Tri-State Living • November/December 2018

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November/December 2018

Inspiration JOY

Pine & Birch puts modern twist on sign making

Mega Cavern Louisville attraction boasts 3 million lights

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from the publisher

These are a few of my favorite things...

Tri-StateLiving November/December 2018


Dustin Melchior, Staff Writer Heath Harrison, Staff Writer Mark Shaffer, Staff Writer

more of that in society. Her store is called Pine & Birch, and you can only find it online. She sells through Etsy and Painted Fox Home, an

SCOTT SCHMELTZER is the publisher and president of Ironton Publications, Inc. He grew up in Marquette, Michigan, in the beautiful Upper Peninsula and recently moved to the Tri-State from Minnesota.


ll my favorite things. This edition of Tri-State Living is about things I like. This issue just makes me feel comfortable. Read about Laney Johnson’s handmade wooden signs that have clever quotes and humorous phrases like, “You, Me & Tacos.” Laney states that she likes things that “put a smile on your face.” My favorite is “Be Nice or Leave.” I love the kindness and inclusion approach to business. We need

online retailer. Being an online business allows her time to build and make the signs. It also allows her to have one of my favorite things – dogs - work with her in her shop. How cool is that? Cicada Books & Coffee is a new, hip book store in Huntington, West Virginia. It is in the area known as Old Central City and is owned by Dawn and Katie Norman, a mother and daughter. If you want a cool, laid back place, this is it. It has everything that I personally love. Coffee check. Books - check. Used and antique furniture - check. Scones check. Cicada also has plants and a very mellow feel to the entire place. To be sure, it sells coffee and books, but the décor of the place made me feel very comfortable in a “my first college apartment” way. I wish I had a little more time to cover the other great stories in this issue, but I will let you turn the page and check them out as they only give me so much space and I have too many favorites. Enjoy.

Scott Schmeltzer, Publisher

Dawn Nolan, Contributor ADVERTISING

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Jennifer Cremeans, Contributor Valerie Campbell, Contributor Lacy Golden Davis, Contributor ( Rachael Layne, Contributor

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Contents | November/December 2018


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Even the ones that don’t have me are self portraits in some abstract way.

— Lacy Golden Davis ‘On Display’ | Page 10

arts & culture 10 ON DISPLAY w Lacy Golden Davis uses photography to tell her story

living 18 IN THE WORKSHOP w Pine & Birch turns quotes into home décor

shopping 26 IN THE BIZ w Mother and daughter turn passion for books into a business

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Inspira on JOY

Pine & Birch puts modern twist on sign making

Mega Cavern Louisville attraction boasts 3 million lights

on the cover Laney Johnson, owner of Pine & Birch, uses her love of clever word play and knack for design to create signs with witty and thought provoking wooden phrases. The Ashland, Kentucky, native sells her works through Etsy and Painted Fox Home. Tri-StateLiving | 5

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feature 34 MEGA CAVERN w Louisville’s underground attraction features three million Christmas lights



40 SHOWCASE HOME w Family loves home set in their own “Mayberry.”



52 IN THE KITCHEN w 21 at the Frederick is on a mission to provide the best 58 FROM THE COOKBOOK w ‘Tis the season for pumpkin, cranberry, fancy mac and cheese

in every issue 4

FROM THE PUBLISHER w From joyful signs to coffee to dogs, these are a few of Scott’s favorite things


66 THE LAST WORD w The joy of traveling southern Ohio’s highways an byways

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up close Waverly, Ohio, artist tells story through self portraits

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arts & culture | On Display

Self and the world around Artist uses self portraits to examine multiple themes Story Heath Harrison | Photography Lacy Golden Davis


acy Golden Davis says photography allows her to tell her story the way she wants it to be told. The Waverly, Ohio, artist began as a drawing major, but switched to photography when earning her bachelor’s degree from Shawnee State University in 2010. Throughout October, her work was featured in the first Women of Appalachia Project, at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. The show is set to travel to Ohio University Southern’s Dingus Technology Center Art Gallery in Ironton, Ohio, where it will be on display from Nov. 14 – Dec. 15, followed by a display at the Multicultural Center Art Gallery in the Baker University Center at the school’s 10 | Tri-StateLiving

main campus in Athens, Ohio, from Jan. 14 - April 26, 2019. She also recently had a solo show at OU Chillicothe in the Stevenson Center Art Gallery and at the Pike Arts Guild in Waverly, Ohio, in May. Davis has built a large body of work, mostly using self portraiture to convey her ideas. For instance, one series, “In Bloom,” features herself and all of the pieces include parts of a flower. The work is a tribute to her grandmother, whom she said was a major influence on her outlook. “She was a nature worshipper and taught me a lot,” Davis said, noting that they spent a lot of time outdoors and that she instilled in her an appreciation for that environment. Another project featured old family photos and personal

