Homemade pimiento cheese, grits waffles with peach-bourbon syrup, and buttermilk biscuits are just a few offerings on this bountiful southern style brunch board. Holy smokes, will you look at that?! I am obsessed with beautifully…
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Ray Ray’s Hog Pit has been a staple of the Columbus dining scene for a long time, growing steadily from their first truck in Clintonville (which started where Los Agavez sits now, before moving to Ace of Cups) to a smaller stand-alone in Westerville, to trucks parked permanently at Land-Grant and Nocterra breweries. And now they’ve taken their next big step: opening a Southern-style “meat and three” restaurant just off the highway in Granville.
The restaurant sits just off the Granville exit on Route 37, east-northeast of Columbus, so there’s easy access from all directions. The space, I’m sure, will quickly become a destination. It’s got plenty of parking and tons out outdoor seating. Just look for the sculpture of Malcom (by local artist Andrew Lundberg) watching out front.
The meat and three concept is just what it sounds like: choose your meat, then choose three sides. When you walk in through the front doors, you’ll wind your way up the aisles to the ordering counter.
If you’re ordering the meat and three, you’ll get to watch them slice your brisket, smoked turkey, pork belly, lengua – then plate it all up. Then you simply work your way down the line and choose your three sides. You’ll find a lot of the familiar Ray Ray’s tastes, but they’ve made some upgrades. The collard greens, mac and cheese are all solid as ever. The new ham beans, cheddar cornbread, German potato salad, and more – all terrific additions.
The only confusing bit about ordering is if you’re choosing a sandwich. They offer classics like jerk chicken and brisket, but now there are pork belly cubano, smoked lengua, and smoked waygu dog options as well. But if you’re ordering sandwiches, you have to bypass the meat and three counter and go straight to the cashier. A little confusing on our first visit, and might slow things up if your group is ordering both sandwiches and platters.
The main dining room is brightly lit, with a large communal table, deep booths, and counters spread around the space. There are also picnic tables lining the side and back of the building.
Another bonus of the sit-down restaurant: drinks! They’ve got sweet tea and lemonade, a collection of sodas, wines, and Ohio beers from Nocterra, Jackie O’s, Homestead, DankHouse, and others.
Once you’ve gathered up your plate or platter, you’re in for a feast. We tried a little bit of everything.
And it’s safe to say that Ray Ray’s is as good as ever. The brisket practically melts in your mouth. The collards and ham beans are rich and smoky, the mac and cheese sprinkled with crushed pork rinds, the cornbread drizzled with honey. I enjoyed the smoked turkey, although it was a touch dry. But the sandwiches use terrific Matija Breads.
One of the many great new additions is the hot guts Scotch eggs. Hot guts are a type of spicy Texas sausage; Ray Ray’s wraps it around an egg to create a hearty side that could almost count as a meal.
Jamie Anderson – aka Ray Ray – really wanted us to try the reworked pork ribs with the dry rub. They’re wonderfully tender and well-seasoned. Certainly order some while you’re at the meat and three.
The new location rounds out the upgraded menu with a terrific selection of desserts, like churros, chocolate pie, and (our favorite) peach cobbler.
Behind the building you’ll find rows of picnic tables and a collection of murals painted by local artists. All a great backdrop for enjoying barbecue!
If you want to visit:
Disclaimer: our first visit to the Meat + Three was part of an invited media preview.
All photos and opinions are our own.
Apricot Chicken is a super easy and incredibly delicious dinner your whole family is going to love! Sweet and savory and full of flavor the chicken is tender and juicy.
Apricot Chicken Recipe
A friend made this for all of us last summer. I was a little unsure about it because of the apricot jam in it. But I loved it! It gives the perfect balance of flavor between the apricot jam and Russian salad dressing. Trust me on this flavor combination, it is the best. The sauce has a sweetness but a spicy savoriness to it from the dressing. They combine in the most magical way.
Apricot chicken makes my busy day become stress free. It is one less thing I have to worry about and my family is happy that they get dinner! I love slow cooker set it and forget it dinners. And a miracle happened, my extremely picky eater even ate it. This child does not like anything it seems and he had seconds. If he likes it, you are going to love it!
