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Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 9:43 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 9:43 PM
Hands on time: 20 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Serves: 8
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a medium baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Set aside.
Heat the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the parsley, thyme and peppercorns. Cover and set aside to steep.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the green onions and squash and zucchini; season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook until fragrant, 30 to 45 seconds. Place the mixture in a colander to drain.
Reduce heat to medium. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the same skillet used to cook the squash. Add the flour, and stir until foamy. Strain the heated milk into the butter-flour combination, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and cook until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Blend in the cheese. Blend a little bit of the sauce into the beaten eggs. Then add the egg mixture back to the sauce. Add a pinch of cayenne and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Combine the panko and Parmigiano-Reggiano in a small bowl. Set aside.
Add the well-drained squash mixture to the sauce and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with the panko-cheese mixture. Transfer to oven, and bake until bubbly and set, about 30 minutes. If necessary, for the last few minutes, broil until the topping is a rich golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
A gratin is any dish that is topped with cheese or cheese and bread crumbs, then heated in the oven until brown and crispy. Sounds fancier than casserole, doesn't it? Gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano are two cheeses often used in preparing a gratin. Both are low-moisture cow's milk cheeses with sweet, rich, almost nutty flavors. If you wanted to stay truer to Southern roots, cheddar cheese may be substituted for the Gruyere in the sauce.
Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:17 PM
— Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?
No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious dishes, all without breaking the bank.
Here are seven ways you can trim the Turkey Day budget, yet still enjoy all that Thanksgiving has to offer:
Shop around for the best deal on turkey, as many grocery stores will be offering steep discounts on the bird to entice people in the door. For smaller dinners, consider getting a couple of game hens - they'll be just as yummy and won't leave you grumbling over leftover turkey sandwiches for weeks. For larger gatherings, plan on getting a turkey large enough to feed each guest about one to one and half pounds of meat. The folks over at The Kitchen have assembled this excellent guide for first-time turkey buyers.
As your holiday guests arrive, you can offer up some cheap but scintillating appetizers with a few basic ingredients and a little pizzazz. The frugal living blog Fun, Cheap, or Free offers up these yummy ideas for appetizers you can whip up in no time that will still impress even the pickiest mother-in-law.
Baked brie with jam, cranberry salsa, or baked jalapeno poppers are all guaranteed to keep your guests happy while you put the finishing touches on your holiday meal.
If you're really making this meal on a shoestring budget, consider asking a trusted guest to pick up a few bottles of wine. Southern Living has compiled a great list of non-alcoholic drinks, including some interesting twists on classic sweet tea. Pop Sugar has a perfect seasonal recipe for Cranberry Champagne Cocktails to offer the adults. And don't forget that presentation makes even a store-bought beverage look fantastic. Head to your local thrift store for mason jars or other decorative containers to serve your drinks in. And don't forget that lemon wedge!
Classic Thanksgiving sides are already pretty cheap - potatoes, corn, bread, and green beans will get you pretty far. Over at the Prudent Penny Pincher, they've compiled over 200 sides that are budget friendly. And with recipes like cheesy crock pot mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, butternut squash gratin, and cranberry pecan stuffing, you are sure to find cheap, easy recipes that will make even the pickiest guest happy.
Desserts are the real reason everyone has gathered for this Thanksgiving meal, so stick to two or three desserts that really shine. Pie crusts are incredibly easy to make and freeze in advance, bringing a little homemade touch to your dessert selection. And, after you've had your first taste of homemade whipped cream, you'll never buy the stuff in the can again. Real Simple offers some easy Thanksgiving desserts - like chocolate bread pudding - for anyone who wants to venture beyond pumpkin pie this holiday.
This holiday offers plenty of fun options, even for picky eaters. Check out this fantastic list from Parenting, for great, kid-friendly holiday foods like "ice cream" mashed potatoes and carrot and pumpkin turkey snacks.
Don't forget to use those leftovers smartly. Country Living has scrumptious leftover ideas like sweet potato kale frittatas, slow cooker turkey chili, harvest pumpkin soup and cranberry turnovers. Use leftovers in creative ways so you and your family don't burn out on them, and make sure to freeze anything you won't use in a timely manner.
Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Dayton, your new late-night snack of choice has arrived.
And it will set you back just $3 for one or $5 for two.
I was into it when Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin said he’d open 416 Diner in that neighborhood and it would feature pepperoni rolls, a treat popular in West Virginia.
I didn’t doubt Guy when he said they’d be good, but boy are they good.
I can definitely see grabbing a pepperoni roll or two from the restaurant as a nightcap following a night of fun in the Oregon District.
But pepperoni rolls are far from the only thing at the restaurant.
The diner will be open daily 7 a.m. 10 p.m. with patio service available Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
It serves breakfast, lunch and late-night comfort food like hoagie sandwiches, omelets and burgers.
>> MORE: 9 must-eat sandwiches in Dayton
The restaurant officially opened Friday, July 7 ,and I popped in to try out a pepperoni roll.
The portable snack can be split open and filled with a list of toppings that includes provolone cheese and sweet peppers.
Being a novice to the pepperoni roll game, I elected to have my first one plain with ranch dressing and marinara sauce for dipping.
The bread was fresh, soft, yeasty and crusty in the right spaces.
The two pepperoni sticks contained within were slightly spicy. The dough soaked in the grease in the magical way dough on pizza soaks in grease.
Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— A Dayton-area restaurant has a monster double dare that involves a heap of meat, cheese and more meat and cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
Yup, we totally said meat and cheese and even more meat and cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Wandering Griffin will offer its brand new Monster Burger 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday Sept 29 and Sept. 30 to coincide with the Monster Jam tour stop at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.
Jonathan Price, the chef and manager of the restaurant at
3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is challenging Wright State students in particular, but thinks his creation will take down mostly any burger.
“I dare you to eat this,” Price said.
The Monster Burger includes: three 7-ounce beef patties, six strips of bacon, a Sahlen hot dog, two slices of ham, BBQ pulled pork, pepper jack, cheddar and swiss cheese, a giant pile of fries, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, pickles, a massive onion ring, and two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun.
The Monster Burger costs $29.99 and is recommended for two people. There also will be special Monster beers on tap.
Those who take it on by themselves and finish within seven minutes will win T-shirts and bragging rights.
“It’s a hands on experience. We want it to be fun and interactive,” Price said. “You go to McDonald’s, you get a tiny burger, and it is gone in three bites. Ours, it is all about having fun with food. It’s supposed to be socially a talking point.”
The burger weighs in at more than 2.12 pounds and is eight inches long.
Price recommends those who try the burger to flatten it down first. Still it is hard to take a bite out of this monster.
Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 10:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 11:37 AM
AUSTIN — The renowned Franklin Barbecue suffered heavy fire damage overnight, the Austin Fire Department said early Saturday.
The fire started in the pit room adjacent to to the main dining room at Franklin, owned by James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin and known for long lines and world-class brisket.
The room that houses the pits suffered “heavy damage” but firefighters were able to contain the fire, resulting only in smoke damage to the dining room and public portion of the restaurant.
Owner Aaron Franklin hopes to reopen the restaurant in a few weeks.
Officials say the cause of the fire was accidental.
Franklin BBQ final, cause accidental, wind blown ember from fire pit ignited combustible surroundings. $200k structure $150 content damage.— Austin Fire Info (@AustinFireInfo) August 26, 2017