Jolene’s Blog

My holiday dessert: Easy frozen key lime cheesecake

Jul 5th, 2014 | Cook, Jolene’s Blog, News

So, okay, this isn’t really a cheesecake, and it doesn’t have key lime juice in it. You make the filling with three ingredients — same for the pretzel crust. But it is pretty darn good and a great, super-easy dessert for a holiday weekend. And that’s why I made it last night after the fireworks. … more »

How will you cook those Fourth of July burgers?

Jun 30th, 2014 | Jolene’s Blog, News

So I’ve been thinking about burgers lately — just in time for Fourth of July grilling, right? Well, wrong, apparently. I haven’t been especially happy with the burgers I’ve made on the grill lately, so I’ve been taking a look at some local chef-made burgers, like this one, from Black Market: Or this one, from … more »

Lots of changes in Indianapolis restaurant kitchens

Jun 24th, 2014 | Jolene’s Blog, News, Restaurants

May and June have been busy months in the Indianapolis restaurant biz, with plenty of openings and staff changes. Erin Kem at R bistro will be taking over as executive chef when owner Regina Mehallick turns her attention to getting her new carry-out market, R2GO, open. Alan Sternberg left the Cunningham Group’s Mesh on Mass … more »

Michael Symon’s B Spot coming to Indianapolis

Jun 17th, 2014 | Jolene’s Blog, News, Restaurants

I mentioned earlier this spring here on EatDrinkIndy that Cleveland’s “Iron Chef” Michael Symon was scouting Indianapolis restaurant locations. According to a Cleveland business publication, Symon will indeed be bringing his B Spot burger restaurant to Indianapolis. “The company has been busy expanding its popular B Spot burger joints,” reported Crain’s Cleveland Business this week, “adding … more »

Kincaid’s butcher shop employee on ‘Food Network Star’

Jun 17th, 2014 | Jolene’s Blog, News

By Jolene Ketzenberger Picking up some steaks at Kincaid’s this weekend? Say hello to 27-year-old meat cutter Loreal Gavin while you’re there, and you just might be chatting with the next Food Network star. While living in California last fall, Gavin answered an ad and tried out for “Food Network Star,” the reality program that … more »

A win for artisan cheesemakers

Jun 11th, 2014 | Jolene’s Blog, News

Don’t mess with the cheese. That seems to be the thought behind consumer reaction to the FDA’s recent “policy clarification” about not using wooden boards to age cheese. You can read a recent Forbes story on the controversy,  “FDA May Destroy American Artisan Cheese Industry,” here. According to Forbes, “The FDA’s decree came after the New … more »

A better breakfast casserole

Jun 8th, 2014 | Cook, Jolene’s Blog, News

I have several breakfast casserole recipes — all variations on the eggs-sausage-cheese theme — but I tried one today that just might become my new favorite. This recipe, adapted from, gets a flavor boost from the sun-dried tomatoes; I think artichokes or mushrooms might be a good addition too. The original recipe calls for … more »

Find some bargains at Woodruff Place Flea Market

Jun 6th, 2014 | Events, Jolene’s Blog, News

I love the Woodruff Place Flea Market. I’ve found some great stuff there over the years: furniture, books, a cool lamp and a kitchen stool with fold-out steps that we used literally until it fell apart. One year, we had our eye on a gumball machine, but weren’t willing to pay the asking price for … more »
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