Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm Proud To Annouce

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Arnold's will be teaming up with the Cincinnati Ballet for many events this year. It is great pleasure to see the two of us "mix" together.
There will be an event that we are co-sponsoring with many other great businesses this Thursday called Ballet and Beer.

The 2nd event will be Wednesday, September 15th. For the price of a ticket to the Ballet ($40.00) you will receive dinner at Arnold's before the show, then go to the show. After the show meet back at Arnold's for a wonderful homemade dessert buffet and to meet the dancers. You get dinner and the dessert buffet for free! Tickets are very limited and the Ballet will be putting out a press release tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for reading my blog!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lymphoma Sucks

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Today there was a fundraiser for Anna Goller, from Playhouse In The Park. It was such a great success. You can check it out on facebook if you would like. http://www.facebook.com/shannonraelutz#!/event.php?eid=116506635068867&ref=mf

Jen, Anna's friend and one of the people that put the fundraiser together. That is John standing next to her!



My great buddy and one of the people that made this happen, Shannon Rae Lutz


The Kitchen Crew, Ronda Pat and Peggy


Bridget worked the door


Bret stood in as backup bartender



Tim from Play House In The Park did the clean up!



Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Beloved Courtyard

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Summers are pretty slow at Arnold's and yes we need our down time just as everyone else needs their downtime. Tonight I sat in the courtyard as a customers, for several hours. I needed a reminder about the beloved courtyard. As Lagnaippe played there last set and played not only Cajun but some really Jazzy tunes the music just flowed out of the courtyard. The sound was amazing, the breeze was soft. This my friends is what it is all about. Rather your with friends or a date you can't help but "feel" the specialness. After almost 25 years I still feel it. Life is amazing. For a night like this comes only from Arnold's Courtyard. For a night like this is one reason Arnold's is so special.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Cooking on Channel 9 WCPO

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Here is the link to the segment from yesterday's show. It says it is Taco Chicken but it is Fried Chicken and has the recipe for Taco chicken, but trust me, it is Fried Chicken. I am listing all the recipes below the link because it has the recipe for Taco Chicken. I know, confusing. Also, there is a grocery list at the bottom.

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/lifestyle/food/arnold's-bar-%26-grill-shares-recipe-for-taco-chicken

To me, this is a perfect summer meal. It is all things fresh, local and family. It is not a quick meal, taking several hours to prepare. But, everyone needs to know what it was like when your mom or grandma made a meal like this every Sunday. The reward was when you sat down to eat it. Every bite more delicious than the last.


FRIED CORN…

2 ears of corn cut from the cob but not cooked
½ green pepper finely diced
1 small jalapeno pepper finely diced
½ red pepper finely diced
¼ onion finely diced
¼ cup rough chopped cilantro
1 tsp salt or more to taste
1 TBS sugar
2 TBS olive oil

Saute until corn starts turning brown and sticking together.

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CUCUMBERS AND ONIONS…

1 medium onion skinned and sliced thin
½ onion sliced thin
1 cup white vinegar
1 tsp salt and pepper

Make this dish first, place in refrigerator and let set until ready to serve. The longer it sets the better it gets.

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GREEN BEANS…

1 lb. fresh green beans with ends “snapped” off
2 pieces breakfast bacon
¼ onion chopped
1 TBS Tabasco
1 tsp salt and pepper or more to taste
2 cups water
Chop bacon and place in pot, fry until crispy and add remaining ingredients. Cook until water boils out and beans are very tender. I would recommend putting these on after you get your cucumbers finished.

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CORN MUFFINS…

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Grease muffin pan In a large bowl, mix together corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, oil and milk; stir , do not use a mixer, just until blended. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. I would bake this while you are breading your chicken so the oven will be free to finish off your chicken.

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FRIED CHICKEN…

Set up your flouring station by having
1 bowl with 2 cups flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 bowl with ½ cup water and 2 beaten eggs
1 bowl with 2 cups crushed corn flakes and 1 cup flour

1 chicken has 8 parts to it. You can buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself or buy it already cut up.

Take each chicken part and dip each piece once in the flour, then the egg, then the corn flakes.

1 quart frying oil minus the ¼ cup you used for your corn muffins

In deep skillet or pan add 1 quart oil and heat until hot (365 degrees) Add chicken one piece at a time. Turn only once when brown then continue cooking until done. About 20 minutes total time. Chicken is done when the temperature is 165 - 170.

