Crumbs — Barbecue and Bahn Mi

Grandma Foster’s barbecue sauce, based in Omaha, recently took home the “Best Overall Sauce Award” at the 7th Annual Great American Barbecue Competition in Kansas City, Mo., for its Grandma Foster’s Smooth & Spicy Bar-B-Que Sauce. The company also received 1st Place in the Spicy division and 6th Place in the Mild Sauce division. You can buy the sauce at HyVee, Bag ‘N Save, Dick’s Meats, SuperSaver, No Frills Supermarket, Whole Foods Market or online at Grandmasbbq.digbro.com. Fans of Vietnamese cuisine have another option — Saigon Surface just opened downtown at 324 South 14th St. The wide menu includes the iconic pho as well as vermicelli bowls, bahn mi sandwiches...

entered on 06/01/11 at 09:58 AM | read more »


It’s Official! It’s spelled “barbecue,” NOT “barbeque”

*Those of you waiting for a proper ruling on whether it’s spelled “barbecue” or “barbeque” can finally exhale. The 2011 edition of the AP Stylebook includes 16 pages of food-related entries for terms like “locavore,” “farmstead” and “blind bake,” as well as the definitive spelling of the term for slowly cooking meat: “barbecue.” And for those keeping track, you don’t need to capitalize “bloody mary” but you should always capitalize “Sloppy Joe.” Whew. *One of the most impressive ways to dress up a dish (or slyly cover up a bad one) is through the careful addition of a complementary sauce. If your go-to sauces are ketchup, barbecue sauce and ranch...

entered on 05/25/11 at 01:30 PM | read more »


Grill Like A Chef

Now that it’s Memorial Day weekend and we can all bust out the white pants, it’s also the official start of the grilling season. Whether you’re using gas, charcoal or one of those hobo newspaper grills, it’s all good. Grilling is quick, easy, and a great excuse to sit outside with a nice cool drink of your choice. But if you think about it from a fuel perspective, grilling can be a very inefficient way of cooking, particularly if you’re using charcoal. There’s that period of waiting for the coals to come up to temperature, then the actual grilling itself, then the long cool down. If you’re like most, you’re only grilling a couple things — steaks/burger/fish/hot dogs and...

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“LudoBites” coming to Big Mama’s

Chef Ludo Lefebvre has gained some notoriety for his "LudoBites" events, offering culinary wizardry for a short amount of time. Now he's taking the show on the road. For one night only, he'll join forces with the folks at Big Mama's, 3223 N. 45th St., for a one-off French Soul Food meal this Saturday. The dinner begins at 5:30 pm and you'll need to make reservations. Which you can do after 2pm on Friday by phone: (402) 455-MAMA (6262).

entered on 05/20/11 at 08:41 AM | read more »


New Kind of Farmers

When Anna Clements, of Clementine’s Produce and Provisions, walked into a local store in Gretna, Neb., an elderly man leaned over and asked if she was one of “those new kind of farmers.” She figures her dirty overalls and rubber boots gave her away. That, and the fact that she is a woman. “Well, yes, I am sir, but my fiancée still farms the old way, if it makes you feel any better,” she said. It did. Anna is one of many “new kind of farmers” — new kind of farmers referring mostly to them being female, but also that they focus on the organic and the sustainable — popping up across the country. She is also a new kind of farmer because she produces food rather than corn...

entered on 05/11/11 at 01:04 PM | read more »


There Goes My Gyro

El Basha Mediterranean Grill is an inconspicuous place, but those who find it will likely enjoy it. The small restaurant at 75th and Pacific serves expertly prepared Mediterranean food at reasonable prices in humble surroundings. I visited El Basha on a Saturday night with my family. We started with Baba Ghanuje appetizer ($5.50), featuring smoked eggplant pureed with sesame, garlic, and lemon juice, and served with pita bread. I’ve had this dish at a few other places, and this was my favorite version so far, with a strong lemon flavor. I ordered the Falafel Wrap ($5.99), with falafel patties, salad greens and tahini sauce in a pita. Falafel is sometimes overwhelmed by sauce, but this...

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