Author: Julie Niesen

wine me, dine me (in washington, DC)

wine me, dine me (in washington, DC)

Don’t worry, I’m not moving. However, Terry and I are going to be enjoying ourselves in our nation’s capital for a few days. I’ll be out of town until Tuesday, but I’ll be reporting from the field. I hear that I’ll be at Capitol City […]

Review: Half Day Cafe

Review: Half Day Cafe

My dear friend Abby is getting married in a few weeks, and I have the honor of being in her wedding. On Saturday, I had to go over to Bridal and Formal in Reading to pick up my (admittedly lovely) bridesmaid’s dress. I was slightly […]

My new Saturday morning hangout: Coffee Emporium

My new Saturday morning hangout: Coffee Emporium

Coffee Emporium Originally uploaded by anadequatenovel I’ve lived two blocks from Coffee Emporium since July, and I finally wandered there last weekend. What a great space! I saw lots of fellow downtowners/OTR-ers I recognized, and Jim Tarbell was holding court in the foyer. I had […]

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 […]

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