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Goetta, it’s a Cincinnati Thing!



I started eating goetta as child when I would visit Cincinnati for two weeks during the summer. I immediately fell in love with goetta! We didn’t have this in Chicago, or my favorite fast food Skyline Chili. Oh how I looked forward to my visits to Aunt Boo and Uncle Bob’s for the summer. The moment we stepped off the bus Uncle Bob would take us straight to Skyline or United Dairy Farmers (another Cincinnati original). Now Cincinnati has Graeters Ice Cream which I am particularly fond of. I don’t think I would have stayed here if weren’t for these four things! So what is Goetta? Goetta is a German breakfast sausage made from ground meat, oats and spices.

To cook goetta, you just treat it like sausage. I fry my goetta in a cast iron skillet with a very small amount of oil. I like my goetta cooked about medium crispy with over medium fried eggs.

Tips for preparing goetta

Slice goetta thin, about a 1\4 inch using a very sharp knife.

Do not let the slices touch each other in the pan… They will stick together and become one!

Once in the pan, don’t mess with it. Leave it alone until it gets golden brown.

And lastly. Never, ever, ever cook goetta without a shirt on! Goetta has a tendency to pop and explode while cooking. It only takes one pop of hot goetta on your chest to learn your lesson.

Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup; Recipe

I made some changes to this recipe. I’m roasting the the stock ingredients for the stock now

Truality Bar and Grill

Feels like home!

Homemade Roasted Vegetable  Beef Soup

My mother made a version of this when I was a kid growing up on the Northwest Side of Chicago. I can remember coming home after playing out in the snowstorms with frozen limbs to a nice hot bowl of this soup. I took my mothers original recipe and made some changes and additions to come up with my own. One of the changes was to make my own beef stock using beef shank and shin marrow bones. The stock really makes the broth very rich and hearty. I substituted frozen mixed vegetables for fresh and added celery. This is an all day event if you make the stock the same day. This is one of my favorite recipes inspired by my mom.

Ingredients for the stock:

5-6 pounds beef bones (shank, shin bones with marrow, soup bones)

Roasted Ingredients Roasted Ingredients

6 -8 sprigs…

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Small Businesses and Customer Service

In the small river town of Bellevue, KY where I live there are quite a few local shops and eateries. I try my best to shop local or in family owned businesses when I can. However, I find that some of these businesses drive customers away through pour planning and customer service. The city has put much emphasis and resources into helping businesses that won’t help themselves. The key to maintaining a business is having a product that people want to buy and great customer service to deliver that product. It should be about the customer. If I wan’t to pay with a credit or debit card I should not be made to feel bad about it or pay more for it. Credit card fees are a part of doing business; either accept credit or don’t. Customers don’t like “Anti Customer Service” signs reading “Mean People Go Away” when they’re waiting fifteen minutes to buy a cup of coffee. It’s as if they know they give poor customer service and don’t care. I would rather endure 3 minutes at the CONVENIENCE store than fifteen minutes at the family owned business with poor customer service.

It’s the little things that bring people back to your business and compel them to refer people to you.


Just a few thoughts from a consumer!


Orzo with Shrimp and Feta; Recipe

I absolutely love this recipe. Fresh oregano is a must in this Mediterranean masterpiece of simplicity. Serve cold as a summer side or main attraction. Omit shrimp for a spectacular vegetarian meal.

Orzo with Shrimp and Feta

Orzo with Shrimp and Feta



1 Pound shelled shrimp

1 Pound Orzo Pasta

1/2 Pound feta cheese

Juice of 1-2 lemons

Extra virgin olive oil

3 Green onions slivered

3-4 Cloves finely chopped garlic

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

2-3 Tbsp fresh finely chopped oregano

Handful of kosher salt for pasta water

Heat a skillet over medium heat; drizzle with olive oil and saute shrimp and garlic until cooked. About 5-6 minutes turning once. Remove immediately to a cool dish scrapping all oil and garlic out. Cool in refrigerator until ready to add to orzo.

In a large stock pot boil 4 quarts of water. Cook orzo per packaging instructions, should be between 9-11 minutes.

Tip: Heavily salt the water for cooking the orzo; this should be all the salt this dish needs!

Drain orzo into a colander; rinse for 30 seconds with cold water. Let drain for a few minutes.

In a large bowl drizzle enough oil to lightly coat the bottom. Add orzo, drizzle a little more olive oil and add all ingredients except feta. Mix well. Cover bowl and chill in refrigerator for an hour before adding feta cheese.

This recipe can easily be manipulated to make many variations. I look forward to trying this with fresh mint and parsley.

10 Things That Make Me Smile

Over the past few years many of you have seen my facebook posts and articles I’ve written about what I dislike, hate or makes me generally unhappy! Well my life has changed so much lately and I thought it was a good time to say what makes me happy!

1. When my Momma calls me “Ricky Boy”. I love her soooo much!

2. Bacon!!!! Any type, any way…

3. Seeing the smile of a friend.

4. I really love to cook for my friends; it’s my way of saying I Love you! I’m a giver, it makes me happy.

5. Sometimes my son will give me a hug or say “I love you dad”.

6. When I make my Aunt Boo and Momma laugh with my vulgar Elvis impersonation!

7. When babies smile or say hello to me at the grocery store.

8. Sunny mornings on my patio.

9. Fishing with my son.

10. Seeing the joy of new parents with their babies. It always makes me smile knowing what feelings they are having. I miss those early years; cherish them now… You can never get them back!


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