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items of her grandmother and other objects of her family. “I call them my treasures,” she of the items she photographs, such as old toys, a rug, a bedspread and plates, alongside old photos featuring someone with the item. She said the connection to family is something many relate to. “A lot of people have similar stories,” she said. Davis, who also works as a commercial photographer, photographing newborns with her studio, Bella Baby, said another thing she likes about the field is the ability to produce multiple copies of work. “You spend all this time on a drawing or painting,” she said. “Then, if you sell it, you can’t get it back.” She figures prominently in most of her work, which she says also includes themes of women’s health, beauty, life and death. “Even the ones that don’t have me are self portraits in some abstract way,” she said. Of the self portraits, she said she prefers it because of the personal narrative of her pieces. “It feels authentic,” she said. “Using a model would feel like a removal of self and I don’t like that disconnect. It’s symbolic for me and it would be hard to use someone in the same way.” To view galleries of Lacy Golden Davis’ work and to read a biography and artist’s statement, visit her website at a Tri-StateLiving | 15

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up close Ashland, Kentucky native specializes in signs, home dĂŠcor

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living | In the Workshop

design A knack for

Story Dawn Nolan | Photography J. Bird Cremeans


ith sayings that range from thoughtful — “Less house, more home” — to sweet and silly — “You, Me & Tacos” — Laney Johnson’s handmade wooden signs resonate with customers of varying tastes. “I love using inspiring and humorous phrases … things that will put a smile on your face,” she said. “I’m always looking for something new to use, and inspiration can come from anywhere. Even when I’m not looking, I’ll see a quote or word that will give me an idea that, in turn, leads to another idea, and before long, I’ve made it into a sign.” Although she admits she “just stumbled into” making signs, Johnson, an Ashland, Kentucky native, has always had a knack for design. “I had a liquidation furniture store 18 | Tri-StateLiving

and really enjoyed creating and building, and before I knew it, I had gotten into handmade signs,” she said. “That love has been passed to me from my father, who is the most amazing carpenter. The desire to create is such a huge part of me. In addition to my sign shop, I spend a lot of time working on our [Laney and her husband, Scott’s] home. We are slowly working our way through remodeling the whole house ourselves.” Johnson launched her business, Pine & Birch in 2015. At present, she sells her signs through Etsy and Painted Fox Home, an “online retailer specializing in fabulous farmhouse décor.” “I’ve really enjoyed the online side of retail. The Etsy shop was my first experience with selling online, and I’ve definitely learned a lot since I started it and continue to learn more daily,” Johnson said. “The internet has really changed and continues to change business. It really

connects you to like-minded people, no matter where they live. It sounds like it would be the opposite, like you would have a more personal experience in a brick and mortar shop, but you really do build connections. I also love the fact that running an online shop allows you to offer your products to everyone. It opens up a world outside of your town. I’ve gotten to do custom pieces for customers on the opposite side of the country.” Social media has played a large role in helping Johnson establish relationships and build a loyal following. “Through Instagram, I get to see beautiful photos of my signs in their new homes and really get to know and have genuine friendships with customers as well as other small shop owners,” Johnson said. “There’s an amazing home décor and small business community on Instagram through which I have been really lucky to meet so many amazing people.” Tri-StateLiving | 21

Johnson has her own workshop she uses to fulfill orders and make new Pine & Birch products to sell. “I’ve been extremely lucky to have access to a building that belongs to my dad, and I’ve accumulated enough tools over the years to be able to do everything I need to in this one space,” she said. “Now, I’m in the process of organizing and restructuring my shop a bit to make things run as smooth as possible. I recently added a CNC plasma table to be able to start cutting metal signs, and I’m really excited to get to add to the shop in that way.” One of Johnson’s most popular signs and her personal favorite says, “You can totally sit with us.” “For me, it symbolizes kindness and inclusion. Everyone is welcome,” Johnson said. “I was scrolling Pinterest one day when that phrase popped up and it hit me that it would make a fun sign and would work perfectly in a dining or living room. We have one hanging by our dining table at home.”

