Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 25, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save the Grapes………………..

 

To keep grapes at their freshest, store them unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. As noted here, fresh grapes usually keep well for about 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge; you can also freeze grapes for future snacking or use in cooking.  Merry Christmas!

Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes

December 16, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas Ham recipe here it is, Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes. This Delicious Ham is made using Bone In Fully Cooked Ham, Ground Black Pepper, Grape Jelly, Unsalted Butter, Thyme, Grapes, and Shallots. Here’s the Ham! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes

Enjoy this amazingly delicious — and amazingly easy — ham with roasted potatoes and fresh spring peas or asparagus. Vary the recipe by using currant or apple jelly or orange marmalade instead of the grape jelly, and chopped fresh rosemary or sage instead of the thyme. You can also use 2 teaspoons dried thyme instead of fresh. If you’re cooking for a smaller crowd, adapt the recipe using ham steaks, brushed with a smaller amount of the jelly basting mixture, and heated in the oven with grapes and shallots.

Recipe Ingredients:
6 to 8 pound bone-in fully-cooked ham, trimmed
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grape jelly
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, (1/2 stick), cut into 4 to 6 pieces
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped fresh
3 cups grapes, red, green, or a combination
4 shallots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Position rack in lower third of oven.
2 – Place the ham flat side down in a large shallow roasting pan and score a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch deep into any fat. Season with pepper and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
3 – Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the jelly, butter, and thyme, whisking occasionally until the jelly and butter melt together and the mixture comes to a gentle boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and set aside.
4 – In a medium bowl, combine the grapes and shallots. Set aside.
5 – Baste the ham with the jelly mixture. Continue baking, basting with the jelly mixture and/or pan juices about every 15 minutes. When the internal ham temperature reaches 120°F (50°C), add the grapes and shallots to the roasting pan, stirring to coat with the pan juices. Continue baking and basting until internal temperature reaches 140°F (60°C), 15 to 18 minutes per pound total cooking time. Remove the ham from the oven, transfer to a cutting board, and let rest 15 to 30 minutes. (If the grapes and shallots aren’t tender yet, return the roasting pan to the oven.)
6 – Slice enough ham to serve and arrange on plates or a platter. Season the roasted grape, shallot, and pan juice mixture with pepper and spoon some on top of the ham. Serve the remaining grape mixture on the side.
Makes 15 to 20 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (4 ounces): Calories: 280 calories; Protein: 33 grams; Fat: 11 grams; Sodium: 2040 milligrams; Cholesterol: 105 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 5 grams; Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Fiber: 0 grams.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/pork/thyme-basted_ham_with_roasted_grapes_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 15, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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What is in Season…………………….

Fall Season

· Apples
· Cranberries
· Figs
· Grapes
· Pears
· Pomegranate
· Quince
· Butternut Squash
· Cauliflower
· Garlic
· Ginger
· Mushrooms
· Potatoes
· Pumpkin
· Sweet Potatoes
· Swiss Chard

Enjoy the Fall Season and it’s Harvests!

Colorful Fruit Medley for Diabetics

August 18, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, fruits | 2 Comments
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I’ve got the perfect Diabetic Friendly Dish to beat the Summer Heat, Colorful Fruit Medley for Diabetics. To make this Recipe you’ll be needing Strawberries, Blackberries, Grapes, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Mandarin Oranges, Pineapple, Apple, Banana and Artificial Sweetener. Slice, Chunk, Cube and serve! The Dish is 45 calories and 8 carbs per serving. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Colorful Fruit Medley for Diabetics
Yield: 12 cups
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
2 cups strawberries, sliced
1 cup blackberries
1 cup green grapes
1 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced
3 cups cubed cantaloupe
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges in juice, drained
1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks in juice, drained
1 red apple, cubed
1 nine-inch banana, sliced
Artificial sweetener (optional)

Directions
1 – In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss to mix. Sweeten to taste with artificial sweetener, if desired. If not serving immediately, wait and add apple and banana at serving time.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 45 calories, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 6 mg, Fiber: 1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/salads/colorful-fruit-medley/

 

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One of America’s Favorites – Waldorf Salad

August 17, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A modern Waldorf salad with green grapes and whole walnuts, served in a glass bowl

A Waldorf salad is a fruit and nut salad generally made of fresh celery, apples, walnuts, and grapes, dressed in mayonnaise, and traditionally served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal. The apples, celery, and grapes can all be green, which harmonizes the color palette of the dish.

