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How to make your own ‘Zombie Dogz’

Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:57 AM

Zombie Dogz restaurant and food truck has built its success on the knowledge that hot dogs remain one of America’s most favorite of favorite foods, even as our collective tastes have grown gourmet.

>> Zombie Dogz to open brick & mortar store 

>> 6 delicious hot dogs to eat in Dayton

I’ve seen their dogs with roasted corn, avocado puree and cilantro; with feta and tzaziki; with arugala and tomato jam. They keep freshening up the menu, which keeps their fans coming back for more.

>> Zombie Dogz announces menu updates



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 >> Your guide to Dayton food trucks

There’s been jubilation since the announcement Monday that in September they’ll be opening a bricks-and-mortar restaurant at 1200 Brown St. near the University of Dayton. The news is bittersweet, however, because it means that the food truck won’t be making the rounds much after July as owners Dave and Lee VanArtsdalen focus on opening the restaurant. 

>> Young’s Dairy launched a new food truck, and you HAVE to try it

Withdrawal from Dayton’s most famous dogs will be difficult later this summer, and to help you get through the pain, we offer a recipe for gourmet dogs that you can make in minutes at home.

>> The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

From there, experiment with what you have in the fridge and in the pantry, as well as what you like. Be bold. Try cheese curds and gravy; tortilla chips, guacamole, queso and jalapenos; mashed potatoes or onion rings; egg salad; even fried bananas.



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Thai-Style Slaw

½ cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise

½ cup shredded carrots

½ (10-ounce) bag shredded red cabbage

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 teaspoons less-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

2 tablespoons Thai red chili sauce

Peanut Sauce

2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon sugar-free maple-flavor syrup

1½ teaspoons less-sodium soy sauce

For serving:

6 all-beef kosher hot dogs

6 whole wheat hot dog buns

¼ cup raw unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped

6 teaspoons sesame seeds


1. To make the slaw: In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, carrots, red cabbage and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar and Thai red chili sauce. Pour this over the vegetables and toss to evenly cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. To make the peanut sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, sesame oil, syrup and soy sauce. Set aside until ready to serve.

3. To assemble: Preheat an indoor grill, grill pan, or outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Coat the indoor grill or grill pan with cooking spray. Grill the hot dogs for 2 to 3 minutes on all sides.

4. Place one grilled hot dog in a bun, top with 2 tablespoons slaw, ¾ tablespoon peanut sauce, a heaping ½ tablespoon peanuts, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds.

5. Refrigerate any leftover slaw or serve it as a side dish.

Source: “Skinny Suppers: 125 Lightened-Up, Healthier Meals for Your Family” by Brooke Griffin; 308 pages, $29.99. Published by William Morrow, 2016.

Nurse your hangover with help from Dayton's bartenders

Published: Saturday, December 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 2:48 PM

5 Secret Hangover Cures

We’ve seen this movie before.

Here we are again, prostrate on the couch with a head pounding from excess alcohol and heavy dehydration. Somehow, we lost ourselves last night between a bottle of red wine, or one too many Fireball shots, or the random Long Island Iced Tea.

Though it feels like we’ll never revive, there are ways to beat back the hangover beast. Your local bartenders have many tricks up their sleeve – they are, after all, used to nursing their customers – and themselves – back to health.

We asked a few of our neighborhood bartenders their most effective techniques. May they serve you well.

Vitamin Water, miso soup, Chinese buffet, booze

Vitamin Water Revive offers up the nutrients your hungover body craves. Photo source: Facebook

Amber Brady serves up delicious (and dangerous) cocktails at Lily’s Bistro, and offered up her step-by-step process for recovery:

“For me, hangover remedies are an intricate ritual of as many 'cures' as I can possibly ingest,” Brady said. Try one, some or all of the following with her recommendations:

  • "Revive" Vitamin Water. "This is a must. This purple potion is packed full of B vitamins, potassium and electrolytes. All things your body is begging for. If the store is out, shed a single tear and get another flavor; however, Revive is where it's at."
  • Coconut water. "Tons of electrolytes and hydration goodness. Just pound one. Sure way to get some moisture back into your poor dehydrated body."
  • Miso soup. "I know the sodium is a throw off here, but it actually helps you retain water. Lots of good vitamins and minerals here too, plus it's just a feel good soup."
  • Tons of water. "You should be drinking water throughout your boozy adventures, but let's be real, that rarely happens. So at the very least, chug as much as you can before bed. Then chug one more glass. When you wake up, drink it all day. Force yourself. After your Revive and coconut water, of course."
  •  Food. "Once you can eat, feed the beast. When the battle of the hangover comes to the point where I can eat, I eat tons of food. Preferably Chinese buffet, or if I'm not capable of removing myself from my cave of shame, get Chinese delivery. Go all out. You’re going to need to eat it like three times that day."
  • The classic hair of the dog. "This isn't always possible, especially if you are also nursing a 'shameover' and you've done or said things that will not allow you to be seen in public for a few days. However, if you can, my go-to hangover booze is a shot of whiskey, a beermosa, or at Lily’s, we offer the fine cocktail "Corpse Reviver #2,” (made with Citadelle gin, Lillet blanc, lemon juice, orange liqueur, Pernod rinse, and Luxardo cherry garnish). However, it comes with the warning that too many will just put you back where you started. It's delicious and one or two of these really does help ease the pain!"

