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Ohio’s Own

There are many great local food products made here in Central Ohio and all throughout our great state. In our “Ohio’s Own” series, we take a closer look at some of the fine products our artisan food businesses create for all to enjoy.

Ohio’s Own: The Crazy Cucumber

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: The Crazy Cucumber

Wherever you find The Crazy Cucumber, you will also find a line of people. Lines for sweet Georgia peaches make sense. Lines for ice cream or deep-fried cheese makes sense. But a line for pickles? A veggie that’s been preserved in brine? It makes no sense.  One bite, though, could very well inspire a conversion. Plus, the […]

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Ohio’s Own: DeMassimo’s Arrabbiata Sauce

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: DeMassimo’s Arrabbiata Sauce

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to splurge when buying pasta sauce. Sure, you can get it at a big-box grocer for around a dollar, but the red stuff in those bargain jars is typically disappointing at the table: it’s watery, either too sweet or too sour, and somehow, alarmingly absent any distinguishable […]

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Ohio’s Own: Laurel Valley Creamery’s Cloverton

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Laurel Valley Creamery’s Cloverton

Laurel Valley’s Cloverton cheese has long been a local favorite in the restaurant scene. You might find it in a butternut squash sandwich at Little Eater. Or in an ice cream flavor at Jeni’s. The cheese makes lots of appearances in salads too.  But what’s better than Cloverton as part of a sandwich or salad? An […]

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Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Carle’s Brats

Bucyrus, Ohio has been home to an annual August bratwurst festival that’s run every year since 1968. In fact, the Ohio city is the Bratwurst Capital of America. One of the businesses that has helped the city earn it this informal title is Carle’s Bratwurst. In operation since 1929, Carle’s commitment to the art of sausage […]

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Ohio’s Own: Weed Knob Acres

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Weed Knob Acres

Weed Knob has a great name. Neither word in the combo is a particularly lovely term, and weeds themselves are downright dastardly things, but together: there is something oddly satisfying about saying the name of a Westerville baking operation called Weed Knob Acres. Even more satisfying than its name, however are Weed Knob Acres’ wares. Case […]

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Ohio’s Own: Koki’s Tortillas

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Koki’s Tortillas

Koki’s Tortillas are something of a niche find. They’re not just an Ohio business, they’re from right here in Columbus, made out on Sullivant Avenue. Although produced nearby, the tortillas went unnoticed until a friend recommended them. This friend is a tortilla snob, and the term is meant affectionately. For our purposes, it refers to […]

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Ohio’s Own: Reinecker’s Bakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Reinecker’s Bakery

Babka is a type of treat that takes on a lot of forms and interpretations. You can score a Seinfeld-famous chocolate babka at mainstream joints like Trader Joe’s, and walk away with a loaf of bread that hosts infinite ribbons of chocolate filling within its folds. That’s all nice, but Reinecker’s makes a different sort […]

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