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Thirsty Scholar: Fall is for Pumpkin Ale

by on 08/17/2012 - 11:57 am
Category: Smart Living

By Matt Lasher
In the world of beers no style has that “American-as-apple-pie” feel like the spiced pumpkin ale. It has been said that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin all had their own individual pumpkin ale recipes. Although the pumpkin ales of our founding fathers were most likely produced out of necessity (gourd-like squashes often took the place of malted barley when grains were in short supply), the style has found a niche in today's world as an enjoyable seasonal beer. The distinctive flavor, common in most pumpkin ales, is derived from the use of traditional pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and clove). Although mos ...

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Minkin's Music: Rock Legends Honored

by on 10/27/2010 - 11:15 am
Category: Arts & Entertainment

by JayMinkin
The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will be celebrating the 15th annual American Music Masters series Monday, November 8, through Saturday, November 13, with two legendary gentlemen. “Walking To New Orleans: The Music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew” pays tribute to the musical duo that created one of the earliest versions of rock ‘n roll from a blend of Creole-flavored rhythm and blues.
Antoine “Fats” Domino began performing for small change in honky- tonks and met Dave Bartholomew, (who became his longtime producer, bandleader, and collaborator) while playing at the Hideaway Cl ...

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Below the Belt

by on 10/25/2010 - 12:10 pm
Category: Community

by Mitch AllenA core principle of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is this: “Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.”  You’d think that would be advice local political candidates would want to take considering that politics is all about winning friends and influencing people. Of course, too, a core principal of my mother and yours is, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
Why then do political office-seekers bash each other so impolitely and incessantly with expensive television commercials?
Because it works.
If there are 15 pies in the county fair pie bake-off competition ...

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Bacon Madness

by on 10/25/2010 - 12:16 pm
Category: Food

By Jane Snow
The bacon craze is getting downright crazy. Here are some of the weirdest bacon-flavored products around, courtesy of

Archie McPhee bacon-flavored gum balls
A hot dog totally encased in thick-sliced bacon from Crif Dogs in New York City
Mo’s Bacon Bar from Vosges Chocolate
Bacon Maple Cupcakes from Tee & Cakes in Boulder, Colo.
A roulade of bacon and bulk sausage laced with barbecue sauce, wrapped in bacon, smoked and then sliced and served on biscuits, dreamed up by the Burnt Finger BBQ competition team from Kansas City, Mo.
Baconnaise—essentially bacon mayonnaise—from the makers of J&D’s Bac ...

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