Even though her style has changed some over time, Johnson said she often finds herself coming back to the same general look. “I’m not sure if it fits into any category. I love minimal, simple styles,” she said. “My entire home has white walls, which I find calming, and then I like to add warmth with wood and a little color in the décor. I love older pieces that have stories. You can also be sure you’ll see a plant in just about every corner. You’ll find a little bit of farmhouse mixed with a little bohemian. With so many beautiful things in this world I can never pick one style, and I think that’s what makes things fun … a beautiful mixture.” For the time being, Johnson runs Pine & Birch on her own, with help and a lot of support from Scott; her friend Kyra and three Australian Shepherds [who you can see on social media]. “I’m still in that place of business where I don’t have a

staff, but I’m a little too busy for one person to keep up, so organization is everything,” Johnson said. “I’m hoping to add a full-time helper sometime in the next year.” She plans to continue to add to her inventory regularly as well. “I just launched a fun new product — the ‘Woodgram’ — that has been really popular so far. I love letter boards, and this is a different take on that concept. It’s wooden shelves mounted to the wall with a set of letters and numbers that you can use to spell out quotes with. I love it because It’s changeable. I’ve just started to ship those out and love seeing the photos that come in with fun phrases on them.” Shop Pine & Birch online at pineandbirchky or Find Pine & Birch on Facebook: @pineandbirch and Instagram: @pine. and.birch. Call 606-371-7376 for more information. a Tri-StateLiving | 23

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up close Cicada Books & Coffee is result of mother and daughter’s love of antiques

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In the Biz | shopping

Mother-daughter team has love of antique volumes

Finding the right


Story Dawn Nolan | Photography Rachael Layne


andwiched between two antique stores along Huntington’s 14th Street West, in the area known as Old Central City, stands a bright blue building. It is one of the newest additions to the “Antique Capital of West Virginia.” The exterior signage reads, “Cicada Books” and a chalkboard easel stands by the entrance, welcoming visitors looking for a place with good books and beverages. The shop, Cicada Books & Coffee, opened in July under the ownership of mother-daughter team Dawn and Katie Norman. “We had a lot of early attention and success, which has been very gratifying,”

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Katie said. “We had people — students, professors and staff — from Marshall here almost immediately. They’ve been our biggest demographic. We also have several regulars, which is great, and the reception, especially from other businesses owners on the street, has been amazing. We’re glad to be here, and they’re glad we’re here. We all have a common goal to bring more business to the area.” Katie is a Marshall University student studying English and biology, and Dawn has owned AMS Direct, a direct mail and marketing company, for more than two decades. Though Katie has worked for her mom before, this new venture has been a different experience. “Getting to work with — alongside — her and have this be a thing that was new and something that we did together was really fun,” she said. According to Katie, the idea of opening a bookstore was something that Dawn and her former husband/Katie’s father

had entertained for a long time. “My parents wanted to start a bookstore when they moved to Huntington from California about 25 years ago,” she said. “It just didn’t happen, though. They collected books for a long time, but they never found the right space for it.” That is until Dawn moved to Old Central City a couple of years ago. “I could see that this area was on the verge of a real revitalization,” Dawn said. So, when she noticed a for sale sign on a building, which formerly housed John’s Antiques and Restorations, she saw potential. “We were both like, ‘Hey, we could afford to buy and do something with that space.’ And this was the natural thing,” Katie said. “A bookstore kept seeming like a good idea, and once we started really looking at the numbers, we saw that we could do it and have it be a viable business.” Tri-StateLiving | 29 25

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The two took things slow — Katie is in school and Dawn was/is still running AMS Direct — not to mention that there was a lot of work to be done. “We spent the first year and a half or so doing substantial repairs,” Katie said. Now, Cicada, with its painted exterior, purple epoxy floors, vintage furniture and earthy aesthetic really stands out among the other shops in the area. “We have plants, we have interesting rocks. I’m a biology major, and I really I find that angle interesting,” Katie said. “It also just it suits the whole vibe we were going for. We wanted it to feel like our own space, and we wanted to buy used furniture and try to find individual, interesting pieces without worrying so much about how they would match. We thought it would fit in well down here — being in the antiques district — and wouldn’t feel too alien, even though it’s a different kind of business than what’s around.”

