Homemade menu – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:53:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://deborahjmiller.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-35-150x150.png Homemade menu – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ 32 32 UPD make second arrest in freeride shoot that left 1 paralyzed https://deborahjmiller.com/upd-make-second-arrest-in-freeride-shoot-that-left-1-paralyzed/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:38:12 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/upd-make-second-arrest-in-freeride-shoot-that-left-1-paralyzed/ Utica police believe they have arrested the shooter involved in a shooting earlier this month that left the victim paralyzed. Cops say they had information the suspect in the case was at a location on Jefferson Avenue. After monitoring the scene, police said they saw this suspect, Abdirhin Mohamed, exit the house, get into a […]]]>

Utica police believe they have arrested the shooter involved in a shooting earlier this month that left the victim paralyzed.

Cops say they had information the suspect in the case was at a location on Jefferson Avenue. After monitoring the scene, police said they saw this suspect, Abdirhin Mohamed, exit the house, get into a vehicle and leave.

This vehicle was stopped shortly after and Mohamed was taken into custody. The 19-year-old is charged with first degree attempted robbery, first degree assault and second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police believe Mohamed, Hicks and another person were leaving a party that evening and were taken to the 800 block of Bleecker Street. However, once they arrived, the group began hitting the driver and a front passenger in an attempt to rob them. At one point, one of the victims was shot in the back and is now paralyzed, police said, and Mohamed is believed to be the one who pulled the trigger.

Earlier this week, Utica police arrested and charged Tahjer Hicks, 20 with First Degree Robbery and First Degree Assault in connection with the November 12 shooting.

Announcing the arrest on Facebook, the UPD also asked you to keep the victim in your thoughts and prayers:

“Based on medical evaluations so far, it appears the paralysis is likely to be permanent. We ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he and his family go through this very difficult time.”

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes only. Any charges or accusations of wrongdoing mentioned in the article are only allegations and the reader is reminded that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.]

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South fork tines | Yuletide Celebration and Winterfest Bring the Holiday Season to South Fork https://deborahjmiller.com/south-fork-tines-yuletide-celebration-and-winterfest-bring-the-holiday-season-to-south-fork/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 21:02:03 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/south-fork-tines-yuletide-celebration-and-winterfest-bring-the-holiday-season-to-south-fork/ SOUTH FORK – The South Fork Friends Foundation, in partnership with the City of South Fork and the South Fork Visitor Center, will host its annual Yuletide and Winterfest celebration on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26. The Yuletide celebration takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, November 25 and is billed as fun […]]]>

SOUTH FORK – The South Fork Friends Foundation, in partnership with the City of South Fork and the South Fork Visitor Center, will host its annual Yuletide and Winterfest celebration on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26.

The Yuletide celebration takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, November 25 and is billed as fun for the whole family. This is the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Visitor Center and historic water tower along Highway 160. According to South Fork Friends Foundation Director Luke Brennan, there will have food and music starting at 5 p.m. at the South Fork Visitor Center.

The event is free for all. The tree lighting will take place just after dark, around 6 p.m. Santa and one of his elves will arrive right after the tree is lit, with gifts for kids who want to see him and share their wish lists.

“We have rented a large circus-style tent for warmth and shelter and we will have free food (chili and homemade mac and cheese), snacks, hot chocolate, coffee and treats for all. Holiday music will be played through a new sound system that we just purchased. Weather permitting, there will also be a bonfire to warm up and light up the night,” Brennan said.

The annual Winterfest craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 at the Rio Grande Club and Resort. The South Fork Friends Foundation is expecting 22 vendors from across Colorado this year to occupy 25 spaces in this beautiful facility.

Vendors will have a diverse mix of offerings: handmade furniture, pottery, jewelry, antler artwork, wooden toys, wooden bowls and cutting boards, spices, lotions, baked goods , clothes and much more.

The Rio Grande Club will be offering a special, limited menu to sellers and shoppers throughout the day.

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DODARO: Easy access to Thomas Sweet makes it a convenient, if not perfect, ice cream option for students https://deborahjmiller.com/dodaro-easy-access-to-thomas-sweet-makes-it-a-convenient-if-not-perfect-ice-cream-option-for-students/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 07:01:12 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/dodaro-easy-access-to-thomas-sweet-makes-it-a-convenient-if-not-perfect-ice-cream-option-for-students/ Throughout my time at Rutgers, I’ve stopped and grabbed plenty of Thomas Sweet frozen treats, but never decided to write about them until now. Whether it’s changing flavors of homemade ice cream daily or late night and more, Thomas Sweet is definitely the place to satisfy a sweet craving. After walking through the door, I […]]]>

Throughout my time at Rutgers, I’ve stopped and grabbed plenty of Thomas Sweet frozen treats, but never decided to write about them until now. Whether it’s changing flavors of homemade ice cream daily or late night and more, Thomas Sweet is definitely the place to satisfy a sweet craving.

