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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Easy Holiday Side Dish: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries with Goat Cheese and Pecans

Two weekends ago, I made my return to the Webb City Farmers Market for a demo & sampling of a fall/holiday recipe. I wanted to choose something that was very seasonal, fairly simple, and would make a fantastic side dish for a holiday meal. Brussels sprouts came to mind along with cranberries!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Need an Easy Dish for Fall Gatherings? Pumpkin Dip to the Rescue!

It's that time of year, again! Harvest parties, Thanksgiving dinners, and various other gatherings. You might be invited to several of these gatherings.You may be at a loss for time, and/or ideas. An old standby that I like to make that is inexpensive, fast and easy to prepare, and is always popular with guests and friends. I'm talking about a pumpkin dip. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Slacker, Bum, Loafer, Idler...

Hello. My name is Slacker!

Well, seems like a VERY long time since I have posted, let alone posted any original writing. My apologies to the handful of you that actively keep up with the blog. Life got very busy, kept busy, and when that happens, priorities must be made. Unfortunately, the blog took the brunt of the low priority list.

But, I am ready to change that!

I'm ready to get back to writing, recipe development, investigating... I'm ready to bring you the Frank About Food content you have come to expect.

Keep checking back, as I post some recipes perfect for Autumn, more stories on local restaurants, and more food porn!

I want to thank everyone for sticking with me: You are truly appreciated!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

JOMORW End of Summer Edition 2015 Wrap-Up

Representatives from some of the 21 participating restaurants met at Crosslines, on Monday, to drop off
the pantry donations and discuss the success of the second Joplin Missouri Restaurant Week of 2015.
Photo as seen in The Joplin Globe, courtesy of Rikki Smith.

That is how many pounds of food donations were raised, last week during the second addition of the Joplin MO Restaurant Week! That is nearly 2 TONS of food, donated at a very needed time. This number is up over 1000 pounds from the first run of JOMORW. Crosslines will be able to stock their shelves and prepare to serve all the families that are in need, at this time of year.
Representatives from some of the 21 participating local restaurants met on Monday at the Crosslines building to deliver the donations from their locations and to discuss how the week went for their businesses.
A brief side-note: You may notice that I wrote 21, as opposed to the 20 locations you have seen mentioned in JOMORW promotional items and web posts. Polka Dot Fox Coffee and Micro-Bakery were a bit late getting to the party, this year, but were just affective in taking in donations, participating with a great 20% off deal all week, and wanted to really be part of this great opportunity to give back to the Joplin community. They weren't on the posters or mentioned much, but they were there, taking in donations and doing their part. I just wanted to make sure there was no confusion in the numbers that I am reporting.
As I have said before, I believe it was a total win-win-win for all involved. The patrons of all these local businesses should feel very proud of the amount of donations and the impact they have helped create in the community. And a huge thank you for all the great deals that customers got to enjoy, as they helped give back! All but two of the participants had daily deals or a weekly deal. It is just a bit disheartening to see that a couple were not able to come up with some small incentive to offer their customers. Perhaps that is something we'll see amended in the next JOMORW, which should be taking place, again, in January. There may also be room to add a few more local businesses that have interest in this special week, given the success of the past two runs.
Be proud of yourselves, Joplin!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

JOMORW - End of Summer Edition of the Joplin MO Restaurant Week

It's baaaacckkk!!!

The Joplin Missouri Restaurant Week, also known as JOMORW, has returned, this week! After a successful debut run in January, netting OVER A TON OF FOOD for Crosslines Emergency Food Program, it has returned at a vital time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Main Street Pizza Tasting Challenge!

Over the past year, here in Joplin, two new pizza eateries have opened up on our Main Street corridor and another underwent a change of ownership and rebranding. These three restaurants cover Downtown, Midtown, and Southtown. I felt it would be a fun little event to have a "Main Street Pizza Tasting Challenge." And since there is another, oft overlooked, pizza place just a block over from Main, I tossed it in for good measure!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Frank About Food Flashback: Blueberry Upside Down Cake

This is a repost from this time, last year. I appeared on Living Well with Carol Parker and showed how simple it is to create a delicious, easy, and seasonal dessert for your Fourth of July celebrations!