When it came to choosing a name, Katie said that she and Dawn had a number of ideas, including Orange Books, Tortoiseshell Books and Sleepy Owl Books, but Cicada just seemed to work. “We had a long list, and then we narrowed it down to a shorter list, and then we made everyone we know give their opinion, and then we went back-and-forth some more, and finally, after like a solid year, that’s what we settled on. I like the imagery of cicadas … the sense of … a rebirth and dormancy and fresh starts,” Katie said. “I also distinctly recall a time when my mom cooked and made chocolate covered cicadas. It is kind of a family memory.” Upon entering Cicada, guests will can stop at the coffee bar, which offers a selection of espresso and tea drinks as well as an assortment of pastries sourced from other local businesses including Camden Corner, River and Rail Bakery and a baker at The Wild Ramp. Tri-StateLiving | 31

shopping | In the Biz

“We hired my good friend, Emily Kingery, to help us manage the coffee bar because that was the thing that Dawn and I had the least experience with, and she has been working as a barista and trainer for several years. She can answer all sorts of questions about coffee that most people can’t because she’s really into it. So, we knew she had the experience and the knowledge, and she just seemed like a natural choice to bring in on the project,” Katie said. “In addition to Emily, we have a small staff, but they’re a really great crew. I’ve been very happy with who we ended up with.” The back part of Cicada is a used bookstore, filled with material from all genres. “We have a large general fiction section, a good-sized children’s section and various non-fiction titles. We also have a small number of graphic novels and a shelf of consigned books from local authors.” Initially, Cicada’s inventory was bought in bulk from other suppliers, but Katie said, since the shop’s been open, it’s continuously been stocked with donations, for which, depending on certain criteria, like genre, title, condition, etc., people can receive store credit. “We get a lot of really interesting stuff in here, and it rotates pretty fast,” she said. “Yeah, we get new stuff pretty consistently.” Community is central to Cicada’s mission. In fact, it was designed, Dawn said, to be a “third place” [a term coined by urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his book, “The Great Good Place” to refer to “public places on neutral ground where people can gather and interact.”] 32 | Tri-StateLiving

“It’s not home, and it’s not work, but it’s a space where people can go to enjoy the company of other like-minded people,” she said. “I think that’s a good thing because there’s less and less of that, and that’s been our goal, to provide that type of place.” Currently, Cicada hosts an open mic night — where writers and readers can share their work or that of their favorite authors or poets — on the last Monday of the month from 7–9 p.m. and a game night on the third Friday of the month from 6–9 p.m. “For our first open mic night, we had about 40 people attend, which is a big crowd for a space our size,” Katie said. “Our game night has been like that, too. We’ve had pretty good attendance for the events we’ve had so far.”

A book club, (music) open mic, readings from local authors and a community discussion centered on the books “Hillbilly Elegy” and “What You Are Getting Wrong about Appalachia” are also in the works. “We want people to bring their ideas to us,” Katie said. “We want to be a space that people can use to do cool things and want to be play a role in helping to make cool things happen in Huntington.” Cicada Books and Coffee is located 604 14th Street West in Huntington. Hours of operation are Monday– Saturday 9 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday noon–6 p.m. For more information, call 681-378-3463. Find Cicada Books and Coffee on Facebook: @CicadaBooks and Instagram: cicada_books. a Tri-StateLiving | 33

feature | Mega Cavern

3 MILLION POINTS OF LIGHT Louisville’s Mega Cavern offers two miles of Christmas lights, festive figures

Story Mark Shaffer | Photography Submitted


very year, people travel all over to enjoy Christmas lights that light up the December nights. But rarely does anyone ever get to underground to see miles of lights. But a hundred feet underground inside a former limestone mine; the Louisville Mega Cavern hosts “Lights Under Louisville.” “We’ve refrained from saying we are the only underground Christmas light show, just because we haven’t been able to verify we are,” said marketing manager Leslie Green. “But we haven’t found another, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there.” Mega Cavern was created by 42 years of mining limestone for roadways and bridges throughout the Midwest. The mine closed in the 1970s, leaving a 100-acre space, which is considered the largest building in Kentucky because of all the structural supports. It was purchased in 1989 to be used as a high-security business park. Starting on Nov. 17, visitors can go into the mine and take a 30-minute journey through the cave, which is decorated with three million Tri-StateLiving | 35