After walking through the door, I was immediately greeted by a warm environment with sweet notes floating in the air. I browsed the menu and noticed the plethora of ice cream flavors as well as countless dry and wet toppings. Not only was I impressed with the flavor options, but you can also turn any flavor of ice cream into a shake or chips.

With the server’s help, I decided to try the vegan flavors of black raspberry, chocolate chip cookie dough and dulce de leche ice cream, a chocolate chipwich with cookies and Oreo cream , a marshmallow peanut butter chocolate shake and a cup of vanilla serve. Since I wanted to try as many different ice cream flavors and menu options as possible, I tried to spread out my choices on the menu.

Service was quick and I paid after a short wait. After getting back to my apartment, I immediately opened the bag and dived in for the vegan black raspberry ice cream. Normally I would expect vegan ice cream to have a weird texture and taste, but after the first bite I was pleasantly surprised. The texture was creamy like ice cream and the flavor of the berries had a subtle taste of raspberry candy.

Moving on to the next flavor, I opted for the chocolate chip cookie dough and enjoyed the caramel flavor. I also noticed that there was a good ratio between chocolate chips and ice cream. In the same cup was the flavor of dulce de leche, which happened to be my favorite.

The dulce de leche was recommended to me by the waiter so I knew I had to order it and I’m so glad I did. The vanilla-caramel combination was delicious, and although it was extremely sweet, I found myself craving more with every bite.

The next step was a classic and also happened to be one of my favorites, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Shake. I will say I am normally super impressed but this time the peanut butter was so overwhelming I could barely taste the chocolate and the marshmallow was practically non-existent.

My least favorite had to be the chocolate chipwich with Oreo cookies and cream as the cookies were dry and stale. Overall, the chipwich didn’t quite taste like chocolate chip cookies to begin with. The ice cream also left a lot to be desired as it just tasted like vanilla with no trace of Oreo anywhere.

Finally, I finished with the classic vanilla soft. I will say that compared to many other vanilla apps I have tried in the past, I was once again disappointed. The ice cream itself was more icy than creamy and it tasted like vanilla rather than real vanilla.

As for the prices, I would say Thomas Sweet is overpriced for the quality. Ice cream prices range from around $3.50 to $10. Normally I would expect homemade ice cream to be in this range or a bit more expensive, but I was disappointed with my few choices so I wouldn’t say it was worth it.

One of my favorite aspects of Thomas Sweet, however, are the hours. The ice cream parlor is open from noon to 11 p.m. every day of the week, which is super convenient because I always crave sweets late at night. Its location is another plus as it is right on Easton Avenue.

Overall the service was amazing and quick, but many of the ice cream flavors I tried left a lot to be desired. I will say that the hours and location will definitely keep me coming back, but price and quality are tough compromises. I appreciate the ever-changing homemade flavors, but when it comes to ice cream, I’ve definitely had better. There aren’t many ice cream parlors at Rutgers, so it looks like Thomas Sweet is here to stay.

Francesca Dodaro is a School of Arts and Sciences with a major in English. His column, “Sip it Up,” airs every other Wednesday.


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Where we are going today: Antifat Plus – high quality diet food https://deborahjmiller.com/where-we-are-going-today-antifat-plus-high-quality-diet-food/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 20:01:55 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/where-we-are-going-today-antifat-plus-high-quality-diet-food/ Recipes for Success: Celebrity French Chef Yann Bernard Lejard Talks Edible Art and Lessons Learned MANAMA: It’s hard to believe that someone could be as talented as a chef as an artist. But the famous French chef Yann Bernard Lejard proves that it is possible. Lejard, the director of cuisine, food and beverage at The […]]]>

Recipes for Success: Celebrity French Chef Yann Bernard Lejard Talks Edible Art and Lessons Learned

MANAMA: It’s hard to believe that someone could be as talented as a chef as an artist. But the famous French chef Yann Bernard Lejard proves that it is possible.

Lejard, the director of cuisine, food and beverage at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain not only creates eye-catching presentations for his meals, but he also decorates his plates with edible artwork. Yes, edible paints.

A dish imagined by chef Yann Bernard Lejard. (Provided)

Lejard’s abstract art is often compared to that of Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, among others. His cooking career first took off in his homeland has so far taken him to more than 20 countries including Singapore, China, Mexico, Netherlands, India, USA, Ireland and Spain. He has worked in Michelin starred restaurants and many luxury hotels. He was also a finalist for the prestigious Taittinger Swiss Culinary Grand Prix in 2003.

“I started from the worst restaurant you could imagine in the south of France, where they put the fish straight in the fryer for tourists, and went to the best restaurants in Europe,” he said. at Arab News.

