Last week the taster went on a quest for any restaurants in our area that had been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Subsequently, we have a list of about 15 restaurants that are “must-visits.” Which really is fine with me, because they are generally all places that should be visited – local icons and n0-fuss food. One down, 14 to go.

Emily’s Deli has the charm of a family restaurant and it was evident that much of the cliental were regulars – 4 year olds greeting that waitstaff; couples who don’t need menus. In the 15 minutes we were there (6:00 pm on Friday) the restaurant went from two tables taken and us wondering if this place was any good to a packed restaurant. Let me mention that they serve no alcohol – I always think this says a lot about a restaurant – you know it has to be good for people to go and not drink on a Friday night. ;)

During the wait for the food I inquisitively asked a number of questions to the girl behind the counter – finding out that Emily had passed away a few years back, but her daughter was in the back cooking and she was Emily’s granddaughter, which I should have known, they looked almost identical. Also during the wait I kept seeing salads go out to the tables with what looked like a creamy, gloppy mess of dressing on each one. To be honest it didn’t even look appetizing, but they sold it by the quart so I started wondering if there was something more to this dressing. A few questions later, I had about 3 tablespoons of it to “try” and the list of ingredients. Much to my surprise, and as Emily’s granddaughter told us, everyone’s surprise, there was no dairy in this dressing. Straight garlic, mint, lemon and salt whipped together in a high-speed blender to make a creamy, flavorful dressing with the familiar bite of garlic. I’ll be trying this out in the magic bullet, we will see if it can live up to its infomercial claims.

Spinach Pie: this was ok, I tend to like my spinach with a savory side and this had more of a nutmeg flavor


Lamb Kebab: lamb, zucchini and onion – so flavorful, would get this everytime


Vegetable Kebab: zucchini, onion and tomato – in a quest for some veggies, delicious with the garlic dressing


Garlic Dressing, Tabouli, Baba Ganoush

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home-made pizza

I have two very different memories of pizza as a child. One being in New York City and having the traditional, thin-as-cracker crust pizza to only have it ruined with green olives. As much as my brother and I tried to pick off every last olive, the flavor remained. That wretched olive flavor. If my

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in my cupboard: kashi heart to heart

I don’t eat cereal for breakfast. Ever. It just doesn’t work for me – it leaves me hungry about 10 minutes after eating it and I cannot be hungry before my morning commute has even started! Now this is not to say that I don’t enjoy cereal – I actually love it and lately I’ve

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white bean & rainbow chard soup

Thankfully for the bulk section at my co-op, my love-affair with white beans is not yet over. And having not made nearly enough soups this Winter, the ever-classic combo of white beans and greens needed to make an appearance. And appearance it made. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon;

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kale chips

Like the cooks at Denny’s, I sometimes find myself with some extra kale in the fridge. And unlike the cooks at Denny’s I want to do more with it than garnish eggs. I had been meaning to make kale chips for a few years, but was a little nervous. Why? I’m not sure, I like

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Clean Eating Cookies

I picked up a Clean Eating magazine to do a little research for Camp Endeavor and because I’ve heard a lot about this book/diet/magazine and never looked into it. I was actually expecting a very high protein, veggies and fruit diet (no carbs or sugar) but it was much more balanced than I thought! I

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curried pecans

If you have any of these left after a party, I’m sure they would make a great addition to a salad with some greens, apple and blue cheese. The likely hood of actually having any left? Not very good. These addicting morsels are perfectly sweet and salty, with the mysterious flavor of curry that will

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