26th Annual Dandelion May Fest Dover, Ohio May 3-4, 2019

May 1, 2019 at 8:04 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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26th Annual Dandelion May Fest
Dover, Ohio
May 3-4, 2019

At the New Roadhouse Amphitheater located just 100 yards east of the winery on Old Rt. 39. This festival provides fun and many activities for the entire family. Dandelion wine sampling, cellar tours and live entertainment are scheduled for both days. Children will enjoy the dandelion picking contest and making their own dandelion jelly. Dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, dandelion ice cream and dandelion sangria will be available both Friday and Saturday. Arts and craft vendors dot the hillside. Past vendors have included fine art, blown glass, handmade jewelry, lawn ornaments and much more! http://www.dandelionfestival.com/

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One of America’s Favorites – Panini (sandwich)

April 15, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A typical panini with salami, mortadella, tomatoes and lettuce

A panini (from the Italian panini [paˈniːni], meaning “small bread, bread rolls” ) or panino (meaning “bread roll” ) is a sandwich made with Italian bread (such as ciabatta, and michetta), usually served warmed by grilling or toasting.

However, in many English-speaking countries, a panini is a grilled sandwich made from many types of bread. Examples of bread types used for modern panini are baguette, ciabatta, and michetta. The bread is cut horizontally and filled with deli ingredients such as cheese, ham, mortadella, salami, or other food, and often served warm after having been pressed by a warming grill.

Panini is a word of Italian origin. In Italian the noun panino (Italian: [pa’niːno]; plural panini) is a diminutive of pane (“bread”) and refers to a bread roll. Panino imbottito (“stuffed panino”) refers to a sandwich, but the word panino is also often used alone to indicate a sandwich in general. Similar to panino is tramezzino, a triangular or square sandwich made up of two slices of soft white bread with the crusts removed.[citation needed]

In English-speaking countries, panini is widely used as the singular form, with the plural form panini or paninis, though some speakers use singular panino and plural panini as in Italian.

A tri-tip panini with salad

Although the first U.S. reference to panini dates to 1956, and a precursor appeared in a 16th-century Italian cookbook, the sandwiches became trendy in Milanese bars, called paninoteche, in the 1970s and 1980s. Trendy U.S. restaurants began selling panini, with distinctive variations appearing in various cities.

During the 1980s, the term paninaro arose in Italy to denote a member of a youth culture represented by patrons of sandwich bars such as Milan’s Al Panino and Italy’s first US-style fast food restaurants. Paninari were depicted as right-leaning, fashion-fixated individuals, delighting in showcasing early 1980s consumer goods as status symbols.

A panini press or grill is a contact grill for heating sandwiches, meat products, vegetables, and specialty menu items, nearly always with electric elements, comprising a heated bottom plate that is fixed, and a heated top plate that closes towards the bottom plate and comes in contact with the food. The function of the panini grill is to heat food to an appropriate internal temperature with desirable external characteristics (i.e. melted cheese, crisp finish, grill marks).

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 5, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Forget about the toaster…….

If you want to make crispier, more delicious toast, ditch the toaster. Using a skillet can help you keep from burning your bread, and allows you to melt the butter into your bread while cooking it. Also try baking your toast in the oven.

One of America’s Favorites – Grilled Cheese

March 25, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A grilled cheese sandwich is a sandwich generally made with one or more varieties of cheese (a cheese sandwich) on any sort of grilled or toasted bread, such as flat bread or wheat bread, that may include spreads such as butter or mayonnaise. Additional ingredients such as pepperoni and ham are also common.

Cheese sandwiches commonly referred to as a grilled cheese sandwich or a cheese toastie, are sandwiches that can be grilled so that the bread toasts and the cheese melts. A grilled cheese is often heated by placing the buttered slices of bread, with the cheese between the slices, on a frying pan or griddle. Grilled cheese is not typically made on a grill.

Another form of cooked cheese sandwich is the cheese toastie or toastie, a dish particularly popular in the United Kingdom that is prepared by either baking or grilling a cheese sandwich in an oven, or toasting bag in an electric toaster, or using a pie iron in order to toast the bread and melt the cheese. Cheddar is the most common cheese used in a toastie. It is usually served as a snack, or as a (usually lunchtime) meal, in most cases with a side of salad.

Cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food according to food historians, popular across the world in many cultures. Evidence indicates that, in the U.S., the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became readily available. The cheese dream, an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich, became popular in the U.S. during the Great Depression.

U.S. government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II. Many versions of the grilled cheese sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus across the U.S. and internationally.

In the United States, grilled cheese sandwiches are often served with soup (usually tomato soup), and may be served as a whole meal.

