Gastroblog

Craft Beer 101: Stouts

I’m drinking a Stone Farking Wheaton wOOtstout right now so it is probably the prime opportunity for me to write about stouts and porters for you, dear readers. Easily one of my personal favorite styles of beer (although I do admit to being at least half a hop head), I can enjoy a well-crafted stout…

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Craft Beer 101: Cider and Perry

Despite recent murmurings on the interwebs about beer being confusing, especially for the gentler and fairer sex of our supposedly advanced species, I’m here to emphasize the fact that it really isn’t. It’s not confusing at all. The process of making beer is simple, as I wrote about in the first Craft Beer 101 post,…

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Craft Beer 101: Pilsners and Lagers

Things are starting to heat up here in South-Central PA. The days are growing longer, the nights are growing muggier, and the summer bugs are  biting. One of the easiest ways to keep all bloodsucking insects at bay while sitting on the back deck or front porch at dusk isn’t DEET, it’s actually by consuming…

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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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Waste Not, Want Not: An Important Part of the Characters Food Philosophy

I am blessed.  I live in Lancaster County, a very prosperous area. Sure I own a restaurant, but despite that, I never have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. People come in and out of Characters every day in order to eat excellently prepared meals that are healthy for them. But…

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Play Ball: The Best Ballpark Food

Baseball season is here, and it’s my favorite time of year. There’s nothing better than baseball, except maybe for baseball AND food. After all, ballpark food is a key ingredient in the baseball experience. While I was raised in the Lancaster area, and most of my family members are Phillies fans, I spent a lot…

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An Ode to the Egg & Sunday Brunch

Eggs are hugely important in cuisine.  They fit into every course and every meal period.  They are an incredible food in and of themselves, full of protein, delicious, and filling, not to mention incredibly useful and purposeful.  When added to certain recipes they can change the structure, leaven, thicken, enrich the flavor, and change the…

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