Despite his success as a chef, however, Lejard grew frustrated that he had to put aside his love of art for the sake of his cooking career.

A dish imagined by chef Yann Bernard Lejard. (Provided)

“I wasn’t happy,” he says. “Even though I love food — it’s my passion to understand the ingredients, the sauce, the authenticity — I realized that, for me, cooking was not enough. My life was not that. My life was over. I was looking for an answer, because it was very boring.

This boredom was alleviated by his move to the Middle East. His first stop was Saudi Arabia, as executive chef at award-winning restaurant Glow, where he became the Kingdom’s first chef to be ranked by UK food publication FOUR Magazine.

“When I came to Saudi Arabia, I changed my way of thinking,” he says. “I found a kind of peace in the Middle East. I felt I had to try to erase everything I had learned.

Chef Yann Bernard Lejard. (Provided)

He continues: “I was guided by a way of working, so I decided to delete everything. It was a long process, but I started to find pleasure in working. I found a purpose. The Middle East opened me up to different cultures.

He moved to Bahrain in 2014. “I found the place I was really looking for. Ritz-Carlton is a brand I really associate with. I feel very committed and very loyal,” he explains.

Here, Lejard offers some cooking tips and discusses the importance of resilience.

Q: When you started, what was the most common mistake you made?

A: Don’t listen. And I was in very good places where I should have listened, because I was in front of very important professionals. In many restaurants, I would work one, two or three days and then move on to another because I was unhappy with the way they worked. But, it was in my head. It took me so many years to find my conception of the kitchen. I need to have very strong and professional people around me to be able to work. I’m always thinking about different ways of doing things. I want to do what others don’t.

Q: What’s your best advice for home chefs?

A: Be resilient. Never give up.

Q: What is the secret to a successful restaurant?

A: The most important thing is that you have to touch the emotion. You need your guests to feel good, to feel at ease. They need to feel genuine care.

Q: What is your favorite dish if you need to cook something quickly?

A: I have a very strict diet. I am almost a vegetarian. So I would say tomato with olive oil, soy sauce and coriander.

Q: What is the most difficult dish to succeed?

A: Simplicity is difficult. In every dish, there is a trick. In every dish there is a specific way to do it and there is the love and the emotions that you put into it. Everyone can have the same recipe, but not everyone will have the same end result. I can’t make ratatouille like my grandmother. It is the food that warms your heart and reminds you of your childhood.

Q: As a boss, are you disciplinary? Or are you more laid back?

A: I understood, after many years, that alone you are nothing. You need people around you. I try as much as possible not to play with the emotions of the people around me. Even though I do it sometimes, I see that I made a mistake. I like to have a calm working atmosphere where everyone respects each other.

Q: When you go out to eat, do you ever criticize the food?

A: Absolutely not. I’m very cool when I’m not working. (Obviously) I don’t want to be disappointed. But I don’t like to judge.

Q: What customer request or behavior frustrates you the most?

It’s all about emotions. Something I don’t like is if someone hurts my emotions. I’m very sensitive, but I’m working on it. Before, I cared a lot about quality feedback and mistakes. In the kitchen, you have to be extremely consistent. When you cook with passion, you put a part of yourself into it. A mistake can happen, and it can hurt my feelings and my emotions. Now I’m moving forward.

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Opening of Slim Chickens in Jackson Twp.; Hog Heaven in Guangzhou changes its name https://deborahjmiller.com/opening-of-slim-chickens-in-jackson-twp-hog-heaven-in-guangzhou-changes-its-name/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 10:26:30 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/opening-of-slim-chickens-in-jackson-twp-hog-heaven-in-guangzhou-changes-its-name/ thin chickens will open at 4990 Fulton Drive NW in Jackson Township on November 16. Franchisee David Giesen saw the fast-casual chicken segment growing rapidly and decided to get in on the action with Slim Chickens. Giesen currently owns Slim Chickens in Avon and Streetsboro. Giesen, along with his Operations Manager Kim Nessel, are excited […]]]>

thin chickens will open at 4990 Fulton Drive NW in Jackson Township on November 16.

Franchisee David Giesen saw the fast-casual chicken segment growing rapidly and decided to get in on the action with Slim Chickens. Giesen currently owns Slim Chickens in Avon and Streetsboro. Giesen, along with his Operations Manager Kim Nessel, are excited to bring their third Slim Chickens to the area.

“Slim Chickens is a unique brand and will bring something new to the lunch and dinner table for the community. We first fell in love with food, so we are thrilled to bring our fresh and delicious meals to its residents,” Giesen said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing to grow the brand’s presence in Ohio as with our third location and plan to open two additional locations in 2023.”

In addition to its fried chicken and southern-inspired sides, Slim Chickens in Jackson Township is expected to create more than 75 new jobs in the area.

