Monday, April 25, 2011

My Kitchen View

It's been awhile since I've posted generally about the food things going on in my kitchen and beyond. I hosted Easter Dinner (well, it was more brunch-like) for 13 yesterday and it gave me a great excuse to develop a couple of cupcake recipes - carrot with a cream cheese filling baked in them and cream cheese frosting and lemon with a lemon curd filling and raspberry cream frosting. I was pleased overall with both and will share the recipes soon!

Otherswise, here was the menu:
-Ham (a traditional food for every holiday on my dad's side of the family)
-Bacon, Spinach, Mushroom, & Swiss frittatas
-Sausage, Pepper, Onion, & Cheddar frittatas
-Kazakh Cheese Pastries
-Strawberry Spinach salad w/Candied Pecans & Creamy Balsamic Dressing
-Asparagus & Tomato Salad
-Fruit Salad
-Challah Bread (my mom made this!)

My boys helped to make these cute Rice Krispie Treat nests as favors. I packaged them with tags and ribbon so they also doubled as place cards. They were so easy and the kids were so proud to tell our guests about making them.


In March, Heather and I visited a lovely tea room in Irvington. We enjoyed their special monthly tea event. Is was quaint, the staff was friendly, and the food was delicious. We hardly knew where to start on our two tiers of tea delicacies with several different types of sandwiches, gorgeous scones, and delightful sweets.

My family visited Cinncinnati a few weeks ago and found a place featured on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives (Food Network). Terry's Turf was a hole-in-the-wall burger place with tons of character! We went at 5 on a Saturday and had to wait for about 30-45 minutes for a seat - by the time we left, I'm certain the wait was much longer. If your party doesn't fill the table, you will likely be seated with strangers - with five of us, we filled our spot. :) Peanuts shells littered the floor and added to the ambience - my boys loved it! The burgers are huge but absolutely delicious and the Black Currant elixir (house made) added to fresh lemonade was fabulous! Terry, himself, came out and brought our boys mini candy burgers and chatted with my husband and me. He was jovial, humble, and kind. We all agreed, we would definitely go back!

It's been a busy couple of months with some great eating experiences. We continue to expand the palates of our sons and discovered quite recently that they all LOVE sushi. A fun (though pricey :)) discovery. We enjoy foodie adventures as a family - both in our kitchen and out! What's been happening in your foodie world - any great new recipes, dining experiences, new obsessions etc.? I'd love to hear them!


  1. That's so great that you went to Terry's Turf Club! It's quite popular down here, that's for sure. Did you hit up any other foodie places while in my lovely city?

    My new favorite food/foodie experience is Ethiopian food. We finally tried a local restaurant close to us that we'd driven by hundreds of times and it is amazing.

  2. The Cooks Next DoorApril 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Hi Sarah, it was such a quick trip to Cinncinnati that we didn't get a chance to try anyplace else. You will have to tell us some that you enjoy - I think we will be there a couple more times this year. We had such a great time! And we really like ethnic food!

  3. The Ethiopian place I mentioned is Emanu in Pleasant Ridge on Montgomery Road. Check out the Clifton area (Ludlow Ave.) for awesome Indian food.

    Findlay Market is one of my favorite foodie places in town. They have an amazing selection of meats and cheeses (I love cheese!). Weekends are packed, but worth the total sensory experience of local vendors and farmers. My favorite ready-to-eat vendors are Taste of Belgium for authentic Belgian waffles and also crepes, Areti Gyros (gyros and Greek food, obviously!), and Dojo Gelato. Actually, I did a photo post about Findlay Market last fall:

    Hands down, my favorite place is Melt in Northside on Hamilton Ave. It's an eclectic, colorful, hippie sort of place where you won't find artificial anything. They have lots of vegan, vegetarian, and organic selections, and ingredients are locally sourced if possible. Their back patio is just lovely in the summertime.

    Cincinnati might be known for Skyline Chili, but we have a lot more to offer than that!