Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Food memories keeping arriving!

My favorite restaurant in West Lafayette for breakfast , lunch or dinner is Christos. This family owned business is a mainstay in my family for their variety of dishes and their signature Greek specialties. - Jason Dombkowski, Chief of Police for the City of West Lafayette

What is your favorite food memory from Childhood?
(I still remember this.)
As a Child growing up in the state of Iowa, Our family would visit my Grandparent’s Farm in Chariton, Iowa. Occasionally, my Grandmother would bake an Apple pie made from the apples grown on their farm. On one visit, Grandmother made an Apple pie. After that visit and while all of us were in the car going home, I made the comment “I love Grandmother’s Apple pie.”
My Mother turned around and said. “But she doesn’t put butter on top of the Apples before she cooks it!” My comment to that was: “I don’t care, Grandmother made it!”
Later, my Father told my Grandmother what I had said and every time after that visit, Grandmother made two different pies one of course being an Apple pie!
Moral of story (from a Child’s point of view): If Grandmother bakes it, it’s pretty special! - Phyllis Heath, West Lafayette Public Library

What is your favorite food memory from when you were a child? Awwwww, my Grandma’s homemade noodles! My mouth just watered thinking of them. I remember Grandma wasn’t allowed to show up at a family gathering without a big bowl of noodles!

What is your favorite food grown in Indiana and why? Definitely sweet corn! It's sweet, delicious and absolutely exemplifies summer in Indiana. It is something you look forward to because it is at its best for such a short time. Yum! - Betina Cochran, City Hall, West Lafayette

What is your family’s greatest food-related tradition? Where did the tradition come from? Does it relate to a special time of year?
Cinnamon rolls! My grandmother operated a tea room in Alabama during the Depression. Cinnamon rolls were her signature offering. In the 1950s, she made them for my family on the weekends, and now I make them for my children and grandchildren when we are all together on Christmas and other holidays. Every time I spoon on the icing, I see my grandmother coming into our kitchen, bearing white cardboard boxes filled with warm cinnamon rolls, the white confectioner's sugar icing still dripping down their sides. - Sarah Powley is English Department Chair at McCutcheon High School (Lafayette) and Co-Chair of the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference.

What is your favorite place to dine in West Lafayette – currently or in the past? Why do you/did you enjoy dining there?
Thai Essence--currently. I sometimes play there as a performer, and this got me there in the first place. So I like that ambiance. Then the owner Ake Waratap befriended me, and that kept me coming back. And finally, the underlying reason, is I love ethnic world foods, especially Asian vegetarian food, and Thai cuisine combines lovely elements of Chinese and Indian in its own unique way.

What food best describes home for you? Probably all the fixins associated with Thanksgiving (past). Chinese stir-fry and dumplings (current).

What is your favorite food grown in Indiana and why? Sweet corn...nothing like it anywhere else in the world!
- Joe Peters, Performing Songwriter

What food best describes Home for you?
Pork Tenderloin rib-end, stuffed with vegetables
- Jeff Hoon, West Lafayette Public Library Outreach staff

Monday, August 29, 2011

More Food Memories....

What is your signature dish? Write down as much of it as you can.
Scratch-made baked beans. Includes every step from soaking & cooking the dried beans to adding sliced tomatoes & onions to the dish before slow baking for 4 hours.

What is your favorite place to dine in West Lafayette – currently or in the past? Why do you/did you enjoy dining there?
I had lamb chops at Sargent Biltz when my husband & I came here for his pre-hire visit. Great memory, great meal heralded a move & many happy years here in West Lafayette. I prefer more casual dining now & the ethnic restaurants are enjoyable.

What is your favorite food memory from your childhood?
My mom's fried yellow squash. With sliced tomatoes.

What food best describes home for you?

A peach cobbler where I got to pick the peaches & bake the cobbler.

What is your favorite food grown in Indiana and why?
Corn on the cob & fresh tomatoes. & a friend's fresh green peppers. - Ann Hunt, City Councilor

Signature Dish – Brats boiled in beer, onions and butter

Favorite place to dine – too many to find just one

Memory from childhood
– At my grandparents restaurant, we had a special called “Steak Ernie”. No idea why it was called that, but I loved it.

What Food Best Describes Home
for you?– Gyros at Zorba’s on State Street

Indiana food
– Sweet Corn…it does NOT get any better than that - Chandler Poole, Director of Development for the City of West Lafayette

Friday, August 26, 2011


What food best describes home for you? I’ve lived in The South and in western Canada, and I’ve always thought that fresh, red Indiana tomatoes and breaded tenderloins were the foods I thought of first whenever I thought of Indiana, and I still enjoy both as being some of the best of what we have. - Joe Payne, West Lafayette Parks and Recreation

What is your signature dish? Recite as much of it as you can! Traminette is Indiana’s signature grape and wine. This white wine is produced by over half of Indiana’s wineries. - Jeanette Merritt, marketing director for Indiana Wine Grape

The food that best describes our home country Argentina for our family is empanadas. The most traditional ones are some sort of beef filled pastry turnover that has ground beef, red and green bell peppers, as much diced onions as beef (the secret to stay juicy!), boiled eggs, olives, green onions and several spices such as cumin. Our friends make fun of me because when I travel to Buenos Aires -usually twice a year- I bring as much as 12 packets of pastry discs, which means a total of 240, enough for a few months. You can make the dough but it's easier to bring it from there. In Empanada stores in BA there are many different kinds, and at home each one has their preference. Malena, our eldest daughter, likes the corn and onion filling, while Agustina -our youngest- prefers spinach and provolone cheese. I favour roquefort and walnuts and my husband Ariel just sticks to beef. Oh! but I forgot the MATE!!! mmm, I guess I should start over, mate can't be left out! - Cecilia Tenorio is a Continuing Lecturer in Spanish and Director of the Community Assistance Program at Purdue University