Ohio Festivals October 18th-22nd, 2017

October 18, 2017 at 5:10 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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October 18-21, 2017 Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, Ohio
Ohio’s oldest and largest festival. Pumpkin growing competition, Miss Pumpkin Queen, World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie, fruit & vegetable displays, hog calling, egg toss, pumpkin toss, pie eating, baked goods, parades, entertainment.
http://www.pumpkinshow.com/

 

October 20-21, 2017 31st Annual Van Wert County Apple Festival
Van Wert, Ohio
Includes Apple Festival, Rib Fest, Old Fashioned Farmers Days, and much more.
http://www.visitvanwert.org/calendar/festivals-and-events.php

 

October 20-22, 2017 Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival – Coshocton, Ohio
Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire and enjoy artisans & crafters, music, contests and demonstrations in historic Roscoe Village.
https://www.roscoevillage.com/events

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OPERATION PUMPKIN – Oct 13, 2017 to Oct 15, 2017 Hamilton, Ohio

October 12, 2017 at 11:29 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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OPERATION PUMPKIN
Oct 13, 2017 to Oct 15, 2017
Location: Downtown Hamilton
Address: 1, High St
Handicap Accessible: Yes

Celebrate the most popular produce of the fall season, the pumpkin! Operation Pumpkin held in historic downtown Hamilton, Ohio is a pumpkin and art festival held each year in the fall. Pumpkins are sculpted, carved, decorated and eaten all weekend long! See the largest pumpkins you’ve ever seen at the giant pumpkin weigh-off. This fall festival is packed with crafts, live music, pumpkin vendors and rides for kids.

* Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off starts at 5 o’clock pm on Friday 10/13/17!!

http://operation-pumpkin.org/

Ohio Festivals October 13th – 15th, 2017

October 11, 2017 at 5:29 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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October 10-14, 2017 Annual Bradford Pumpkin Show – Bradford, Ohio
Parades, pageant, bread & pie contests, Cornhole Tournament, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Pumpkin Parade, Pumpkin Art, talent show and much more!
http://www.bradfordpumpkinshow.org/index.html

 

October 14, 2017 Yellow Springs Street Fair – Yellow Springs, Ohio
9am to 5pm, with entertainment throughout the Village. Over 200 booths. Two Music Stages, a Beer Garden and Street Performers throughout town. For children, Primary Languages will have free crafts along with face painting and cookie decorating with donations going to the Dayton International School. A festival like no other.
http://www.yellowspringsohio.org/street-fair/

 

October 14-15, 2017
48th Annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
Waynesville, Ohio
The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival has grown from a small local event in 1970 to one of the premier craft festivals in the nation. We jury our 450+ vendors to ensure that all items are handcrafted, and select items based on quality and variety. Our unique food offerings range from sauerkraut pizza to fudge. Visitors return year after year to sample their favorites, making the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival a favorite Midwest destination. Always the Second Full Weekend of October.
http://www.sauerkrautfestival.com/

 

October 14-15, 2017 Oak Harbor Apple Festival – Oak Harbor, Ohio
Something for everyone! Pageant, parade, tractor pulling contest, baking contest, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple Run, youth football game and local performers. Attendance: 25,000+.
http://www.oakharborohio.net/

One of America’s Favorites – Pumpkin Pie

October 9, 2017 at 5:28 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie is a sweet dessert pie with a spiced, pumpkin-based custard filling. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time, and pumpkin pie is often eaten during the fall and early winter. In the United States and Canada, it is usually prepared for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is also featured at Halloween.

The pie consists of a pumpkin-based custard, ranging in colour from orange to brown, baked in a single pie shell, rarely with a top crust. The pie is generally flavored with cinnamon, powdered ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Allspice is also commonly used and can replace the clove and nutmeg, as its flavor is similar to both combined. Cardamom and vanilla are also sometimes used as batter spices. The spice mixture is called pumpkin pie spice.

The pie is often made from canned pumpkin or packaged pumpkin pie filling (spices included), mainly from varieties of Cucurbita moschata.

