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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Mardi Gras!





Laissez le bon temps roulez!

Happy Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, everyone! I hope you take time to do something to celebrate this day of indulgence. Our typical food celebration includes some Louisiana beer with some shrimp po' boys, dirty rice, beans, and fried okra. Sometimes some homemade hushpuppies tossed in for good measure. You can check out some photos from past celebrations at my house, including a traditional King's Cake, complete with baby inside, beautifully decorated by my wife!
 
Let me know what you are doing to celebrate; tell me all about your food adventures, today!
 


                 



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Webb City Farmers Market: Asian Inspired Lettuce Wraps

I mean, his name IS FLAVOR, right?

I love a good wrap... you know, some N.W.A... maybe some Eazy E... Public Enemy... old school RUN-DMC... Beastie Boys... Oh, wait... I said Wrap, didn't I? Hmph.

When planning for my February demonstration at the Webb City Farmers Market, I inquired about what Market Master Eileen Nichols would be expecting on the vendor tables. When she mentioned a large haul of hydroponic butter and bibb lettuces coming in from Braker Farms and 417 Produce, my mind went to some kind of wrap. Don't get me wrong; I do love those lettuces in a delicious, fresh salad, but I really wanted to frame them in a different light. And to be honest, I have been looking for a demo dish that would allow me to do some sautéing right at my table with strong aromas of garlic... onions... well, you get the idea.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dishing Up Thanksgiving, Revisited!

This is a repost from last Thanksgiving with a variety of easy dishes suitable to throw together at the last minute for your Thanksgiving feast! Check them out, and enjoy!!!

 
 
I've shared several dishes, recently that would be perfect for holiday parties and your Thanksgiving table. I decided to collect them all here, for you to peruse. 

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.

3,615
 
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!