Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili

April 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM | Posted in cheese, chili, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili

 

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Started my morning with a bowl of Cheerios Honey Nut Medley Crunch, my favorite Cheerios Cereal. After my morning workout I did some light housekeeping. It’s one beautiful day in the neighborhood outside today! Still a light cool breeze bu t a high in the 60’s and sunny. Ran an errand for Mom, stopped by the bank, and the post office and back home. For dinner tonight one of my favorites, Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili.

 

 
Well I’m using my last container of the Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili I had in the freezer, time for another batch soon! I sat in the fridge overnight to thaw. To reheat it I just got the amount I wanted and put it in a small sauce pan and reheated it on medium low heat, till heated through. I love this Chili!

 

 

To make this Chili Comfort Food I needed; 2 lbs. Wild Idea Buffalo Ground Round (99% Lean) which is the best tasting Ground Buffalo that I’ve found. The 3 Beans I use are 1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans, 1 Can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans (rinsed), and 1 Can (15 oz.) Great Northern Beans (rinsed). Then I mix in 1 Red Onion (medium Chopped), 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Unseeded and Chopped), and 3 Cloves Minced Garlic. For my spices I use 1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix, 2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste, 1 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick), 1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick), 1 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin (McCormick), 2 Tbs Ground Cinnamon (McCormick), 1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves (McCormick), and 5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste (I usually add a lot more dashes!). Throw in a 1/2 cup of Water and put the lid on the Crock Pot and set on low and let this baby simmer for 5-6 hours. Then get ready to enjoy some serious Buffalo Chili! You can top it with Cheese or Diced Onions. Then you can serve it by itself, with Cornbread, topping a Johnny Cake, over Spaghetti, Hot Dog topping, I even use it to make a Chili and Cheese Omelets. I had tonight’s with a topping of Cheese and Oyster Crackers, Cincinnati Style! I’ve left the recipe at the end of the post. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili

Ingredients:

2 lb. Ground Wild Idea Ground Buffalo,99% Lean
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste3-bean-buffalo-chili-0011
1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans
1 Can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans, rinsed
1 Can (15 oz.) Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1/2 Cup of Water
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
1 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
Shredded Cheese, I used Grated Dutch Gouda (Topping)
Oyster Crackers

Directions:
*Brown Buffalo in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste.
*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and the oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, or serve with some home made cornbread.

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo Ground Round 99 free

Wild Idea Buffalo Ground Round, 99% Lean

We use the Top Round and the Sirloin Tip cuts and remove all visible fat, for this super lean meat. It is rich and dark in taste and color. Substitute for any of your favorite ground dishes.

 

http://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

April 2nd for our second Cheese Tasting series!

March 30, 2015 at 9:53 AM | Posted in cheese, Festivals | Leave a comment
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April 2nd for our second Cheese Tasting series!

 

There will be a variety of cow, goat, and sheep’s milk cheeses, many of which are only around once a year! Not to mention there will be a range of beers to pair with your cheese, and our experts from the Beer Department and the Cheese Shop will be present to make sure you get to experience the best pairings.
The tasting will be from 6pm to 8pm in the Oscar Event Center. Must be 21+ to attend. $25 per a person.

 
The Seasonal TreatsCheese Tasting

This tasting will focus on lighter selections and fresh cheeses. There will be a variety of cow, goat, and sheep’s milk cheeses, many of which are only around once a year! Not to mention there will be a range of beers to pair with your cheese, and our experts from the Beer Department and the Cheese Shop will be present to make sure you get to experience the best pairings. Given the limited time that these cheeses are available, this is one tasting you won’t want to miss.

 

When
Thursday, April 2 | 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where
The Oscar Event Center Pub – Fairfield.

 

To purchase tickets visit, http://www.junglejims.com/Cheese-Tastings/products/199/.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*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

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