A little bubbly could do the trick

The bubbles settle your stomach; the booze clears your head just enough to start functioning. Plus you feel fancy again. Photo source: Facebook

Corner Kitchen bartender Callie Young admits that she is “terrible at being hungover.”

“I usually just lay in bed all day,” she wrote. “If I do drink, it is champagne with grapefruit juice and then some Taco Bell.”

Fellow Corner Kitchen bartender Tess Vella also gave a rundown of her hangover cure routine.

  • "First of all, a shower is essential. It sounds terrible, but once you get in there, let the steam hit you, and reflect on your bad decisions from the night before; you can wash it all away and start again.
  • Second, champagne. I don’t like to muddy something already perfect with fruit juice, so no mimosas for me.
  • Third, a runny egg – in ramen doesn’t hurt.
  • Fourth: I must spend the rest of the day horizontal. Hulu is my friend."

Amateur hour:'s personal cures

Two of many staff hangover cures: Angostura bitters mixed with ginger ale (Source: and pickles/pickle juice (Source: Claussen Pickles Facebook)

Lastly, we may not be bartenders in our day jobs, but several of us served plenty of time in the restaurant business to pick up a few tricks to getting the job done while feeling less than amazing. Plus, college. The following is a sampling of our staff recommendations.

  • "Smart Water. Lots of it. If you have pickles in the fridge, sip that pickle juice. Fill your belly with Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese. But the all-time winner when you need to revive in a hurry is a glass of ginger ale with a few dashes of Angostura bitters, any flavor. At almost 45 percent alcohol, even just a touch of these bitters will bring you back to life."
  • "Two huge glasses of water and Tylenol before bed. Also, Gatorade the next day, especially if you were too drunk to remember to drink water and have Tylenol before bed."
  • "Bagels and Bloody Marys. Plus, heavy lounging and Netflix."
  • "Dry Life cereal and Gatorade. If you can afford it, upgrade to Pedialyte: world of difference. They even make Pedialyte popsicles and suckers."
From the Staff to all of you: Good luck, and speedy recoveries.

When fried mac and cheese isn’t hot enough, there’s this from Burger King

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The mad food wizards at Burger King’s test kitchens are at it again.

Last Thursday, the Miami-based fast food giant introduced its fiery follow-up to last year’s Mac n’ Cheetos, the limited snack item that consisted of fried macaroni and cheese sticks dusted with Cheetos powder as breading. 

This one, teased with an #ItsLit Twitter hashtag, should leave an even stronger impression: Flamin’ Hot Mac n’ Cheetos. 

>> RELATED: Victor’s Taco Shop owner insists he’s not stalking Taco Bell

It’s the same idea as the 2016 version, except this one is dusted with Cheetos’ Flamin’ Hot flavoring. Or as BK puts it on its website banner: “A unique portable snack of creamy mac n’ cheese coated and dusted with the flavor of CHEETOS® crunchy FLAMIN’ HOT® cheese snacks. Do you dare?” 

Apparently, plenty are willing to take BK up on its food dares since the original Mac n’ Cheetos sold enough to spawn a sequel. As for last year’s oft-mocked Whopperito, the chain’s signature Whopper burger and all of its sticky accoutrements molded into a burrito, we’ll have to see if that one gets a spicier update. 

>>Meet the Chizza, a pizza with a fried chicken crust

Not to be outdone in the great stoner’s food race for your wallets (and arteries), Taco Bell recently introduced its Rolled Chicken Tacos, cigar-shaped shells housing spicy ground chicken that you dip into sauces including nacho cheese, spicy ranch or guacamole. (We tried ’em, and if you keep it secret from the nutrition police, they were tasty and not greasy — and, for now, we’re still standing.) 

>>Taco Bell introduced first chips made entirely from fried chicken

Pizza Hut, meanwhile, has also added its Ultimate Cheesy Crust Pizza, which twists its crusts into pockets stuffed with five cheeses. 

“The holiday season is for catching up with loved ones,” Pizza Hut says. Naturally. What could be better than pockets full of mozzarella, provolone, white cheddar, Asiago and Fontina? Beats the empty taste of lint. 

