Soups Up!

Hearty Butternut Squash Soup Here at Characters Pub, we create a Soup de Jour in house using the freshest seasonal ingredients. This daily offering is made from locally sourced veggies found throughout the county. During the fall, we take full advantage of the bountiful, hearty vegetables available this time of year. We use sweet potatoes…

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Top 10 Affordable Kitchen Essentials

Cooking for yourself doesn’t have to be daunting. And while I have many of the best kitchen utensils and appliances here at Characters Pub, some of the most important and most useful items are actually quite affordable. Whether you’re cooking for two, or for an entire restaurant full of people, there are some items that…

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Fire Up the Grill: Marinades and Sauces

Even though summer is winding down, that’s no reason to close your grill. Here’s a few  new recipes to try tonight! When it comes to grilling, we all have our preferences: some prefer charcoal, while others like the ease of gas, and still others might use special woods like mesquite. And of course we all have…

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A Quick and Easy Refreshing Summer Drink: Aguas Frescas

Summer in this area is marked by two things: heat and humidity. It becomes a bit of a challenge to navigate the sticky weather as you run from your air conditioned car to your air conditioned home or air conditioned office. But if you’re looking for a more interesting way to cool off, here’s something…

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Fresh, Local Strawberries: Perfect for Breakfast or Dessert!

Now is the time of year for fresh, local strawberries. We’ve been using them at Characters for a variety of menu items, including our strawberry sundaes. We even use them in some of our salads! As you drive around the Lancaster County area you’re sure to see plenty of farm stands selling strawberries. You can also…

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You Say Tomato…

This is one of my favorite times of the year, and one of the reasons for this is the abundance of locally grown tomatoes. Tomatoes are among my favorite ingredients, especially the heirloom tomatoes I get locally from sources like My Neighbors Garden. At Characters I use these tomatoes as often as possible.  They are the…

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