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Sweet Devotion

OYO Bourbon Maple Peach Cobbler There’s no doubt Middle West Spirits’ Bourbon Barrel-aged Ohio Maple Syrup would steal the show at your next breakfast gathering, but it just might be the best thing you can…

Photo by Chris Casella


A little over a year ago, some eagle-eyed S&B readers may recall seeing our resident imbiber Chris Manis fist-pumping through the frozen streets to the tune of “Chasing Heather Crazy” by Guided By Voices. Although…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

At-Home Chef: Stale Mate

Cooking’s biggest enemies: motivation and patience. The idea of making something from scratch is always nice—but the execution? Before you’ve finished your mental list of the ingredients you need to grab from the store, you’ve…

Photos by Jill Strominger

Candy Crush

Guarantee yourself to be the “good house” this Halloween with these homemade candies that are simple enough to make with kids, yet sophisticated enough to serve to judgmental adults. Or don’t share with anyone—dump a…

The Hidden Meaning of Menus

“House-made sandwiches.” “Freshly-diced tomatoes.” From redundant descriptions like those above to flowery hyperbole and “local,”  “organic,”  “farm-raised” speak, menu descriptions can be so silly they feel made up. (And maybe they are. A few former…

Photo by Jill Stromminger

Meat Goes Sweet

Even the sweetest things enjoy getting a little salty from time to time. (Like Sandra Dee at the end of Grease, but without the whole dressing-like-a-slut-to-earn-a-guy’s-love thing). Sure, these may not be the best cupcakes…