It’s no surprise, with nearby sister city being Munich, Cincinnati, Ohio has a love for beer. In fact, due to its large German community in the late 1800’s, Cincinnatians were consuming 2.5 times more beer than the national average. Local beer was king and the brewery district in Over-the-Rhine prospered. Unfortunately, with the enactment of Prohibition and the introduction of mass market beers in the 1960’s, many thriving breweries and saloons were disbanded and local brews became few and far between....more

Light and Fluffy Buckwheat Pancakes

Everyone remembers their first childhood crush. My mother insists mine was Michael from the television show “Barney,” but I remember a much more masculine first “love”—Almanzo.  Almanzo was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s husband, whom she described in the book series Little House on the Prairie. I ampositive Almanzo had some part in shaping the characteristics I find attractive; he was a tall, strong, hard-working man with knowledge of the land and a healthy appetite. Sigh. What a dream boat....more

Hearty Root Vegetable and Kale Soup

What Do Resolutions, Omaha, and Chicken Have in Common?

The top New Years Resolution is to lose weight.  People stock up on lettuce, sign gym memberships, and cry in despair when the scale doesn’t budge by the third day (or is that just me?).  Since the holiday season is over (until next year, National Pie Day), it has been much easier to avoid work potlucks and the tempting tin of iced cookies.  It has been a month since resolutions started, but this weekend will be a dietary game-changer (see what I did there?)....more