Monday, September 22, 2014

Top 23 Tailgating Supplies for the Perfect Football Tailgate Party

Fall means football and football means it is time to tailgate before, during, and after the game!

Like in many parts of the country, tailgating in Columbus is an art form. It is always fun to walk the parking lots before an Ohio State game to people watch because Buckeye fans go all out. It isn’t unusual to see a motor home painted with an elaborate Ohio State paint job that people use just for tailgating.




Especially when getting tickets to an OSU game is hard because the games sell out quickly and on the rare chance tickets  are available they cost crazy money!

My Top 23 Tailgating Must Haves

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Dehydrate Fresh Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a staple in my kitchen. So much so that I usually buy more than one container when I go grocery shopping.

Well wouldn't you know it, the one time I buy three containers of fresh mushrooms, we can't go through all of them before they take a turn toward iffy. And if you know your mushrooms, iffy turns into compost fodder real quick.




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

6 Frugal I Did and Did Not Do in August

When you write about budgeting and saving money as much as I do, sometimes people get this reputation for being an extreme cheapskate and not spending any money at all. 

So. Not. True.

My shoe closet is proof of that.

I’m taking my cue from other frugal bloggers and posting a list of ways we saved and spent extra money. Some of these things may be big. Most are small. They all add up.



Six Money Saving Things I Did In August

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ruben Eggrolls - Only in Cleveland

Earlier this month, I performed with my marching band in Cleveland.  It was one of the best experiences of my life!

Since I was staying in Pierogi Central, my plan was to stuff my face with delicious comfort food pierogi until I burst. When in Rome, right?

Well, the band changed all that.  Since we were putting together a field show in three days with band members from 19 states and three countries (some who never marched in a US marching band type show either) food breaks and restaurants were not always under my control. No biggie. I think. I'm sure I can start My Cleveland Pierogi Pig Out when we go to the band sponsored hors d'oeuvresy dinner after rehearsal.

Surely Cleveland pubs serve pierogi ?  Um, no. Not exactly. I was introduced to another crazy Cleveland food phenomenon: The Reuben Egg Roll.


The Reuben Egg Roll. Only in Cleveland folks. Only in Cleveland.


I grabbed a couple of egg rolls from the buffet figuring it was a safe lactose free food. Besides, I like egg rolls despite the fact I try to avoid deep fried food. Imagine my surprise of finding corned beef and sauerkraut in my egg roll instead of Asian vegetable goodness.  

It is awfully taste too. 

I wonder how I can make them at home. Do you know?

Update: 9/4/2014: Thanks to reader DocWyldeCard we have a link to a Ruben Egg Roll recipe, you can find it here.  





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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

22 Doctor Who Party Food and Beverages

It is better than New Year’s. Better than your birthday – almost. The day is right up there with Christmas (because we usually get a special episode) – it is Doctor Who Day!

22doctorwhofooddrinkrecipes


For those of you who don’t know your Who, Doctor Who is a British science fiction show about a Time Lord named The Doctor who travels through time and space in his ship the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) which looks like a Police Box and saves the universe from bug eyed monsters. Doctor Who ran from 1963 to 1989. The show  took a little break until they made a Doctor Who TV movie in 1996. The BBC brought Doctor Who back in 2005 and I celebrated it with the world every since.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

20 Crazy State Fair Foods You are Afraid to Eat but Secretly Want to at the Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair opened and you know what that means – insane amounts of sugar coated deep fried and cooks in a sheep’s bladder on a stick food!



Wait a sec. Scratch the cooked in a sheep’s bladder part. That’s haggis at the Celtic Festival.

Never mind.

This mild mannered reporter disguised at Clark Kent your average Ohio State Fair visitor, braved the crowd and searched high and low for the wackiest state fair food I could find for this edition of our family’s favorite game I Dare You To Eat That!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Easiest Way to Shuck, Cook, and Clean Sweet Corn That’s So Simple it Will Blow Your Mind

Summer sweet corn is finally in season! Yippee! Yahoo! *Backflips of joy*

During this time of the year it seems not a cookout, barbecue, or day that ends with a y doesn’t have sweet corn on the cob in some way shape or form. I think some of our local road side farmer stands sell the best sweet corn around but I’m not against buying it at my farm market either.

Boiling sweet corn on the cob is easy. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, drop the corn cobs into it, and let them cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Easy.

Except for taking the husk off the corn and removing the strings. No matter how well Husband or I think we removed all the corn strings, someone usually ends up with an extra portion of corn strings with their clean corn on the cob. Our bad.

Until Husband experimented with not only the quickest and easiest way to remove all the husk and strings from fresh corn on the cob. Let’s husk corn the lazy way!




The Quickest Way to Cook and Clean Corn on the Cob