Top Five: Pork Dishes

For the third installment of my “Top Five” series, I wanted to highlight my favorite pork dishes. Usually, my wife and I stick to shoulder roasts and sausage when we cook pork, although occasionally we foray into different cuts, such as ribs. By primarily eating these two types of pork, we promote more of a…

Gilpin’s Steamed Grub

My wife and I almost always go out for dinner on Tuesday evening. There are never any crowds, it’s a great way to take a break from cooking and it allows us to disconnect from the start of another busy workweek. On Oct. 11, however, my wife was feeling under the weather, so instead of…

Brown-Bagging It

Although few people do it and despite its reputation of difficulty, packing one’s lunch boasts a host of benefits. On the one hand, it saves money, as always going out for lunch can really rack up the week’s expenses. On the other hand, it’s a healthier and quicker alternative to going out or merely snacking….

Top Five: Chicken Dishes (No Breasts Allowed)

My wife and I love cooking with chicken. It is an incredibly affordable and versatile protein, and it works well with almost any seasoning, cuisine and cooking method. As a result, we end up cooking at least one chicken dish every week – sometimes two – and even when we buy high-quality organic poultry from…

Melt Eclectic Cafe

With Oktoberfest in town, my wife and I decided to ditch downtown on Saturday, September 16, and head to Cincinnati’s rock’n’roll neighborhood. Known as a haven for the edgy and artistic, Northside also boasts a diverse food scene. Amidst the coffee shops and cafés, diners and drive-thrus, visitors and locals alike can find some of…

Eat It All

When it comes to eating, I have quite the penchant for adventure. I jump at the chance to try exotic dishes and experience exciting new flavors, and I never turn away from something unfamiliar. Throughout the years I have eaten everything from calf brains, pig ears and goose carpaccio to tripe sandwiches, mealworms and horned…

Top Five: Vegetarian Dishes

Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts highlighting some of my favorite meals to cook. For this first installment, I decided to take a closer look at my top five favorite vegetarian dishes. Although vegetarian cuisine comes as an afterthought for most people, I always enjoy the chance to…

Collective CAC & Hello Honey

To kick off our late-summer vacation, my wife and I decided to go on an afternoon date to the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, September 3. We hadn’t been to the museum for a while, and we were excited to see the new exhibits and installations. To start our afternoon date, we…

Don’t Make Your Kitchen A Restaurant

A major pitfall for the home cook is trying to make food look like it does in restaurants. While ingredients should be fresh and high quality and while great taste should always be a top priority, the average home cook simply doesn’t have the time, tools or money needed to produce professional meals. Like most…

Slow-Cooked Saturday

Slow-cooking a meal on Saturday evening has become a weekly tradition for my wife and I. After we’ve done our grocery shopping and enjoyed our afternoon, we typically come home, prep for dinner and let a delicious meal cook while we relax. This past Saturday, we decided to make pulled pork barbeque sandwiches with a…

SuRa Korean Cuisine

In a city with a proportionally high number of Korean restaurants, SuRa Korean Cuisine in Mason has plenty of stiff competition. It doesn’t offer the most authentic eating experience – like Riverside Korean Restaurant in Covington – or the quickest and cheapest food – like the Red Sesame Korean BBQ food truck – and it…

A Food Writer’s Vocabulary

I love words. I’ve always been fascinated by syntax, etymologies and connotations, and that’s one of the key reasons why I enjoy reading fiction and poetry. It’s also why I gravitated to English as my undergraduate major and why I pursued a graduate degree in Literature and Cultural Studies. I enjoy dissecting words and phrases,…