A grilled cheese sandwich with American cheese served with tomato soup

A grilled cheese sandwich is assembled by creating a cheese filling between two slices of bread, which is then heated until the bread crisps and the cheese melts. It is sometimes combined with an additional ingredient such as peppers, tomatoes, or onions, though many other ingredients may be used. Several different methods of heating the sandwich are used, depending on the region and personal preference. Common methods include being cooked on a griddle, grilled, fried in a pan or made in a panini grill or sandwich toaster. This last method is more common in the United Kingdom, where the sandwiches are normally called “toasted sandwiches” or “toasties”, and in Australia, where they are called “jaffles”.

Some restaurants, food carts and food trucks in the United States specialize in the grilled cheese sandwich. The Grilled Cheese Grill restaurants are a combination of reclaimed vehicle and food cart restaurants that focus on gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in Portland, Oregon. The Grilled Cheese Truck is an American food truck company serving gourmet “chef driven” grilled cheese sandwiches. The company started in Los Angeles, California in 2009, and has since expanded throughout Southern California, Phoenix, San Antonio and Austin. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is a restaurant in San Francisco, California that specializes in the sandwich.

 

Healthy Breakfast Toast Recipes

February 26, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Breakfast Toast Recipes. Start your day off with these Delicious and Healthy Breakfast Toast Recipes with recipes like; Overnight Peach-Raspberry French Toast, Avocado-Egg Toast, and Maple-Apple Drenched French Toast. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Healthy Breakfast Toast Recipes
Find healthy, delicious toast recipes for breakfast, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Overnight Peach-Raspberry French Toast
Overnight French toast recipes are easy to prepare and a great choice when you have houseguests who’ll want a hearty and special breakfast in the morning. This recipe is extra-special because the French toast is stuffed with a cream cheese and raspberry filling which becomes an ooey-gooey treat in each bite. Topped with a raspberry sauce, fresh peaches, and powdered sugar, this breakfast recipe will be a hit with everyone at your table………

Avocado-Egg Toast
Try it once and we think you’ll agree: Topping avocado toast with an egg is a near-perfect breakfast……….

Maple-Apple Drenched French Toast
Topped with tasty pecans and a delicious apple and maple syrup blend, this French toast is sure to become a go-to recipe for special breakfasts or brunches……..

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Breakfast Toast Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18662/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/toast/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 20, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save that stale bread………

Save old, stale bread to make breadcrumbs in a food processor; you can freeze them for up to 6 months. When making your breadcrumbs you can season with your favorite herbs or spices.

Big Cheese Festival February 9 – 10 | 12-5pm

February 5, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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When: February 9, 2019 12:00pm – 5:00pm
February 10, 2019 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Where:
Oscar Event Center, Jungle Jim’s Fairfield (https://junglejims.com/)
5440 Dixie Hwy Fairfield,OH 45014
Cost: Starting at $15

 

Our annual Big Cheese Festival is the ultimate two-day homage to fromage! We bring out the best and the brightest of the cheese and charcuterie world for you to taste, enjoy, and savor with expertly-selected beer and wine pairings. Family-friendly and crafted for enthusiastic amateurs, connoisseurs, and fanatics alike, the Big Cheese Festival is the premier event for fromagers everywhere! This year, we’re going Big (Cheese) with a brand new, completely remodeled VIP experience that includes a VIPs-only lounge, exclusive cheeses that will only be available to VIPs, and beer, wine, and whiskey samples! Visit the ticket page for VIP, General Admission, and Kids pricing and details!
https://junglejims.com/big-cheese-festival-2/

Healthy Linguine Recipes

January 5, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Linguine Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Linguine Recipes like; Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Alfredo, Seafood Linguine, and Leek and Lemon Linguine. Find these Healthy and Delicious Pasta Recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Linguine Recipes
Find healthy, delicious linguine recipes including seafood, shrimp and clam sauce linguini. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Alfredo
This cheesy pasta recipe is made in a slow cooker but is relatively quick taking just 2½ hours from start-to-finish. It’s full of vegetables, whole-grain linguine and of course, lots of cheese!….

Seafood Linguine
This restaurant-worthy seafood pasta dish is a snap to make and an easy way to impress guests. We like the sweet taste and extra-saucy consistency of canned diced San Marzano tomatoes in sauces like this one. Marjoram pairs well with the seafood, but basil or even parsley works too. Serve with a Caesar salad………….

Leek and Lemon Linguine
This simple pasta recipe has bold lemony flavor. It’s nice with a salad for a light supper or serve it along with seared fish, shrimp or chicken. Vary it as you please—add a bit of crumbled goat cheese, chopped rinsed capers, shelled edamame or thin strips of yellow bell pepper………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Linguine Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19255/ingredients/pasta-noodle/pasta-by-shape/linguine/

One of America’s Favorites – Stuffing

December 10, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Stuffing a turkey

Stuffing or filling is an edible substance or mixture, normally consisting primarily of small cut-up pieces of bread or a similar starch and served as a side dish or used to fill a cavity in another food item while cooking. Many foods may be stuffed, including eggs, poultry, seafood, mammals, and vegetables, but chickens and turkey are the most common. Stuffing serves the dual purpose of helping to keep the meat moist while also adding to the mix of flavors of both the stuffing and the thing it is stuffed in.