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SLICED TOMATOES…

If these are not home grown then do not even put them on your table with this meal. You might want to slice 2 since they are so delicious.
















GROCERY LIST…

This is a long one and hopefully you have a lot of the ingredients already in your cupboard.

2 ears corn .67
1 cucumber .50
1 large white onion .49
1 bunch cilantro .59
1 green pepper .35
1 red pepper .45
1 lb fresh green beans 1.99
2 tomatoes .99
2 slices bacon .62
cooking oil .99
olive oil .60
salt
pepper
Tabasco .20
all purpose flour .40
corn flakes .20
yellow corn meal .44
baking powder .05
2 eggs .18
1 whole chicken or 8 pieces 3.04
sugar .05
white vinegar .21
milk .40
watermelon .99
ice tea .45


Vacation Part 3 Corson Is A Great Photographer

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My nephew Corson took these photos while we were on vacation. They are AMAZING. 1st is of our annual campfire where we speak of "Flizzards" and other strange creatures of the night. The 2nd pic is of the Milky Way, our view from the campfire. The last photo is my youngest niece eating some of her brothers birthday cake.





Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Vacation Part 2 Nature's Own Landscaping

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People pay big bucks to get this kind of landscaping





Monday, August 9, 2010

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 2010 (Part 1)

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Hi Everyone!

I had a wonderful vacation and would like to share some fun stuff with everyone. A few things to know....

Bret's family has been vacationing in Elgan Ontario Canada Since 1965 on Sands Lake in a campground called Battams Camp. The Battams have owned the camp for 52 years. Their newest customer in the camp has been coming for 23 years. Imagine that! The Androski Family has from 3 - 5 cabins rented on any given year. The main cabin (The MaryLou) is where our cooking and eating is done.

This year we had 3 cabins and 12 people. Sometimes there is up to 25 people that come. This vacation is all about family, fun and fishing. We had it all. The day on the lake started with the sunrise and ended with the sunset. Once darkness hits you run inside for cover. The bugs will eat you alive unless it is windy. One night we always have a campfire and this year we were awarded with a great wind to keep the bugs away. The sky was so clear you could see the Milky Way!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

7 things I love about living Downtown

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Ok since my mom, and Arnold's owner Ronda Androski is out of town on Vacation. I have been charged with guest blogging. This is my first ever blog so I should probably introduce myself. My name is Chris Breeden, I am the General Manager at Arnold's, and I guess I would have to say that I'm pretty much awesome. Now for the blog.....

I recently moved downtown about three months ago. It has always been a dream of mine to live in the center of a major city. I have always been drawn in by the culture, lights and towering buildings of a big town. Cincinnati was the closest plus I had a pretty sweet hook-up for work. So I chose there. Since moving here, I would have to say I love it. Here are 7 reasons why.....

1. I can walk to everything.
Anything I need, I can walk to get it. New Sneakers, check. Thai Food, check. Ship a Package, check. Glue at the hardware store, check. Get a magazine about anything you can think of at Fountain News, check. If I want it, it's probably within a half mile of my house.

2. There are pictures everywhere.
I'm an amateur photographer and on any given day I can find ten great pictures on my short 1/4 mile walk to work. You can check a small example of some of the stuff I have gotten downtown here http://www.flickr.com/chrisbreeden/downtowncincy


3. You can get a slice at 3a.m.
Just a short 2 and a half blocks from my house I can get a warm late night slice of pizza at Lucy Blue. You don't realize just how great this is to me.

4. Free internet everywhere.
Pretty much everywhere I go down here I can find about 10 unsecured networks to piggyback off of......except for in my apartment of course. But hey, that gets me out of the house.

5. Crazy people are fun.
There are tons of interesting people all over downtown. I've talked to many and even befriended some. This is NOT something I got growing up in the suburbs.

6. TJ Maxx
So when people mention awesome things about downtown they always fail to mention this one. TJ Maxx is an fantastic store with a bounty of great deals to be found.

7. Monday's at the CAC

Free entrance to one of the best museums in the world, 4 blocks from my house. Need I say more. Plus they have a sweet gift shop

There are many more reasons, maybe I will go over 8-15 on a future post. Come see us Saturday, The dancing Pigs will be here and they are also, pretty much awesome.