What You Need For Easy Apricot Chicken
With ingredients that are easy to have on hand, you can throw this together on a busy day and have a delicious dinner ready when you are.
- Apricot Preserves: You can use a low sugar apricot jam too, this creates that bit of sweet.
- Russian Dressing: Use your favorite brand, I used Wishbone brand.
- Dry Onion Soup Mix: This adds spices and the savory flavor. Make your own mix for incredible results.
- Chicken Thighs: Use bone in chicken thighs, boneless or even chicken breasts.
- Oil: Good quality high smoke vegetable oil such as canola.
How To Make Apricot Chicken in the Crockpot
The only extra step you have is to quickly brown the chicken. Remember this isn’t to cook it, just to give the skin some texture and flavor.
- Combine: In a medium bowl mix together the preserves, dressing and soup mix.
- Brown: This is optional but I highly recommend it. Generously salt and pepper the chicken. Place in a skillet that has been heated to medium high that has a good Tablespoon of oil in the bottom. Cook each side for 1-2 minutes or till good and golden.
- Crockpot: Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the mixture over the chicken.
- Cook: Cook on low for 3-4 hours or till internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Tips and Variations For the Best Apricot Chicken
The wonderful thing about this chicken recipe is that it is forgiving and can be adjusted to your liking or needs. Slow cooking is just that way.
- Chicken: Using bone in and skin on chicken thighs will give you the juiciest chicken. You can use chicken breasts or skinless boneless chicken thighs it may not be as moist. Thighs contain the darker part of the chicken and darker meat is naturally juicer. Keeping the bone in and skin on will add even more moisture. Chicken breasts are known for being more dry and over cooking, even in sauce, can cause it to be dry.
- Browning: Similar to searing beef, searing chicken can lock in juice and add immense flavor. It is an extra step that you do not have to do, but I highly recommend it. The chicken is just that much more divine.
- Preserves: If you do not have apricot jam or cannot find it, there are options. You can use pineapple, mango, orange or peach instead. Also try a mixture of apricot and peach or pineapple for a nice twist in flavor.
- Dressing: There are times when I cannot find Russian dressing. It isn’t very often but it happens. Substituting Catalina or French Dressing will give you the same results.
- Onion Soup Mix: Do not leave this out. It adds the flavor and savory you need in this dish. I also recommend making your own. It is super easy and simple and tastes way better than store bought!
- Extras: To add oomph to your dish try sautéing onions and adding them to the apricot chicken. For more zip throw in fresh grated ginger, a Tablespoon of soy sauce or Dijon mustard.
- Potatoes: For an all in one crock pot meal add baby Yukon or red potatoes with the chicken.
- Different Protein: This slow cooker apricot chicken recipe works really well with pork chops too!
Freezing and Storing Apricot Glazed Chicken
I love dishes that make great leftovers and this chicken recipe make amazing leftovers
- Store: If you do have leftovers place in a tightly sealed container and place in the fridge for 4-5 days. Warm up leftovers in the microwave or the stove top.
- Freeze: Let the chicken cool and place leftovers in a freezer safe bag. Tightly seal. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top.
More Slow Cooker Recipes to Try
Slow cooker or crockpot recipes are favorites that will never go out of style. Slow cooking infuses flavor into your meal and cooks it to tender juicy perfection. Sauces are rich and luscious, spices, herbs and ingredients create remarkable dishes, the whole family will love.
Crockpot Apricot Chicken
- 1 1/2 cups apricot preserves
- 1 cup Russian dressing I used Wishbone brand
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
- 6 bone in chicken thighs can use breasts, and boneless thighs
Mix together the preserves, dressing and soup mix.
Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker; pour mixture over chicken.
Cook on Low and continue cooking for 3-4 hours.
Originally Posted on July 10, 2012
Columbus is rich in good ice cream, from heavy-hitters like Jeni’s and Graeters to heritage brands like Johnson’s and smaller shops like Mardi Gras, Cream & Sugar, and Double Happy. These are all worth seeking out, but sometimes it’s nice when the ice cream comes to you.
A couple years ago we learned about a family-run food truck whipping up delicious (and highly Instagram-able) soft serve and sundaes, and finally last summer, when we were all looking for socially distanced treats during the pandemic, we caught up with Little Ladies Soft Serve parked outside Bleu & Fig in Clintonville.
