A Punch for Every Party

 The Spicy Olive Pomegranate Party Punch  ·       11 cups Pomegranate juice   ·       4 cups ginger ale, chilled

Pop Into Summer

When searching for a snack, nothing beats the convenience of microwave popcorn. However, dozens of reports point to the health risks associated with ingredients used by many manufacturers of microwave popcorn. We discovered an alternative that is safer, healthier and less expensive than a traditional bag of microwave popcorn.

Festive Fall Treats

 FOR YOU  The Spicy Olive Pumpkin Cupcakes  Nothing says fall quite like the smell of a fresh-baked pumpkin dessert. This delicious recipe from The Spicy Olive has all the flavors we love about pumpkin pie, packed into a personal cupcake.

Season Your Palate

Any chef knows the best ingredients are locally grown, fresh and seasonal. Chef Jared Whalen of The Coach House in Hamilton shares two recipes featuring in-season ingredients from our area: asparagus and rhubarb. Whether you grow your own or purchase from a local farmer’s market, seasonal ingredients can add flavor and nutrients to any meal.

Spring Into Piccolo Wine Room

As the warm weather approaches, you can almost taste spring in the air. Crisp vegetables, colorful fruits and cool drinks keep our palettes wanting more. Head Chef Nick Wahle of Piccolo Wine Room at Village Wines of Glendale shares two of his favorite spring recipes for you to try at home.

A Healthy Appetite

Eating healthy doesn't have to mean a strict diet of rice cakes and carrots sticks. Dr. Ryan Berlin and Josh Bentley are the co-owners of West Chester-based Cincinnati Transformation Weight Loss and Body Balancing. They provide a safe, fast and effective system for not only improving your health, but helping clients lose weight and keep it off using an analytical…

Tasty Treats From Troy

Troy and Tonia Meyers started doing catering out of their home in 2007. Quickly the catering orders outgrew their little kitchen, and they found a location right down the street from their West Chester home that would allow them to not only cater, but also open a restaurant to the public. In the spring of 2009, Troy’s Café was born…

Home Cooked Holidays

If you haven’t been to The Coach House in Hamilton, wait no longer. Recently named one of the Top 10 Diners’ Choice Winners on Open Table, The Coach House’s acclaimed Executive Chef Jared Whalen utilizes seasonal, locally-sourced fair and contemporary flavors to appeal to a variety of palates. Reserve your seat at The Coach House and then test your skills…

Cocktail Concoctions

With crisp fall weather comes an opportunity to sit by the fire with family, enjoy a meal on the patio with friends or watch a football game with a cold one. Wherever your fall activities lead you, these cocktails from around town are sure to add a delicious splash to any meal or gathering.

Breakfast In Bed

Although Mom probably loves anything you cook her, don’t just settle for toast and orange juice. This Mother’s Day, bring her a few of these tasty treats from the kitchen of Melanie Cedargren, owner of The Spicy Olive. Cedargren shared a few of her favorite Mother’s Day Brunch goodies for all to enjoy.

The Salsa Guy

What do math and salsa have in common? Lakota teacher and salsa aficionado—Kevin Carlin. You may know him as The Salsa Guy. During the school year, Kevin enjoys his job as a Lakota East math teacher. When summer break begins, his alter ego emerges as he transforms into The Salas Guy, creating fresh salsas to sell at the West Chester…

Fall Into These Tasty Dishes

The fall season is here, and with that comes warm tastes and cool happy hours. Pumpkin spice isn’t the only flavor unique to the fall. Roll up your sleeves and follow these recipes from the kitchen of Cozy’s Cottage and Cozy's Café & Pub to enjoy a fresh meal, drink or dessert with your family and friends this fall.

Gourmet to Go

No one knows the relaxing and rejuvenating power of a picnic like the folks at Cozy’s Cottage. With outdoor seating at a premium, and herbs and veggies fresh from its on-site gardens, Cozy’s serves summer's seasonal best every lunch and dinner.

It’s Grilling Season!

You know the smell. It’s intoxicating. Crisp, gray charcoal burns on the grill as the sweet scent of marinated, sizzling chicken wafts through the evening air. Warm, inviting smoke rises through the sky like a balloon. You’re wrapped up in the vapors like a blanket. In the background you can smell fresh cut grass, kids lathered in sunscreen, and perhaps…

Wow Your Valentine

Love is in the air this Valentine's Day. Nothing says, "Happy Valentine's Day!" better than chocolate. Take care of your sweetie's heart during this month, American Heart Month, with this unique and tasty dessert from the files of The Spicy Olive. Loaded with flavor and the heart-healthy benefits of quality olive oil, Blood Orange Brownies and Macerated Berries are a…

True Blue 

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, mix oats and buttermilk well. Let mixture stand 10 minutes. Stir in egg substitute and margarine. In a large bowl, combine flour, sweetener, baking powder and baking soda. Add oat mixture to flour mixture. Mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix. Gently…