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Jane Snow: Asian Pears

by on 08/17/2012 - 07:21 pm
Category: Food

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I’ve tasted kiwanos and I’ve loaded jackfruit into my cart. I’m a sucker for red carrots, yellow beets, cactus pads and every other strange, new item I spot in the produce department. So of course I have tasted Asian pears, those round fruit with the brown speckled skin that are now common in the exotics section.
At first I tasted them and said, “No thanks.” Then I tasted one right off the tree. Wow.
Fresh, properly ripened Asian pears are sweet and dripping with juice. They have a mild, super-sweet pear flavor but with the crisp texture of a fall a ...

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The Thirsty Scholar: The History of O...

by on 08/17/2012 - 10:42 pm
Category: Smart Living

Way back in Bavarian history, when the closest thing to a refrigerator was a cave with stacks of cut up pond ice, there was a strict brewing season. Dictated by Bavarian law, breweries could operate only between the dates of September 29 and April 23. There were several reasons for this seemingly cruel limitation, not the least of which being the lack of refrigeration. The absence of this technology would render the beer susceptible to temperature fluctuations during the fermenting process, which would lead to inconsistent off-flavors and bacterial infection.
One of the styles of beer brewers preferred to brew most during these final months was the Märzen, now more colloquially known ...

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Real Life Rescue Tales: Paxton

by on 09/23/2010 - 12:12 pm
Category: Community

By Georjette Thomas 9/23/10
We strive to be 100% for our families and give 100% to our jobs. Somehow our world has branded us with the notion that 100% is the absolute best and anything less is somewhat inferior. Does being of mixed heritage mean that we aren’t 100%? If so, one might argue that so few of us are. This, too, applies to our domestic animals. Understanding that we all have our breed preferences, and that we gravitate to those breeds, it is very sad when dogs are devalued because they are not 100% purebred. Upon arrival in the shelter, dogs are evaluated for their most dominant breed traits and then labeled “mixed-breed.”
This doesn’t mean these deservin ...

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Minkin Music: Peter Wolf is still a fan

by on 09/23/2010 - 12:07 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin 9/23/10
My biggest surprise this year, and the record that continues to be fresh and leading the pack, is “Midnight Souvenirs” by Peter Wolf, which was released this past April.If you grew up in Northeast Ohio some 35 years ago, you should remember Wolf as the former energetic singer of The J. Geils Band. Songs blaring on FM radio included “Give It To Me,” “Must Of Got Lost,” “(Ain’t Nothin’ But A) House Party,” and, later, with the birth of MTV, hit singles “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame,” and “Love Stinks.”
Born in New York City to a musician father and teacher mother, Peter Blankfi ...

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Breakfast on the Bridge

by on 09/22/2010 - 02:15 pm
Category: Community

Strongsville City Club hosted the Annual Breakfast on the Bridge at the Ehrnfelt Covered Bridge on Webster Rd. in Strongsville on Sunday, September 19.
This annual event is one of the most fun. Over 1400 folks show up on motorcycles, push bikes, cars and shuttle buses. Mayor and Debbie Perciak cook eggs, serve up beacon accompanied by City Club members, Strongsville Councilmen, royals and the movers and shakers. All poured  coffee, refreshed orange juice, and ran for seconds on sweet rolls. Even waiting in line is like old home week.
For more photos visit Mimi's Facebook Photo Album

Akron Velvet Cushion September 2010

by on 09/15/2010 - 04:13 pm
Category: Community

Ivan Lefkowitz, cancer survivor and owner of Ivan's Restaurant & Catering in Fairlawn, decided to take on a new project – raising money for local agencies helping cancer patients and their families. If you've driven past Ivan's restaurant lately, at 2927 W. Market St,. you've probably seen the huge, bright pink, Adirondack chair sitting out front. For a donation, you can have your picture taken sitting in the chair. One hundred percent of all money raised will be shared among Stewart's Caring Place, the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. And it's tax deductible!

Weathervane Playhouse held its 55th Annual Chanticleer Awards celebration on Sat ...

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