Poultry stuffing often consists of dried breadcrumbs, onion, celery, salt, pepper, and other spices and herbs, a popular herb being sage. Giblets are often used. Popular additions in the United Kingdom include dried fruits and nuts (notably apricots and flaked almonds), and chestnuts.

 

 

Stuffed turkey

It is not known when stuffings were first used. The earliest documentary evidence is the Roman cookbook, Apicius De Re Coquinaria, which contains recipes for stuffed chicken, dormouse, hare, and pig. Most of the stuffings described consist of vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts, and spelt (an old cereal), and frequently contain chopped liver, brains, and other organ meat.

Names for stuffing include “farce” (~1390), “stuffing” (1538), “forcemeat” (1688), and relatively more recently in the United States; “dressing” (1850).

 

 

In addition to stuffing the body cavity of animals, including birds, fish, and mammals, various cuts of meat may be stuffed after they have been deboned or a pouch has been cut into them. Popular recipes include stuffed chicken legs, stuffed pork chops, stuffed breast of veal, as well as the traditional holiday stuffed turkey or goose.

Many types of vegetables are also suitable for stuffing, after their seeds or flesh has been removed. Tomatoes, capsicums (sweet or hot peppers), vegetable marrows (e.g., zucchini) may be

Stuffed Parasol mushroom

prepared in this way. Cabbages and similar vegetables can also be stuffed or wrapped around a filling. They are usually blanched first, in order to make their leaves more pliable. Then, the interior may be replaced by stuffing, or small amounts of stuffing may be inserted between the individual leaves.

It is sometimes claimed that ancient Roman and medieval cooks stuffed animals with other animals. An anonymous Andalusian cookbook from the 13th century includes a recipe for a ram stuffed with small birds. A similar recipe for a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with bustards stuffed with carp stuffed with eggs is mentioned in T.C. Boyle’s book Water Music.

British celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has championed the ten-bird roast, calling it “one of the most spectacular and delicious roasts you can lay before your loved ones at Yuletide”. A large turkey is stuffed with a goose, duck, mallard, guinea fowl, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon, and woodcock. The roast feeds approximately 30 people and, as well as the ten birds, includes stuffing made from two pounds of sausage meat and half a pound of streaky bacon, along with sage, and port and red wine.

In the United States and eastern Canada, multi-bird dishes are sometimes served on special occasions.

 

Stuffed orange pepper

Almost anything can serve as a stuffing. Many popular Anglo-American stuffings contain bread or cereals, usually together with vegetables, herbs and spices, and eggs. Middle Eastern vegetable stuffings may be based on seasoned rice, on minced meat, or a combination thereof. Other stuffings may contain only vegetables and herbs. Some types of stuffing contain sausage meat, or forcemeat, while vegetarian stuffings sometimes contain tofu. Roast pork is often accompanied by sage and onion stuffing in England; roast poultry in a Christmas dinner may be stuffed with sweet chestnuts. Oysters are used in one traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving. These may also be combined with mashed potatoes, for a heavy stuffing. Fruits and dried fruits can be added to stuffing including apples, apricots, dried prunes, and raisins. In England, a stuffing is sometimes made of minced pork shoulder seasoned with various ingredients, sage, onion, bread, chestnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries etc. The stuffing mixture may be cooked separately and served as a side dish. This may still be called stuffing or it may be called dressing.

 

 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that cooking animals with a body cavity filled with stuffing can present potential food safety issues. These can occur because when the meat reaches a safe temperature, the stuffing inside can still harbor bacteria (and if the meat is cooked until the stuffing reaches a safe temperature, the meat may be overcooked). For turkeys, for instance, the USDA recommends cooking stuffing/dressing separately from the bird and not buying pre-stuffed birds. (Stuffing is never recommended for turkeys to be fried, grilled, microwaved, or smoked).

 

Healthy French Toast Recipes

December 4, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy French Toast Recipes. Start your day off with some delicious and healthy French Toast with recipes like; Pumpkin-Walnut Baked French Toast with Maple-Coffee Syrup, Maple-Apple Drenched French Toast, and Stuffed French Toast. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy French Toast Recipes
Find healthy, delicious French toast recipes including cinnamon and low-calorie French toast. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Pumpkin-Walnut Baked French Toast with Maple-Coffee Syrup
This overnight French toast recipe is especially tasty with the addition of canned pumpkin and spices. Topped with a coffee-flavored maple syrup and optional fruit, it’s sure to be a fall or winter favorite with everyone at your table………

Maple-Apple Drenched French Toast
Topped with tasty pecans and a delicious apple and maple syrup blend, this French toast is sure to become a go-to recipe for special breakfasts or brunches……………

Stuffed French Toast
One slice of French toast oozing with cream cheese and drizzled with melted fruit spread does not have many more calories or grams of fat than a bowl of most breakfast cereals……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy French Toast Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22784/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/toast/french-toast/

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