The Little Things Newsletter #315 – Cleveland, OH


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June 4, 2022

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! We’ve had a fun first week of summer over here. We drove up to Cleveland, visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (photos at bottom of post), and had lunch at Larder Deli and Bakery

If you’re in the area, Larder is a must-try. We had the pastrami, the Reuben, and the fried chicken sandwiches. Every single bite was fantastic. Oh! The oatmeal cream pies, the stoner bar, and the chocolate rye cookie were all keepers too.

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ON THE BLOG this week: Smoky chipotles, garlic, and honey are combined in this Chipotle Chicken Marinade. This simple marinade is packed with an awesome smoky southwestern flavor.

Bite-size Glazed Lemon Drop Cookies are soft not-too-sweet cookies dipped into a sweetly tart glaze. These cookies are so irresistible, that I happily ate cookies in lieu of my dinner the first time I made them. (Traditional and gluten-free variations are both included with this recipe)

Perfectly bite-size Marinated Tomatoes are seasoned with a combination of oil, vinegar, and spices along with just the right amount of sweetness. I’ve always liked tomatoes, but these tomatoes are irresistible!

Tender pasta and mouthwatering flavorful tomatoes are tossed together with a tangy-sweet dressing to make a versatile Tomato Pasta that can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature. This is perfect for summer barbecues and potlucks, as it can be left out for a couple of hours without any issues.

Fresh apricots are tossed with cinnamon sugar and then layered between a brown sugar and oat crust to make these Apricot Crisp Bars. Served on their own or topped with Vanilla Ice Cream this is a dessert that everyone loves.

What I’m CRAVING: A few weeks ago, I had the most amazing fish I’ve ever tasted while in Florida. It was Chilean Seabass and when I tell you it was unforgettable, well, it really was. I’ve been thinking about it for weeks now. So, when I saw my friend Courtney’s Lemon Caper Butter Chilean Seabass I put her recipe on my list to try soon!

We are not strangers to seafood over here, as evidenced by the number of salmon recipes and more on the website, but I haven’t been very creative with our seafood choices in a while. I’m looking forward to trying my hand at cooking seabass soon.

My FAVORITE THING this week is my knife holder. I’ve had it ever since we moved to Ohio and it gets used multiple times a day. It still looks as nice and works as well as the day we got it. If you’re like me and have as assortment of different brands and sizes of knives that you love, this is the perfect knifeholder for any assortment.

I’ve tried countless other storage options over the years, from blocks to magnetic strips to knife sleeves in the drawers, this simple minimalist holder is my favorite.

What I’m WATCHING: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Our whole family went to see this in the theater this week and we really enjoyed it. We’re big fans of pretty much everything Harry Potter and we’re enjoying the new Dumbledore movies as well.

What I’m READING: The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse. I hardly even know how to describe these books. This is British humor in linked short stories, so well done, that I was engrossed from the very first page.

As Ben Schott so perfectly stated, “To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language.” 

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 ESV

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!


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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Cheryl says

    I have the same knife holder. What a space saver for a small kitchen, and it works great even for my over-abundant knife collection of all sizes. Some of them are doubled up in slots even.