Foods from the Past: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins

On the rare occasion that I plan my meals ahead and prepare extra for the coming week, I might come up with a meal like the following: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins It is essentially ground beef and sauteed tomatoes, with added herbs, vegetables and tomato sauce.  I’m calling it a ragu in … Continue reading

Dinner at Avalon in Richmond

The first weekend of my spring break, I attended a Matchbox 20 concert in Richmond.  I made two earth-shattering discoveries on the night of the concert: the first was that the lead singer, Rob Thomas, of Matchbox 20 is the same person as Rob Thomas, solo artist.  I know it seems like a trivial discovery, … Continue reading

PrintWorks in North Carolina

I drove to North Carolina during my spring break to visit my sister at her college and to visit one my favorite restaurants.  I can’t say that I’ve actually been to enough restaurants in North Carolina to be a good judge of which ones are the best, but when I visited PrintWorks in Greensboro for … Continue reading

Homemade Meatballs

Since buying a share of a cow, my family has a freezer full of ground beef, and I finally decided to do something more creative with it than just making hamburgers.  I made meatballs!  They’re pretty much small, well-seasoned, spherical hamburgers, but I made them even more exciting by making them for breakfast. I took … Continue reading

Petite Burger for Breakfast

Protein makes you healthy and strong!  Enough said. Here’s one of the ways I’ve been sneaking extra protein into breakfast in a way that’s delicious and hopefully beautiful: Start with an adorable, mini, grass-fed burger and a generous sprinkling of salt. Then work on frying a gorgeous, pastured egg.  Over-easy of course!  You’ve got to … Continue reading

Glorious Breakfast

Just this morning I prepared what I must consider one of the most glorious, gorgeous breakfasts of all time.  It was simply a leftover hamburger topped with fried eggs and sauteed swiss chard, but somehow it evolved into something stunning and gormet-looking.  And I managed to this on a school-day morning, no less! It began … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Black Market Moto Saloon

My latest favorite hangout in Charlottesville is the Black Market Moto Saloon.  It’s designed as a classic, rough biker bar, but it serves surprisingly great food.  My personal favorite is their burger.  They have a number of flavor combinations on the menu, including a burger with pineapple, prosciutto, and aoili in addition to one with … Continue reading

Clifton Inn: Restaurant Review of Birthday Dinner

My parent’s treated me to dinner at the Clifton Inn for my birthday this month.  This was no average, celebratory dinner, though.  Not only was my dinner at one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville, but it was also at the chef’s table directly overlooking the Inn’s beautiful kitchen.  The Clifton Inn is a hotel … Continue reading

SlowFoodieBear Returns with Burger Sliders!

Dearest followers!  The SlowFoodieBear has returned to blogging after an inexcusable break for which I profusely apologize.  I have so many pictures of the delicious food I’ve made over the past year sitting un-shared on my computer, and I couldn’t bear to withhold them from you any longer!  I’m going to be posting a mass of old … Continue reading

Ultimate Steak Sandwich

This post features a steak sandwich I made earlier in the fall.  My sister was in volleyball season, and I met my family at a few of her games, bringing a picnic lunch featuring Cville’s wonderful ingredients.  I made a few great BLT’s with avocado and brie cheese and homemade mayonnaise during tomato season, but … Continue reading