A Sloth and His Broth

I felt pretty lazy this past weekend and had to lean on my pantry and freezer a little bit.  Fortunately I have plenty of chicken stock in my freezer and, thanks perhaps to my own Midwestern Prairie-oh-my-goodness-were-gonna-be-snowed-in-until-Merlin-Olson-Shows-Up-With-the-mule-team hardwiring, plenty of starch in the cupboard.  A few vegetal bits, and I’m set… This is how I spent my weekend:

Incredibly Easy Roasted Vegetable Soup
Take a bunch of veggies, about

That Many…  (note: zucchini is yummy in these soups!)

Drizzle with salt and olive oil, roast at 400 for 30 minutes.

Add some homemade chicken broth
Add 1/2 cup (Precooked) orzo, cooked and drained
Add 1 Tablespoon of tomato paste or salsa (for a little brightness)
salt, pepper and parsley to taste.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tabouli.  You know that first strange “International” food you try after you move away to college?  This was it for me.  What I really love about this is that the flavors harmonize so well, all of these bright, even brash flavors compliment each other without confusing the palette.  Besides, it’s just really good.

The recipe is from the Moosewood Cookbook, the 1992 reprint becoming the second cookbook I owned (The first was a New Orleans Cookbook, notable for a roux-less gumbo I still make occasionally)

1 cup Bulgur Wheat
1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
1t salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
Garlic to taste
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1 cup parsley, chopped
10-15 mint leaves, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, diced

Pour the boiling water on the wheat and allow to stand until bulgur is tender (about 30 minutes)

Add everything else, toss!

If You’re Gonna Do Something…

This post constitutes a non-review of Terry’s Turf Club.

I say non-review because I’m starting to recognize I have been put upon this earth to write about bacon and chorizo and pork shoulder and spareribs, not quibble about service times or fawn over Chef Bob’s kiwi reduction. Besides, I seldom eat out.

I finally made it to Terrys Turf Club a few days ago with my friends  Jay and Evan and Sam.   Sam does not have a blog, sadly.

Again, I’ll be clear.  This is decidedly a non-review.  As such, I will provide the following facts germaine to the experience.

1. Terry’s Turf Club is a restaurant.
2. It is located somewhere.
3. The place is decorated.
4. There is a staff.
5. There is a menu.
6. A member of said staff took our order at a time subsequent to our arrival.
7. pursuant to #6, food and drink arrived.
8. Food was consumed.
8a okay, I left a little bit of crabmeat on my plate.
9. Food was paid for.
Again, I don’t do restaurant reviews.  Just as Terry’s doesn’t do drywall.  He has found something he does well, and sticks to it.

I will, however, say this.  Oh. My. GOD this hamburger was amazing.  The beef was well seasoned, held together nicely without hemorrhaging juice into the bun, the toppings were fresh, and the portions were big.

Really, you should go to Terry’s.  It’s at 4618 Eastern Avenue In Cinti.  513.533.4222