The Backyard Medicine Cabinet: Red Clover

The Backyard Medicine Cabinet - Red Clover

Throughout this series dealing with traditional herbal healing, we’ve been introduced to plants that really don’t really need an introduction because they’re so common. Maybe you didn’t know how to use them, but you knew what they were.

This entry is no exception as we head back out into the yard to find red clover. While some of you fight each summer to eradicate it, I’d encourage you to leave at least a couple plants from which you can harvest.

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Restaurant Review: Le Bistro du Beaujolais

A recent foray to the West side had us looking for dining options in the area, since we don’t make it out that far very often. Our search led us right into the heart of the French countryside.

Not the actual France, but probably just about the closest thing to it in Cleveland. Owned and operated by Georges and Claudie, a couple of French immigrants, Le Bistro du Beaujolais is a piece of their home country relocated to the Rust Belt, to our enjoyment and good fortune. Located in the heart of Olmsted Falls (adorable town, by the way) in a cute old 1830s home, stepping inside is like walking into a different world.

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Get Your Garden Ready For Spring!

Prepare Your Garden for Spring

I need to talk gardening. We’re currently in the midst of a weeks-long stretch of sub-freezing temperatures, have been buried in snow for months, and I haven’t seen anything green since last year. I know, I know, it’s February and it’s Ohio. I’ve lived here my whole life, so I know what to expect.

But around this time each year, that cabin fever starts to take hold. The seeds have all been ordered, this year’s bed layouts have all been planned, it’s no longer dark before 5 o’clock… now I just need it to warm up about 60 degrees.

Unfortunately, that’s still a good month, maybe two, away, but while you’re waiting, there are still a number of things you can do to prepare your garden for spring planting.

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The Best Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

Fresh from the oven today comes this recipe for the best buttermilk biscuits ever, or at least the best one that I’ve ever posted. They’re moist. They’re flaky. They soak up butter and honey like nobody’s business. And they’re ready in 15 minutes.

Anyone can make buttermilk biscuits, but not everyone can make the best.

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Restaurant Review: West End Bistro

Located in an old house in the middle of downtown Chagrin Falls, West End Bistro is nothing if not quaint. While the constraints of a house make for an interesting layout, with the kitchen and bar downstairs and a smallish dining room on the second floor (there’s also ample seating out on the patio, though it didn’t do us much good in December), it doesn’t detract from the experience.

The menu, perhaps intentionally coordinated to fit the space, is also on the small side, with a few starters, salads, and about a half-dozen options for each of the pizza and entree sections. Small though it may be, the menu isn’t lacking for variety, and most people should be able to find something to suit their tastes from amongst the mostly American-with-a-twist fares.

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