Sgt. Peffer’s Cafe Italiano an Omaha Staple

Over the years, pizza shops have pushed the limits of what a pizza can hold; from savory to sweet, the imagination for pizza toppings is seemingly endless.  There are those of us who are traditionalists and require few items on a pizza to make us happy.  A good crust, basic sauce and properly seasoned ingredients are all you need sometimes; and just because it has loads of cheese on top, does not necessarily make it a better pizza.

Sgt. Peffer’s Café Italiano in particular, has stood the test of time, and continues to convert loyal pizza enthusiasts to fans, year after year. Sgt Peffer’s has a long, rich history in the community and so I decided I wanted to know more about the early...

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<p>  Art and Soup</p> Visiting Nurse Association Art and Soup

The year was 1995, and quite possibly the quintessential culinary phrase of the ‘90s, came from actor Larry Thomas, who played the infamous Soup Nazi on “Seinfeld.” 

“No soup for you!”  If you saw the episode, you have probably uttered this phrase at least a few dozen times since.  Heck, even Jerry Seinfeld and Larry Thomas, dawned the character roles in a recent Acura commercial, during the Super Bowl this year.  Luckily, the soup is on, at the 15th Annual VNA Art and Soup event on February 26.

The Art and Soup, Omaha’s tastiest event, will return to the Embassy Suites La Vista Hotel and Conference Center. The event features art from 58 area artists, an incredible silent auction and...

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Edible Seduction

The coating of a truffle is just a diversion, a way to camouflage the simplicity of its creation and the core of its existence — the versatile seductress ganache. The decadent, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate creation is in many ways the playgirl of culinary confections, it looks expensive and complicated, but beneath its illustrious sheen it’s pretty easy.

“Truffles are one of those things that have this stigma about them. People think they are difficult to make but they don’t have to be,” said Melissa Hartman, owner of The Cordial Cherry, an artisan chocolate shop located just south of 180th and Pacific streets.

Hartman offers classes for the novice once per month on the art of making...

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Seasonal Eater

Well, the good news is winter has arrived just in time to think about spring, summer and fall. Part, a big part, of being a seasonal eater is planning ahead and now is the time to let farmers plan for you. You might be thinking of roasted potato soup and hearty comfort foods, but farmers are thinking of crisp salad greens, spring broccoli and garlic scapes. Now is the best time to subscribe to community supported agriculture (CSA) programs to ensure a bountiful and veggie-filled 2012.


Joining a CSA is a great way to become a seasonal eater and it’s pretty simple. Find a farm you like with an established CSA program, prepay them somewhere between $400-$550 and wait in eager...

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<p>  The Tea Smith</p> It’s a Tea Party

A new year is nearly upon us, and after a long evening of celebration and festivities, it will be time to put the fancy champagne glasses back in the cupboard for yet another twelve months. Trade them in for more appropriate vessels—ceramic mugs or dainty teacups—to use while celebrating National Hot Tea Month this January.

Cold and flu season has officially begun, making mid-winter the perfect time of year to introduce hot tea into the diet. Research has indicated that drinking tea, even as little as one cuppa’ day, aids the immune system in its daily war against bacteria, microorganisms and viruses. Tea, the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, also boasts health...

entered on 12/28/11 at 09:51 AM | read more »


<p>  Blanc Burgers + Bottles</p> Kid-Friendly Without The Crayons

When I was pregnant, I was amazed and frightened by how many people told me that I should go out as much as possible now because once the baby was born, there wouldn’t be any time to eat out or try new restaurants.  So when my daughter was born, I made a firm decision that she was going to learn how to eat out and not just at places that had kids’ menus. With that in mind, I started testing out restaurants in the Omaha area to see what places were kid-friendly, but not necessarily kid-oriented. Where can I bring my child to that doesn’t only serve chicken fingers and fries? 

With my three year old daughter in tow, the first place I looked was Blanc Burgers & Bottles at Midtown Crossing....

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