Crumbs 8/4: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens its first Nebraska location

The record attempt is now official, John C. Fremont Days planning committee now holds the Guinness World Record for largest open-face sandwich.  Earlier this month, at the 25th annual John C. Fremont Days in Fremont, event organizers and volunteers attempted the world record. The 1,652-pound SPAM sandwich topped the previous Guinness record holder by 315 pounds. The previous record was a barbecue pork bun weighing 1,337 pounds.

Speaking of barbecue, Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens its first Nebraska location in Lincoln at 2662 Cornhusker Hwy. This is the first location for Dickey's in Nebraska and the first franchise for Robert Carter who plans to open three more in the area. The first...

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Eating Seasonally: Savoring and Saving Summer

The next few months mark the beginning of food hedonism. Once the gloomy rain of spring subsides and the billowing heat of summer drips sweat at our temples, we know a fruit and vegetable bounty is near. There is something wholeheartedly satisfying about gorging ourselves on berries and melon so sweet it’s almost shameful to eat them, countertops of tomatoes, and more zucchini than doorsteps on which to abandon them. The devil on our shoulder says to eat and indulge with recklessness, but the angel is there to remind us that winter is never far away. While summer is the time to savor, it’s also time to save.

The seasonal eater will grow and purchase food over the next few months. The...

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Bryce Coulton: Omaha’s Salami Guy

Bryce Coulton’s voice has a slow New Jersey swagger. He speaks deliberately and with precision much in the same way he maneuvers a curved boning knife across the leg of a butchered pig. The morning of our interview I watched as he sliced segments of the animal in the back kitchen of Dundee’s Pitch Pizzeria where he practices charcuterie, the craft of preserving meat, traditionally pork.
“This piece,” he said while pausing briefly and gently pressing his fingertips into the raw meat, “will be used to make Calabrian Salami. The recipe was passed down from the chef’s aunt.”

Perhaps Coulton is the perfect person to recreate a generations-old salami from southern Italy. He lived there for...

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Good Pub

Walking into the Jackson Street Tavern, what guesses would you make about the establishment? It’s in the Old Market, and has an outdoor dining area decorated with beer signs. The word “tavern” is featured in the name. You’d probably guess it’s a bar emphasizing brews, burgers and chicken wings. You’d be wrong. Jackson Street Tavern does sell drinks, but it also features an ambitious food menu, with prices to match. My wife and I visited on a quiet Sunday night. We started with the Tuna Not-Chos appetizer ($12), featuring small tuna slices with wonton chips, avocado and mango salsa. The fish was well seasoned and the flavors worked well together, but there was only a tiny...

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Eating Seasonal

Warmer temperatures bring with them that familiar but distant ease to life — more daylight hours, fewer buttons to button and headwear to adorn before opening the front door and stepping casually into the sunshine. Spring comes around to remind us that being outside is a privilege and not a punishment. With winter well behind us, I have savored my last bites of hearty casseroles and sips of hot chocolate while walking listlessly into the long-awaited beginnings of spring eating. Eating seasonally requires a shift in thinking, a willingness to relinquish a little control in exchange for enjoying the true full flavors of food and a whole lot of indulgence. A quick walk through farmers...

entered on 06/09/11 at 09:56 PM | read more »

Crumbs: Chick Fil-A Finally Lands; Father’s Day Recommendations

* Chick Fil-A lovers can finally exhale. The Atlanta-based purveyor of fried chicken finally relented and purchased land at the Marketplace in Council Bluffs. Their fried chicken, whether in wrap, sandwich or biscuit form, is the stuff of legend. There’s no word on an opening date, though, so you’ll have to keep pestering your friends who work at Mutual of Omaha (there’s a Chick Fil-A in their cafeteria that offers a reduced menu) to hook you up for the time being. * Father’s Day is rapidly approaching, and if you haven’t figured out what to get your dad this year, we have some suggestions. Dads are to grilling as barbecue sauce is to ribs, so a barbecue or grilling-themed gift...

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