And we pretty much haven’t looked back.
Out of their little white truck, decorated with pastel-colored sprinkles, Little Ladies serves up, honestly, some of the best soft serve I’ve tried it my life. I’m no connoisseur, but I know what I like. It’s just so wonderfully creamy and perfectly sweet, great on its own or in one of their creative sundaes.
The truck is generally active from April to October. Pretty much every Friday night in season you can find them on Galena Square, although their schedule varies the rest of the week. They make a lot of neighborhood appearances, and they’re great at updating the schedule on social media and on the Truck Tracker page on their site.
Little Ladies’ menu is fairly straightforward: chocolate, vanilla, and twist cones – with or without sprinkles – plus a collection of creative sundaes. All which has sweet ladies’ names like Mabel or Margot or Essie or Ida.
You can’t go wrong with the plain soft serve, although we’ve loved all the sundaes we’ve tried. You get your choice of soft serve as a base. I almost always choose vanilla, because I like it as a “neutral” base for the toppings.
One of my personal favorites – and I suspect one of their greatest hits – is Aggie. Crushed puppy chow, mini buckeyes, peanut butter sauce, hot fudge. It’s a Midwesterner’s dream come true.
Essie layers a lemon cornflake crunch with raspberry compote and whipped cream.
This is Daphne, a special from last summer featuring peach compote, dulce de leche, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, cinnamon Life cereal, all on top of a chai-filled Tupelo Doughnut.
On our most recent visit, I finally tried Luella, a mixture of brown butter graham cracker crumble, Nutella, and a toasted marshmallow. Just delicious.
Regardless of what we’ve ordered, we’ve loved every taste from Little Ladies. They just kicked off their 2021 season, so make sure you treat yoself and track them down multiple times over the coming months. It’s the perfect treat as we look forward to sunnier days.
Savory Garlic Herb Crusted Roast Lamb is tender and succulent, perfect for any special occasion. The meat is tender and juicy and the crust gives it such a beautiful flavor. Perfection on a platter!
This juicy decadent dish already has tender potatoes to go with it. So try serving it with a few more veggies and some rolls for the perfect meal. Try it with a side of Sauteed Garlic Asparagus with Bacon, Honey Orange Glazed Carrots or a nice Caesar Salad.
The Best Roast Lamb
Most people think Easter when having lamb, but it’s super easy and is perfect for any Holiday meal. Cooking the Lamb on a bed of potatoes does two things here. First it provides the air to actually circulate better around the roast cooking it more evenly. Secondly it gives you a flavorful perfect side dish. Who could ask for more?1
Cooking lamb may seem intimidating, but it’s no different than cooking any kind of meat. Lamb also seems to be reserved for special occasions but you can have it anytime. There are no rules when it comes to when to eat and when not to eat lamb. So if your craving it, don’t wait! Grab this recipe and cook some up tonight!
Ingredients for Roast Boneless Leg of Lamb
These ingredients are not much different then cooking a beef roast. It’s just so simple, but so delicious!
- Lamb Roast: I bought my boneless from Costco
- Butter: Soften the butter but don’t melt it.
- Garlic: mince the garlic
- Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary: Fresh versions finely chopped
- Salt and Pepper: Be generous for the meat.
- Baby Potatoes Use red or yellow for perfect flavor and roasting
- Olive Oil: Mild flavor
Roast Rack of Lamb!
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl mix the butter, garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary and salt and pepper.
- Layer: In a roasting dish, place the potatoes and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place the lamb on top of the potatoes.
- Rub: Rub all the butter on the outside of the lamb
- Roast: Place in the oven and roast till internal temp reaches 145 degrees. About 1-1/12 hours depending on the size of your roast.
The Perfect Temperature
The internal temps of lamb are the same as beef. The official done temp is 145 degrees, this will result in a medium well done roast. If you’d prefer your lamb a different doneness here is a reference chart.
- Rare: 115 to 120°F
- Medium-rare: 120 to 125°F
- Medium: 130 to 135°F
- Medium-well: 140 to 145°F
- Well-done: 150 to 155°F
Tips for the Perfect Crusted Lamb
- Lamb: A lamb roast is the same thing as a boneless leg of lamb. So if all you can find is boneless leg of lamb, it’s the same. This recipe will work for both bone-in and boneless leg of lamb. It’s up to you.
