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Mint Julep

April 30, 2018 at 5:03 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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The mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, consisting primarily of bourbon (or some other spirit), water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint. As a bourbon-based cocktail, it is associated with the American South and the cuisine of the Southern United States in general, and the Kentucky Derby in particular.

A mint julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, simple syrup, and crushed ice.

A mint julep served in the traditional silver cup

Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states, and in Kentucky in particular. Proper preparation of the cocktail is commonly debated, as methods may vary considerably from one bartender to another. The mint julep may be considered a member of a loosely associated family of drinks called “smashes” (the brandy smash is another example, as well as the mojito), in which fresh mint and other ingredients are muddled or crushed in preparation for flavoring the finished drink. The step further releases essential oils and juices into the mixture, intensifying the flavor from the added ingredient or ingredients.

Traditionally, mint juleps were often served in silver or pewter cups, and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup. This allows frost to form on the outside of the cup. Traditional hand placement may have arisen as a way to reduce the heat transferred from the hand to the silver or pewter cup. Today, mint juleps are most commonly served in a tall old-fashioned glass, Collins glass, or highball glass with a straw.

The mint julep originated in the southern United States, probably during the eighteenth century.

U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky introduced the drink to Washington, D.C., at the Round Robin Bar in the famous Willard Hotel during his residence in the city. The term “julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine. The word itself is derived from the Spanish “julepe”, from Spanish Arabic, and this from the Persian word گلاب (Golâb), meaning rosewater.

The mint julep was originally prescribed and appears in literature as early as 1784 “sickness at the stomach, with frequent retching, and, at times, a difficulty of swallowing. I then prescribed her an emetic, some opening powders, and a mint julep.” An appearance of a mint julep in print came in a book by John Davis published in London in 1803, where it was described as “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” However, Davis did not specify which spirit was used.

Americans enjoyed not only bourbon-based juleps during the nineteenth century, but also gin-based juleps made with genever, an aged gin.

A mint julep

The mint julep has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Each year almost 120,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, virtually all of them in specially made Kentucky Derby collectible glasses.

In a contract arrangement between the Brown-Forman Corporation and Churchill Downs that has lasted more than 18 years, the Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail has been the designated “official mint julep of the Kentucky Derby”, although the Early Times sold within the United States is a Kentucky whiskey, not a bourbon, due to its being aged in used, rather than new, oak barrels. However beginning in 2015, Old Forester, which is also produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation, is now “the official drink of the Kentucky Derby,” when sold as Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail.

Since 2006, Churchill Downs has also served extra-premium custom-made mint juleps at a cost of $1000 each at the Kentucky Derby. These mint juleps were served in gold-plated cups with silver straws, and were made from Woodford Reserve bourbon, mint imported from Ireland, spring water ice cubes from the Bavarian Alps, and sugar from Australia. The proceeds were used to support charitable causes dedicated to retired race horses. Woodford Reserve, Early Times, and Old Forester are sister brands produced by Brown-Forman, and under the terms of its current marketing agreement with Churchill Downs, Woodford Reserve is called the “official bourbon” of the derby.

In May 2008, Churchill Downs unveiled the world’s largest mint julep glass. Churchill Downs, in conjunction with Brown-Forman, commissioned the Weber Group to fabricate the 6-foot (1.8 m) tall glass (7.5-foot (2.3 m) if the mint sprig is included). The glass was constructed from FDA food-grade acrylic, heated and molded into the shape of an official 2008 Derby glass. It had a capacity of 206 US gallons (780 l; 172 imp gal), and distributed the Early Times mint juleps at the Derby with an elaborate pumping system concealed within the “stir straw”.

 

Happy Easter!

April 1, 2018 at 5:23 PM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Happy Easter everyone! No Dinner post tonight. We are spending Easter visiting Dad at assisted living and then over to spend Easter Dinner with family. I’ll be back tomorrow. Happy Easter all!

The 11th Annual Cincy Beerfest Downtown Cincinnati on February 2-3, 2018

January 31, 2018 at 10:43 PM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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The 11th Annual Cincy Beerfest
will be at the Duke Energy Convention Center in
Downtown Cincinnati on February 2-3, 2018

 

Join Us In 2018, As We Celebrate Great Craft Beer From Down The Street & Around The Country!
3 Sessions to Choose From! 2 Big Nights!
http://www.cincybeerfest.com/winter/

Christmas Dinner – Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Beef Gravy, Green Beans,……….