Slim Chickens will offer chicken tenders, sandwiches, salads, wraps and chicken and waffles.

“Our freshly prepared Southern dishes and homemade recipes create loyal customers who feel good about the food they eat and we are proud to be able to grow our loyal fan base in the Jackson Township and Canton markets,” said the COO of Slim Chickens. said Sam Rothschild in a press release.

Slim Chickens focuses on providing 100% fresh, all natural chicken fillets, marinated in buttermilk, hand breaded and always cooked fresh to order and offers a choice of 17 homemade sauces. Also on the menu, fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, chicken and waffles. Rotating desserts are also available.

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Where to Dine in North Fork on Thanksgiving Day https://deborahjmiller.com/where-to-dine-in-north-fork-on-thanksgiving-day/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 11:11:44 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/where-to-dine-in-north-fork-on-thanksgiving-day/ Several restaurants across the North Fork offer special feasts for the holidays. (Credit: Doug Young) The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. Want to have dinner this year? Luckily, there are several restaurants across the North Fork offering special holiday treats, so you can spend time with family and friends without the mess. Here are eight […]]]>

Several restaurants across the North Fork offer special feasts for the holidays. (Credit: Doug Young)

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. Want to have dinner this year? Luckily, there are several restaurants across the North Fork offering special holiday treats, so you can spend time with family and friends without the mess. Here are eight North Fork restaurants where you can celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

1. aMano

Enjoy a three-course meal with an Italian twist at aMano. Dishes include Thanksgiving classics like butternut squash soup and roast free-range turkey, as well as Italian-American favorites like rigatoni “Sunday sauce” and eggplant parmigiana. Dessert selections include Pumpkin Cheesecake and Flourless Chocolate Cake. The cost is $60.00 per person. aMano is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Visit amanorestaurant.com to see the whole menu.

1350 Main Road, Mattituck; (631) 298-4800

2. Polish City Birch

Voted the best buffet in Riverhead, this Thanksgiving buffet has something for everyone. Highlights include a traditional turkey carving station, homemade soup and bread stations, a sushi station, a kids’ station, a fresh raw bar, and a wall of giant donuts. Adults are $69.95; children 3-12 are $25.95. Children 2 and under are free. Places are limited, so call quickly to make a reservation. The full buffet menu can be viewed at thebirchwoodofpolishtown.com.

512 Pulaski Street, Riverhead; (631) 727-4449

3. Stonewalls Restaurant

Stonewalls Restaurant is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal this year. Mains include Orange Farm Duck with Wild Rice and Green Beans ($56) and Traditional Roast Young Turkey with Apple and Sausage Stuffing, Whipped Potato, Green Beans, Giblet Gravy and cranberry sauce ($53). Visit stonewalls-restaurant.com for more information.

967 Reeves Ave, Riverhead; (631) 506-0777

4. The Inn at East Wind

Enjoy a hassle-free holiday buffet in the Grand Ballroom at the Inn at East Wind from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The roast turkey and all the trimmings will be served with the dessert.

Dinner is $64.95 per person plus tax, children (ages 3-12) are $34.95 per person, and children under 2 are free. One must reserve. Visit eastwindlongisland.com for more information.

5720 Route 25-A, Wading River; (631) 929-6585

5. Southold Social

Francios Payard’s upscale restaurant Southold is offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu. The menu includes dishes such as butternut squash ravioli, baked pumpkin stuffed with squash, homemade focaccia and Gruyere cheese, traditional turkey dinner, ribs, and more. You’ll want to save room for the third course as the dessert at Southold Social is a main attraction. Choose from options like pumpkin cheesecake, twice-baked apple crisp, or the famous chocolate dome. Visit southoldsocial.com for more information.

56125 Main Road, Southold; (631) 765-8888

6. Rams Head Inn

Enjoy a hearty buffet hosted by Chef Joe Smith this Thanksgiving. From noon to 6 p.m., the Rams Head Inn offers a multi-course feast starting with an autumn salad and cauliflower and artichoke soup. The main meal will include turkey and holiday sides including creamy seafood newburg, chestnut stuffing, caramelized Brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, and more. Visit theramsheadinn.com for more information.

108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island; (631) 749-0811

7. Claudio’s Restaurant

Claudio’s restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving buffet with braised turkey, pumpkin cheesecake and more. The buffet will run from noon to 6 p.m. and costs $50 per person. Visit claudios.com for more information.

111 Main Street, Greenport; (631) 477-0627

8. Cooperage Inn

A traditional a la carte menu will be served at The Cooperage Inn this Thanksgiving. Highlights include the turkey pot pie, braised short rib stroganoff, and apple and raisin-stuffed pork roulade. Visit tonnellerieinn.com for more information.

