, if not an obsession. I've tried to keep my collection down to a reasonable number, at home, but my desk at work is a very different story. They are piled everywhere. I know it's crazy, but I love being surrounded by all of these cookbooks. It's like being surrounded by love all day long. Each page holds the promise of culinary inspiration.

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Food trucks, another point of view

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 3, 2011

As we continue to talk about whether moible food trucks will have a place in Akron, chef John Schultz, who operates the Zydeco Bistro food truck out of Wadsworth sent me this letter with his thoughts on the city's position against food trucks.

It's good food for thought for all of us. Have a read:

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