- Bring it to Room Temp: This is super important to ensure even cooking. Especially if you have a bone-in leg of lamb. The bone will be cold, keeping the meat from cooking at an even rate, over doing the outside or under doing the inside.
- Rest: Make sure you allow your meat to rest. This allows the meat to reabsorb redistribute the juices for more tender juicier roast. Keep in mind that as it rests it will continue to cook a bit.
- Flavor:Lamb is the perfect meat to load on the seasonings. Don’t be shy. Add more or different seasonings to your liking.
- Taste: If some of your loved ones feel like lamb can taste “gamey” be sure to trim as much as the fat as possible. The “gamey” flavor is carried in the fat.
Storing the Crown Roast of Lamb
- Serve: A great thing about roasted meat is it can sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours before it needs to be stored. This allows time to visit before you have to put it away.
- Store: Cooled lamb can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
- Freeze: Cool the lamb completely so no moisture collects which will form ice crystals. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months in a freezer safe container or bag.
More “Crusted” Recipes to Try
Anything with the description “crusted” in it is automatically going to taste amazing, you just know it!
- Walnut Crusted Maple Salmon
- Almond Crusted French Toast with Roasted Strawberry Syrup
- Chili Macadamia Crusted Tilapia
- Parmesan Garlic Crusted Chicken with Garlic Alfredo Shells
- Almond Crusted Chicken with Peach Salad
Garlic Herb Crusted Roast Lamb
- 5-6 pounds lamb roast I used a boneless lamb roast
- 1 cup buttered softened
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon thyme finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon oregano finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon rosemary finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 pounds baby potatoes
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl mix butter, garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub all of the butter on the outside of your lamb.
In a roasting dish add the potatoes and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper. Lay the lamb roast on top of the potatoes.
Roast in the oven until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. About 1 1/2-2 hours. Remove the twine and serve.
Welcome to part three our of 2020 gift guide! This is certainly a year like no other, and so we’re sharing ideas for local gifts and experiences. Small businesses all need our support more than ever, and our four-part gift guide follows our travel mantra of Food, Park, Drink, & Art. Read part one, all about food and part two, all about parks/plants/outdoor activities!
So now we present part three: DRINK!
Watershed Distillery Holiday Bourbon Bundles
Watershed released a perfect little three-pack of 175 ml bottles bundling their bourbon, Old Fashioned mix, and new barrel-strength bourbon. Their full lineup of spirits is available, too, including a 375 ml Old Fashioned (perfect stocking stuffer) or a big 1.75 liter jug of it. watersheddistillery.com/holiday-bourbon-bundles
Bottles of Ohio Pop Co. Pop
Remember, we’re in Ohio. It’s pop, not soda. Give the pop collector in your life a selection from this new company producing flavors like cherry, lemon-line, orange, root beer, cola, ginger beer. They’re made with Ohio-grown beet sugar. ohio-pop.com
Middle West Spirits Bourbon Cream
Middle West Spirits has been on a roll, too, launching a couple new whiskeys meant to pair with BrewDog beers. Their big addition this year is a smooth and creamy bourbon cream. middlewestspirits.com/spirits
Coffee Beans, Canned Brews, & Subscriptions
Coffee is a constant on my Christmas list. I always love getting new beans to try. Order bags from local roasters like Thunderkiss Coffee, Crimson Cup, Brioso, Ramble Coffee, Mission – many of which offer local delivery or easy pickup at their stores. Granville Coffee has gift packs, while Florin Coffee offers coffee subscriptions, for the gift that keeps giving. Many places are doing canned or bottled coffees, like Thunderkiss cold brew, ROST bottled coffees, Jennings Java canned drinks.
