Kitchen Hints of the Day!

March 20, 2015 at 5:13 AM | Posted in cheese, Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Something Cheesy……

 
* Use sharp cheeses in your cooking; you can use less and still retain flavor or use low-fat or fat-free cheeses.

* Some cheeses simply will not melt, and that’s because they’re not supposed to. Cheeses such as fresh mozzarella, ricotta, cottage cheese, and feta won’t fully melt no matter how much you heat them.

* When preparing dishes using cheese, add the cheese at the end of the preparation, especially in sauces, classic risotto, and soups. In casseroles and baked dishes, sprinkle the grated/shredded cheese over the dish the last ten minutes of baking.

* Dishes prepared with cheese and cooked in a microwave oven should be cooked at lower power settings, to prevent the cheese from separating.

Join us on Saturday for our first Cheese Tasting series! – Jungle Jim’s International Market

March 19, 2015 at 11:55 AM | Posted in cheese, Festivals | Leave a comment
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Join us on Saturday for our first Cheese Tasting series! – Jungle Jim’s International Market
Attendees from our Big Cheese Festival were asked to vote on their favorite cheeses in a variety of categories. This is your opportunity to taste all of the winners! We’ll have various styles of beer to pair with the wide range of cheeses.
The tasting will be from 1pm to 3pm in the Oscar Event Center Pub.

The Cream of the CropCream of the Crop

At Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival, attendees were asked to vote on their favorite cheeses in a variety of categories. This is your opportunity to taste all of the winners! We’ll have various styles of beer to pair with the wide range of cheeses; there will be everything from blue to cheddar. Our knowledgeable staff from the Cheese Shop and the Beer and Wine Departments will be there to guide you through the tasting, making sure you get to experience the flavors to their full extent.

When
Saturday, March 21 | 1:00 – 3:00pm

Where
The Oscar Event Center Pub – Fairfield.

Tickets are non-refundable.
No Reserve Seating.
No One Under 21 Years Old.

 

http://www.junglejims.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CT03212015

Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries

March 3, 2015 at 5:56 PM | Posted in cheese, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries

 

We got lucky the early morning freezing rain went way North of us. Got to love this Ohio Weather though. It goes from; 18 degrees, to in the 50’s, rain, dropping back to 25, snow, and forecast of 1 degree. All in a span of 36 hours. Went to Kroger for Mom and picked up a few items and a Prescription for Dad and back home. Did some laundry and a few things around the house. For dinner tonight an easy prepared comfort food dinner! I prepared Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries.

 

A light comfort food sounded good, real easy to prepare and delicious too! I used 2 slices of Grilled Cheese and Fries 007Kraft Deli Deluxe Sharp Cheddar. I normally use Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar but I wanted a little thicker Cheese for my Sandwich. Then for my Bread I used Klosterman Wheat Bread, 70 calories and 13 net carbs for 2 slices. Then to prepare it I got out the Flat Griddle Pan, heated it up on medium heat and coated it with a pat of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. When the Butter was melted I added my sandwich. Grilled it on both sides until it was golden brown and the Cheese melted. Nothing like a good and toasty Grilled Cheese!

 
Then for a side for my Grilled Cheese I baked some Ore Ida Steak Fries, served these with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

Ore Ida Steak Fries

Ore Ida Steak Fries

Big meals, meet your match.
Thick and flavorful, but still crispy and fluffy. With their home-style russet potato

SERVING SIZE 84 g
CALORIES 110
FAT 3 g
SODIUM 290 mg
CARBS 19 g

 
https://www.oreida.com/Products/S/Steak

Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival – February 7 – 8

February 6, 2015 at 6:39 AM | Posted in cheese, Festivals | 1 Comment
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Experience the World of Cheese at Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival!

 

 

 

Big Cheese Fest

Join us at the Oscar Event Center for an unparallelled selection of cheeses and more! No passport required as you travel to different regions and sample some of the finest cheeses we have to offer. In addition to a wide array of cheeses, there will also be meats, olives and other appetizers, as well as a fantastic range of beer and wine to complement it all. So come on out and join us for a fun event dedicated to cheese!

 

The Festival

The Entrance to Jungle Jim's

The Entrance to Jungle Jim’s

Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 11:00 – 4:00pm

Sunday, February 8, 2015 | 11:00 – 4:00pm

The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014, 513-674-6055
http://www.junglejims.com/bigcheesefest/details/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 17, 2015 at 6:23 AM | Posted in cheese, Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save time cleaning…….
Coat your cheese grater with nonstick spray for delightfully clean, easy shredding.

Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries

December 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM | Posted in cheese, Ore - Ida, Sargento's Cheese | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries

 
A little more energy and strength today but the big news is Mom and Dad. Both are doing much, much better today, and about time! Dad was released from the hospital late this afternoon. From people I’ve talked to, this strain of flu going around keeping everyone down and out for a while. I’ll be glad when it passes. Been a cloudy, windy, and cold day out today. Went to Walgreen for Mom and back home. For dinner tonight it’s a Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries.

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A light comfort food sounded good, real easy to prepare and delicious too! I used 3 slices of Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar. Then for my Bread I used Klosterman Wheat Bread, 70 calories and 13 net carbs for 2 slices. Then to prepare it I got out the Flat Griddle Pan, heated it up on medium heat and coated it with a pat of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. When the Butter was melted I added my sandwich. Grilled it on both sides until it was golden brown and the Cheese melted. Nothing like a good and toasty Grilled Cheese on a cold Winters day!

 

 
Then for a side for my Grilled Cheese I baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, served these with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.

 

 

 

 
Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style FriesOre Ida Simply
You can take the potatoes out of the country.
But you can’t take the country out of our delicious Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries. Simple ingredients like potatoes, olive oil and sea salt – simply prepared. That’s Ore-Ida style.
Ore-Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries:
* French fried potatoes seasoned with cracked black pepper, olive oil and sea salt
* All natural
* Made with Grade A potatoes
* 0 grams trans fat per serving
* Gluten free
* Kosher
SERVING SIZE: 84g
CALS 130
FAT 4 1/2g
SODIUM 290mg
CARBS 22g

 

http://www.oreida.com/en/Products/S/Simply-Olive

 

 

 

 
Sargento® Ultra Thin Sliced Sharp Cheddar CheeseSargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Once you try Sargento Ultra Thin slices, you’ll see why they were given the Nielsen Breakthrough Award, naming them a top innovative food product in 2014.
Our delicious and perfectly aged Sharp Cheddar, sliced ultra thin to add just the right amount of bold flavor to your favorite cold cut sandwiches, warm Panini or veggie wraps.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1Slice (11g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 From Fat 30
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.5g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 10mg 4%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate %
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars
Protein 3g

 
http://www.sargento.com/products/224/sargento-ultra-thin-sliced-sharp-cheddar-cheese/

Cheese Mites?

July 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM | Posted in cheese | 2 Comments
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I received a Jungle Jim’s Market email yesterday. It’s a weekly email to update on store events and new products. A new product they have in is Mimolette Cheese. It was banned in the U.S. for a while because it’s helped aged by Cheese Mites! Don’t know if I’ll try it but it sounds interesting so I thought I would pass it along.

 

 

A “Mitey” Infestation

Mimolette

Mimolette

In the past few years no cheese has sparked such a controversy as Mimolette. Mimolette is an aged French cheese that was first produced in the 17th century. France was at war with Holland, and King Louis XVI didn’t want any more Dutch cheeses coming into the country. Cheese producers in France created Mimolette – a Gouda or Edam like cheese, but orange in color to separate it from other cheeses. Mimolette is available in a few varieties based on age, like the 6-month and 22-month aged selections that we carry.

 

The aged Mimolette has caused quite a controversy in the last year because of its aging process. Cheese mites are used in the aging process of certain cheeses, like Mimolette, to eat the microscopic molds that grow near the rind of the cheese. This produces a unique product. The cheese mites are then removed before selling the cheese.

Because of this process, the Food and Drug administration started their own war with French cheese makers and cheese lovers all over the world. In March 2013, a half ton of Mimolette was refused because of the tiny mites. Although the FDA has denied any ban on Mimolette, it is almost impossible to find this delicious French cheese anywhere. At Jungle Jim’s, we have been lucky enough to get our hands on some of the aged Mimolette. Feeling a bit rebellious? Stop in and try this controversial cheese. You won’t forget it! Until next time foodies – stay cheesy!

 

 
Wiki – Mimolette

 

Mimolette is a cheese traditionally produced around the city of Lille, France. In France, it is also known as Boule de Lille after its city of origin, or vieux Hollande for being made after the tradition of Edam cheese. In some areas of Belgium and the Netherlands, such as Flanders, it is also known as commissiekaas.

It was originally made by the request of Louis XIV, who – in the context of Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s mercantilistic policies – was looking for a native French product to replace the then very popular Edam. To differentiate it from Edam, however, he had it colored orange.

