RECIPE: Egg Salad Canapés

 (Image by Ron Flaviano for Homeplate and Metro Monthly) This recipe is unique in how the egg is prepared, and, honestly, this is the absolute best way to make egg salad! The key is putting the hard-boiled egg mixture through a potato ricer. The effort yields a fluffy, unbelievably light egg salad that’s great on sandwiches, too. […]

RECIPE: Oven-Roasted Dry-Rub Ribs

Image by Thogru  OVEN-ROASTED DRY-RUB RIBS (RECIPE BY RON FLAVIANO) This dry-rub recipe has its origins in the South. Brown sugar and cumin give the ribs a sweet and smoky flavor, while the salt acts as a meat tenderizer. Perfect right out of the oven, the ribs are ready to eat. But try putting the slabs […]

RESTAURANTS: Old-school barbecue warms hearts of Mahoning Valley residents

Homeplate host Stephanie Shaw presents a ‘Certificate of Good Taste’ to Eli’s Famous Bar-B-Que. The popular Trumbull County restaurant is owned by Thelma Holman, center. A video profile appears below. By SEAN POSEY | METRO MONTHLY CONTRIBUTING WRITER Talking local barbecue is a sure-fire way to stimulate taste buds and memories in equal measure. Long […]

RECIPE: Jamaican Jerk Chicken Thighs

INGREDIENTS 4 small fresh green or red chilies or jalapenos 4 green onions, trimmed 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon allspice 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 8 boneless chicken thighs PREPARATION In a food processor chop the chilies/jalapenos and onions.  Use gloves when […]

RECIPE: Nanette’s 7UP Cake

INGREDIENTS 3 sticks of butter, softened 3 cups sugar 4 teaspoons  lemon flavor 5 eggs 3 cups flour 1 cup and 1 tablespoon 7UP Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a bundt pan. PREPARATION Using an electric mixer, in large bowl, cream butter.  Mix after each addition;  sugar. Add flour. Add eggs-one at […]

RECIPE: Italian Easter Bread

ITALIAN EASTER BREAD | RECIPE by JOAN V. CASAMENTO INGREDIENTS 6 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 pound butter 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons vanilla 1/2 teaspoon anise oil* 1 large package yeast 6-8 cups flour * (The original recipe called for 1/2 box anise seeds, but no actual quantity was given, so […]

VIDEO: Homeplate visits Ghossain’s Mid-East Bakery

Homeplate host Stephanie Shaw visits with Melissa Poland at Ghossain’s Mid-East Bakery, sees how the bread is made, and learns a great recipe, too! STEPHANIE SHAW – Join Stephanie as she visits a locally owned restaurant and learns the story behind a beloved Mahoning Valley eatery. Besides her contributions on Homeplate, Stephanie is executive director of the Eastern […]

RECIPE: Feta Cranberry Pinwheels

Feta Cranberry Pinwheels prepared with flatbread from Ghossain’s Mid-East Bakery. Originally broadcast on Dec. 22-23, 2012 and featured on “Entertaining with Homeplate.” (Electronic image by Ron Flaviano for Homeplate and Metro Monthly) RECIPE BY RON FLAVIANO. PREPARED BY MELISSA LORENZ-POLAND Ingredients 2  8 ounce bars cream cheese, softened 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup […]

RECIPE: Mini Phyllo Quiches

Prepared in advance by Ron Flaviano and featured on “Entertaining with Homeplate.” Originally broadcast on “Homeplate” on Dec. 22-23, 2012.  Ingredients 3 Packages of Athena Phyllo Shells 6 eggs 3 slices smoked deli ham 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup milk Preparation In a skillet, fry ham until crispy. […]

RECIPE: Rumaki (Bacon/water chestnut appetizer)

Prepared in advance by Ron Flaviano and featured on “Entertaining with Homeplate.” Originally broadcast on “Homeplate” on Dec. 22-23, 2012. Ingredients 2 cans whole water chestnuts, drained 1/2 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 lb. sliced bacon Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open package of bacon, and slice into thirds. In a bowl, mix […]