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lights and more than 850 lit characters. Lights Under Louisville began in 2009 as part of the cavern’s move toward bein g used as an adventure park with the space is used for adventure entertainments like bike tours, zip lines and a tram ride. “The route for the lights is about two miles,” Green said. For years, people have been able to drive through cavern in the evenings but Green said this year, for the first time, people can ride one of the trams along the route. “During the day, people can take the Christmas Express, which is our open air tram ride through the light show,” she said, adding they couldn’t do that before due to zoning and safety issues. “But we relocated the light show route this year and now we can run it through there. It’s pretty cool.” Green said about 400-450,000 make the trek to see the

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Lights Under Louisville. “We get people from all over the country,” she said. “We have people who fly in just for this. We get people from Chicago, Indianapolis, and Columbus who drive for hours to see this. It’s popular with a wide range of people.” There are different themes along the route, with crowd favorites like superheroes and Frozen but also more local flavor like the riverboat “Belle of Louisville” in lights. “There is really something for everybody,” Green said. “This is really a unique tour. It’s not something you see everyday, getting to go underground to see three million lights and defiantly not in the middle of the day. It has become a family tradition for so many families.” For more information on hours and tickets, go to a

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up close Lisa and Kenny Coburn enjoy life in their version of Mayberry

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homes | Showcase

A vacation at home

Showcase | homes

Aid, Ohio, family has perfect environment for contentment Story Heath Harrison | Photography Kayla Niece


isa Coburn said one of the reasons her family moved into their two-story, southern colonialstyle home in Aid, Ohio, was because of the surrounding neighborhood. “We felt it was a good area,” she said. “It’s out in the country and the school system here is just great. It’s nothing like living in the city, where you don’t know your neighbors.” She said the community, in the Symmes Valley district, is close and connected. “Everyone helps each other,” she said. “We refer to it as ‘our Mayberry.’” She lives at the home with her husband, Kenny, who works in the food service industry, and their sons, Nate, 14, and K.C., 24. The home, which has two large pillars on its front façade, has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a family room and a living room. Upstairs, there is an open foyer, which she said her sons use. “They play video games and have their friends over,” she said. The property, on County Road 378, contains 11 acres, on which the family has done landscaping, built a fire pit, a pool and a patio. She said they also chose the neighborhood because of its location, with Tri-StateLiving | 41

Huntington, West Virginia, and Ashland, Kentucky, being less than a half hour away. Coburn said the family has had to do very little in the way of renovations since moving in 2005, other than minor molding work. The one exception is the kitchen, which they expanded, with mahogany cabinets reaching to the ceiling. “I had the cabinets made in Alabama,” she said. “We rented a U-Haul, drove them back and installed them.” She said the granite for the kitchen counter came from Bailes Granite and Marble, located in Charleston, West Virginia, which deals in imported stone slabs. The next project they plan is to redo the master bedroom and its attached bathroom. Tri-StateLiving | 43

Landscaping materials came from Hatcher’s Greenhouse and Coburn said the family likes to work on their outdoor area, which also includes an upper patio. “We used a lot of big boulders as steps,” she says of the outdoor work. Pumpkins were a theme in her decoration, when the home was photographed in the fall. While floral arrangements come from Petals and Silks in Scott Depot, West Virginia, and Hobby Lobby. “They all come from local greenhouses,” Coburn said. The rest of the home’s furnishings have a varied origin. “Most of our décor has come from estate sales and

antique stores,” Coburn said, stating she prefers to take her time to find the right item, rather than just go out and grab one from a “big box store.” “It’s all about the hunt and making memories of the find,” she said. “I’ll wait to find the right kind of bowl, if I need to.” Coburn said the family often hosts others, with her children bringing friends over to enjoy the residence and its outside. “It’s so peaceful here,” she said. “We wanted to create an atmosphere where it feels like we don’t even need to take a vacation.” a Tri-StateLiving | 45

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up close 21 at the Frederick’s menu offers prime seafood, steak

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food | In the Kitchen


all around

Story Dustin Melchior | Photography Valerie Campbell


UNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA — For those seeking a high quality, fine dining experience right here in the Tri-State, look no further than 21 at the Frederick, located in the historic Frederick Hotel in downtown Huntington. 21 at the Frederick opened for business 13 years ago with a mission to provide a unique dining experience that starts with the best available ingredients, preparing them using a mix of classic and modern techniques, and delivering them to customers with great service. “I think that we’re most known for our high quality food,” owner Mark Cross said. “We have fresh steaks and prime seafood all the time, and our customers know that it will be great quality every time they come in.” Prior to opening 21 at the Frederick, Cross worked at Rocco’s and also ran the food and beverage services at the Ashland Plaza Hotel. 21 at the Frederick’s menu consists of numerous dishes, including several kinds of steaks, pork chops, seafood and salads, a variety of appetizer options, and a number of homemade sides sure to please. 48 | Tri-StateLiving

