Posts made in April, 2017

Caruso’s Coconut Cream Pie

By on Apr 26, 2017 in Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Continuing a tradition that began more than 40 years ago, Caruso’s serves genuine Italian cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere. In 1976, Joe and Barb Caruso purchased the popular Doc Caccomo’s Pizzeria and realized their dream of owning a restaurant. Joe was the cook, with Barb working in the dining room as a waitress and hostess. As their children grew, they performed various jobs in the restaurant. Today, three of the Caruso children own and operate the restaurant on County Road 200 West in Angola. In fact, two of them recently earned degrees in Culinary Arts. Some of their children, now the third generation of Caruso’s, also work at the restaurant. Caruso’s in one of eight restaurants featured in the Northern Indiana Lakes Country Foodie Trail, compiled by the editors of Midwest Living. Serving old traditional Italian recipes as well as the latest trends, Caruso’s is a favorite among residents and visitors. The recently opened full-service dine-in bar serves specialty appetizers such as salmon dip, smoked mussels and Rosemary spiced nuts. Wines from Napa, Argentina, France and Australia are served along with locally-grown Satek Winery wines. Pizza is a favorite at Caruso’s and the recipe has remained the same for 40 plus years: house-made crust, traditional pizza sauce, quality meats, fresh vegetables and a custom mozzarella blend. You can also create your own pizza with traditional toppings plus pineapple, meatballs or garlic mashed potatoes. Torpedoughs, stuffed with fresh vegetables, meats, sauces and cheese, are baked to a golden brown. The breadsticks, basted with house-roasted garlic butter sauce, are a great start to any meal. Dinner choices include classic spaghetti, traditional lasagna, stuffed shells, fettuccini clam sauce and shrimp pasta. Top off your meal with a slice of coconut or banana cream pie, cannoli, lemon blueberry mascarpone cake or a spumoni sundae. A gluten-free menu is available and Caruso’s strives to use the freshest ingredients from local farm-to-table vendors. All menu items are free of MSG and high-fructose corn syrup. For more information,  http://www.carusos-restaurant.com Caruso’s Coconut Cream Pie 2 cups milk 3/4 cup cream of coconut 1/4 cup corn starch 1/8 tsp. salt 3 eggs, separated 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tbsp. butter 1 1/4 cup coconut Combine milk, cream of coconut,...

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April in Steuben County

By on Apr 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is April in Steuben County, and that means many things. The lakers begin returning, the robins build nests, and there is poetry on the square every day! It started as a whim last year as it was the 400th year anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. It was reported that a Poetess was reading Shakespeare in Atlanta every day to celebrate. Not wanting to be behind the city of Atlanta, the folks in Angola decided to take also take on the celebration. Every day at 4:00 the sonnets were read on the square in town. It was a huge undertaking, and yes, I was glad when it was over. However, the good folks of Angola couldn’t forget or let it go. Wherever I went there were comments. “You are doing poetry again this year, aren’t you?” “What poet will you be reading this year?” I brushed the comments off with a shrug and a bit of a laugh. No, never again. I had already decided. But then February came, and the days were a bit gray and dreary, and it seemed as if the only cheery news would be coming from poetry. And then it happened, I announced Poetry on the Square, much as a town crier would call out into the night. It happened before I could even stop it! So every day in April there are poets and poetry on the square. The group has doubled in size from last year. Every day a new poet is showcased, but folks don’t even pay attention to that as everyone brings their favorite poems to share. Guests from out of town show up with poetry in their back pocket beaming as they walk up toward us. The poetry has ranged from Dickinson to Longfellow to Dr. Seuss to an obscure Canadian poet connecting centuries and countries. Even real poets show up as did Loren Niemi of Minneapolis and Michael Czernecki from upstate New York. (How did they hear about us?) Truth be told, I love this part of my day. My alarm is set for 3:25 every afternoon in case I would forget, but how could I? I bike on down to the square and greet everyone. Most...

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Ropchan Wildflowers

By on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With all the rain this week it might not seem like there are many wildflowers out in Northern Indiana Lakes Country yet.  However, you just need to know where to look!  One of the best places to see the first signs of spring is Ropchan Wildlife Refuge on State Road 827 near Orland.  It is not only a great place to snap some pictures of wildflowers, but in my case get my son home from college to go for a walk with the family dog. Some of the prettiest Hoosier wildflowers are known as Liverleaf or Liverworts.  Don’t let their unappealing name fool you though!  These tiny woodland flowers (about the size of violets) come in an array of colors from white to blue and purple.  These flowers have six petals and yellow pistols that, as my grandmother would say, make a nice little “tussy mussy.”  You can find them on the main path the leads into the Refuge. From there several paths merge and diverge – all equally filled with tiny spring flowers.  There are a great deal of bluebells – which I used to confuse with violets (everything comes back to violets with me) and plenty of forsythia too.  Phlox in pink, blue and white are beginning to dot the area, as well as a cool little flower sometimes called a wood poppy that comes in yellow.  It sort of reminds me of a tiny buttercup.  And those with a keen eye might also spot some wild geraniums sometimes called Cranesbills.  They are often bright or hot pink, but really do not look much like our garden variety geraniums. Two of my favorite Indiana spring wildflowers are Spring Beauties and Jacob’s Ladder.  Spring Beauties are often a hot pink flower with a delicate darker pink line striping the length of the petals.  Jacob’s Ladder are more of a bell-shaped purpley-blue or pink, with a white interior. The trails are easy to walk (reasonably flat/no hills) and perfect for any age – though a bit muddy from the rain. Definitely bring boots!  For a preview of the flowers click on the video and, as the song says, remember that the rain brings violets.  It is, after all, always...

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