November 2009 Issue
|Dressing the Table
On Thanksgiving, everything revolves around the table. It’s where family and friends gather, where relatives reunite. It’s where we share memories, swap stories and give thanks for our blessings. It’s where the holiday headliner —“the bird” at most Ohio homes — is put on display. So why not dress up your dinner table for the occasion? “The way we entertain at the holidays makes people feel welcome ... you’re setting a mood and making a memory for the...
LEFTOVER TURKEY SALAD Serves 10 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted 2-1/4 pounds cooked turkey, chopped 1/2 cup red onion 1/2 cup celery 2 cups mayonnaise (or more for moister salad) 1 one-ounce packet dry Hidden Valley Ranch mix salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Finely dice the onion and celery. In a small bowl, stir dry ranch mix into mayonnaise. In a large bow...
Savory Second Act
After buying, thawing, brining, cooking, slicing and serving your turkey, not to mention preparing all the side dishes, you might think that if you never saw your Thanksgiving menu again, it would be too soon. Unfortunately, your fridge is one big reminder that there’s no room at the inn until the leftovers are gone. Isaac Nehring and John Skaggs of Two Caterers/Simply Nanette catering in Westerville make yesterday’s feast feel new again with this delicious soup. For their take on turkey sal...
|A Perfect Fit
The pieces of Brian and Sandy Woodruff’s business fit together naturally — a bit of nostalgia here and a whole bunch of old-fashioned entertainment there. As owners of Puzzles Plus, which the Beavercreek couple opened in 1995, this mom-and-pop duo provides a diverse clientele of brainteaser connoisseurs with a collection of thousands of jigsaw puzzles and specialty games. “Our customers run the gamut,” Sandy says. “We have real puzzle nuts, as well as those who did puz...
A Sense of Shaker
Every morning I take an hour-long walk through the streets of the Shaker Heights neighborhood where I was raised. The Onaway neighborhood, thank you very much, merely the home to the best elementary school in the world. I went there, so I know. I walk down the streets, canopied by great oak and maple trees, past all the houses dating from the 1910s and ’20s — handsome stock built in variations of French, Georgian, English, Colonial and Tudor. These have mostly three or four bedrooms (not for...
Amy Gantt, artist
PERSONAL: Gantt, 43, lives in the Dayton suburb of Oakwood with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Michael, 11, and Allison, 10. They are the inspiration for her art: “Your best work will always be where your heart is,” she says. HER CREATIVE OUTLET: Gantt, formerly a child therapist, is the owner and founder of Lula Bell Designs, a Dayton studio that produces whimsical greeting cards, T-shirts, tote bags, note cards and prints that are sold online (lulabellart.com) and at some 80 st...
Bikes For Hire
“Would you like to borrow my bike?” is the question popping up all over Columbus’ Short North district these days. It’s being posed thanks to Everyonebikes, a new bike-share program that enables anyone in the area to borrow a two-wheeler to run errands, exercise or explore the neighborhood. The idea for the program began when Short North businessmen Josh Quinn, owner of the trendy clothing boutique Tigertree, and David Hunegnaw of Sandbox, a co-op workspace, were brainstorming wa...
It’s easy to see why John Schupp is revered by his students. A part-time lecturer in general chemistry at Cleveland State University, Schupp knows how mind-boggling his subject can be. Which is why he readily gives his home phone number to students and encourages them to contact him with questions — even if it’s one in the morning. It was a late-night phone call in 2006 that put Schupp on the mission now garnering nationwide attention. The student had fought in Kosovo. As she described...
The (Ice) Show Must Go On
In November 2008, Scott Hamilton asked his good friend Kristi Yamaguchi a favor. The Bowling Green native and his fellow Olympian had just co-hosted an annual skating show at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena to benefit the Scott Hamilton Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship (CARES) Initiative at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, and Hamilton was eager to secure her services for the fundraiser’s 10th anniversary in 2009. “Will you come back next year?R...
The Right Choice
Today’s senior living communities are a far cry from those of a half-century ago, says Jill Hreben, president and CEO of Otterbein Homes, a nonprofit organization with nine communities throughout the state. Which means, she adds, that as baby boomers plan their next move, they’ll discover choices more wide-ranging than ever before. “At the moment,” Hreben says, “we are serving the parents of boomers. So we’re already hearing their thoughts on retirement living.”...
|Holidays on Ice
When people think of spending a holiday in Cleveland, they usually envision themselves knee-deep in frozen precipitation. The city, after all, has a much-deserved reputation for being one of the snowiest spots in the state. But you can bet your buttered rum that there’s more to do after the temperatures drop below freezing than make snow angels and start snowball fights — Cleveland is a good time for young and old alike. The holidays start Nov. 22 with the “ Radio City Christmas Specta...
The Omnivore's Delight
For some, the thrill of the open road is enough to warrant a road trip. For others, the thrill of an open-air food market is just as big of a draw. From a sustainable gourmet getaway in Athens to a gorgeous Napa wine dinner at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, we’ve put together food-centric weekends for those of you who think some of the best scenery in the state is found in its wine departments, patisseries and at the occasional private chef’s table. Athens Locavore Itinerary Fans...
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