21 at the Frederick offers prime food in unique setting

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In the Kitchen | food

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In the Kitchen | food

Along with Cross, Thomas Plymale is the bartender, whose unique drink and wine selections continue to make the bar a staple of downtown Huntington, and Matthew Noah is the chef. The room of the historic Frederick Hotel that 21 at the Frederick resides in was called the “Elephant Walk,” and Cross said the style and architecture of the building are the same as they were when it was built. “It’s a really cool experience for anyone who has never been here,” Cross said. “21 is a place where friends gather and enjoy a delicious meal, drink good wine and tell stories around the table. It is a good place to be.” 21 at the Frederick is located at 940 Fourth Ave. in Huntington, West Virginia, and is open from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday. a Tri-StateLiving | 53

food | From the Cookbook

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl • 1/2 cup Baker’s Corner 100 Percent Pure Canned Pumpkin • 1/2 cup Friendly Farms Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt • 1/2 frozen banana • 1/2 cup Friendly Farms Unsweetened Original Almondmilk • 2 teaspoons Specially Selected 100 Percent Pure Maple Syrup • 1 teaspoon Stonemill Pumpkin Pie Spice

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Optional garnishes: • Flax Seed or Chia Seeds • Baker’s Corner Semi-Sweet Mini Morsels • Chopped Pecans, toasted • Apple slices • Ground Cinnamon Blend canned pumpkin, yogurt, banana, milk, syrup and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with desired garnishes.

Mini Pumpkin Parfait with Cranberry Caramel • 1 package Cafe Bistro Spekulatius Spiced Cookies • 1/2 cup Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter, divided • 1/2 cup packed Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar • 1/4 cup water • 1 cup Sweet Harvest Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce • 8 ounces Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread, softened • 1/4 cup Baker’s Corner Powdered Sugar • 1 cup Baker’s Corner 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin • 8 ounces Whipped Topping, divided Place cookies in food processor and pulse to form fine crumbs. In medium saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter. Add cookie crumbs and stir over medium heat 5 minutes, or until toasted. Remove from heat. To make caramel: Bring brown sugar and water to simmer.

Cook about 10 minutes, or until color changes to dark amber. Do not stir, but watch closely. Stir in cranberry sauce and remaining butter. Return to simmer and continue stirring until well combined and thickened slightly, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Press warm cookie crumbs in bottom of small serving glasses, such as clear shot glasses, espresso cups, small bowls or parfait glasses. Set aside. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin and continue mixing to combine. Gently fold in 6 ounces whipped topping. To complete assembly, top crumbs with layers of cranberry caramel and pumpkin cream. Repeat layers, including crumbs, 2-3 times depending on glass size. Top each parfait with dollop of remaining whipped topping. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 8 hours. Tri-StateLiving | 55

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Cinnamon Mulled Sangria • 1 bottle Eppa Sangria • 1 cup apple cider • 1/2 cup Licor 43 liqueur • 2 cinnamon sticks • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar • 3 whole cloves • 1 strip orange peel • 2 green apples, sliced

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In large saucepan, mix sangria, apple cider, liqueur, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, cloves and orange peel. Bring to simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring, 5 minutes, or until sugar dissolves. Stir in apples and simmer additional 5 minutes. Serve warm with desired garnishes.

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Cranberry Kiev Mule • 1 part Nemiroff Original Vodka • 1 part cranberry juice cocktail • 2 parts ginger beer • 1 tablespoon lime juice • Ice • Orange wedges, for garnish (optional) • Fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional) • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Pour vodka, cranberry juice cocktail, ginger beer and lime juice into copper mug filled with ice. Gently stir to combine. Garnish with orange wedges, fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs, if desired.