>>RELATED: 7 foods that scream DAYTON

“The Ultimate Cheesy Crust Pizza is the perfect addition to upcoming holiday festivities, because we believe there are no better times than those shared over a fun and delicious meal together.”

How to enter the 2017 Dayton Daily News holiday cookie contest

Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 4:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

Do you make a mean cookie? Enter it in the Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest on Monday, Dec. 5. Pictured are some of our favorite cookies through the years. STAFF FILE PHOTOS BY LISA POWELL
Lisa Powell
Do you make a mean cookie? Enter it in the Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest on Monday, Dec. 5. Pictured are some of our favorite cookies through the years. STAFF FILE PHOTOS BY LISA POWELL(Lisa Powell)

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time to start that holiday baking!

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that your family can’t live without every year?

>> RELATED: Winning recipes from the 2016 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest

If so, please share your best cookie recipe with the Dayton Daily News during our annual cookie contest. 

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Do you make a mean cookie? Enter it in the Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest on Monday, Dec. 5. Pictured are some of our favorite cookies through the years. STAFF FILE PHOTOS BY LISA POWELL(Lisa Powell)

What: Dayton Daily News Annual Holiday Cookie Contest

When: Cookie judging on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

How to enter: ‘Tis the season for stress, so we’ve made this easy for you! Just bring one dozen of your favorite cookies to the Dayton Daily News lobby, 1611 S. Main St., Dayton between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4. Please enter the main doors that face Main Street. Drop off your cookies at the front desk. Judging will take place late afternoon.

What needs to be included with my entry? One dozen cookies, a copy of the recipe with exact ingredients and measurements and step-by-step directions on preparation and baking. Cookies with incomplete recipe details will be eliminated from the contest. You must also include: your first and last name, hometown, daytime phone number and email address. Please send your cookies in a disposable sealed container that you do not need back.

>> 5 years of winning recipes in the Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest

The first-place winner in the 2016 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie contest were these Chocolate Ginger Molasses Sandwich Cookies, submitted by Darrell Bickley of Centerville. LISA POWELL/STAFF

What if I don’t want to share my recipe? We’re sorry but entries without recipes attached will not be eligible.

Photo: Before you submit your entry, please have someone snap a photo of you either baking the cookies or posing with your plate of completed cookies. If you’re a top winner, we just might ask you to share that photo with us!

Eligibility criteria: Entrants must be age 18 or older, live in the Dayton Daily News circulation area and be home bakers. No professional bakers or chefs.

Prizes: The first-place winner will receive a $100 Kroger gift card. The second-place winner will receive a $50 Kroger gift card. The third-place winner will receive a $25 Kroger gift card.

Do you make a mean cookie? Enter it in the Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest on Monday, Dec. 5. Pictured are some of our favorite cookies through the years. STAFF FILE PHOTOS BY LISA POWELL(Lisa Powell)

When will the winners be notified? Only the top three prize winners will be notified in advance. Our favorite recipes will appear on our premium web site starting Dec. 6. Our top three winning recipes will appear in the Dayton Daily News print edition on Sunday, Dec. 17. 

Who should I contact with questions? Michelle Fong at or Ashley Bethard at

Happy baking!

Our favorite winning cookie recipes to inspire your holiday baking

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 9:46 AM

View the top 12 winners of the Dayton Daily News 2016 holiday cookie contest.

Inspiration for cookies to make and serve for family during the holidays can come from your neighbors.

Below are the past five years of winners in the Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest, with recipes and explanations on how to make their winning entries.

2016 contest

The first-place winner in the 2016 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie contest were these Chocolate Ginger Molasses Sandwich Cookies, submitted by Darrell Bickley of Centerville. LISA POWELL/STAFF

The cookies chosen were led by Chocolate Ginger Molasses Sandwich Cookies.

» 2016 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest winners

2015 contest

Red Velvet Cannoli Cream Sandwich Cookies by Laura Haber of Miamisburg. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

The cookies chosen were led by Red Velvet Cannoli Cream Sandwich Cookies.

» 2015 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest winners

2014 contest


The cookies chosen were led by Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars.

» 2014 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest winners

2013 contest

Jelly Thumbprint Cookies by Theresa Steinbruegge of Kettering took first place in our contest. JIM WITMER / STAFF Cookie contest winners credit their moms | Cookie recipes

The cookies chosen were led by Jelly Thumbprint Cookies.

» 2013 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest winners

2012 contest

These delicious pecan bars submitted by Susette Kruckeberg of Versailles earned top prize in the Dayton Daily News 2012 Holiday Cookie Contest. STAFF/LISA POWELL(Lisa Powell)

The cookies chosen were led by Pecan Bars.

» 2012 Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest winners