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Ohio’s Own: Kim Chi Pork Rinds

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Kim Chi Pork Rinds

Between lo-carb diets and fancified treatments on menus in local restaurants, pork rinds are experiencing a bona fide heyday. Once a weird, niche, vaguely creepy snack, fried pig skin is now widely accepted as a cool munching option. And so it was only a matter of time before the snack food industry started launching more […]

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Ohio’s Own: Raspberry Cheesecake Popcorn

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Raspberry Cheesecake Popcorn

American Classic Snack Company is based in Wadsworth, and its focus is on a very particular type of American snack: popcorn. In fact, the company has been focused on popcorn for more than 30 years. And while it’s a small-town Ohio operation, you’ll find its snacks in locations throughout the United States. While the company specializes […]

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Ohio’s Own: Omega Buns

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Omega Buns

Although a diet of bacon, eggs and cheese has some attractive features, the low-carb lifestyle has heretofore been unexplored territory. Up front, carbs are my favorite food group, especially the sweet, sweet sugary ones. That said, there’s a whole world out there that’s found a relatively healthy lifestyle by restricting carbohydrate intake. That means restricting candy […]

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Ohio’s Own: Jane’s Dough Foods

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Jane’s Dough Foods

Jane’s Dough Foods was an accidental discovery. It came on the heels of the February shuttering of the Kroger Bakery Downtown. In the wake of its demise, Jane’s Dough Foods posted a supportive hiring notice targeted to displaced workers. Jane’s offered some parachutes to Kroger casualties and an extra disclosure: Jane’s is a Donatos project.  So, […]

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Ohio’s Own: Giannios Candy Co.

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Giannios Candy Co.

Eventually, there’s going to be a point in this discussion where Giannios Candy Company gets accolades and raves. But at first blush, it’s excellence feels like a cruel reminder of all that is wrong in the mass-market chocolate candy world. If you’ve been around here very long, you know that things don’t have to be […]

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Ohio’s Own: Walnut Creek Cheese Curds

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Walnut Creek Cheese Curds

Cheese curds have been occupying more culinary space in the local dining scene, since poutine started making appearances on Columbus menus. While curds can be a little challenging to find in the dairy case at big box grocers, the cheese variants are a fixture at more local or artisanal joints. Case in point: Walnut Creek’s […]

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Ohio’s Own: Pepper Relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co.

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Pepper Relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co.

Relish, generally, can be a mixed bag. Among its variants are chow-chow, pickle relish, and chutney, all of which come in a million variations. Trends in restaurants right now lean toward aggressive recipes: super-hot and super-sour relishes. Which is to say, a purchased jar of Pepper Relish from Rust Belt Pepper Co. was approached with […]

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