Ohio Festivals September 18-23, 2018

September 19, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 18-22, 2018 Apple Week – Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio
Fall is the favorite season for many in the Midwest, and what better way to welcome in the season with a week dedicated to apples. Sauder Village will be highlighting this fall fruit throughout the week with special apple-themed recipes in our historic homes and hands-on activities. Visitors will also be able to visit our 130 year-old cider mill-it’s a guest favorite! On Friday and Saturday guests can join us for a day of apple butter making! Watch us schnitz and stir our way through a batch of delicious apple butter. Sneak a sample fresh from the kettle and make this harvesting tradition one of your family’s own!
https://saudervillage.org/classes-events/details/2018/09/18/default-calendar/apple-week

September 21-22, 2018
Jamestown Bean Festival
Jamestown, Ohio
All during the Festival the bean tent is open serving bean soup, Mexican beans, baked beans, burgers, chops, sausages and more. On Saturday morning the Fire Department has a really great pancake and sausage breakfast at the fire house. Auction with lots of items donated by local businesses -Some really good stuff for some really good prices for some really good causes! The money raised during the event goes back into the community and donations for many causes the Lions help with. (also: http://www.jtchamber.com/ )
https://www.facebook.com/events/2210297018987319/

September 21-23, 2018 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. More than half-a-million herren und frauen will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance! Seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And more than 1,300 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, the approximate capacity of a small microbrewery. Attendance: 500,000.
http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

September 22, 2018
Firehouse Clam & Steak Extravaganza
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio
‘Firehouse Clam Bake & Food Extravaganza’ Live music! Old Firehouse Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake.
http://www.oldfirehousewinery.com/

September 22, 2018 Taste of Yesteryear – Peninsula, Ohio
The Northampton – Cuyahoga Valley Rotary Club of is sponsoring the first annual “Taste of Yesteryear” food fest to be held in conjunction with the Peninsula Foundation’s 10th annual Music on the Porches event in Peninsula, Ohio. The food fest will be located on the east lawn of the Peninsula Methodist Church at the corner of State Route 303 and Locust St. in Peninsula. The Foundation’s annual Music on the Porches event is a village-wide happening which celebrates music, arts and culture in the Cuyahoga Valley.
http://tasteofyesteryear.com/

September 22-23, 2018 39th Annual Germantown Pretzel Festival
Germantown, Ohio
Fall festival held on the fourth full weekend in September, since 1980, featuring handcrafts, good food, and free entertainment with live music & shows, baked goods & pretzels!
http://pretzelfestival.com/live/

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Low-Calorie Dinners with Whole Grains

August 19, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Low-Calorie Dinners with Whole Grains. Delicious Low-Calorie Dinners with Whole Grains recipes like; Southwestern Three-Bean and Barley Soup, Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto, and Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Low-Calorie Dinners with Whole Grains
Add more whole grains to your diet with these delicious quinoa recipes, barley recipes, bulgur recipes and more whole-grain dinner recipes. Whole grains provide a healthy boost of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients and are also rich in carbohydrates, the body’s main fuel supply. Best of all, these recipes are packed with flavor but are still low in calories. Enjoy one of these low-calorie dinners with whole grains tonight!

Southwestern Three-Bean and Barley Soup
Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired………..

Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto
In this pungent mushroom risotto, we substitute fiber-rich barley for the more traditional arborio rice. Any combination of mushrooms will work; if you use shiitakes, remove the stems from the caps before using………..

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
This zesty Cajun-style pasta is full of lean chicken, peppers and onions. Serve with sautéed green beans……….

* Click the link below to get all the Low-Calorie Dinners with Whole Grains
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22332/mealtimes/dinner/low-calorie/whole-grains/slideshow/low-calorie-dinners-with-whole-grains/

Canning Green Beans

August 17, 2018 at 12:32 PM | Posted in beans, greenbeans | 5 Comments
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We canned 14 quarts of Green Beans. That’s food Heaven for a Bean Lover like me!

 

The finished product!

 

Healthy Steak Recipes

July 18, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Steak Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Steak Recipes like; Steak and Potato Grill Packets with Blue Cheese and Rosemary, Filet Mignon for Two with Sweet Potato Mash, and Grilled Steak with Fresh Corn Salad. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website and while you’re there subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Steak Recipes
Find healthy, delicious steak recipes including cube, flank and grilled steak. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Steak and Potato Grill Packets with Blue Cheese and Rosemary
Steak and potatoes are a classic combo on the grill. We have taken the concept one step further by adding green beans and rosemary, and wrapping everything in a packet to make a complete meal. A sprinkling of blue cheese just before serving is the perfect finish for this steak-house special……..

