During the holidays I visited relatives in Cincinnati and having some downtime I visited an attraction there for the first time. The American Sign Museum is a pretty cool place if rather small and crowded. They have collected and restored old signage with lots of nostalgic appeal (even a set of Burma Shave signs). Lots … Continue reading American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio
Well children, did you get what you wanted for Christmas? I got two pretty cool gifts that I really liked. Of course they were food related! Two different attachments for my KitchenAid mixer. These workhorse machines have a port on the front that permits handy tools to use the power of the mixer. The first … Continue reading Review – two of my Christmas gifts!
Today is National Thank You Note Day. Yep, time to haul out that good old pen and paper to write a personal thank you note for all the nice presents you got this holiday season. Time to move away from emails and texts and all those modern impersonal methods we now depend on. Oh, while … Continue reading National Thank You Note Day
Not surprisingly National Egg Nog Day falls on Christmas Eve. If you are only leaving milk with cookies for Santa you need to up your game and pour Saint Nick some Egg Nog! And spike it, it's going to be a long night. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Today is National Date Nut Bar Day. My grandmother made the perfect Date Nut Bar and now my Aunt Priscilla makes them just as well. I have never made them satisfactorily. But here is my 2019 resolution. I must make them perfectly twice and then I will post the recipe. If I cannot you will … Continue reading National Date Nut Bar Day
Today is the Winter Solstice, the middle of winter where the planet begins tipping back toward a six month march to summer. Sure, it is officially the first day of Winter and there will still be cold weather ahead but this will be the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Days will … Continue reading Winter Solstice
As we near Christmas, time to rummage through your closet to find those lovely presents from work exchanges, well meaning nieces and any gift that didn't quite hit the mark. Remove any bothersome tags and make up a good backstory as to why you are giving it to your uncle or postman. Be careful not … Continue reading National Re-Gifting Day
Today is National Hard Candy Day, I'm sure intentionally timed for the holidays. When I was a boy my parents always filled our stockings with hard candy, nuts in shells and a few tangerines, which were special in the winter those days. We also walked two miles, uphill both ways in the snow every day … Continue reading National Hard Candy Day
Today is National Gingerbread House Day and fitting for the season. Making a Gingerbread House most often comes from a kit nowadays and is primarily to keep little hands busy and out of trouble. Because the Gingerbread walls are made very dry to make them weight supporting and the icing is often dry and brittle … Continue reading National Gingerbread House Day
Today is National Cookie Day which is a rather generic focus but that is fine as I generically like cookies! Cookies are superior because you can get a lot of different types and flavors into a serving whereas a slice of pie or cake is a rather singular approach. If I ever (heaven forbid) had … Continue reading National Cookie Day!
Had enough of Thanksgiving leftovers? You are in luck! In New York City you will find Edwards Restaurant serving Cincinnati favorites: Montgomery Inn Ribs, LaRosa's Pizza, Skyline Chili (cheese coneys and 4 ways), and Graeters' Ice Cream! I have focused enough on them on this blog but if you are new here check out https://www.edwardsnyc.com/cincinnati-night/ … Continue reading Tired of Turkey? Come to Cincinnati Night at Edwards NYC for alternative!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it is all about food. I hope you have a joyous day whether you are totally consumed by family or having quiet day in front of the stove or even the microwave. Enjoy. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
That time of year again. Magic time! As we wait for the old fat man with a white beard (no, I am not referring to me) to arrive, many youths wish to send a direct request to the jolly fellow themselves. While the young'uns wish to text, Santa is much too busy overseeing his slave … Continue reading Have your child write a letter to Santa!
Today is National Scrapple Day. Scrapple came to be when butchering communities sold off the valuable cuts of an animal and used the remaining parts with a filler like flour and cornmeal and added spices. After letting the mixture solidify, they sliced it and fried it to create a nutritious and filling and delicious meal. … Continue reading National Scrapple Day – for me that means Goetta!
Quick catch up on several topics: Today is the first day of fall and the weather in New York City is cooperating with a turn to the cool. Love it. Heard from the friends and relatives I know that were in the path of Florence and all seem fine but flooding has really taken a … Continue reading Catching Up – Seasons, Storms and Stones
I love my adopted city of New York and am a regular reader of the New York Times. An article there recently reminded me how sentimental I am about my home city of Cincinnati. Two year old Brody Allen of Colerain Township, a Cincinnati suburb, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer … Continue reading Merry Christmas, Brody
While the instigating reason for my trip south on my Can-Am Spyder was to celebrate my mom's birthday, I took advantage of the trip to visit friends and family along the way. In Chapel Hill, NC I stopped to see my cousin Myra and her husband John. They were the consummate hosts and it was … Continue reading Friends and Family along the Trail
When mom decided she was going to throw a pig roast to celebrate her birthday, all three of her kids decided to join her. When I told her I would ryde down on my Can-Am Spyder she requested that I bring an extra helmet to allow her to take a ride on my motorcycle. She … Continue reading My Motorcycle Mama
Important note for all vegans, vegetarians and those of a similar mind. Please leave this blog post immediately. Come back tomorrow for fun stuff but you will really hate this and I don't want to upset you. Please. Also for all you young people or sheltered people or people who do not know and do … Continue reading My mom’s pig roast celebration
When I was a child living in Ohio we would sometimes vacation in Florida to visit grandparents, DisneyWorld, the beach and sometimes all three. The trip was always down Interstate 75 and I loved to watch the scenery roll by as we had no tablets or electronic devices to hold our attention. Not because I … Continue reading Childhood memories of the Plantation House
As I noted recently, I am riding my Can-Am Spyder down to Florida to celebrate my mother's birthday (which is actually today) - a very special one - but I will not mention the exact multiple decade number. She is celebrating this weekend by preparing a pig roast. Can't wait. One characteristic of my mother … Continue reading Happy Birthday to my Mom!
My mom is having a very special birthday and I am taking my Can-Am Spyder to Florida to celebrate with her and family. She is hosting a pig roast in celebration and promises it will not be me thrown in the oven. During this week I will be heading down the east coast and stopping … Continue reading A Ryde to a Roast
Today is National Watermelon Day and it is quite fitting that it occurs in the height of the summer heat. Ready to go and so refreshing. I am not that partial to watermelon, preferring stone fruits in general, but it is a favorite for Pamela. She just discovered that Graeter's has a Watermelon Sorbet flavor … Continue reading National Watermelon Day
Now your moment of Zen. Back in August 29 of 2017 I posted my recipe for making Basil Pesto. You can go back to find it (or just type pesto into the search bar). I made this minute long video to show you how it is made. Two notes, I have increased the amount of … Continue reading The making of the Basil Pesto
Today is National Cheesecake Day and lips are being licked all around the nation. While standardly based on cream cheese and graham cracker crust, any number of variations have been invented. Pamela has changed her loyalty from Juniors to Gallaghers here in New York City (as you saw in yesterday's NYC Restaurant Week Review, I … Continue reading National Cheesecake Day