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Sweet Potatoes Anna

25 Nov

Hands down, my favorite holiday of the year, besides the glorious day of my birth, is Thanksgiving.  However, I absolutely LOATHE the sight, smell or mention of sweet potatoes smothered in marshmallows and brown sugar — that is the most disgusting thing I’ve heard you can do to sweet potatoes.  They are, by nature, sweet!  Why anyone would mess with such a creation is beyond me.  My mother has been making a recipe she found in the New York Times many years ago, that utilizes the potatoes, butter, thyme and black pepper.  So here goes:

What you need:

6 medium sweet potatoes peeled

10 tablespoons unsalted melted butter

1 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

What now:

Slice the potatoes in circles, once done toss them with the butter and thyme until they’re covered.  Then layer them in an oven-safe casserole dish, sprinkle salt and pepper over top, cover with tin foil and pop in the oven for 30 mins.  Uncover after 30 mins and bake an extra 20-30 so the top caramelizes a bit.  Serve however you wish, it doesn’t matter because it’s delicious.

ALS Beer Dinner Fundraiser

19 Oct

I’m coming up to the last few days before my ALS Beer Dinner Event goes down and things are getting down to the wire in a fun and slightly overwhelming way!  Luckily over the summer I secured awesomely generous donations from three incredible local Ohio microbreweries:  Thirsty Dog, Buckeye Brewing and Hoppin’ Frog.  These guys really blew me away with their donations, encouragement and enthusiasm not to mention they are my favorite Ohio microbreweries.

From Thirsty Dog: Raspberry Ale, Labrador Lager, Lunar Lager and Old Leghumper Porter

From Buckeye: Zatek Old Ale, 76 IPA, Old Mammoth Stout

From Hoppin’ Frog: Wee Heavy Scotch Red Ale, BORIS Oatmeal Impy

As for the menu, I’ve been striving for all local and all donated which is a little tough as it turns out but I’ve had some great feedback and donations from local businesses in terms of food donations and raffle prizes.  Sometimes I feel like I need a permanent assistant to follow me around while I dictate my insanely long To-Do Lists and navigate the web of email responses.  Luckily I have a great team of volunteers selling raffle tickets, helping prep food and awesome friends keeping my brain from becoming an addled mush.

To the meat of the issue, here’s why I’m doing this fundraiser: this dinner is for the benefit of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (aka Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research. This is a cause I’ve supported for 5 years since the disease claimed my father. In memory of the 5th anniversary of his death, I thought he’d especially appreciate an event featuring our two favorite things, beer and food. Funds raised will go directly to Project ALS in the hopes that continued, proactive research will find a cure for this terminal, neuromuscular degenerative disease.

The event features a 5 course meal paired with samples of 9 different beers.  There will be a raffle where you can win prizes like a Pumpkin Beer gift basket donated by Rozi’s Wine and Liquor House, a custom made cake from local baker extraordinaire Liz Keeney, gift certificates to the Village Deli and Middle Ground, beer steins and a Kenyon blanket from the College Bookstore.

The Menu:


Grilled hot italian sausage with lemon and cilantro

Sweet potatoes Anna

Osso Bucco

Local cheese plate with local chocolates, Beckwith apples and cider

Mini BORIS pancakes with honey

*sorbet palate cleanser in between courses of Thirsty Dog’s Raspberry Ale

me and Poppie

the whole reason

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