Author: Julie Niesen

Review: Universal Grille

Review: Universal Grille

I apparently haven’t been with it. Did you know that Universal Grille (formerly Hamburger Mary’s) had a bit of a kerfluffle in the kitchen and ended up closed for about a month? I sent my mom there a couple of months ago, since she wanted […]

How to throw a successful and stress free dinner party.

How to throw a successful and stress free dinner party.

Hahahahahahahaha! Yeah, that’s a funny one. I don’t think it’s possible that a dinner party can be stress free. I’ve tried, and it just doesn’t work. However, I have learned how to minimize stress so I can relax and generally enjoy myself and my guests. […]

Recipe: Hummus

Recipe: Hummus

My hummus is a party favorite– I’ve been making it ever since my dear friend Elisa visited me for two weeks when I got married and she showed me how simple it was to do it. I’ll add that it’s far easier to do this […]

Recipe: Roasted Leg of Lamb, Tzatziki

Recipe: Roasted Leg of Lamb, Tzatziki

This recipe is adapted from Emeril Lagasse and Simply Recipes. I didn’t have time for a marinade, so I decided to do a rub. 1 4-5 pound leg of lamb, sirloin end8 cloves of garlic, minced3-4 stems’ worth of rosemary, removed from stems1/4 cup of […]

Recipe: Sauerkraut and Mettwurst

Recipe: Sauerkraut and Mettwurst

One of my grandma’s favorite meals to make for us was sauerkraut and metts. For her, it was pretty simple: Eckerich Farm smoked sausage, canned sauerkraut, an apple (to cut the sour, she said), simmered on the stove until everything is heated through. When Terry […]

Review: Red

Review: Red

Terry and I have been trying to get to Hugo for dinner since my birthday in November. Either we’ve been too busy or they were out of reservations that weren’t at 5:30. This past Saturday was another one of those nights. I suggested we try […]

I’m back!

I’m back!

You know, I can’t do anything simply. As you read on Tuesday, my MacBook Pro (yes, I’m one of those people, about which Terry good-naturedly teases me) needed to go in for a broken hinge. Considering it’s a first generation (yes, I was on the […]

mini break.
Review: York Street Cafe

Review: York Street Cafe

I have been to York Street more times than I can count. For one particular group of my friends, it’s the default drinks-and-apps location either for happy hour or after a show, since it’s convenient to the theater we all perform at on a regular […]

What is a foodie?

What is a foodie?

I’ve been perusing the Cincinnati Magazine restaurant issue since I got it, in case I missed something or forgot about a restaurant I wanted to try (I do that a lot!). I’ve read, over and over, an article in the section that includes comments from […]

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