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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Stay-At-Home Orders Forcing Some To Cook At Home More


With stay-at-home orders in place in Ohio and Indiana, as well as carryout only orders for restaurants across the Tri-State, WVXU wanted to know if being forced to cook at home more was making you a better chef. So we put out the call on social media and you sent us your frustrations, creations and told us how in some cases, cooking was becoming a family affair.

Ken Walker wrote on WVXU's Facebook page that "Cooking is great therapy." And "If you can find Alton Brown's Good Eats videos you'll be educated and entertained."

Many people are being entertained by Brown. He posted this video from his home to show what he's cooking in these tough times.

Jonathan Penney enjoys spending time with his daughter:

For some of you, the bar is already set high. Brian Dobbins tweeted that "It's going like this:"

Credit Brian Dobbins

Alana Szaijnert told us about the Cincinnati Cooks Facebook Page. That's where Tri-Staters share their latest creations and offer tips and tricks. Somebody even posted a video of Chef Boyardee inside pita bread.

Janissa Brown's flat iron steak was sizzling in a pan on Cincinnati Cooks, making everyone hungry. She said she used "Whachachahca sauce lolol (figure it out), onion powder, pepper garlic, lil zesty blend."

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Check out this advice from this NPR post.

The coronavirus has deeply hurt the restaurant industry. @Tim972 tweeted, "I am blessed to have married an amazing cook but we are also making an effort to get more takeout to support the restaurants."

Another post on the WVXU Facebook page pointed out a way to learn and help restaurant workers: Virtual Lessons (Top Craft People) Cocktails, Cooking and More.

Arnold's Bar and Grill is one of many restaurants live-streaming cooking lessons. Here's Chef Kayla Robison making Greek spaghetti. Bon appetit!

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.