My Blog’s Birthday – 7 Years

March 15, 2017 at 5:56 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | 1 Comment
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Thank you to all of you that visit my blog! This month is my blog’s 7 year anniversary! It started out that this was just something to do to fill up a lot of idle hours. I lost my left leg to Melanoma Cancer back in 2001. I continued to have to battle Melanoma until 2004 when at that time I was told I was Cancer Free! I beat some tough odds through some fine Doctors out of Pittsburgh (UPMC), a very fine Doctor here in neighboring Fairfield Ohio (That I’m sad to say lost his battle with cancer 2 years ago), and through the grace of God above!

 

 

 

So my life had really changed after all that and there was a time I was fighting boredom and depression. That’s when, while I was online, I seen that a cousin of mine had started an online blog. So I gave it try in 2010 and now its 2017, 7 years later and my blog keeps growing thanks to all of you! Now I look forward to looking and sharing new recipes, food news, and everyday life for me. I’m in a wheelchair,thus the name of my blog My Meals are on Wheels. At the time I’m writing this I now have 2,931 Followers, followers from around the World! That’s just so amazing to me. 2,931 new friends I would have had without my blog! So thank you again for all of you that follow my blog or for those that just drop by to read. Thanks, Mark (Ohio Cook)

25TH ANNUAL BOCKFEST – CINCINNATI, OHIO MARCH 3-5, 2017

February 28, 2017 at 2:01 PM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Celebrate the Coming of Spring, Over-the-Rhine’s brewing heritage, and bock beer at the largest Bockfest in the Bockfest 25YearsUnited States. Join us on March 3-5, 2017 as we celebrate 25 years of the funkiest festival in Cincinnati!

There is something for everyone at Bockfest Hall (located at the Christian Moerlein Brewery at 1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati 45202)! Party Like a Bockstar on Friday night by watching the Parade, then enjoying live music, great food, and cold bock beer. Saturday morning kicks off with the Bockfest 5K, then you can sample Bocks, Bites, & Bygone Days with local and rare bock beer tappings, the Bockfeast dinners, a toast to WNKU, and unique heritage series and historic brewery tours. Saturday night kicks back into high gear with the Billygoat Ball with live music, more cold bock beer, and the Beard Baron and Sausage Queen competitions! On Sunday, we refresh ourselves with Bocks, Brunch, and Bavarians with a Bockfeast brunch, Bloody Mary bar, and Continental Sunday. Make sure to visit all the participating venues throughout the neighborhood with special offers all weekend long. The best part is Bockfest is FREE!

 

About Bockfest
Bockfest is first and foremost, a community event. In addition to throwing a great, three day long party, our goal is to celebrate and support our local community. We work to grow Bockfest every year, to increase attendance, to grow the parade, to add events, and to raise more money to spread the word. However, as enthusiastic as we are about growing the festival and sharing it with an increasingly wider range of America, we are unwavering in our commitment to keep Bockfest unique, authentic and local. There is no charge to the public to attend Bockfest and we work to include all types of local businesses because our goal is to promote Over-the-Rhine, its rich heritage, and the people who live and work here to as broad of an audience as we can reach.
http://www.bockfest.com/

MARDI GRAS AT THE MARKET -Findlay Market Cincinnati, Ohio

February 24, 2017 at 9:23 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Mardi Gras at the Market is back, y’all! Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 11a-4p, and enjoy live music, Hurricane cocktails, local craft beers, food with a Cajun flair and merchant specials all day. Read on for the delectable details…

 

AVAILABLE ALL DAY:mardis-market

Mardi Gras-themed food from Smiley’s Bayou Catering & Schell’s Sweet & Savory Sensations
Hurricane Cocktails from LL Spirits
Local Craft Beer from Rhinegeist & Christian Moerlein
Merchant Specials (details below)
Live music from Lagniappe, J Dorsey Band and The Cincy Brass Jazz Quartet
Mardi Gras Beads (while supplies last)
WHEN: 26 February, 2017 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Findlay Market 1801 Race St. Cincinnati, Ohio
http://www.findlaymarket.org/events/mardis-gras

Happy New Year Everyone!

December 31, 2016 at 6:12 PM | Posted in cooking, Food | 2 Comments
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Happy New Year Everyone! And I would like to say “Thank You” to each and everyone of you for following, reading, and reblogging my posts. I look forward to sharing new recipes and posts throughout the upcoming 2017 year!

