The Grubby Mitts Handle Jefe’s Mexican Manicotti While Matt Simons Looks On

A distant uncle on my mother’s side, Uncle Jefe, fell in love with an Italian woman years back. The two got along reasonably well…most of the time. Their only point of contention seemed to be dinner. Jefe loved foods that reminded him of his childhood in Mexico. The Italian woman wanted her meals to represent the nation of her origin. Back and forth they would […]


Strawbery Rhubarb Crisp Burned by Fevers

Sometimes, when everything leaves you dejected and wallowing and reflecting and sullen, what you really need is for your wife to hand you a slice of strawberry-rhubarb crisp courtesy of Back in the Day Bakery via Dimity Jones. Let it sit for a while and this dessert is golden. You could enjoy this dessert with perfectly sullen music that leaves you ready to gouge your […]


World Vegetarian Week: Flower Chick Fritters Blended with Beat Radio, Bravestation and Carousel

World Vegetarian Week this year has been a celebration of beans and cauliflower. In a number of dishes I’ve actually married the two, some purposefully some…not so much. This dish fit into the latter category. It was originally supposed to be a straight up rendition of The Healthy Foodies’ Cauliflower Fritters but that idea crumbled quickly. I managed to make it through the cauliflower part […]


Baker’s Dozen: Interview with the Forty Nineteens

(photo courtesy of the Forty Nineteen’s Facebook page) Named for a California police code, performing at local wineries, salads and a mean Redneck Rotisserie Chicken are just some of the things that came out during our latest installment of the Baker’s Dozen Interview series, this time with the Forty Nineteens. Oh yeah, we also talked music and the band’s new album, No Expiration Date. Without […]


Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well with Ryan Smith’s New Album?

When the words Columbus, Ohio and music come together in the my mind they usually flow into lo-fi (Times New Viking) or punk (Gaunt). If it hits Southern Rock (Jasper Mills) I know I’ve gone too far and I quickly backpedal to the punk. Never, not once, has Columbus and music ever led me to electro-pop. Then Ryan Smith came along and changed all that. […]


Caulflower Steaks and Tapenade Boycotted by Cub Scouts, Tango in the Attic and Langhorne Slim

Two weeks ago, back in the days before Facebook was a publicly traded company, I was perusing the ol’ private sector and came across some interesting photos that one of my friends had uploaded. These photos showed parts of a cauliflower head lying on a plate with a meat tenderizer off in the distance. Blood was spewing from the cauliflower (which was actually a tomato […]

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What’s Cooking with The Rest?

When last we left The Rest their new album, Seesaw, had just been rescued by the same company that retrieves airplane black box information. As we catch up with them now, they finally have a release date for Seesaw (June 19th via Auteur Recordings) and are in the process of revealing it, track-by-track, on their bandcamp page. Each week leading up to the release the […]


2 For 1: Blueberries + Cards + Australia

While most people I work with have spent the last few weeks in bed with Mr. Grey, I’ve been wandering amongst the blueberry fields of Jim Minick. Jim was a professor who tried his hand at growing blueberries. 1,000 babies, made up of four different types, were planted in back of  his house and organically grown so that people would have a place to pick. […]


XNY and Almond Crusted Tamarind Tofu Bites

Meat eaters seem to have cornered the fast food market on little globs of happy meat that they can quickly pop into their mouths. First it was KFC with their popcorn chicken and Long John Silvers with whatever the hell they fried and served. Recently I’ve seen a number of commercials for Sonic selling their new pop ‘em meat fritters. These Sonic commercials usually involve […]