‘Margaret’s Chicken’ making a mouth-watering return at Sunset Bistro

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News In a world of flashy hotshot chefs, Margaret Miller is Bowling Green’s version of a comfort food celebrity in the kitchen. Customers used to flock to Kaufman’s restaurants for her mouth-watering family style chicken – which gained the name “Margaret’s Chicken.” Retired for 15 years now, Miller and her famous chicken will make a return next week at Sunset Bistro, 1220 W. Wooster St. Prudy Brott, owner of Sunset Bistro, came up with the idea to invite Miller to serve up her chicken when she noticed the retired cook eating in her restaurant. “When I figured out who she was, I was so excited that she liked coming here,” Brott said. So the young restaurant owner and the retired cook started talking. “I remember Margaret’s chicken from when I was a kid,” Brott said. “I remember it was a really big deal.” Miller made the baked chicken every Tuesday night at Kaufman’s downtown, and every Thursday night at Kaufman’s at the Lodge. The meal would pack the restaurants. So Brott cooked up an idea. “I wanted to revive a night of Margaret’s chicken,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a walk down memory lane for Bowling Green.” And it appears many people have not forgotten Margaret and her chicken. Since the news has gotten out, Sunset Bistro is getting calls from many Bowling Green residents making reservations to get another taste of the baked chicken. At age 84, Miller will be supervising the cooks at Sunset Bistro. “We’ll be doing it exactly the way Margaret wants to,” Brott said. The meal will be served all-you-can-eat family style, and include the chicken, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and Margaret’s coleslaw recipe. Miller did have some stipulations she needed in order to cook up her chicken. First, the chicken has to come from Belleville Brothers meat market. Miller has tried other chicken, and it just won’t do, she said. There will be no skimping on butter. “I like to use at least a full pound of butter,” she said. After that, margarine can be supplemented. The gravy has to be just so. “That’s from the drippings of the chicken,” Miller said. And the creme de tartar is a vital ingredient for keeping the chicken crispy. “A lot of people thought it was fried, it was so crispy,” Brott recalled. Brott said her kitchen staff is excited about working with Miller. “They’re determined to make Margaret proud, and about bringing back the nostalgia of Margaret’s chicken,” Brott said….

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‘Can’vass Food Drive will go on, but plans are in place in case of snow emergency

Paul Valdez, associate director of BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement has issued the following statement: The winter storm this weekend is likely to impact the Annual MLK Jr. Day “Can”vass Food Drive in Bowling Green on January 19 and 20, 2019.  Organizers expect to operate the event as planned and will collect food at Grounds for Thought during the snowfall, but if a Level 2 snow emergency is issued volunteers and donors are requested to remain off the roads and encouraged to drop off donations at the Brown Bag Food Project Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 5-8 pm at 115 West Merry Avenue, Suite B in Bowling Green.  Questions can be directed to  Please check the Brown Bag Food Project Facebook page  for updates. If the drive is canceled Saturday because of a Level 2 snow emergency, but that is lifted on Sunday, the food drive will resume.

Robert Burns Night set to dispel the winter chill with food, poetry, song, & whisky

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Between the end of the holidays and Winter Fest, Bowling Green needs something. That’s part of the reason that Scottish enthusiast and bon vivant Elliot MacFarlane and chef Boby Mitov of Naslada Bistro in downtown have teamed up for the last few years to stage Robert Burns Night.  The fourth Burns Night at Naslada will be presented Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 419-373-6050.  The event has sold out in past years. The charge is $110, which includes a four-course meal and four flights of top shelf whisky. The dinner is a more intimate affair than other downtown events. A few dozen revelers will gather in the eatery’s cozy confines for a night of poetry, song, traditional Scottish fare prepared with a contemporary International touch, whisky, and the humor, often rude, that the consumption of rounds of liquor often prompts. Boby Mitov carries in the haggis during the 2017 Burns Night. Dinners in honor of Burns, around the time of his Jan. 25 birthday, have been celebrated since the poet’s death in 1796, MacFarlane, a member of the St. Andrews Society, said.  While Burns is the national poet of Scotland, MacFarlane said, his appeal is universal. South African liberationist Nelson Mandela had two books with him when he was imprisoned on Robben Island — a volume of Burns poetry and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” And Abraham Lincoln loved the poet. He recited the Scotsman’s verse as he traveled the circuit from court to court during his days as a lawyer in Illinois. And the night he was shot at Ford’s Theater, he had a book of Burns poetry in his pocket. MacFarlane (aka David Donley) said that Burns’ focus on the lives of common people is the key to his appeal. “I’m surprised at how many people know Robert Burns,” he said. And even those who don’t are aware of the poet’s phrases that have woven themselves into the language. Eliott MacFarlane speaks during 2017 Burns Night. Whether it’s “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men” or “man’s inhumanity to man.” The former comes from the poem “To a Mouse” in which a farmer on discovering a mouse nest while plowing reflects how their plights are similar, both subject to forces outside their control. These works, some set to music, will be central to the Burns Night Celebration. MacFarlane will present the Immortal Memory, a reflection on the life of the poet. At some events this can go on for hours. MacFarlane…