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Peppermint Truffle Cookies • 8 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter • 1 cup sugar, divided • 1 egg • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract • 2 cups flour • 36 milk chocolate kiss-shaped candies, unwrapped

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Heat oven to 350˚F. In large, microwavable bowl, heat chocolate and butter on high 1-2 minutes, or until butter is melted. Let stand 10 minutes to cool slightly. Add 1/2 cup sugar, egg and peppermint extract. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until well mixed. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press chocolate candy into center of each ball, forming dough around candy to enclose it. Roll in remaining sugar to coat. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes, or until cookies are set. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

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Bacon, Baked Brie & Cranberry Holiday Melts • 24 Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers, Sea Salt flavor • 24 small slices Brie cheese • 1/4 cup prepared cranberry sauce • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Heat broiler to high and position rack in center of oven. Arrange crackers in single layer on foil-lined baking sheet. Top each cracker with slice of Brie, 1/2 teaspoon cranberry sauce and sprinkle of bacon. Broil 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Tip: For vegetarian option, substitute chopped hickorysmoked almonds or pecans for bacon.

Edible Wreath Centerpiece • 1 Kaukauna Port Wine Cheddar Cheese Ball (10 ounces) • 1 container (11.3 ounces) Kaukauna Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread • Sesame seeds or poppy seeds • Bacon bits or chopped walnuts • 10-12 small pretzel sticks • Rosemary, for garnish (optional)

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Place cheese ball in center of large, round platter. To make mini cheese balls, shape 1-2 tablespoons of cheese spread into balls. Roll lightly in seeds and bacon bits or walnuts. Insert pretzel sticks into mini cheese balls up to 1 hour prior to serving. Store in refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator about 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.

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Pork with Sweet BalsamicRed Wine Reduction • 1 Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided • 1/3 cup dry red wine • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Cut pork loin filet into 3/4-to-1-inch thick chops. In large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Cook half the pork chops 4-5 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 150 F. Remove pork chops from skillet and place on rimmed serving platter; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining olive oil and pork chops. In same skillet, combine wine, vinegar and sugar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; cook 3-5 minutes until slightly thickened, or until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup.

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Sweet Potato Cookies • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening • 3/4 cup brown sugar • 1 large egg • 1 cup Bob Evans Mashed Sweet Potatoes • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 350˚F. In large bowl, using hand mixer or paddle attachment, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and sweet potatoes; mix until combined. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. With mixer on low speed, slowly add

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice • 1 cup butter, unsalted • 3 cups powdered sugar • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract • Chopped honey roasted pecans (optional) • Mini marshmallows (optional)

flour mixture to egg mixture until well mixed. Using small cookie scoop, drop rounds onto greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely before frosting. In separate bowl, beat together butter, powdered sugar and maple extract until frosting is light and fluffy. Frost each cooled cookie with maple butter cream frosting. Sprinkle with pecans and mini marshmallows, if desired. Carefully toast marshmallows with culinary torch, if desired, while avoiding melting frosting.

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Fancy Mac • Nonstick cooking spray • 1 package Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained • 1 1/4 cups shredded Gouda cheese, divided • 1 package Bob Evans Thick Sliced Hardwood Smoked Bacon, cooked and broken into pieces • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 2 eggs, lightly beaten Heat oven to 400˚F. Spray four ramekins with cooking spray. Heat macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Once cooked, stir in spinach, 1 cup cheese, bacon, salt and pepper. Let mixture stand 10-15 minutes to cool. Add eggs. Spoon evenly into ramekins. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 20 minutes, or until centers are set.

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KATHLEEN FULLER is the public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9. Prior to joining ODOT in 2000, Fuller worked as an English instructor, foreign language instructor and an editor. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, antiquing and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Amongst the smell of pollution and the traffic noise, Of such a pleasant thing ‘tis nice to visualize. No, it isn’t the shrike thrush we hear. But it is the whippoor-will, the cardinal, the robin and the sparrow that wakes us in the morning and lull us to sleep at night. It is the fragrant smells of lilac, honeysuckle and fresh sweet corn that bring the gentle reminder we’re home. Where many trucks and cars are driven noise and carbon release, Five miles south of here there is clean air and peace. In the sun of mid-morning the shrike thrush does sing, Just thinking of such beauty joy to me does bring. Ohio is such a wonderful place to live and raise a family. With such a small, geographic size, we can travel to the larger cities and take advantage of all they have to offer. Yet in a short amount of time, we can return to a far less hectic environment that is not so far away to find everything we need. And regardless of where we travel or how long we’re gone, we can always return to the peace and beauty and comfort of a place called home.

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