2218 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow; (631) 727-8994

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Unsung heroes of the pandemic https://deborahjmiller.com/unsung-heroes-of-the-pandemic/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 23:00:13 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/unsung-heroes-of-the-pandemic/ While many mom and pop restaurants have closed over the past 2 years, some have held on, with the help of the fiercely loyal communities they have been a part of for generations. Mom and pop restaurants were once ubiquitous across the United States. Whether you lived in a big city like Minneapolis, a mid-sized […]]]>

While many mom and pop restaurants have closed over the past 2 years, some have held on, with the help of the fiercely loyal communities they have been a part of for generations.

Mom and pop restaurants were once ubiquitous across the United States. Whether you lived in a big city like Minneapolis, a mid-sized city like Nashville, or a town in New Hampshire, there was a small restaurant where you could cook like home at an affordable price, while connecting with the community. .

When a beloved community restaurant closes, something important is lost. These are the places where Americans create memories, livelihoods and lifelong friendships. The meals themselves often reflect regional culinary traditions. And their owners are living their respective versions of the American Dream.

But the past two years have been difficult for independent restaurants. A perfect storm of economic forces – rising costs, supply chain challenges and labor shortages, to name a few – has peaked in more than 90,000 restaurants permanent closure at national scale.

But many survived. Now they are thriving again.

Al’s breakfast

Alison Kirwin owns and operates Al’s Breakfast, located in the Dinkytown neighborhood of southeast Minneapolis. Although Al’s may be short for Alison, the restaurant is named after Al Bergstrom, who bought it from a man named Bill in 1950. Bill’s Diner was later renamed Al’s Breakfast.

Al’s Breakfast owner Alison Kirwin pours coffee for a customer. (Courtesy of Al’s Breakfast)

“When I was young, my uncles called me Big Al,” Kirwin said. “They were joking, of course. I was the smallest of all my cousins.

A dancer who graduated from the University of Minnesota, Kirwin started working at Al’s as a server in 1996. Then, in 2006, she bought a half share of the restaurant. In 2020, she buys back the other half-share, making it her full owner.

“When I started working there as a waiter in the 90s, it fit my schedule as a dancer who traveled a lot,” she said. “Then I started thinking I’d like to buy the restaurant.”

Kirwin bought Al’s because it was a special institution in Minneapolis. It’s been in business since Bergstrom bought it in 1950. Like many mom and pop restaurants in the United States, the past two years have been tough for Kirwin and company. They have been closed for 16 months, bringing them dangerously close to closing.

“But the community stepped up,” Kirwin said. “The regulars bought us takeaways, they gave money. We wouldn’t be here without this amazing community.

As with many diners, Al’s serves a multicultural and multigenerational clientele. Young couples bring their children. Then, over the years, their children bring their children, and the cycle continues.

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The facade of Al’s Breakfast, said to be the tightest restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Courtesy of Al’s Breakfast)

“It’s a tradition that’s been passed down,” Kirwin said.

In his restaurant, people from radically different worlds sit side by side and talk about everything in the world over a cup – or a pot – of coffee.

“We only have seats at the counter,” she said. “If you want to be left alone, you have it. But most people come to connect with their neighbors.

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A plate of Al’s famous Wally Blues, buttermilk pancakes with walnuts and blueberries. (Courtesy of Al’s Breakfast)

Al’s won a James Beard Foundation Award in the category “America’s Classics Restaurants” in 2004.

“What sets us apart is that our food is homemade,” Kirwin said. “Our blueberry and walnut pancakes are famous. And our best-selling, The José, comes with hand-shredded hash browns, homemade salsa, poached eggs and cheddar cheese.

Kirwin said many diners are quietly disappearing, “which is sad.”

“The guests do a very good job of keeping regional culinary traditions alive. When you look at fast food or restaurant chains, you can get the same things no matter where you are in the country,” she said.

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The 14-seat counter, with Will Harris grilling in the background, at Al’s Breakfast. (Courtesy of Al’s Breakfast)

When asked if she had any new ideas for making more money, Kirwin replied that she actually hoped things would stay the same.

“We have a successful formula,” she said. “We want it to stay that way.”

The Littleton Restaurant

The Willifords—Patti and Chris—are co-owners of littleton’s restaurant, in Littleton, New Hampshire. Chris Williford ran the joint for five years before he and Patti bought it 20 years ago. The Willifords had both worked in restaurants for much of their adult lives.

“The first five, 10 years were difficult,” said Patti Williford. “But we survived the 2008 recession. We thought we were doing pretty well. Then the pandemic arrived. »

The state closed restaurants for three months. Then, when the Willifords reopened in November 2020, business was too slow to stay open.

“We were running at a loss,” said Patti Williford.