Parks district offers winter activities

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Wood County Parks District is offering a full slate of programs to help young and old to get the most out of winter. Polar Parks Mini-Camp Wednesday – Friday, January 2 – 4; 9:00 am – noon W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Experience a wild Wood County winter through this 3-day mini-camp! Each day highlights a different educational theme and seeks to explore through hands-on and outdoor activities. Cost: $12/$10 FWCP per day, or $30/$25 FWCP for all three days. Ages 8-13. The registration deadline is one week before the beginning of the camp day. Leaders: Jim Witter and Craig Spicer Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Introduction to Orienteering Sunday, January 6; 1:00 – 3:00 pm Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides show you which way is north. This reliable low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course. Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, January 10; 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Homeschoolers: Project Feederwatch Friday, January 11; 10:00 – 11:00 am Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Learn how Wood County Park’s volunteers count birds at our windows on wildlife and how you can help scientists learn about bird populations in Wood County. Leader: Jim Witter Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Native American Moccasin Making Workshop Series Saturdays, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Learn the skill of making authentic Native American moccasins over the course of four sessions. The Plains two-piece style will be featured. Cost for series: $30. Leader: Stewart Orr Register at, or call (419) 353-1897 Arctic Open Archery Saturday, January 12; 12:30 – 3:00 pm Arrowwood Archery Range 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green Arrows fly in the crisp winter air! Arrive anytime between 12:30 and 3:00 to give this cool archery a shot. Leader: Craig Spicer This is an open program. There is no need to register. Ice Age Mammals of Ohio Tuesday, January 15; 6:30 – 8:00…

Dietitians weigh in on eating like a caveman & fad diets

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The New Year is a time to resolve to make changes in the diet. Maybe that means starting to eat like a caveman. Or maybe it means passing on the bread. It may even mean turning the advice to eat fruits and veggies, on its head and forgoing them. Earlier in fall, the Wood County Library hosted a presentation by Adam Bialecki, a BGSU instructor in food and nutrition and a dietetic intern, and Sara Turner-Smith, a graduate student in food and nutrition and a dietetic intern dietetic. Michele Raine, adult services librarian, said the library called in the dietitians because patrons have an insatiable appetite for the newest diet books. Sara Turner-Smith makes a point during dietary talk at Wood County District Public Library Bialecki and Turner-Smith served up assessments of three of the most popular diets and offered some advice on better alternatives. First up was the Ketogenic Diet.  This diet was first developed to treat juvenile epilepsy. It greatly restricts consumption of carbohydrates to 20 grams or less a day, said Turner-Smith. Average consumption is about 300 grams daily. That’s about two cups of vegetables or half a bagel. The diet replaces this with fat. Normally, Turner-Smith said, the body relies on carbohydrates for energy, but the Keto diet wants to put the body in a state of ketosis, where the body starts burning its fat stores for energy.  Yes, that will produce weight loss, she said. That occurs because the dieter is cutting out a lot of food choices. Also, because of the nature of the food consumed, dehydration will occur resulting in a loss in water weight. The diet has benefits according to studies, she said. Keto followers may see improved blood test results, including reductions in total cholesterol as well as possible benefits for those with chronic conditions such as hypertension and heart disease. And people with epilepsy may benefit from a Ketogenic diet. But one group of people, athletes, should definitely avoid the diet. They may lose some energy production efficiency, Smith-Turner said.  Also, “any diet that’s very restrictive or takes out an entire food group throws up red flags for us,” she said. “If you have a history of eating disorders, following a very restrictive diet can be a trigger.” With so many foods off limits, nutritional deficiencies are a real danger. And the lack of glucose, which the brain needs to function, can cause a lack of focus, Turner-Smith said. Because many of the foods restricted — whole grains, vegetables…