Filet Mignon for Two with Sweet Potato Mash
A small quantity of compound butter, seasoned with garlic and herbs, makes a simple but delicious finish for a tender steak. We have rounded out this colorful healthy meal with roasted broccolini and mashed sweet potato—the perfect impressive yet easy dinner for date night-in…………….

Grilled Steak with Fresh Corn Salad
Prepare the ingredients for this easy salad before you head to the grill with the steak. That way, you can mix together the corn salad and serve it at once, while the taste is still bright and summery……………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Steak Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/search/results/?wt=Healthy%20Steak%20Recipes&sort=re

20-Minute No-Cook Family Meal Ideas

July 17, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its – 20-Minute No-Cook Family Meal Ideas. Delicious and Healthy 20-Minute No-Cook Family Meal Ideas like; Zesty Shrimp and Black Bean Salad, Italian Vegetable Hoagies, and Vietnamese Mango and Chicken Salad. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

20-Minute No-Cook Family Meal Ideas
When it’s warm outside, the livin’ should be as easy-breezy as possible. Keep cool with these super-fast no-cook kid-friendly dinner ideas—ready in 20 minutes or less, so you can get outside and play.

Zesty Shrimp and Black Bean Salad
Loaded with fresh tomatoes, peppers and cilantro and seasoned with cumin and chile, this shrimp and black bean salad recipe has all the flavors of a great fresh salsa and is a quick and easy no-cook recipe. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh corn tortillas……..

Italian Vegetable Hoagies
This delightfully easy, and somewhat messy, sandwich packs a punch with sweet balsamic vinegar, artichoke hearts, red onion, provolone cheese and zesty pepperoncini. We love it for dinner as well as lunch. If you’re packing the hoagies to take along, keep the ingredients separate and assemble right before eating to avoid soggy bread. Serve with tomato and cucumber salad………..

Vietnamese Mango and Chicken Salad
This sweet-spicy chicken salad recipe pairs crunchy cabbage, mango and chicken with a Vietnamese-inspired dressing made with fish sauce and lime juice…….

* Click the link below to get all the 20-Minute No-Cook Family Meal Ideas
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22792/mealtimes/dinner/family-kids/20-minute-no-cook/slideshow/20-minute-no-cook-family-meal-ideas/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 17, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Keep the colors……….

To keep those beautiful colors of Red, Green, and Yellow in vegetables plunge them in ice water after blanching to help maintain that bright color.

One of America’s Favorites – Senate Bean Soup

July 16, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 1 Comment
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Senate bean soup at the Dirksen Senate Office Building

U.S. Senate Bean Soup or simply Senate bean soup is a soup made with navy beans, ham hocks, and onion. It is served in the dining room of the United States Senate every day, in a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. The original version included celery, garlic, parsley, and mashed potatoes as well.

According to the Senate website, “Bean soup is on the menu in the Senate’s restaurant every day. There are several stories about the origin of that mandate, but none has been corroborated.”

On September 14, 1943, rationing due to World War II left the Senate kitchen without enough navy beans to serve the soup. The Washington Times-Herald reported on its absence the following day. In a speech on the Senate floor in 1988, Bob Dole recounted the response to the crisis: “Somehow, by the next day, more beans were found and bowls of bean soup have been ladled up without interruption ever since.”

A 1967 memo from the Architect of the Capitol to the Librarian of the Senate describes the modern recipe, calling for “two pounds of small Michigan Navy Beans”.

John Egerton writes in Southern Food that the use of ham hocks suggests an origin in Southern cuisine. Although the legislators credited with institutionalizing the soup did not represent Southern states, most of the cooks at the time were black Southerners who would prepare bean soup in their own style. There was a period when the Senate dining services omitted the ham and instead used a soup base. In 1984, a new manager discovered this practice; he reflects, “we went back to the ham hocks, and there was a real difference.”

There are two Senate soup recipes:

The Famous Senate Restaurant Bean Soup Recipe
2 pounds dried navy beans
four quarts hot water
1 1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Wash the navy beans and run hot water through them until they are slightly whitened. Place beans into pot with hot water. Add ham hocks and simmer approximately three hours in a covered pot, stirring occasionally. Remove ham hocks and set aside to cool. Dice meat and return to soup. Lightly brown the onion in butter. Add to soup. Before serving, bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. Serves 8.

Bean Soup Recipe (for five gallons)
3 pounds dried navy beans
2 pounds of ham and a ham bone
1 quart mashed potatoes
5 onions, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
four cloves garlic, chopped
half a bunch of parsley, chopped
Clean the beans, then cook them dry. Add ham, bone and water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and mix thoroughly. Add chopped vegetables and bring to a boil. Simmer for one hour before serving.