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Historic images of Littleton Diner, which opened in 1930. (Courtesy of Littleton Diner)

So they closed their doors until March 2021. As some restaurants closed permanently, the Willifords and their staff would meet people at the grocery store, or while walking down Main Street, and they would ask when the restaurant would be open again. open .

“They really missed it,” said Patti Williford. “It’s not a fast food chain. Our clients are like family. They have their favorite servers. Most of us are on a first name basis. If you’re elderly and we haven’t seen you in a while, we’ll call you to see what’s going on.

When they finally reopened on March 15, 2021, they were overwhelmed by the response: the restaurant was packed.

“All of our employees have come back to work with us,” Patti Williford said. “It was like everyone had gone home. We hoped for a miracle, but we did not expect it. It was amazing.

Not bad for a quick dinner in a New England village that straddles the Vermont-New Hampshire border.

Traditional New England staples are alive and well at Littleton Diner. The Yankee comes with two eggs, baked beans, potatoes, and toast. But, the menu adds, you can add a slice of apple pie topped with melted cheddar cheese. It will cost you $8.99. Top o’ the Mornin’ offers the Willifords’ homemade corned beef hash, which takes two days to make, with two eggs and toast. The damage? $9.99. And, like most places in the Vermont-New Hampshire area, maple syrup is served at no extra charge with breakfast. Once you’ve had that, that corn syrup stuff won’t do the trick.

Unlike Al’s Breakfast, the Littleton Diner is open for dinner. You can get a roast turkey dinner or beans and franks with brown bread on the side.

It didn’t stop there. High season tends to run from June until the end of peak foliage season, sometimes October. But Patti Williford said they’ve been busy non-stop ever since.

“We just had our most successful year ever,” she said. “We are lucky to have such loyal and reliable staff. Some of them have been in the restaurant longer than us.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Another James Beard Award winner, Arnold’s Country Kitchen, located in Nashville, is owned and operated by the Arnold family. Kahlil Arnold, who works alongside his mother, Rose, works seven days a week to bring Nashvillians the best “meat and three” in the South.

“It’s one meat and three sides,” Kahlil Arnold said. “It’s a Southern tradition.”

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The queue outside Arnold’s Country Kitchen. (Courtesy of Arnold’s Country Kitchen)

Jack Arnold, her father and first owner of the restaurant, grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, where he learned to cook from an early age. Born in 1937, his childhood was marked by the Great Depression, followed by the boom of war. He started working at the age of 11 and never stopped.

“He taught us that everything has a purpose,” Kahlil Arnold said.

Namely: Bacon grease left over from other dishes is used to make their famous fried chicken, as well as their turnip greens.

“Everything we make is great,” Arnold said, “but our fried chicken is something else.”

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One meat and three, a Southern tradition, at Arnold’s. (Courtesy of Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp)

While country music stars Dolly Parton and Dierks Bentley are known to frequent Arnold’s Country Kitchen — and the Arnolds are proud of it — Arnold said he wouldn’t be here without the Nashvillians.

“We love our community,” he said. “Everyone is good for everyone. Everyone helps each other. »

This is how they survived the pandemic.

“It brought us to our knees,” Arnold said. “We were closed for a while, then we were only open for takeout. But we got away with it. »

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A selection of pies at Arnold’s Country Kitchen. (Courtesy of Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp)

To do this, Arnold and his company got creative. They extended their opening hours and have since been open for dinner. They decided to open on Sunday. And they added a bar to generate more revenue.

“When times get tough,” Arnold said, “you have to get creative. And you have to have a community to support your efforts.

It’s hard work, running a family restaurant. Arnold said the new changes made him feel like he was opening five restaurants at once, but the joys outweighed the challenges, so it was worth it.

“Many of our clients have watched me grow from a child to an adult,” Arnold said. “And I also saw their children grow up.”

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Winter Wonderland Magic is alive and well at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole https://deborahjmiller.com/winter-wonderland-magic-is-alive-and-well-at-the-four-seasons-resort-and-residences-jackson-hole/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 23:58:50 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/winter-wonderland-magic-is-alive-and-well-at-the-four-seasons-resort-and-residences-jackson-hole/ With the snow already watering the valley and the temperatures dropping, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is preparing for the winter season with new offers that are sure to delight customers and locals alike. New immersive encounter with gray wolves in Yellowstone Embark on an immersive experience […]]]>


With the snow already watering the valley and the temperatures dropping, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is preparing for the winter season with new offers that are sure to delight customers and locals alike.


