Think Like a Chef

Unless you’re in the mood for a mean grilled cheese, I’m not much of a cook. But working in restaurants has, fortunately, allowed me to meet some very talented ones. Recently, I experienced a six-course, dim sum-inspired feast in the home kitchen of Lot 2’s Scott Zrust. It was over this sensational dinner that I started compiling a list of guidelines to create restaurant-caliber meals at home. As it turns out, a little know-how, planning, and creativity will get you far. I asked three area professionals, who specialize in a range of cuisines, for ideas.

Be inspired.

Zrust insists he’s “never been a huge fan of cookbooks.” While they can be useful for reference, the most rewarding...

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Brix at Midtown Crossing is now open.

Much like the original Brix at Village Pointe, Brix at Midtown Crossing creatively brings together a full-menu Bistro, a wine and spirits retail shop and event space. Designed by owner Dan Matuszek, he states that, “the Midtown Crossing location really is more of a ‘Bistro first, retail store second concept.’ There is a lot more emphasis on the food and highlighting the talents of who we think is one of the great young chefs in Omaha, our executive chef Erik Rickard.” He continues, “the Bistro at the Midtown Crossing location also features a larger bar area for drinks and cocktails, plus 27 different premium craft beers and Sprecher Root Beer on...

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Twisted Cork: Stunning Flavors, Cozy Ambiance

Let me make your first visit to the Twisted Cork a little easier with this tip: the Tavern is to the left, and the Bistro is to the right. They’re both a part of the Twisted Cork, but they aren’t the same thing.

I hope I didn’t just confuse you.

I went to the right when I visited the Twisted Cork because I was looking for the full Bistro experience. A friend of mine had told me that this was the place to go for some really great seafood, and I managed to get my husband to accompany me by letting him know that the Twisted Cork Burger was voted the best burger in Nebraska by Food Network Magazine. Great seafood for me and a juicy burger for him; it’s the perfect date night.

Let’s...

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If you are planting your own garden this spring or growing one with a neighbor, put February 2nd on your calendar for Omaha Seed Share, presented by the Omaha Community Garden Network. The event runs from 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. at the Douglas County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Road. Here are some points of interest on the event as marketed…

 

  • Seed swapping and sharing (bring any extra seeds)
  • Growing advice from Master Gardens
  • Free Seeds
  • Meet community gardeners and local farmers
  • Learn about seed saving and heirloom varieties
  • Free coffee and refreshments

 

Admission is free and children are welcome. For more information, please contact Patty Falcone,...

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Hiro 88: A Formula for Success

With all the new restaurants popping up in Omaha, it’s important to remember the amazing ones that have sustained the test of time. Hiro 88 in West Omaha was the first Asian restaurant I ate at when I moved to Omaha over five years ago and the excitement it ignited then has not dampened today. I am a regular here and have my favorites. However, for this visit, I decided to pretend as if I was a newly landed resident to Omaha and order dishes that I have never tried before. I wanted to experience it all for the first time…again.

I always tell people who don’t eat sushi to try Hiro. You will be amazed at the creations they make – some with even cooked seafood and meats for those hesitant...

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Dante Pizzeria is holding their first wine dinner of 2013 on Monday January 28th at 7:00 p.m. The dinner will consist of five course and five wines and runs for $90 per person not including tax or grat. The wines of choice will be Big Italian Reds. There was also mention of wild boar, locally raised duck and monkfish to be on the menu. 

Please call 402.732.3078 to make a reservation. Seating is limited. Dante is located at 169th and Wright Plaza in the Shops of Legacy, 168th & West Center.  

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