 

Waldorf salad is named for the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, where it was first created for a charity ball given in honor of the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children on March 14, 1896. The Waldorf-Astoria’s maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tschirky, developed or inspired many of the hotel’s signature dishes and is widely credited with creating the salad recipe. In 1896, the salad appeared in The Cook Book by “Oscar of the Waldorf”.

The original recipe was just apples, celery, and mayonnaise. It did not contain nuts, but they had been added by the time the recipe appeared in The Rector Cook Book in 1928.

 

Other ingredients such as chicken, turkey, and dried fruit (e.g. dates or raisins) are sometimes added. Updated versions of the salad sometimes change the dressing to a seasoned mayonnaise (see also: dressings based on mayonnaise) or a yogurt dressing. Modern Waldorf salad may also include the zest of oranges and/or lemons.

A variation known as an “emerald salad” replaces the celery with cauliflower.

 

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 4, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Storing Grapes…………………

To keep grapes at their freshest, store them unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Unrinsed stem-on grapes fared best, lasting nearly two weeks before starting to decay. In fact, as long as you periodically inspected the bunches and removed any decaying grapes, most of them—both red and white samples—kept for an entire month. In sum: Don’t pull grapes from their stems before refrigeration.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 20, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Buying Grapes……………………….

To keep grapes at their freshest, store them unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. As noted here, fresh grapes usually keep well for about 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge; you can also freeze grapes for future snacking or use in cooking.

Ohio Festivals September 26-29, 2019

September 25, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 26-29, 2019 56th Annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Barnesville, Ohio
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for families and friends who come each year to enjoy one of Ohio’s oldest and most popular festivals. Always held during the last full weekend in September, the Festival includes four days of fun-filled contests, entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds. The festival started in 1963 in the basement of the Catholic Church and has has evolved from a small street fair to a premier event with visitors attending from all over the United States. Both adults and children will enjoy harvest-inspired arts and crafts, home-style foods, entertainment on two stages, a giant weigh-in of champion pumpkins, lots of fun contests and the Giant Pumpkin Festival Parade on Saturday. There is plenty to see and do and, best of all, admission is free.
http://www.barnesvillepumpkinfestival.com/

September 27-28, 2019 Annual Ohio Swiss Festival – Sugarcreek, Ohio
Held in Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, with parades, queen pageant, musical entertainment, rides, 5K Swiss Cheese Chase, cheese auction, cheesemaking contest, Steintossen stone throwing, yodeling Swiss cheese eating and Swiss costume contests. Sample award-winning wine and cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
https://ohioswissfestival.com/

September 28-29, 2019 56th Geneva Grape Jamboree – Geneva, Ohio
Celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes. Taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products. All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free. Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon. Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.
http://www.grapejamboree.com/

September 28-29, 2019 37th Annual Country Applefest – Lebanon, Ohio
The Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon will be filled with homemade crafts, great food and entertainment. Enter the apple bake off contest.
http://www.countryapplefest.com/

September 28-29, 2019 40th 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/

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs with Grape and Lime Salsa

April 14, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in chicken, CooksRecipes, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs with Grape and Lime Salsa. Made using Boneless Chicken Thighs along with Honey Mustard. Then topped with a Grape and Lime Salsa! Winner Winner! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website which has huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Check it out today. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs with Grape and Lime Salsa
By the end of May, the days are lengthening and the temperatures are beginning to rise—ideal conditions for dining ‘al fresco’, Italian for ‘in the fresh air’. To best enjoy the fresh air, try this light and simple chicken recipe to celebrate the end of cooler days and usher in the first months of summer.

Recipe Ingredients:
8 boneless chicken thighs, pounded thin (about 2 pounds)
1/2 cup prepared honey mustard

Salsa:
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 cups red or green seedless grapes (or a combination of the two), cut in half
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest (optional)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:
1 – Prepare the grill. Chicken may be cooked on an oiled grilling pan. (The pan should be very hot before placing the chicken on it.)
2 – Brush both sides of each thigh with some honey mustard and set them aside.
3 – In a medium bowl, stir together the ingredients for the salsa and set it aside.
4 – Grill or sauté the chicken until just firm. Serve the chicken immediately with some of the salsa spooned alongside.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/chicken/grilled_honey_mustard_chicken_thighs_with_grape_and_lime_salsa_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 28, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Grab a wood cutting board………….

Here’s a great idea for appetizers at your next party. Top a big cutting board with three to five different cheeses. Add fresh grapes, fresh cut celery sticks, baguette slices, and crackers. Delicious appetizers that stand out on a cutting board!

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