New immersive encounter with gray wolves in Yellowstone


Embark on an immersive experience this winter with the chance to see Yellowstone National Park’s elusive population of gray wolves on a day trip offered in partnership with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris and Yellowstone Safari Company. The experience begins with a flight over the great Yellowstone Basin. Upon arrival at the park, learn about the history, movements, and behaviors of the gray wolf, with the chance to potentially see wolves in their natural habitat, in addition to moose, elk, bison, and bears. A portion of proceeds from each trip are donated to the Yellowstone Wolf Project and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), with the goal of preserving and protecting Yellowstone’s gray wolf population and the local environment. The cost for the day with the wolves the adventure is $16,000 all-inclusive, for up to six people, and includes custom food and beverages all day. This experience must be pre-booked and full cancellation applies if canceled less than 30 days prior to departure.


For the love of chocolate


Hot chocolate reaches new levels of sophistication this season with a specialty hot chocolate cart available daily at the Ascent Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Customers can choose from five different types of specialty chocolate, ranging from sophisticated Valrhona 70% Guanaja and Valrhona 64% Manjari to classic milk chocolate. The chocolate connoisseur will help guide customers to the perfect selection to complement their palate. Gourmet toppings include homemade marshmallows in a range of flavors – vanilla, peppermint, blueberry, and cinnamon fireball. For those looking for an extra kick, fiery additions are also available. Cozy up on one of the oversized sofas nearby, enjoy the crackling fire and sip to your heart’s content.


Private retreats


Residential customers will be delighted this winter with specialized à la carte equipment. Enjoy a personalized après-ski evening in the comfort and privacy of one of the two, three or five bedroom residences. Guests are welcome to plan their own party with pre-selected food and drink options delivered and ready for the après-ski. Having fun has never been so easy.


For those who want to enjoy a leisurely dinner, the new meal plan option at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole brings guests closer together without all the prep work. From a curated menu, residential customers are invited to choose their meal, which is then chopped, measured and delivered ready to be prepared. In-house sommelier Anthony Puccia is also available to help you select the perfect wine pairing.


The library


The library offers a special private dining experience. Customize everything from decor and floral arrangements to seating and menu. Start with a champagne greeting or signature cocktail, and sit down to a personalized menu accompanied by wine pairings. Able to accommodate up to 16 guests, this intimate setting is the ideal place to celebrate a memorable meal with family or friends.


Ascension Lounge


Winter visitors to the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole enjoy slope-side access right from the resort door to premier skiing and snowboarding at Rendezvous Mountain. After a day on the mountain, the afternoon experience begins. Head toward Ascension Lounge for cocktails with a view and a taste of Wyoming’s finest local whiskey, bottled exclusively for Four Seasons guests in conjunction with the distillery. The Old-school backcountry is the perfect winter sip to try the local spirit.


The Spa and The Salon


This winter season, the Spa presents the Chai Spice Body Scrub, combining warm notes of ginger, cinnamon bark and clove to awaken the body and stimulate the senses. This rich, full-body exfoliating scrub leaves skin feeling invigorated, refreshed and hydrated. After a Swiss rain shower rinses away dull cells, a silky blend of vanilla and sweet almond is swept over the body, while a revitalizing spice foot wrap quenches dry skin. The treatment ends with a complimentary refreshing botanical drink, combining allspice berries and cardamom with warm notes of two bark distillates and a bright, zesty finish. The 60-minute treatment sells for $260.


The Salon will offer a Chai Spice manicure and pedicure. These gently warming and stimulating sets blend exotic spices with vanilla, cardamom, black pepper and cloves to refresh the body and mind and promote circulation. Both treatments include a complimentary Chai Latte to enjoy. Enhance the pedicure with a vanilla spiced hot oil candle massage. The manicure sells for 95 USD, while the pedicure costs 115 USD. The candle upgrade costs an additional 40 USD.


Wellness and intention framework


Welcome to the Winter Solstice with the spa at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Guests and local visitors are invited to join in a restorative yoga session beginning at 5:30 p.m., focusing on poses slow and conscious to emphasize inner connection and concentration. After yoga, enjoy reflection and intention setting, plus a complimentary seasonal hot drink. The cost is $20 per person, including yoga, intention setting, and a free seasonal drink.


With snow already blanketing the Tetons, now is the time to book a winter vacation. To book, contact the reservations team at 307 732 5600.

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Michigan’s Best Local Food: Standale’s Peppermill Café offers 6-egg omelets and endless coffee https://deborahjmiller.com/michigans-best-local-food-standales-peppermill-cafe-offers-6-egg-omelets-and-endless-coffee/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 11:05:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/michigans-best-local-food-standales-peppermill-cafe-offers-6-egg-omelets-and-endless-coffee/ STANDALE, MI — Just an eight-minute drive from downtown Grand Rapids, a hidden breakfast and lunch spot will ensure you never come home hungry. The Peppermill Café, at 4511 Lake Michigan Drive NW in Standale, offers a full breakfast and lunch menu from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to […]]]>

STANDALE, MI — Just an eight-minute drive from downtown Grand Rapids, a hidden breakfast and lunch spot will ensure you never come home hungry.

