Vanilla Chai Pear Ice Cream

Vanilla Chai Pear Ice Cream

Here’s a quick post to highlight one of our favorite foods: ice cream.

We have a pretty good generic homemade ice cream recipe, and it’s easily adaptable to fit the season (there is no off-season for ice cream) or whatever ingredients you have on hand.

This iteration, a vanilla chai pear ice cream, is a great one for winter, and the combination of fruit and spices will leave you feeling a little fancier than if you were eating a plain chocolate.

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Pete’s Meat Pie

Meat Pies

A while back, I received an email from Pete in Ohio, saying “you need to attempt a meat pie, and blog it.”

Well Pete from Ohio, thanks for your suggestion, and… directness. Here you go.

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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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