A cow’s-milk cheese, it normally weighs about 4.5 pounds. Its name comes from the French word molle, meaning “soft”. This refers to the softness of the crust when young – with age it becomes harder. It has a grey crust and orangish flesh. The orange colour comes from the natural colorant, annatto. The cheese has a similar appearance to a cantaloupe melon.

The grayish crust of aged Mimolette is the result of cheese mites intentionally introduced to add flavor by their action on the surface of the cheese.

Mimolette can be consumed at different stages of aging. When younger, its taste resembles that of Parmesan. Many appreciate it most when “extra-old” (extra-vieille). At that point, it can become rather hard to chew, and the flesh takes a hazelnut-like flavor.

Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta w/ Baked Cheesy Bread

July 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM | Posted in cheese, mushrooms, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta w/ Baked Cheesy Bread

 

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Well 13 years ago today, after spending 44 days in the hospital, I was released to come home after my left leg amputation. In some ways it doesn’t seem that long and in another ways it seems like a lifetime ago. I’m very proud to say I survived the ordeal of Melanoma Cancer and the leg amputation, but it came with a loss of a lot of things and major changes in my life. It’s been tough but as they say, “The World is what you make of it. If it doesn’t fit you make alterations.” I know it’s easy to complain but things could have been much worse. Anyway we were scheduled to have our Kitchen and Laundry Rooms flooring replaced today but it was cancelled, their truck broke down on the way here. Hope that’s not a sign of things to come! For dinner tonight I prepared Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta w/ Baked Cheesy Bread.

 

 

 

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Nothing like a quick, easy and delicious comfort food like the Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta . It’s got two of my favorites in it pasta and pizza! The box contains 1 can of Pizza Sauce w/ Pepperoni and Sausage and 1 Pouch of Rotini Pasta. I also added a few slices of Turkey Pepperoni and sliced Portabello Mushrooms to the mix. For the preparation you can bake it or prepare it on the stove top, which is how I prepared it. Add 1 cup of water, stir and mix, and simmer and you have your dinner! This came out fantastic! Really had a good Pizza flavor to it. The Sauce with the Mushrooms, Sausage, and Pepperoni provides the great flavoring. Easily prepared and makes a hearty and delicious meal.

 

 

 

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I also prepared some Baked Cheesy Bread. Another easy one, using Klosterman Wheat Bread, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Just Butter the Bread and add your Cheese on top. Then bake on 400 degrees until the Bread is toasted and Cheese is melted. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza PastaBanquet Homestyle Pizza Pasta

*Pepperoni and sausage included
*5 minute preparation oven or stove top

Stove Top:

1. Stir Together Can of Sauce and 1 Cup Hot Water In Medium Skillet.
2. Stir In Pasta Until Well Coated. Heat to Boiling.
3. Reduce Heat. Cover and Simmer About 15 Minutes, Or Until Pasta Is Tender, Stirring Occasionally.

 

Nutrition summary:
There are 280 calories and 40 Net Carbs in a 1 cup serving of Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Pizza Pasta

Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries

July 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM | Posted in cheese, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries

 

 

 

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Beautiful day out, sunny and a high of 80 degrees! It’s been a long night and day for me though. About 4:00 this morning I started getting those Phantom Pains, and they were severe. When they’re this intense I can’t sleep or relax, no fun! Since I was already up early I went to Walmart ans picked up a few items and stopped by the bank. The pain is aggravating and intense, it wasn’t a good day. For dinner tonight it’s a Grilled Cheese and Baked Fries.

 

 
A light comfort food sounded good after the night and day I had been having, real easy to prepare too! I used a couple of slices of Borden Single Sensations Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, 70 calories and 2 carbs per slice. I normally use Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar but I wanted a little bit thicker Cheese for the Grilled Cheese. Borden is an excellent tasting Cheese. Then I used Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, 70 calories and 11 net carbs for 2 slices. Then to prepare it I got out the Flat Griddle Pan, heated it up on medium heat and coated it with a pat of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. When the Butter was melted I added my sandwich. Grilled it on both sides until it was golden brown and the Cheese melted. Nothing like a good and toasty  Grilled Cheese!

 

 
Then for a side for my Grilled Cheese I baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, served these with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Vanilla Bean Frozen Greek Yogurt.