 

Pumpkin pie filling being made

Pies made from pumpkins use pie pumpkins; at about six to eight inches in diameter, they are considerably smaller than jack o’lanterns. The pumpkin is sliced in half, and the seeds are removed. The two halves are heated until soft, in an oven, over an open fire, on a stove top, or in a microwave oven. Sometimes the pumpkin halves are brined to soften the pulp, rather than cooked. At this point the pulp is scooped out and puréed.

The pulp is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and a spice mixture called pumpkin pie spice, which includes nutmeg and other spices (e.g., ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, mace), then baked in a pie shell. Similar pies are made with butternut squash or sweet potato fillings.

 

 

A slice of pumpkin pie

The pumpkin is native to the continent of North America. The pumpkin was an early export to France; from there it was introduced to Tudor England, and the flesh of the “pompion” was quickly accepted as pie filler. During the seventeenth century, pumpkin pie recipes could be found in English cookbooks, such as Hannah Woolley’s The Gentlewoman’s Companion (1675). Pumpkin “pies” made by early American colonists were more likely to be a savory soup made and served in a pumpkin than a sweet custard in a crust.

It was not until the early nineteenth century that the recipes appeared in American cookbooks or pumpkin pie became a common addition to the Thanksgiving dinner. The Pilgrims brought the pumpkin pie back to New England, while the English method of cooking the pumpkin took a different course. In the 19th century, the English pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar and then baking it whole.

Today, throughout much of the United States, it is traditional to serve pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner. Additionally, many modern companies produce seasonal pumpkin pie-flavored products such as candy, cheesecake, coffee, ice cream, french toast, waffles and pancakes, and many breweries produce a seasonal pumpkin ale or beer; these are generally not flavored with pumpkins, but rather pumpkin pie spices. Commercially made pumpkin pie mix is made from Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita maxima, and Cucurbita moschata (Libbey Select uses the Select Dickinson Pumpkin variety of C. moschata for its canned pumpkins).

 

 

A can of pureed pumpkin, typically used as the main ingredient in the pie filling

The world’s largest pumpkin pie was made in New Bremen, Ohio, at the New Bremen Pumpkinfest. It was created on September 25, 2010. The pie consisted of 1,212 pounds of canned pumpkin, 109 gallons of evaporated milk, 2,796 eggs, 7 pounds of salt, 14.5 pounds of cinnamon, and 525 pounds of sugar. The final pie weighed 3,699 pounds (1,678 kg) and measured 20 feet (6 m) in diameter.

 

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 8, 2017 at 5:10 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Some Pumpkin carving hints……..

 

* Choose one that is fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises and a flat bottom so it won’t roll.
* A lighter color means softer flesh that’s easier to carve in detail.
* For cutting out the lid, you might want a larger carving knife or even a serrated knife.
* Scrape the inside of the pumpkin completely to expose the light-colored flesh, which reflects more light.
* For long-term storage, put a thin amount of petroleum jelly on the exposed, sawed edges. This prevents water from getting out. If water gets

Ohio Festivals Sept. 19-24, 2017

September 20, 2017 at 5:20 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 19-23, 2017 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

 

September 21-24, 2017 54th 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 22-23, 2017 Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic
Cincinnati, Ohio
A celebration of the Midwest through grand tastings, demos, wine seminars, competitions, after parties and more. A portion of proceeds will go to the Freestore Foodbank, the event’s non-profit partner.
https://www.cincinnatifoodandwineclassic.com/

 

September 23-24, 2017 38th 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/

 

September 23-24, 2017 54th 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 24, 2017 – Taste of Yesteryear – Peninsula, Ohio
At Hale Farm & Village 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Festival will showcase circa 1900 foods prepared over open wood flame, charcoal, or on potbellied stoves. Individual Chef’s, restaurants and organizations around Northeast Ohio will share their turn-of-the-century creations. Step back in time at as you roam the grounds of Hale Farm & Village, a 200-year-old family farm, now an outdoor living history museum, nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Experience the tastes, smells and lifestyle of early residents of the Cuyahoga Valley. Proceeds from the event will fund the Rotary’s community service programs.
http://tasteofyesteryear.com/

A Full Harvest: Stuffed Vegetable Recipes for Fall

September 16, 2017 at 6:27 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website its – A Full Harvest: Stuffed Vegetable Recipes for Fall. Delicious and Healthy recipes like; Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, Stuffed Eggplant, and Polenta-Stuffed Kabocha Squash. Find these and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

 

A Full Harvest: Stuffed Vegetable Recipes for Fall
To celebrate Autumn, turn fall’s best vegetables into cornucopias of plenty. Try stuffing luscious roasted eggplant with curried pork and shrimp. Tuck briny oysters, nutty Parmesan and fresh herbs between tender artichoke leaves. Fall vegetables take center stage in these delicious stuffed vegetable recipes.

