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Saucy Valentine’s Dinner at Home

This Valentine’s Day, if you’re in the mood to time travel to a white tablecloth restaurant in 1988—and honestly, who isn’t?—I’ve got your Valentine’s Evening meal: Capellini with Cold Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Vodka Cream Sauce. Other than a poet shirt and a pair of Doc Martens, I can’t think of anything that says late ‘80’s more…

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5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 20

1) CHICAGO DIBS A proposed caption for every pic archived by Chicago Dibs: “Move along, parking space hunter. We got dibs on this shoveled-out space, as you can see from all the creative ways we’ve marked our territory.” 2) THE IPHONE 5S SUNDANCE FILM: TANGERINE “Yes, you can make a beautiful-looking film on a shoestring budget,”…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 19

1) THIS PHOTO FROM THE FIRST SUPER BOWL Check out this old-school grid iron reviver: a smoke, a metal folding chair, and an “explosively tart, yet sugar-free” Fresca. That’s all Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson needed to bring himself back to life during the first Super Bowl. (Well, maybe he needed a little more—the Green…

Valentine’s Cocktails

What’s Valentine’s Day without a couple of cocktails? Here are two we love, made with sorbets found in our Sorbet Cocktail Mixers. ROUGE YOUR KNEES (pg 178, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts) Red Raspberry Sorbet tastes grassy and fresh in this juicy cocktail. Makes 1 drink One 4-ounce chunk (about 1/4 pint) Red Raspberry Sorbet 1/4…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 18

1) THIS WAYNE THIEBAUD PAINTING Ever been to Columbus, Ohio, in January? The earth is beige and the sky is brain-gray. To get through it, we gotta think sunny. Wayne Thiebaud’s Watermelon Slices (1961) ought to do it: 2) OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST CLIPS Ever seen the best live music showcase there ever was? Block off an hour…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 17

1) OSU VS. OREGON We can’t decide what we liked more about Monday’s OSU/Oregon championship game, the outcome (sorry, friends in Oregon),  Ezekiel Elliott’s crop top (Lantern photo below), or the hilarious End of Days clouds in this video (fun begins at the 15 second mark). 2) LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO MEANS . . .   Team Jeni’s…

Hot Toddy Sorbet

How To Hot Toddy, with Will Diemer

Hot Toddy Sorbet—which we bring back every year when winter settles in for the long haul—is a delicious cocktail of bright flavors and color. Modeled after a whiskey-fueled hot toddy recipe used by Jeni’s mother and grandmother, our refreshing perennial sorbet calls for cayenne, ginger, Maker’s Mark bourbon, pectin, and lemon and orange juices. Of course,…

2015 Good Food Award Winner: Salty Caramel Sauce!

Since 2011, the annual Good Food Awards have honored people throughout the country who “make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.” Voted on by a panel of heavy hitters (Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, Nell Newman, Mark Bittman, et al.), the 2015 award winners were announced during a…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 16

1) NASA TRAVEL POSTERS With wind chills in the 20-below range here in central Ohio, it’s time to Orbitz ourselves to Kepler-16b, one of three “exoplanets” (planets that orbit a star other than our sun) depicted in a series of vintage-style travel posters by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As The Guardian put it: “If ever there…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 15

1) SINGLE-SENTENCE T-SHIRTS Does the world need more T-shirts, especially clever T-shirts? Probably not. But we’ll make an exception for these single sentence T-shirts, which elevator speech-ify famous ’80s movies. 2) TIME CAPSULE COUCHES You find a lot of things in your couch: spare change, the remote, your phone. Consequence of Sound reports that a couple…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 14

1) 2014 VINYL SALES EXCEED $1 MILLION No one—especially those of us who lived through the Age of the Cassette—can argue that digital music isn’t sent straight from Heaven. Power up the machine in your hand or the one on your desk, and anything you want to hear is just a clickety clack clack or…

Holiday Centerpiece: the Pork Crown Rib Roast

For the centerpiece of the holiday meal at my house, sometimes it’s leg of lamb or a roasted whole goose. Sometimes it’s prime rib or a ham with pineapples and maraschino cherries. This year? A pork crown rib roast. A pork crown rib roast is as delicious as it is elegant, but when it comes the…

My Holiday Gift Guide

I like a gift guide that keeps on giving. So, what’s the definition of that? A guide that includes only things I’d want to call my own. If I wouldn’t wear it, eat it, use it, or make something with it, I wouldn’t give it. From lip balm to lighting, from spice blends to knitting…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 13

1) HIPSTER BUSINESS NAME GENERATOR You’re opening your dive bar concept start-up. The bartenders’ Civil War beards are being cultivated as we speak. What about a name to set the place apart? What’s it gonna be? Bones & Serif? Door & Sawdust? Mice & Spigot? Hipster business name generator is here to help. 2) MEAGAN ALWOOD KARCIC’S…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 12

1) LAUREN HILL She shoots, she scores. Some live for making ice cream, some live for playing basketball. Lauren Hill, a 19-year-old who plays for Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph University, has inoperable brain cancer. On Sunday, she did what she always wanted to do: score during a college game. For more on Lauren, check out this feature….