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The Starving Chef Recipe: Pretzel Poppers

If there’s one thing many of us Midwesterners love, it’s our German heritage and stuffing things with cheese. My pretzel poppers are filled with a variety of cheeses and, for some added fun, I added jalapenos to half of them for a game of “pretzel roulette.” For step-by-step instructions with photos, click...

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The Starving Chef Recipe: Zucchini Boats

My garden is pumping out gigantic zucchini. At three to four pounds each, they are almost bigger than my dog. While smaller zucchinis are preferred for cooking, these enormous zucchinis are better off used as “boats” for dishing delicious food directly into your mouth. For step-by-step instructions with photos, click...

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Fall in love with the flavor at Molinari's

Randal Johnson has been keeping things fresh as the chef/owner of Molinari’s in Mentor for nearly 26 years. What started out as a break from the long hours of the restaurant business quickly turned into a whole new restaurant venture, and he’s never looked back. “It was the early 90s and I had young kids I wanted to see once in awhile,”...

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The Starving Chef Recipe: Black Garlic and Pineapple Stir Fry

I love that black garlic is becoming more mainstream and easily accessible in your average grocery. Whenever I see it at my favorite market, I’m always sure to grab a few heads to ensure I have enough to appease my appetite until the next time it shows up. Black garlic can add a tangy sweetness to any dish, but is traditionally found...

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The summer is heating up at Station 43 Tavern

During its decade-plus-one tenure, Managing Owner Lisa Randazzo-Ross says her locally celebrated Station 43 Tavern, which launched in 2006, has flourished while others have failed. The secret to her welcoming restaurant and bar’s success? According to Lisa, it’s a not-so-secret blend of good food offered at a good value in an unpretentious...

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