 

happy-new-year-2017

Halloween Party Mix

October 9, 2016 at 5:23 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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BOO! An early Halloween scary treat for everyone, Halloween Party Mix.

 

Halloween Party Mix

Ingredients
3 tablespoons light butter
2 tablespoons Reduced Sodium Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned sea salt
7 cups crisp rice cereal squares (such as Rice Chex(R))
1 cup roasted pumpkin seed kernels
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup reduced calorie pretzel sticks
1 cup baked goldfish crackers
Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Place butter in a 9×13-inch baking dish; melt in oven while it preheats.
2 – Stir Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and seasoned salt into melted butter. Gradually stir rice cereal squares, pumpkin seeds, roasted peanuts, pretzel sticks, and goldfish crackers into butter mixture until evenly coated.
3 – Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until crisp and fragrant, about 1 hour. Transfer party mix to paper towel-lined plates to cool.

Cooking and Food Websites……

September 8, 2016 at 5:36 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | 2 Comments
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There are so many helpful Cooking and Food sites out there. I’m passing along some of the sites that I frequent when looking for a new recipe idea. Hope you enjoy them! So much food and so little time!

 
Jennie – O Turkey – https://www.jennieo.com/
Wild Idea Buffalo – http://wildideabuffalo.com/
Potato Goodness – http://www.potatogoodness.com/
Pork Be Inspired – http://www.porkbeinspired.com/
The Incredible Egg – http://www.incredibleegg.org/
Bush’s Beans – http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US
Zatarain’s – http://www.mccormick.com/zatarains
Daisy Sour Cream – http://daisybrand.com/
Nuts – https://nuts.com/
Kraft Foods – http://www.kraftrecipes.com/.aspx
Diabetic Living Online – http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
EatingWell – http://www.eatingwell.com/
CooksRecipes – http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html
PBS – http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/
All Recipes – http://allrecipes.com/
Cooking Light – http://www.cookinglight.com/
Pillsbury – https://www.pillsbury.com/
Taste of Home – http://www.tasteofhome.com/
Food Network – http://www.foodnetwork.com/
Cooking Channel – http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/home.html
Betty Crocker – http://www.bettycrocker.com/
Delish – http://www.delish.com/
My Recipes – http://www.myrecipes.com/
Food – http://www.food.com/
Good House Keeping – http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/

 
….and this is just a sample of the sites you can find!

The Great Food Truck Race – Premieres Sunday, Aug. 28 9|8c

August 28, 2016 at 9:28 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Starts tonight on Food Network.FOOD TRUCK RACE

 

The Great Food Truck Race – Premieres Sunday, Aug. 28 9|8c

Let’s Get Rolling! – Seven food truck teams embark on a food truck race that could earn them a life-altering prize of $50,000. In the premiere, the teams meet Tyler in Los Angeles, the center of the food truck revolution, and the race begins with the teams’ first Truck Stop challenge, a game-changing twist posed in each episode: Instead of starting in Los Angeles, the race commences in San Diego. To even the playing field, the teams begin with empty trucks and an equal amount of seed money. They have three days to prepare, promote and sell their food by any means necessary. After a weekend of triumphs, teamwork, and tests of character, the totals are tallied and the trucks find out who continues the great race and who goes home.

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/the-great-food-truck-race.html

4th Annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally, Fri, Aug. 12, 2016

August 10, 2016 at 9:15 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food | Leave a comment
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4th Annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally, Fri, Aug. 12, 2016

 

Union Blvd Food Truck

Over 35 food trucks will converge at the Square @ Union Centre in West Chester with flavors and foods from around the world. This event continues to grow each year, and is one of Butler County’s most popular events. Live music is played throughout the day by local bands and the evening is capped off with a fireworks display. Beer trucks are spread around the square for your enjoyment. Have a seat near the fountain or the West Chester clock tower and take in the activity around the square. Come for lunch, dinner or stay for both! This is a great event to bring the whole family to. There are plenty of dining options for rally attendees. From gelato, Korean BBQ, Empanadas, waffles and burgers the Union Centre Food Truck Rally really has it all. Make sure to arrive hungry, you’ll need a hearty appetite!

