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THE SLEIGH SHED and HOLIDAY COCKTAIL RECIPES

It’s as if Santa, on a pre-Christmas reconnaissance, took a rest stop at Union Station in St. Louis, wandered into The Train Shed and decided to stay. The popular restaurant renamed “The Sleigh Shed” for the holiday season, brims with spirit. Lights twinkle. Ornaments shine.  The staff radiates good will towards man and woman and […]

CHOCOLATE COFFEE CHILI, ST. LOUIS COFFEE, DEBORAH REINHARDT

Deborah Reinhardt’s excellent book showcasing the St. Louis Coffee industry and the city’s best roasters debuts on November 7, 2022. It’s a must read for anyone interested in St. Louis, coffee and history.

D’Arcy’s Pint, Springfield, IL, Horseshoe

The Horseshoe, an extravagant speciality sandwich, is found in many Springfield, IL, restaurants, but best of the best is served at D’Arcy’s Pint, a casual congenial Irish pub.

Ta-eem Grill, Hummus Fava Beans

Ta-eem Grill in Los Angeles draws a crowd for It’s kosher Mediterranean dishes. Owner Sylvie Kraizberger shares the recipe for authentic Hummus Fava Beans (Ful).

8 Perfect Places to Drink Coffee

The 8 most exciting, thrilling, totally awesome places to drink coffee.

Third Wheel Brewing and Brewmaster Abbey Spencer

Abbey Spencer produces a wide-range of stunning beers as brewmaster at Third Wheel Brewing. Among them is a Goomah Stout used to make a deep, rich, chocolate and stout brownie–recipe included.

Beef Stew Recipe/Food Writer Daniel Neman

He’s a food writer for sure, but he’s also a movie-loving, food comic with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that has a bit of a bite. Just think of this sentence that Daniel Neman wrote on January 8, 2014, introducing himself as the new food writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Can’t help it, can’t […]

Noodles, Spaetzle, Dumplings and Chicken

I started reading my mother’s diaries. This is not as intrusive as it sounds as mom (Betty Manlin) wrote them when she was well into her eighties for her kids to read as desired.  When packing her home after she died, I put the diaries in a storage box, only to be found many years […]

HOMEMADE for the HOLIDAYS

  Gift wrapped in sugar and spice and everything nice, Sweet Leisure brings you some sensational, truly terrific, and downright delicious recipes that you can make for happy holiday indulging. Click below for:   GOOD, GRAND AND GROOVY GOURMET GIFTS TO GIVE Peanut Butter cookies, Hot Cocoa Cake, Coffee Rub, Spiced Pecans, Sponge Candy and Pompelmocello. […]

CRANBERRY SALAD FROM BARBARA GIBBS OSTMANN

Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and I have been friends for so long that I don’t remember how we met. I think it was when she first became food editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sometime in the mid 1970s. She interviewed me about my cooking school for kids and then subsequently hired me to freelance, not […]