 

Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
This roast pumpkin with a mushroom-and-bread stuffing is a beautiful vegetarian entree for the holidays. Use a small pumpkin if you can find one, but a winter squash like kabocha or buttercup also works. For a special garnish, save the seeds from the pumpkin, toss them with spices and roast them. If you use a squash, opt for store-bought pepitas; the squash seeds are too woody to eat….

 

Stuffed Eggplant
In this Italian stuffed eggplant recipe, fresh breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and parsley make a simple, yet delicious filling for an “inside-out” eggplant Parmesan. Serve these stuffed eggplants as a light dinner along with a big salad…….

 

Polenta-Stuffed Kabocha Squash
The cheesy polenta filling in this healthy stuffed squash recipe makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes, as well as a hearty vegetarian entree. If you can’t find kobocha squash, try using a buttercup squash or pie pumpkin–or skip serving it in the hollowed-out vegetable altogether and use 2 cups of your favorite pureed winter squash in Step 5………

 

* Click the link below to get all the – A Full Harvest: Stuffed Vegetable Recipes for Fall
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22414/seasonal/fall/vegetables/stuffed/slideshow/a-full-harvest-stuffed-vegetable-recipes-for-fall/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 14, 2017 at 4:59 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pumpkins………

 

Eating pumpkin is good for the heart. The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pumpkin all support heart health. Consuming adequate potassium is almost as important as decreasing sodium intake for the treatment of hypertension (high-blood pressure).

Our Best Pumpkin Recipes

November 5, 2016 at 5:27 AM | Posted in diabetes, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Our Best Pumpkin Recipes. Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Pumpkin Recipes like; Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes, and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. You can find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 
Our Best Pumpkin RecipesDiabetic living logo

Enjoy pumpkin year-round with these must-try diabetic pumpkin recipes. Whether you prefer creamy pumpkin pie or pumpkin-infused mashed potatoes, these sweet and savory pumpkin recipes are packed with vitamin A and fiber, perfect for diabetic meal plans. Bonus: These yummy recipes are easy to make, too — just add canned pumpkin.

 

 

Pumpkin Bars

These pumpkin bars are a healthier spin on a traditional fall favorite. Take a batch to your next family get-together and listen to the rave reviews……

 
Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin gives new life to traditional mashed potatoes in this festive recipe. Add a touch of fall to the dinner table by serving these low-fat potatoes in hollowed-out mini pumpkins…..

 
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Savor fall flavor with an autumn-inspired snack. Coated in a sweet-and-savory mix of sugar, salt, and spices, these toasted pumpkin seeds are a flavorful, low-calorie option for the midday munchies…..

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the – Our Best Pumpkin Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/popular/our-best-pumpkin-recipes

Operation Pumpkin 2016! – Hamilton, Ohio

October 5, 2016 at 5:19 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Operation Pumpkin 2016!operation-pumpkin
Oct 07, 2016 to Oct 09, 2016
Location: Downtown Hamilton
Address: 1, High St
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Friday Oct. 7th 11am-10pm
Sat. Oct. 8th 11am-10pm
Sunday Oct. 9th 11am-5pm

 
Celebrate the most popular produce of the fall season, the pumpkin! Operation Pumpkin held in historic downtown Hamilton, Ohio is a pumpkin and art festival held each year in the fall. Pumpkins are sculpted, carved, decorated and eaten all weekend long! See the largest pumpkins you’ve ever seen at the giant pumpkin weigh-off. This fall festival is packed with crafts, live music, pumpkin vendors and rides for kids.

http://www.operation-pumpkin.org/

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