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I have a confession to make: I have a sweet tooth. While I love to cook healthy most of the time, I will always have a sweet side.

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It is Sunday evening as I sit down to write this column, but I can’t stop thinking about this past Wednesday.

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If you are reading this column and have a roof over your head and food to eat, you have a lot to be thankful for.

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Finally, we are getting a taste of fall.

Leaves waited until this week to change and that brought on the long-awaited autumn feeling.

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Food is art. I have heard that over and over throughout the years, as well as “presentation is everything!”

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Every week when I write my column, I am all in and very invested in the topic. Sometimes, my column is about something food related that I have always loved; sometimes it is about something new I just discovered.

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You read that right, I am turning my column over this week to Carley Ostendorf, a 13-year-old student at A.I Root Middle School in Medina.

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Last week, I wrote about Giant Puffball Mushrooms. This week, it’s giant puffy pancakes.

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Sometimes, life throws you huge surprises.

I came home from work Monday to what appeared to be Halloween decorations, skulls to be specific, set into my front yard ivy. My wife is really into Halloween, but this is just a tad early, I thought.

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Last weekend was one of those total washout weekends where everyone was seeking comfort food.

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When you have a grill-off between the police department and the fire department and it is a fundraiser for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids – which provides service dogs to families – you don’t need to ask me twice to be a judge.

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I was sitting with my family in The Original Dan’s Dogs this past Sunday after church. Yes, they are open on Sundays now!

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I am in the mood for a good ole’ fashioned hamburger throw down, a contest where hamburgers are made fresh by contestants right on the spot and served side by side for judging.

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Last Thursday, my wife Yvette and I had the pleasure of dining in the middle of a farm field. It was our anniversary dinner. I told her a few days earlier “hey honey, we are going to celebrate our anniversary with a dinner on a farm!” I said this with great excitement, hoping it would cause …

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This time of year, as I stop at local farm stands to admire and buy almost daily my produce for each evening, I always end up with a tomato or two. Heirloom tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, you name it. One thing is for sure, right now the tomato is the star of the show! And when you have a gre…

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This weekend is a mid-summer food lover’s dream. There is so much going on around us. Time to celebrate! Local tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and zucchini are finally in full swing, and summer is officially off to the races, to be enjoyed in a hurry as it seems to disappear just as fast as it arr…

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It is a quiet Friday morning in Strongsville, and I am sitting in AJ Gallery & Cafe in the test kitchen. The custom-made ultra-modern steel hangar style door with train car bearings and a steam valve handle from Boston is to my right, and I’m listening to the chirping birds. This amazing…

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Finally, real summer weather seems here to stay. Most of us enjoyed a spectacular Memorial Day weekend with lots of sun and very little rain. This means dining al fresco is the thing to do for the next three or four months.

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Finally, the weather is perfect, the Cavs are in the Eastern Conference finals and it is that time of year again to break out the grills.

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In the past months, I have written a column on beer (Wadsworth Brewing Company) and on how to properly taste bourbon for my guest hosting gig at Corkscrew Saloon. Then came the Wild Game Dinner at Gandalf’s Pub with Great Lakes Beer pairings. In all those cases, I was very impressed at how m…

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Today is Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. If you have not made Easter Brunch reservations by now, it is possible that you are too late.

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Holiday entertaining can be stressful. What to cook? Which wines pair well? But with a few tools and a bit of planning, you can breeze through the holiday season like an entertaining pro.

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The holidays do not end when the weather begins to get warmer. Plenty of special occasions, including Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, communion celebrations, and graduations, occur in spring and summer.

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St. Patrick’s Day is one week away! Being half Irish, this is exciting for me. Landing on a Saturday is even better. The great parade in Cleveland is even in play! For those of us celebrating at home, there will of course be Lucky Charms and green milk to start the day. Those darn leprechaun…

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Dining out is a great way to celebrate life’s milestones or simply reconnect with friends and loved ones. Research firm NPD Group found that, by the end of 2015, restaurant visits by consumers increased by 700 million compared to just five years prior.

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