Spritzers and seltzers are enjoying their day in the sun, and deservedly so. They’re refreshing on their own, perfect for mixing, and offer a lighter and usually gluten-free alternative to sipping beers. We’re getting plenty of local options these days, too, including Spritz Tea. Spritz features flavors like Bright Citrus, Pink Guava, Golden Peach, and Wild Acaí. spritztea.com
Root 23 Simple Syrups
For folks who love to mix their own drinks at home, Root 23’s all natural flavored simple syrups are a must. They come in individual flavors like blueberry mint, cherry almond, vanilla ginger, plus little mixer and starter kits. root23.com
Simple Times Mixers
The same goes for Simple Times Mixers! The all-natural pre-made mixes allow you to create a variety of drinks by just adding your preferred booze. Look for seasonal flavors or mainstays like the pineapple mule or blueberry basil lemonade. simpletimesmixers.com
Just like coffee, beer is a standing item on my Christmas lists. So many more breweries have turned to bottling and canning their beers in 2020. Random Precision bottles their sours, Wolf’s Ridge has created a huge list of bottles and specialty bundles, Seventh Son cans and delivers, Olentangy River Brewing just started canning, Nocterra has tons of stuff in cans, Zaftig features stouts and other big beers. You get the picture.
A Sip + Play Night
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing and Kingmakers joined forces to create Sip + Play nights. You and your group sign-up, receive a pack of WRB brews, then log in virtually for a combined beer tasting and game night! kingmakersfun.com/sip-and-play
One of the good things to come out of 2020 is the permanent law allowing bottled cocktails and drinks to-go. That means that, while we can’t belly up at our favorite bars, we can savor (and pass on as gifts) cocktails to go from spots like Lawbird, Service Bar, The Bottle Shop, Huli Huli Tiki Lounge, and many others.
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1160 W. Goodale Blvd. (map it!)
Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Open Tues-Sat, 7a-sell out (10a-ish); pre-order pickup hours, Tues-Sat, 7a-2p
Visited: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 8 a.m.
It’s good to know that Columbus’ breakfast scene has some bright spots this year. Case in point: the addition of new options like this Grandview shop, delivering three important things – biscuits, coffee, and kindness.
Meet Rebekah Hatzifotinos, owner of Basic Biscuits, Kindness, and Coffee. Her bright and welcoming shop on Goodale Boulevard, decked in whites and bright yellows, is open in the morning hours serving all things biscuit-related.
The main entry on the menu is, of course, biscuits. And these may be mini, but they’re not basic. Hatzifotinos and her team craft a rotating selection of sweet and savory biscuits. You could go from traditional buttermilk, cheddar and jalapeño, cheddar and ham on one side, to lemon lavender, peach, cinnamon sugar on the other.
But they use the biscuit dough in everything: sliders, quiche crust, even a French toast bake.
You have two options for enjoying the biscuits, Tuesdays through Saturdays:
- pre-order and then pickup any time between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- stop by for grab-and-go starting at 7 a.m. until they sell out, sometimes by 10 a.m.
While there are a couple small tables inside and a small patio out front, Basic Biscuits is mostly geared toward carryout.
Take a look at these adorable little biscuits!
Hatzifotinos shared a collection of biscuits with us, and we quickly polished off the whole spread and then ordered more.
Naturally, the biscuits are ideal for dipping in a bowl of chunky and well seasoned sausage gravy.
My favorite preparation was the little breakfast sliders with sausage (from Butcher & Grocer!) or bacon or ham with egg and cheese. It’d be very easy to order up and polish off a few these in one go.
Hatzifotinos and her crew have been keeping busy, so if you’re jonesing for biscuits, plan to visit early (especially Friday and Saturday, she says) or consider ordering in bulk for pickup.
Bulk items include everything from biscuit samplers to full quiches, slider packs to French toast bakes.
Everything we tried really hit the spot, and provided a bit of comfort on a chilly autumn morning. Happy to have this addition to the local breakfast scene!
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This simple peach cobbler is a summertime favorite. It's a great way to celebrate peaches at their peak sweetness!
There are a couple of peach cobbler recipes that I make regularly, but I'm adding one more to my repertoire. My usual recipe is this Skillet Peach Cobbler with Biscuit Crust. It's a little involved and makes a big cast iron pan full of cobbler that is wonderful to share with company, but these days it's just us. Smaller batches of baked goods makes sense for our household of 2.
This recipe largely focuses on the flavor of the fruit, which is spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. This gives the filling a cozy home-style flavor (which, apparently I am way into this summer!).
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