Alison Matas writes for The Repository, covering Canton City Hall. She grew up in Kent and has worked for newspapers in New York, Missouri, West Virginia and Maryland—and she’s happy to call Stark County her new home. When she’s not writing, she’s usually rehearsing for an upcoming musical or choir concert, going for a run or attempting to cook.
For last year’s About Thanksgiving Pie Showdown, I made a sweet potato pie that earned lukewarm reviews from the team. (I would like to blame the recipe, but there’s a large chance the issue was user error.) So when Editor Kelsey Davis asked me if I’d like to make another pie for this month’s issue of the magazine, I saw a chance to redeem myself. And I am proud to say I did.
This is a year that calls for comfort food, so I suggest having a meal at Tozzi’s on 12th as soon as possible. Tozzi’s on 12th is known for its steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. The family business got its start in Magnolia in 1914, and now the fourth generation of the Tozzi family has the restaurant in Canton.
It’s almost Halloween, and that means it’s almost time for my family’s annual debate about the merits of candy corn. (For the record, I’m pro, especially if you include those marshmallow pumpkins in the mix.) But I understand candy corn is a divisive food, so I always feel guilty when I make a Halloween dessert that features it prominently. This year, I wanted to find a festive dessert without candy corn for the holiday, and I think I’ve got a winner in this Melting Witch Poke Cake. It’s not perfect, but it still will make people happy.
I work year-round, but when summer ends, I always feel as if my life immediately gets busier. And, inevitably, that means the cooking routine I spent the past few months developing flies out the window. Thankfully, I’ve got this roasted sweet potato, avocado and feta salad recipe in my arsenal now.
Royal Docks Brewing Company’s newest venture definitely gets the food right. The Foeder House + Kitchen brewpub opened this summer in Oakwood Square in Plain Township, offering a wider range of menu options than its original taproom and kitchen location in Jackson Township.
I’ve lived in Stark County for seven years, and I’d never been to Loby’s Bar & Grille until this restaurant review. But I’d heard about Loby’s, and I pictured it as a place that is way more bar than restaurant and always a party.
I love eating oatmeal for breakfast, but I seldom take it to work with me. Whenever I try, the container the oatmeal is in inevitably leaks, or I don’t have time to heat it up before things get busy, and then I spend my morning hungry (and grumpy).
Deli Ohio always has been one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Canton. I get the same thing every time I go, so I was excited to order off of more of the menu for this month’s restaurant review. The ham apple brie sandwich will continue to be my first choice (it’s just so good), but there are lots of great options.
I love coffee more than I love most things, and I rely on it to function each day, so this Test Kitchen is near and dear to my heart. My first taste of coffee was at 13, when my aunt bought me a caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks while we were back-to-school shopping. I was thrilled. I thought it was a great treat, and I’d never felt more grown up.
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