 

 

 

Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries

Ore Ida Simply

 

You can take the potatoes out of the country.
But you can’t take the country out of our delicious Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries. Simple ingredients like potatoes, olive oil and sea salt – simply prepared. That’s Ore-Ida style.
Ore-Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries:
* French fried potatoes seasoned with cracked black pepper, olive oil and sea salt
* All natural
* Made with Grade A potatoes
* 0 grams trans fat per serving
* Gluten free
* Kosher
SERVING SIZE: 84g
CALS 130
FAT 4 1/2g
SODIUM 290mg
CARBS 22g
http://www.oreida.com/en/Products/S/Simply-Olive

Cincinnati Style 4 Way – Spaghetti, Turkey Chili, Beans, and Cheese

July 9, 2014 at 5:23 PM | Posted in cheese, chili, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style 4 Way – Spaghetti, Turkey Chili, Beans, and Cheese

 

 

 

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Being from and living in the Cincinnati area all my life I’ve been around and prepared the local cuisine, and love it! Sausages, Goetta, and the Chili are just endless in varieties around here. And tonight I’m preparing one of my favorites, Cincinnati Style 4 Way – Spaghetti, Turkey Chili, Beans, and Cheese. For the Spaghetti I’ll be using my regular Pasta that I use, the Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti. The Spaghetti is 180 calories and 35 net carbs, which isn’t bad for Pasta.

 

 

 
I had wanted to use some of the Buffalo Chili that I prepare but as I searched the freezers I found out that I was all out of it, I will be preparing more of that soon. So I went with Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans instead. It’s my favorite canned Chili hands down. It’s a nice thick Chili made with Turkey and seasoned just right with plenty of Beans. It’s also a perfect Chili for making Chili and Cheese Nachos. Then for my Cheese I used Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar. To serve I used a bowl and made a bed of Spaghetti, topped it with the Turkey Chili with Beans, and topped everything with Sargento Cheese. I also added a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to the Chili as it was being heated. Some mighty fine food! Some people like adding fine diced Onions also, which makes it a 5 Way. So the 4 Way – Spaghetti, Chili, Beans, and Cheese and there you have it! Wow I almost forgot one of the most important parts, Oyster Crackers! Chili Spaghetti is always served with a bowl of Oyster Crackers, why who knows. I used Skyline Chili Oyster Crackers with a side of frank’s Red Hot Sauce. To properly eat an Oyster Cracker you have to put 2 or 3 drops of Hot Sauce on it! For dessert later a Weight Watchers Snack Size Dutch Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

Hormel Turkey Chili w Beans
Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans

Hormel Chili, Turkey with Beans, 99% Fat Free Always easy and always delicious, Hormel® chili is made with carefully selected beef, red beans, tomatoes and a special combination of spices. Our choice ingredients are blended and simmered, resulting in a rich and hearty flavor—perfect for dips, baked potatoes, hamburgers, casseroles, nachos, hot dogs, French fries and so much more. Hormel® chili now comes in 10 varieties and sizes, including a less sodium variety. Whether you serve it in a bowl, on a hot dog, or as a topping for fries and nachos, choose the chili craved by chili lovers—Hormel® chili.

 

 

NUTRITION FACTS Serving size 1 cup

Value My Daily Value Calories 210 cal Total Fat 3 g Saturated Fat 1 g Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 45 mg Sodium 1200 mg Total Carbohydrate 28 g Dietary Fiber 6 g Sugars 6 g Protein 17 g

 

 

http://www.hormelfoods.com/Brands/BrandWall/Hormel-chili

 

 

 
Ronzoni Healthy Harvestronz (1)

 

Here’s something to absorb: One serving of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta has over 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake – but did you know that fiber is good for you in more ways than just digestion?

People with diets high in fiber have a lower risk for weight gain, obesity, development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, but it also helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases like colon and breast cancer. Fiber may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It can also help lower blood sugar to better manage diabetes.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants, primarily carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Fiber may be digested by fermentation in the large intestine. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories.

Fiber comes in two basic forms – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. It prevents or reduces the absorption of certain substances into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in whole grains and on the outside of seeds, fruits, legumes, and other foods. It is like a sponge that swells within the intestine to promote more efficient elimination and alleviate some digestive disorders.

Fiber is found only in plant foods and passes through the digestive tract without being completely broken down. Being indigestible, fiber provides no nutrients to the body, which is why for many years it was removed from processed foods like white bread. But, nutritionists have since discovered that fiber performs valuable functions precisely because it is not digested, and it is essential to good health.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked
Servings per Container: About 7

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g 2%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6g 23%

Sugars <1g

Protein 7g

 

http://ronzonihealthyharvest.newworldpasta.com/pasta_nutrition.cfm?prodId=003340006502

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