We recently wrote a blog post highlighting the “Top 30 Social Media Accounts for Foodies in Cleveland” and were lucky enough to do a follow-up Q&A with one of our featured bloggers.
Keep reading to learn more about Katie, creator of Dramaless Food, her cooking tips, favorite spots in Cleveland, and more!
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Are you from Cleveland? How did you get into cooking and gardening?
A: I’m Katie! My husband Tom and I live in the ‘burbs with our two rescue dogs Sadie and Lincoln. Tom and I are both lifelong Clevelanders and love exploring our city and sharing what an awesome place Cleveland is to everyone we meet!
Cooking and gardening have been a part of my life since I was a kid. I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my Gram (who is still cooking at 93 years young!) and my Mom, along with my aunts and extended family. Making and sharing a meal together has always been the center of our family parties and with that love of bringing people together over food, I can proudly say it has made me the cook/baker I am today.
My Dad always had a vegetable garden in our tiny Parma backyard and I always looked forward to enjoying fresh corn on the cob and freshly picked green beans and tomatoes. So when Tom and I bought our house almost five years ago, one of the “must haves” was space for a garden.
Q: What is your all-time favorite recipe? Any tips on how we can make it ourselves?
A: This is a tough one! Depends on the category of food we are talking about but what I will say is that one of Tom’s favorite dinners is my “cheesy chicken and rice.” This meal is super easy and quick to make and is a lighter version of what a lot of people might know as a chicken and rice casserole.
Q: Do you have any favorite dishes from local Cleveland restaurants? And what are your top five Cleveland restaurants?
A: I have a tie for this one. My favorite “true Cleveland” restaurant dish has to be the spicy maki box from Sushi 86, Downtown in the 5th Street Arcade. It is seriously the best lunch that you could buy Downtown!
My second choice shows my “west-sidedness” and has to be the Buffalo chicken wrap at Mike’s Bar and Grill in Berea. I honestly don’t understand what the secret to their Buffalo sauce is but it’s that kind of spicy that I say it’s too hot as I’m taking another bite!
My Top 5 Cleveland Restaurants (not necessarily in this order because they are all fantastic) are:
- Grumpy’s (and if I can add, Jaworski’s Meats, where they get their breakfast sausage from, is my favorite butcher shop)
- Sushi 86
- Barrio (You can’t beat their happy hour and queso)
- Mike’s Bar and Grill (best if you’re a west sider and love good food AND craft beer)
- Cleveland Chop (for that special occasion dinner, their strip steak literally melts in your mouth!)
Q: Are there any chefs that inspire you? If not, who/what is your main source for inspiration?
A: I’ll admit I am a bit of a nerd and also did not grow up with cable so my Saturday afternoon TV shows as a kid were limited. But America’s Test Kitchen and Chris Kimball were on PBS and this cooking show was awesome! He breaks down the science to cooking and explains why certain foods cook the way they do and on the show they also would taste test different brands of a product (like hummus for example) to see which one their testers thought was the best and why. My current favorite cookbook is their “Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook.”
Q: What is the best cooking/gardening advice you’ve ever gotten?
A: The best advice around cooking and gardening that I have gotten… it’s more of a mantra I guess, would be “patience.” As I have learned to cook and garden from my close family and friends, they have taught me that great things take time and when the time comes for your cake to be done, or to harvest your vegetables, you can take pride in the work you have put in and enjoy the excitement of others while they enjoy what you made or grew.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Cleveland?
A: Hands down my favorite thing to do in Cleveland is to be outside enjoying our city. I work Downtown so every chance I get to pack my lunch and eat on Public Square, I do! I also love enjoying some of our awesome bar patios (Edison’s and Treehouse Tavern are my favs) with friends on a warm summer night.
Q: If you could meet one famous Cleveland celeb, who would it be and why?
A: This is a terrible answer but I honestly am not sure. The Cleveland history nerd in me says Moses Cleveland to ask him if he ever thought that Cleveland would be the city it has become and I would love to ask him what his dreams for Cleveland were.
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