Black Radish Creamery

IMG_2448The California Girl has been back in Ohio for less than two weeks, and already she’s become mildly addicted to the jams and preserves prepared by Black Radish Creamery, a local central Ohio outfit that Kish and I discovered recently at the New Albany Farmer’s Market. 

Two weeks ago we bought several of the Black Radish concoctions in anticipation of the California Girl’s visit with the California Guy.  We grilled out the night of their arrival and prepared chicken on skewers glazed with the Black Radish peach preserves, and it was a hit.  But the California Girl particularly relishes the King B, a combination of black raspberries, cane sugar, organic lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt, and vanilla bean.  Needless to say, it (like the California Girl herself) rocks.

The California Girl is leaving this weekend, and charged me with the mission of going to tonight’s Farmers’ Market and picking up a few more jars of the King B while she and Kish are off visiting their cousin and The Ultimate Cheapskate.  So the Farmers’ Market is where I found myself an hour or so ago, trying to control two straining, surging, misbehaving dogs while I fished out my wallet and bought some more of the fresh, fruity goodness in a jar.

Mission accomplished, California Girl!  The King B awaits your return, and I hope you take it back to the West Coast and give your Golden State buddies a taste of what Ohio has to offer.

Revenge Of The Curds

IMG_1269It’s Friday night, and the Bahamians are coming over for cocktail hour.

So . . . what to nosh on?  Some local sourcing sounds good.  We’ve got the ridiculously addictive Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery goat cheese ranch curds, from Wauseon, Ohio.  We’ve got a delicious strawberry-rhubarb preserve with vanilla bean and a beaujolais wine reduction, made by the Black Radish Creamery right here in New Albany, Ohio.  And we’ve mixed them up with some unusual cheese options, two bottles of good wine, and cranberry and hazelnut crackers, recommended by the helpful cheese shop steward at the Hills Market in downtown Columbus.

Let the weekend begin!