Sourdough is versatile (you can use it in pretty much anything that uses yeast), healthy (studies show it can reduce/break down gluten and anti-nutrients in wheat to make the finished product more digestible), and considering that I’ve had my starter in the same jar for the past several years, it’s almost like having another pet.
Located on the historic Chardon Square, Square Bistro is a relative newcomer, taking up residence just over two years ago. Opened by chef Jaret Havanchak (of Lure Bistro in Willoughby), Square Bistro occupies a nondescript Victorian-era storefront across from the county courthouse. Despite the rather bland exterior, squeezed into the row of buildings that line the square, the inside is warm and inviting, with a modern-rustic-chic decor (or something like that; I’m interested in the food, not the decor, though the tinned ceiling is nice). It’s a long and narrow space, with high ceilings and a large front window that ensures the inside is brighter than expected.
But on to the food. The menu definitely borrows from Havanchak’s experience with Lure, and there’s a nice selection of sushi/sashimi and Asian-inspired dishes. The overall flavor is new American, but there’s good variety, and a large selection. On this outing, we were there for the Wednesday night date special, which is a three-course meal (menu changes weekly) for two people for $45; not a bad deal at all.
Like us, many of you are trying to eliminate unnecessary chemicals from your daily lives.
Like us, many of you are also trying to save money.
There are a number of easy homemade cleaners you can make that are both non-toxic and much cheaper. We’ve been using this natural household cleaner for awhile now, and it’s good on just about any surface. Which really comes in handy if you have kids, because kids will mess up just about any surface they come into contact with.
If you live in the Midwest, Northeast, or basically any other area that has an actual winter, you probably spend much of said winter pining for the return of warmer weather so you can get outside and plant something. And as someone who lives vicariously through seed catalogs starting in January, I feel your pain.
When the first stretch of nice weather hits in spring, many people want to get out and plop something in the ground. But patience this time of year is key – as any northern gardener can confirm, the weather swings wildly, and getting too antsy is a recipe for disaster (at least three times in the past month or so here, we’ve seen a 30+ degree swing in less than 24 hours)… I shudder to think of all the money lost on tomatoes that get planted during a nice April weekend, only to die during a not-nice later-April weekend. (Key takeaway here: pay attention to your average frost dates, and don’t plant tender vegetables outside too early. You may get lucky some years, but don’t tempt fate.)
Fortunately for you, me, and every other impatient gardener, there are many plants that survive, and even prefer, the cooler weather of early spring. Skip the tomatoes (at least until it warms up for good) and try some of these cold hardy vegetables instead.
Chocolate bark is one of those things that you see in a store, and you think to yourself “How can they be charging 10 bucks for that? I could totally make that at home…” And you’re absolutely right, you can make it at home, and with little effort.
This is something that’s great for giving as a gift, because the recipient will think you spent way more time and effort on it than you actually did, especially if you put it in some cute little box. You can top it with just about anything to fit anyone’s taste, and it should last for at least a couple weeks if you keep it sealed in something. Not that it will, because you’ll certainly consume it all before then, but it should.