Emily Williams

North Main Cocoa

This chocolatey cocktail gets its name from the cozy Oxford house where it was created. It has no house sign and worn wood floors and is usually lit by Christmas lights because the overhead kitchen light has burned out — the perfect place to duck inside for a drink. The cocoa will keep you warm, and the brandy will keep you warmer. Take the measurements as suggestions, and find the proportions you like best. Heat a cup of milk on the stove, preferably whole milk or two percent. Add hot cocoa mix as directed and stir, removing the milk...

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Simple Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients: Semisweet chocolate chips, heavy cream, cocoa powder You worked hard on that steak. It wasn’t your cheapest dinner, either, so keep dessert simple and make it ahead of time. Bring about one cup of heavy cream to simmer in a saucepan. In another bowl, measure out about two cups of semisweet chocolate chips. Once the cream is heated, pour it over the chocolate chips. Stir immediately, mixing until the ganache is thick and smooth. Lick the spoon. (That’s not part of the recipe, it’s just delicious.) Put the ganache in the freezer for a couple hour, or until...

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Balsamic & Chocolate Glazed Carrots

Ingredients Whole carrots Olive oil Coarse salt Thyme Balsamic vinegar Dark chocolate Honey Carrots are rarely craved. But with just the tiniest bit of chocolate ― a couple squares from a bar of extra-dark — these vegetables can go from a pleasant vehicle for Vitamin A to a rich, tangy side dish that won’t go unnoticed alongside your steak. Rinse and peel a bag of whole carrots, or maybe two bags. You might think one bag of carrots is more than enough, but once you start eating the finished product, you’ll be surprised how quickly they disappear. Cut the...

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Former Miami student Nicolas Cristescu sentenced to five years in prison for sexual imposition

Former Miami student Nicolas Cristescu was sentenced to five years in prison for a felony charge of gross sexual imposition Monday in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas. Cristescu, 20, was originally indicted for rape, sexual battery and 11 counts of voyeurism after allegedly drugging, raping and filming an unconscious woman in his Heritage Commons residence in the hours between Oct. 11 and Oct. 12. As part of a plea bargain, Cristescu pleaded guilty to the amended charge of gross sexual imposition in December. The charges for voyeurism and sexual battery were dismissed. The five-year sentence which Judge Michael Oster ordered is the maximum sentence for gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony. Oster also ruled that Cristescu be registered as a Tier I sexual offender, requiring Cristescu to register every 12 months for a period of 15 years. As part of the plea bargain, Oster said, he was directed to view and watch the photos and videos of the victim. After seeing the footage, he said, he knew he was watching someone being raped. “This perpetrator knew exactly what he was doing,” Oster said. During Cristescu’s allocution — the formal statement a guilty defendant is allowed to make before being sentenced — he cited the events of Oct. 11-12 as the “biggest mistake of [his] life,” and said he had consumed alcohol and Xanax the night of...

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Miami Tribe steps forward in stomp dance

MIAMI, Oklahoma — At the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s Winter Gathering on Saturday, Jan. 27, Jarrid Baldwin and George Ironstrack — both Miami Tribe members, Miami University alums and Myaamia Center staff — led its annual stomp dance. This was the 22nd year the tribe hosted its Winter Gathering but the first year Miami Tribe members led the stomp dance. For Myaamia people, the stomp dance is a social, not a sacred, dance, so all guests — not just tribe members — are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Each dance proceeds in the same way: A male “caller” leads...

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