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Minkin's Music: Kasey Chambers an Aus...

by on 11/03/2011 - 02:45 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

So how far will I go to buy music? Well, I’ve ordered albums from a store called Rocking Horse Records in Brisbane, Australia more than once to obtain new releases from that country’s favorite daughter, Kasey Chambers, and her husband, Shane Nicholson.  Thankfully, one of Kasey’s two releases is available in the US and Little Bird just might be her finest recording effort to date.
Kasey Chambers mixes pop, country, outlaw and bluegrass with a very distinctive, sweet vocal that is her signature. She began her solo career in 1999 with singles “The Captain” and “Cry Like A Baby” reaching America via radio stations and television soundtracks like T ...

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Brunch and more

by on 10/28/2011 - 04:02 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
I usually try to stretch my Fresh Fork out and make as many different meals as possible, but this week a lot of my bag went into producing a brunch spread for my sister-in-law, Mallory and her boyfriend, Shane.
We made loaded scrambled eggs with peppers, cheese, bacon, and the dozen eggs we got in our bag.  I also cooked up the breakfast sausage patties that were a blend of half bacon, half sausage.  Yum!  To round those menu items off I made pumpkin stuffed French toast drizzled with some of the maple syrup we got in an earlier bag.
Just to make things interesting, I challenged Mallory to make a brunch dish out of the beets that everybody would lik ...

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Trial with no errors

by on 10/21/2011 - 02:07 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
Wow!  In the beginning of the season Trevor said that the bags would get heavy by the end of the year and he wasn’t kidding!  Even though I carry around my 25 lb. son all day, the bag from last week felt so heavy!
My Fresh Fork bag included 1 lb ground veal, 1 lb ground pork, 1 pint grape tomatoes, 1 extremely large head of cabbage, 1 bunch of collard greens, 1 head of cauliflower, 2 bell peppers, and an eggplant.
This week left our family feeling a little discombobulated.  We had a productive weekend that included dinner with friends, running some errands, and unpacking our Halloween decorations.  When Sunday evening rolled around we had ...

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The “Guys' Weekend” Tradition

by on 10/20/2011 - 02:35 pm
Category: Community

By Nick Greco
I am a 31 year-old man, who has been married for four years, has an 18-month-old son, and two dachshunds.  I love my wife, son, and dogs and love spending time with them, but sometimes I need time with my friends. 
It used to be easy to get together with the guys when we were single, and it wasn’t too much harder as a few of us got married, but now we are all scattered around Northeast Ohio (and some out of state) all of us are married and half of us have children.  We find it harder and harder to find time to hang out.
The past six years we have planned a “Guys’ Weekend,” so that no matter what happens the rest of the year, a ...

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Love, Hate, and the Unknown

by on 10/14/2011 - 02:52 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
I was so excited about last week’s Fresh Fork bag because it had some of my favorite foods in it.  I love butternut squash; it is my favorite vegetable.  Apple cider is one of my favorite drinks.  Brie cheese is up there as far as favorite cheeses go.  I was so excited to cook with these ingredients.
On the other side of the spectrum the bag included pears.  I loathe pears.  I haven’t had a dish that has convinced me that pears can be tasty.  I couldn’t even search for potential recipes because all I could think was, “Yuck… pears!”
Right in the middle of the love and hate was kohlrabi.  I ...

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Canning and Pizza; not at the same time

by on 10/08/2011 - 09:01 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
My family has a traditional chili sauce recipe, similar to pepper relish, that has been made by at least one person in the family every year since my great- grandmother was alive.   I’m not sure how my great-grandmother came across this recipe, but it is a sweet and savory, slightly spicy sauce that is a combination of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and a lot of spices.  My grandpa loved chili sauce and always had to have some on his toast.  My grandparents grew a big garden and made chili sauce with their own vegetables. My parents usually grow some of their own veggies and get the rest from their local farmer’s market.  I always get ...

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Halloween Bonfire is fun for everyone!

by on 10/06/2011 - 03:26 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Cyndi Kellem
There are so many things to do in the fall, but my family and I always look forward to the Halloween Bonfire at Plum Creek Park in Brunswick. Nothing gets me in the fall spirit and Halloween mood quite like this event.
We have attended the last three years and have not been disappointed yet.  I am always surprised by how much there is to do! 
My daughters love to dress in costume and go on the hayride through the woods.  Afterwards, we grab cups of hot chocolate and bags of popcorn and admire everyone's uniquely carved pumpkins.  The girls also get excited about the face painting station and participating in the storytelling session. 
I l ...

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