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by Caitlin Saniga

Apple hand pie with rosemary caramel

Each hand pie comes individually boxed, like a delicious little present.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mushroom and wild rice soup

I would have made a great Minnesotan. Mushroom and wild rice soup, a Minnesota classic, is one of my favorite comfort foods.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Tingling pineapple-ginger soda with cayenne

Waylaid with a nasty sore throat and stuffy sinuses? This drink is dynamite. Pineapple is the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme used to treat inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses. Pineapple core is especially rich in the protein, so be sure to include chunks from this section in your mixture. The spiciness of the ginger and cayenne is the perfect scratch for an itchy throat. And the lemon is the perfect zing for awakening and soothing sinuses. Drink a glass of the pineapple mixture straight, or add club soda for a less potent sipper.

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by Sarah Steimer

vegtart2

This tart came to me on a wintry, snowy day when something cozy was the only thing that would do. There are quite a few steps to this tart, but I had everything I needed in the house! It’s the perfect thing to share with company or reheat a day or two later.

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by Sarah Steimer

Squash, date and lemon compote

I made this full recipe, cooled it, transferred it to a large jar… and had some of the best breakfasts all week. I’ve added this compote to oatmeal (pictured) and to yogurt. I bet it would be amazing on toast with a little ricotta, or even as a topper for a nice, baked white fish. Why not go there? This could be sweet or savory.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mock turtle soup from Ron's Roost in Cincinnati, Ohio

To be honest, I don’t know if I’d willingly order mock turtle soup ever again. The version at Ron’s Roost was extremely acidic from lemon juice and/or vinegar and had some new-to-me texture combinations like hard-boiled egg and ground beef. A one-time experience is good enough for me. That said, members of Joel’s family who are from Cincinnati LOVE mock turtle soup from Ron’s Roost, and they seemed to really enjoying a hot cup of the soup on the day that we visited.

How cool is this rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant?

How cool is this rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant?

I visited: Ron’s Roost, a Cincinnati restaurant known for its fried chicken (Note the rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant) and German-influenced local favorites (hot bacon slaw, sauerbraten, and mock turtle soup).

I tried: A cup of the mock turtle soup, a Cincinnati favorite that has roots in English and German cooking. It’s an imitation of the more expensive green turtle soup and incorporates beef (sometimes calf brains and organs) to mimic the texture of turtle meat.

Why it stood out: There are quite a variety of recipes for mock turtle soup. Joel’s grandma told me about a version that incorporate ground gingersnap cookies as a warm, spicy, thickening agent. A recipe I read in Joel’s aunt’s cookbook included some usual soup suspects: celery, carrot, onion, tomatoes, bay leaf; but it also listed a slew of surprising ingredients: whole cloves, browned flour, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and loads of lemon and vinegar. I can’t be sure of all ingredients used in the soup at Ron’s Roost, but it definitely had a slap of acidity with deep, warm flavors from clove and bay leaf. This was a combination of flavors and textures I have never experienced.

It cost: $3

Find out more:
Ron’s Roost
3853 Race Road
Cincinnati, OH 45211
513-574-0222
ronsroost.net

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by Sarah Steimer

Lemon, ginger and cayenne wellness shot

I completely swear by this shot. I’ve jotted the recipe down for any number of people the moment they tell me they aren’t feeling well (and I take it myself at this point, too. Cooties alert). Take this at the first sign of sickness, or if you’re around a lot of office/gym/commute snot. Lemon helps boost immunity and detox, while the ginger reduces flu- and cold-related aches and helps your digestive system. The kick of cayenne can help with fevers and nausea.

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