December 25, 2017 at 6:23 PM | Posted in cooking, Food | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Christmas Dinner – Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Beef Gravy, Green Beans,……….

 

 

Our Prim Rib Roast!

Merry Christmas to all of you! My family is having Dinner here today, about 11 of us. Me and Mom are preparing; Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Beef Gravy, Green Beans, Cream Style Corn, Sugar Snap Peas, Deviled Eggs, Dreamland Salad, and Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Dinner Rolls. For Dessert Mom made a Chocolate Pie, Butterscotch Pie, and a Pecan Pie. Sorry no pictures, a little too hectic and people walking around. Again I hope each of you have an incredible Christmas! And may your 2018 be even better! Tomorrow all, and to all a good night.

It’s even smelling a lot like Christmas!

December 7, 2017 at 1:49 PM | Posted in dessert, Food | 1 Comment
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The aroma of Chocolate is in the house today as Mom is making her annual Christmas Candy. She made Peanut Butter Fudge, Walnut Fudge, her should be world famous Buckeyes Candy, and the Christmas Chex Mix. I guess now would be the time to turn the scales back 5 lbs. or more! Below I’ve left the recipes for the Walnut Fudge and Buckeyes. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 

 

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 14 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.
Buckeyes
Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 balls

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

 

Walnut Fudge

Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

Urban gardening: Hamilton group to provide fresh food in the city

November 9, 2017 at 9:33 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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I came across this article in our local paper, Journal-News. It’s the start of a very good program in in Hamilton, Ohio.

 

HAMILTON
Alfred Hall and his urban-gardening organization want to fill a need in Hamilton that is experienced in many U.S. cities: a hunger for fresh foods.

Hall, a co-founder of HUGS (Hamilton Urban Garden Systems), is using a small greenhouse that’s attached to the Butler County Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Dayton Lane Gardens apartments in the 100 block of North 6th St.

He created a garden there about four years ago so residents in the subsidized-housing complex could grow their own food.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Hall and a representative of Rich Plant Medium will offer a talk from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miami University Hamilton’s downtown location (221 High St.) about growing food using technology.

Three years ago, he persuaded the housing authority to let him use a greenhouse that’s attached to the building.

In the next couple of weeks, Hall plans to launch an experiment in the greenhouse, using four experimental “indoor controlled-environment agriculture growing methods,” to see which is the most cost-effective in growing lettuce. To be more environmentally friendly and save money, he waters the plants using a gravity-powered watering system from a large garbage can that he refills from time to time.

Once he determines which method is best, using 3-by-10-foot raised beds — one for each of the experimental methods — he plans to expand his operations……

* You can read the entire article by clicking the link below
http://www.journal-news.com/news/urban-gardening-hamilton-group-provide-fresh-food-the-city/vUne0Lyfa2XBQhLf4alhUP/

Kitchen Closed……….

September 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM | Posted in Amy's Organic, Food | Leave a comment
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The Kitchen is closed today. I’m a little under the weather today, Sinus Infection. I just had a bowl of Tomato Soup. Hopefully back to full strength tomorrow! Take care all!!

Farmers’ Market – Aug. 26 West Chester, Ohio

August 24, 2017 at 9:03 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Farmers’ Market – Aug. 26 West Chester, Ohio

Saturday, August 26 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

9285 Centre Pointe Drive
Enjoy the freshest food in town and the company of the characters who grow, raise and make it. Local growers and makers of fine foods and arts are on hand each week at this one-of-kind market that also features entertainment and activities each week.

Soak up the atmosphere and buy whatever is in season! The West Chester’s Farmers Market runs every Saturday from May 20 through October 28 on The Square @ Union Centre.

Find more information at http://www.westchesterohiofarmersmarket.org/.

Farmers’ Market – Aug. 19 – West Chester, Ohio

August 18, 2017 at 9:26 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food | Leave a comment
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Saturday, August 19 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

9285 Centre Pointe Drive
Enjoy the freshest food in town and the company of the characters who grow, raise and make it. Local growers and makers of fine foods and arts are on hand each week at this one-of-kind market that also features entertainment and activities each week.

Soak up the atmosphere and buy whatever is in season! The West Chester’s Farmers Market runs every Saturday from May 20 through October 28 on The Square @ Union Centre.

Find more information at http://www.westchesterohiofarmersmarket.org/.

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