The Peppermill Café, at 4511 Lake Michigan Drive NW in Standale, offers a full breakfast and lunch menu from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

“I really like that you can walk in at 6 a.m. and get a burger and onion rings or an omelet at 2 p.m.,” owner Lu Hayoz said.

Hayoz has owned the cafe for 16 years and the comfort food spot has become a community favorite.

“The building is so old, I always joke that Moses built it,” she said. “It’s just been a staple in Standale for many years.”

The menu features dishes like six-egg omelets, hat-sized pancakes, skillets, cookies and gravy, homemade soups, meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Standale’s pepper mill is popular for its six-egg omelettes, as well as hat-sized pancakes and endless coffee refills.

The meatloaf is Hayoz’s grandmother’s recipe and the soups are also homemade.

For the first time at the Peppermill, Hayoz recommends the “Filthy Skilly,” which she says is the restaurant’s best-selling item at $13. The “Filthy Skilly” is a two-egg skillet with hand-sliced ​​American fries, bacon, sausage, smoked ham, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, melted cheddar cheese and homemade gravy, all served with toasted bread.

“We never let you go hungry,” Hayoz said. “There are take-out boxes everywhere and we have unlimited coffee. We want you to feel comfortable and have a super enjoyable experience.”

Another popular menu item is the “Laker Omelet,” which consists of six eggs, sausage, bacon, corned beef hash, sliced ​​American fries, and cheddar cheese. It sells for $10.75.

Many students from Grand Valley State University on Lake Michigan Drive frequent the cafe, but people of all ages fill the restaurant, especially for weekend fare.

“We love our middle schoolers, we offer 10% student discounts,” Hayoz said. “And then we have our regulars, with their own coffee cups and they sit in the same place every day. You get to know people’s names and it’s very welcoming.

Hayoz’s favorite menu item is grilled cheese upside down, done on parmesan-encrusted English muffin bread. The sandwich is filled with Swiss and cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato and red onion and is served with house fries and a wedge of pickle.

Good food

One of Peppermill’s signature dishes is the Monte Cristo sandwich, served with raspberry melba sauce.

The cafe’s interior is covered in quirky signs, all centered around breakfast and cooking humor. A customer favorite is a sign telling diners that unsupervised children will get “coffee and a kitten.”

“It just started with a few signs from me, so anything fun and foodie, I like,” Hayoz said of the set. “It’s just to entertain people. Now it’s just grown and grown and people are going to bring me signs now.

Playful signs, huge omelettes and constant refills of coffee are part of the atmosphere Hayoz has cultivated for customers.

“I want customers to feel good, a comfortable atmosphere, we want to treat them very well,” she said. “Come see us !”

The Peppermill Cafe can be reached at 616-453-7853. Check it out on Facebook here.

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Restaurant Road Trip: Loveberry Bakery https://deborahjmiller.com/restaurant-road-trip-loveberry-bakery/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 22:40:05 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/restaurant-road-trip-loveberry-bakery/ WESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — This week’s stop on the Restaurant Road Trip takes us to Lewis County to check out a new bakery that lives up to its name. The mother and daughter team who own and operate the Loveberry Bake Shop in Weston seem to have figured out what it takes to bring the […]]]>

WESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — This week’s stop on the Restaurant Road Trip takes us to Lewis County to check out a new bakery that lives up to its name.

The mother and daughter team who own and operate the Loveberry Bake Shop in Weston seem to have figured out what it takes to bring the dough home for the family.
And for Brenda Breasette and her two daughters, this little bakery is a place where they can all laugh, smile and treat customers to delicious homemade pastries.

“You know, our personalities go well together,” his daughter Jessica Richards said. “We have a lot of laughs.”

Jessica and her sister work alongside their mother, who says she started cooking many years ago simply because she loved it.

“I don’t know, I always did,” Brenda said. “I started cooking for my kids and at home, and it only grew.”

The list of things Brenda cooks up is long. From cakes and cookies to bagels and pepperoni rolls, Brenda makes sure to put some love into it.

“Everything is homemade,” Brenda said. “Everything is from scratch. I don’t believe in club stuff.

She says the most popular items valued by customers are almost unanimous. “The most popular are sticky buns and cinnamon rolls,” she said.

Even the name, started with a family contribution. “Oh, the name Loveberry,” Jessica said. “So we gave my grandma and my cousin a few different name ideas and they liked Loveberry Bake Shop, so that’s what we ended up choosing.”

In addition to sweet treats, Loveberry Bake Shop has expanded its menu to feature a popular breakfast dish and weekly soup specials.

“Yeah, we started making cookies and gravy every morning,” Brenda said. “And we make different soups. Every week we have a different soup. We use it all week. »

The Loveberry Bake Shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to noon. It is located at 250 W. 2nd St. in Weston.

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