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  • Courtesy The S'more cookie available in our area is a graham cookie double dipped in creme icing and finished with a chocolate coating.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:03 pm

It's cookie time again for Girl Scouts

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

The first Girl Scout cookies didn’t roll off a factory line and they didn’t have fancy names like Samoa.

(You say Caramel Delite, but this Ohio-bred gal and former Girl Scout says Samoa.)

Instead, the cookies came out of a kitchen in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1917. The Mistletoe Troop was looking for a fundraiser, and selling sweet treats seemed like a good idea.

If only those girls and troop leaders knew that it was the idea.

In the 100 years since that first sale, Girl Scout cookies are iconic as apple pie. They have gone from home baked to commercially baked (in the 1930s), from being sold door-to-door to online and troops using Square readers. They have also gone from being just a cookie to ice cream, candy and anything else that pairs well with mint and chocolate.

Wait. What doesn’t pair well with mint and chocolate?

This year, in northeast Indiana, the sale begins Friday, and the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana hopes to sell more than 1 million boxes. They are sold online as well as by scouts in person. Boxes cost $4.

Also in honor of the anniversary, the Scouts are debuting two versions of a S’more cookie. The version available in our area is a graham cookie double dipped in creme icing and finished with a chocolate coating.

Chains feel pain, too

Owning and operating a restaurant in Fort Wayne isn’t just about having good food – or even great food.

An owner must have the right atmosphere, a dedicated management team and knowledgeable staff.

And we’ve learned over the past couple weeks how true that is. Bar 145 announced on social media last week that it would close indefinitely until a new staff could be hired, and Tilted Kilt at Jefferson Pointe shuttered permanently after low sales.

Let’s take a moment for the loss of Tilted Kilt’s garlic fries. They were incredibly delicious, and I will miss them.

Tilted Kilt opened in 2010 in the former El Patron Mexican Restaurant at Jefferson Pointe, promising a fun atmosphere and Irish-inspired food served by employees in alluring costumes.

While the restaurant is at Jefferson Pointe, the building is not owned by the outdoor shopping mall – nor is the other vacant restaurant, Bob Evans.

It’s hard to say if and when those spaces will be filled as it’s up to the individual owners, but one can hope. The recent opening of Rosati’s, near Carmike Cinemas, and its early success could help woo potential occupants.

Food truck news

While the weekly rallies and lunches on the square are on hold until the weather is a little more walkable, local food trucks are still making news

• John Maxwell, owner and operator of Ragin’ Cajun, announced that he has hired Glenda Hinton as a managing partner. Hinton had previously been the executive chef and kitchen manager at ted’s market and an executive chef at Kroger Bistro.

Vietnummy was awarded the state winner in the food trucks category at the Fans’ Choice Awards,

Feast on flapjacks

The all-you-can-eat pancake promotion is back at IHOP.

Patrons can order a full stack of buttermilk pancakes – or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and choice of sausage, ham or hickory-smoked bacon – and request additional short stacks of pancakes until they’ve fulfilled their craving.

The offer is available only for dine-in customers through January. One order per person.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304.