 
Event Details
Dates: Fri, Aug. 12, 2016
Hours: 11:00am – 10:30pm
Listing Address: 9285 Centre Pointe Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069
https://www.facebook.com/events/1567995853480441/

Kraft Food and Family Magazine

August 9, 2016 at 11:48 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Kraft Food & Family Magazine

Yesterday I got my latest issue of my favorite Magazine, Kraft Food and Family Magazine. I’ve subscribed to this Magazine for at least the last 6 or 7 years. It’s one of the finest food and recipe Magazines out. It’s always loaded with Kraft recipes, tips, coupons, and more! Its published about 5 times a year. So if you are looking for a good Food Magazine to subscribe to this is it, Kraft Food and Family Magazine. The link at the bottom of the post will take you to the Magazine site where you can subscribe to it.

 

 

Look at all you get in every issue…
* Dozens of delicious family pleasing recipes
* Time and money-saving how-tos
* Delectable desserts and sweet treats
* Plus so much more!

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/foodfamilyarchive.aspx

What is Red Eye Gravy….

June 10, 2015 at 5:04 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Well according to Wiki; Red-eye gravy is a thin sauce often seen in the cuisine of the Southern United States and

Red Eye Gravy

Red Eye Gravy

associated with the country ham of that region. Other names for this sauce include poor man’s gravy, bird-eye gravy, bottom sop and red ham gravy. The gravy is made from the drippings of pan-fried (or sometimes baked) sausage, country ham, bacon, or other pork, sometimes mixed with black coffee. The same drippings, when mixed with flour, make the flavoring for Sawmill gravy. Red-eye gravy is often served over ham, cornbread, fried potatoes, grits, or North American bread biscuits.

A common practice is to dip the inner sides of a split biscuit into the gravy in order to add flavor and keep the biscuit from being too dry when a piece of country ham is added between the two halves: the Southern “ham biscuit” (although the Appalachian ham biscuit is simply a biscuit with country ham). Another popular way to serve red-eye gravy, especially in parts of Alabama, is with mustard or ketchup mixed in with the gravy. Biscuits are then dipped in the gravy (often termed “sopped” in Southern English).

In Louisiana, Cajun cuisine-style gravy is often made with a roast beef instead of ham. Black coffee is always used, and it is frequently a strongly brewed coffee substitute made from chicory. The gravy is ladled over the meat on a bed of rice, staining the rice a dark brown color. Often, French bread and some kind of beans are also served as a side, like butter beans, lima beans, or peas.

Another variation is to use water with a bit of butter and season with red (cayenne) pepper.
Red-eye gravy’s name comes from its distinct appearance. Prepared traditionally, with coffee and grease combined in the final step (see Preparation below), a heterogeneous mixture forms with the water-based coffee sinking to the bottom and the oil-based grease forming the top layer. In a round bowl the mixture looks much like a red human eye. Use of red pepper enhances the redness of the appearance.

Less traditional preparation techniques do not always result in the “red eye” appearance, leading to folk legends surrounding the origin of the name. For instance, one story is that former United States President Andrew Jackson requested ham with gravy as red as his cook’s eyes, which were bloodshot from drinking the night before, or that the black coffee in the gravy will keep people awake.
After a ham has been cooked, the grease is removed from the pan. Black coffee is then used to deglaze the pan. The coffee and grease are then poured into the same container in a one to one ratio.

Other recipes exist, using water instead of coffee, or adding coffee with grease still present in the pan. When the coffee is added to the grease in this manner, a homogeneous mixture may result that lacks the “red eye” appearance.

Florida Crackers referred to tomato gravy as red-eye gravy, and prepare it in much the same way by adding flour and tomatoes to bacon grease. This is served with fried catfish or other fish.

 

 

There are many versions of the Red Eye Gravy Recipe. Here’s one from http://www.about.com/food/
Red Eye Gravy Recipe

Ham and coffee are the basis for red eye gravy, a Southern favorite. This is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is tasty!

INGREDIENTS
Country ham
Boiling black coffee

PREPARATION

Red-eye gravy, to those unaccustomed to the nobler things in life, requires first a good, well-cured country ham. Smithfield and genuine Virginia hams are ideal for this.

Take a slice of uncooked ham with most or much of the fat left on. Fry the ham in its own fat until nicely browned on both sides. When it is cooked, transfer the ham to a warm platter and add boiling black coffee to the skillet, scraping to dissolve the particles that cling to the bottom and sides.

 

http://homecooking.about.com/od/condimentrecipes/r/blsauce23.htm

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