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    What I miss about Cincy...

    I haven't lived in Cincy since '89. But, here is my list (that I can think of right now):

    -Goetta
    -Reds games within a 15 minute drive
    -LaRosa's
    -Hap's Pub
    -Hills (I live in Columbus, the most uninteresting terrain on earth)
    -Softball Parks with Bars where you can actually buy BEER!
    -Stump's Bowling
    -West-Siders...
    -Family...
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    It's ironic you should mention goetta. We were out in Jefferson City, MO visiting my wife's family and the morning we were leaving, I brought in the local paper for my in-laws and was surprised to open it up and see this picture. Apparently the family having the reunion had first settled in Ohio (per the story) before moving to mid-Missouri in the early 20th century.

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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    -Hills (I live in Columbus, the most uninteresting terrain on earth)
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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    Do you miss the hills or the mounts? And why are some called one or the other?
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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    Do you miss the hills or the mounts? And why are some called one or the other?
    Well...if you really must know, there isn't really a hill in Cincy. Instead, they are all valleys leading down to the river that were carved out by the outwash of the glaciers...

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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    I, too, moved back here to Columbus after 5 years of living in Cincy.

    My list:

    -Reds games within a 5-minute drive (of course)
    -Goetta
    -Gold Star Chili
    -Zip's burgers
    -Dewey's Pizza
    -Hofbrauhaus
    -Everybody's Records
    -Yottaquest (gaming store in Mt. Healthy)

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    What is Goetta?
    I've been to dinner at Jimmy Buffet's house, and I've eaten it at a homeless shelter. And there's great joy and harrowing terror to be found in both places.
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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

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    What is Goetta?
    Cheap sausage mixed with oats. It is an old Cincy-German dish that made the sausage last longer. It can be spicy or mild, like sausage, and makes a great meat substitute in just about any dish. I prefer mine mixed in with scrambled eggs (and an angioplasty on the side)
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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    Cheap sausage mixed with oats. It is an old Cincy-German dish that made the sausage last longer. It can be spicy or mild, like sausage, and makes a great meat substitute in just about any dish. I prefer mine mixed in with scrambled eggs (and an angioplasty on the side)
    No, no - since oatmeal reduces cholesterol, I firmly believe that the ingredients balance each other out (my wife refuses to give an inch on this for me, but I'll stand by that belief!). BTW, you can get some good goetta at the restaurant with the best cheaper breakfast in town - the Blue Jay Restaurant on Hamilton Avenue in Northside: 2 eggs, toast, hash browns, and a meat (goetta) for just $5.00 plus tax.
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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    No, no - since oatmeal reduces cholesterol, I firmly believe that the ingredients balance each other out (my wife refuses to give an inch on this for me, but I'll stand by that belief!). BTW, you can get some good goetta at the restaurant with the best cheaper breakfast in town - the Blue Jay Restaurant on Hamilton Avenue in Northside: 2 eggs, toast, hash browns, and a meat (goetta) for just $5.00 plus tax.
    You just let yourself believe that...
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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    You just let yourself believe that...
    I don't seriously believe that and I know I need to limit a food like this. I don't always do that, but I try to remember.
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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

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    What is Goetta?
    Scrapples brother.

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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    Quote Originally Posted by 919191 View Post
    What is Goetta?
    Goetta- it's a funny thing. We have a family recipe for it, but my own relatives in Germany have never heard of the stuff. Basically, it's oats, onions, ground pork and ground beef. Our family recipe includes cloves, which makes it taste quite a bit different than what you'll get from Glier's or any of the dozens of butcher shops in town that make their own.

    Anyway, about it's origins. Goetta is an evolved form of the low German word for grains and meat (götte). However, as I said, Germans don't eat the stuff. My own theory is that Goetta is actually a twist on Irish Pudding, made by German housewives for their Irish immigrant husbands in Cincinnati. I have tasted White Irish Pudding and it tastes an awful lot like Avril's or Humbert's Goetta. That certainly would explain a lot about our own recipe- my Cincinnati ancestors are German/Irish.


    What do I miss about Cincinnati?

    Knowing everyone
    I grew up on the West Side and making friends was never an issue. And if you needed a plumber, you could always use the grapevine to find someone reliable. Or a mechanic, or a carpenter. I need something done now and I feel like I am at the mercy of crooks.

    Family
    Not only did I know everyone, I think I was related to half of them. And we all pretty much got along and hung out together. The only question about what to do on the weekend was "which relative should we invite over?" Invariably it would be many of them.

    Church Festivals
    I spent two summers delivering Edelmann's brats and metts to church festivals. I was treated like a conquering hero, only surpassed in importance by the guy with the Hudepohl truck.

    High Quality Softball
    The game just doesn't exist anywhere else like it does in Cincinnati.

    Childhood
    I grew up playing baseball at Boldface Park, going to the Fire Department Fish Fry in the Del Fair parking lot and the July 4th festival at Delhi Park. I knew all my cousins and second cousins and great aunts and uncles. I got spanked by a neighbor down the street for being a smart alec and that was just fine by my mom. I rode my bike everywhere. And I went to Reds games. Lots and lots of Reds games. I dreamed about playing baseball every night. In the seventies, there was not a better place on earth for a scrawny baseball rat to be than Cincinnati.


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    Re: What I miss about Cincy...

    I miss Skyline even though I have one within an hour from my house. Gold Star, too. I like 'em both.

    From the old days: Daily Donuts on Beechmont/Salem and the Paul Dixon Show, even though I was just a little guy when it was on.

    Softball in the Summer at a park near Mt. Carmel (I remember you had to turn off of 32 near the Roy Rogers there). Township Park, maybe? They had a grill and bar, I think. Township Tavern? Something like that.

    Even though it was nothing special, I miss Beechmont Mall. The fountain in the middle was always fun to thrown coins in as a kid. Shillito's, Mabley and Carew, Super X Pharmacy, Woolworth's and the little diner next door there. I have no idea what that is there now, but it's not a mall.

    The old Uno's there, too.

    Mt. Washington Bakery had a butter crumb cake that was to die for.

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