As of 2010, members of the public can try the soup between 11:30am and 3pm in the Senate dining room. There is a dress code, and entry requires a “request letter” from a senator. The soup is also available to the general public at the Capitol Visitor Center restaurant on a rotating basis, between 7:30am and 4pm, and in the Longworth Cafeteria, between 7:30am and 2:30pm.

The Project Greek Island bunker, a Cold War-era emergency relocation center for Congress, included a cafeteria that would have served Senate bean soup.

Past prices for a bowl include:

1940: $0.15
1996: $1.00
1997: $1.10
2004: $4.50
2008: $5.00
2010: $6.00
2014: $3.60 for a 16-ounce bowl

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Healthy Shellfish Recipes

July 15, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Shellfish Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Shellfish Recipes like; Black Bean Clams with Two Noodles, Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema, and Grilled Lobsters with Herb-Garlic-Lemon Butter. Find these recipes and much more all at the EatingWell website. While there you can also subscribe to one my favorite magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Shellfish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious shellfish recipes including crab, shrimp and lobster. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Black Bean Clams with Two Noodles
Zucchini noodles and shelf-stable stir-fry noodles combine for a hearty portion in this healthy stir-fry recipe. Chinese fermented black beans (they’re actually soybeans) lend a salty and savory backbone to this quick veggie-filled entree. They’re pungent, so a little goes a long way. Find them at Asian grocery stores, well-stocked supermarkets and online……….

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema
Avocado cuts some of the sour cream in our quick crema loaded with cilantro, for a healthier taco sauce that takes these shrimp tacos to the next level. Shrimp cook up super-fast, making them the ultimate taco filling for a fast weeknight dinner that’s also impressive and delicious enough for a weekend dinner party……

Grilled Lobsters with Herb-Garlic-Lemon Butter
If you’ve never grilled lobster, you’re in for a treat. The smokiness of a charcoal, wood or even a gas grill adds great flavor. If you are squeamish about the idea of cutting a live lobster, ask your fishmonger to do it for you, but be sure to cook the lobsters within about an hour after they have been cut……..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Shellfish Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/search/results/?wt=Healthy%20Shellfish%20Recipes&sort=re

Healthy Beef Recipes

June 27, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Beef Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Beef Recipes like; Baked Beans with Ground Beef, Steak and Potato Grill Packets with Blue Cheese and Rosemary, and Grilled Lime Chicken and Steak with Herb and Arugula Salad. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Food Magazines, EatingWell Magazine at the site also. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Beef Recipes
Find healthy, delicious beef recipes including ground beef, roast beef, stews and beef brisket. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Baked Beans with Ground Beef
Upgrade baked beans from classic side dish to a meaty main meal by adding lean ground beef. The final result, a superfast hearty casserole, is an easy and fast dinner option. Ground turkey or even sausage would work nicely in this dish. Just watch the sodium…………

Steak and Potato Grill Packets with Blue Cheese and Rosemary
Steak and potatoes are a classic combo on the grill. We have taken the concept one step further by adding green beans and rosemary, and wrapping everything in a packet to make a complete meal. A sprinkling of blue cheese just before serving is the perfect finish for this steak-house special……………………..

Grilled Lime Chicken and Steak with Herb and Arugula Salad
This recipe involves one of our favorite make-ahead hacks: let the chicken and steak marinate in reverse. In this recipe, you’ll pour a punchy, citrusy dressing over the meat right after it leaves the grill, so it soaks up the bright vinaigrette as it cools. Better yet, reverse-marinating keeps the grilled meat from drying out, even when kept in the fridge overnight…..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Beef Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18237/ingredients/meat-poultry/beef/

Soup Special of the Day………..Sweet Potato Minestrone

June 24, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, soup, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is Sweet Potato Minestrone. You find several versions of this at various sites but I’m using the one on the Diabetes Self Management website. it’s a healthier version that’s Diabetic Friendly. At the Diabetes Self Management website you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetic News, Tips on Diabetes Management, and more! So check it out today! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Sweet Potato Minestrone

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes
1 can (about 15 ounces) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (about 14 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
3 cups water
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups coarsely chopped kale leaves (lightly packed)
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1 – Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 4 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir water, sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, rosemary, salt, if desired, and pepper into saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

2 – Add kale; cover and cook 10 minutes or until tender.

3 – Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with cheese.

Note: Choose kale in small bunches with firm leaves and a rich, deep color. Avoid bunches with limp, wilted, or discolored leaves. To remove the tough stems, make a “V-shaped” cut where the stem joins the leaf. Stack the leaves and cut them into pieces.

Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 286 calories, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 13 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 189 mg, Fiber: 11 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/sweet-potato-minestrone/

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