Ohio Festivals October 12th – 17th, 2021

October 13, 2021 at 11:07 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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October 12-16, 2021 92nd 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 15-16, 2021 Annual Van Wert County Apple Festival
Van Wert, Ohio
Includes Apple Festival, Rib Fest, Old Fashioned Farmers Days, and much more. Van Wert County Fairgrounds.
https://www.vanwertcountyfair.com/apple-festival/

October 15-17, 2021 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://roscoevillage.com/2020-apple-butter-stirrin-festival/

One of America’s Favorites – Spare Ribs

August 2, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Basted spare ribs on an outdoor grill

Spare ribs (also side ribs or spareribs) are a variety of ribs cut from the lower portion of a pig, specifically the belly and breastbone, behind the shoulder, and include 11 to 13 long bones. There is a covering of meat on top of the bones and also between them. Spare ribs (pork) are distinguished from short ribs, which are beef.

Pork spare ribs are cooked and eaten in various cuisines around the world. They are especially popular in Chinese and American Chinese cuisine; they are generally called paigu, and in the cuisine of the Southern United States.

Southern American
Spare ribs are popular in the American South. They are generally cooked on a barbecue grill or on an open fire, and are served as a slab (bones and all) with a sauce. Due to the extended cooking times required for barbecuing, ribs in restaurants are often prepared first by boiling, parboiling or steaming the rib rack and then finishing it on the grill.

American butchers prepare two cuts:

Pork spare ribs are taken from the belly side of the pig’s rib cage above the sternum (breast bone) and below the back ribs which extend about 6″ down from the spine. Spare ribs are flatter than the curved back ribs and contain more bone than meat. There is also quite a bit of fat which can make the ribs more tender than baby back ribs.
St. Louis Cut ribs are spare ribs in the style of St. Louis-style barbecue, where the sternum bone, cartilage and the surrounding meat known as the rib tips have been removed. St. Louis Cut rib racks are almost rectangular.
Southern-style spare ribs are usually pulled from the whole slab and consumed individually by hand, with the small amount of meat adhering to each bone gnawed off by the eater.

Chinese Style Spare Ribs

Chinese
In Chinese cuisine, pork spare ribs are generally first cut into 7-to-10-centimetre (3 to 4 in) sections, then may be fried, steamed, or braised.

In the Cantonese cuisine of southern China, spare ribs are generally red in color and roasted with a sweet and savory sauce. This variety of spare ribs is grouped as one of the most common items of siu mei, or Cantonese roasted meat dishes. In American Chinese cuisine, pork spare ribs are generally cooked in char siu style, and often feature as a part of the appetizer dish called pu pu platter.

Chinese-style spare ribs are usually consumed by gnawing the meat off of the small bone sections while held aloft with chopsticks.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 31, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When buying Ribs……….

Choose the right rib. Baby backs make great starter ribs — they’re tender, well-marbled, and quick and easy to cook. Also when buying ribs, look for plump meaty racks. Avoid “shiners” — ribs with so much meat removed you see the shiny bones.

Healthy Party Recipes

January 3, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the Eating website and Magazine it’s Healthy Party Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Party Recipes with recipes like Chicken, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Casserole, Slow-Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs, and Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Party Recipes
Find healthy, delicious party recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chicken, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Casserole
This protein-loaded chicken and sweet potato casserole dish is made with multicolored quinoa, a blend of white, red and black varieties, but any color will work…………….

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs
Now here’s a healthy beef short ribs slow-cooker recipe you can serve to company–even on a holiday. Serve with mashed celeriac or mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and a bold Italian red wine that has a touch of sweetness (think amarone or brunello)……………………..

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas
One sheet pan is all you’ll need to whip up these zesty chicken fajitas. They’re quick and easy to make and cleanup is even faster!………………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Party Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19925/holidays-occasions/occasions/parties-entertaining/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 3, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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What’s you favorite; pork or beef ribs………………

Basic options for ribs are pork or beef. Both are flavorful and juicy when properly cooked, but pork tends to be the leaner option. The most common cuts of pork ribs are baby back or spare ribs. While spare ribs are meatier, they’re also higher in fat and calories.

Baked Baby Back Ribs w/ Baked Scalloped Potatoes

September 16, 2020 at 6:51 PM | Posted in Main Street Bistro, Pork, ribs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Baby Back Ribs w/ Baked Scalloped Potatoes

 

 

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. I have to be at the Dermatologist at 8:30 for my yearly check up. The Doc said everything looked good! Afterward Mom wanted to stop by Meijer, which is right down the road from my Dermatologist. Then we went to McDonald’s to pick up her Breakfast for her. Another nice day out, 81 degrees and partly sunny. In the upcoming days our highs will be in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s, Fall is coming! For Dinner tonight I prepared Baked Baby Back Ribs w/ Baked Scalloped Potatoes.

 

 

We just had Ribs last week but Mom loves Ribs, so I have to keep Mom happy! I bought a package of the Curly’s Baby Back Ribs from Meijer earlier today. The thing I like about these Ribs is they are a lot easier and quicker to prepare. And they are good tasting Ribs!

 

 

To prepare them, it couldn’t be easier; The package instructions – Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Remove ribs from package and place on baking sheet; cover with foil. Bake 20-25 minutes. For extra Sauce we used Jack Daniel’s Honey BBQ Sauce.

 

 

The Ribs came out incredible! Tender, flavorful, and bursting with that BBQ flavor! Curly’s Baby Back Ribs is a very delicious and time saving way to have some good Ribs! I had bought 2 packages of them, I have the other one in the freezer, to be used soon! Good job on the Ribs there Curly!

 

For a side I tried another Reser’s Main Street Bistro side dish, Baked Scalloped Potatoes. I came across these Meijer. And we are hooked on them!. We had the Sliced Potato Casserole last night and having the Baked Scalloped Potatoes. This one also comes in a tray that you can microwave or bake in the oven, I’m going with the Oven Baking way.

 

 

Very easy to prepare , as the other’s were. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Just remove the tray from the package and remove the film covering the tray. Place the tray on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for 22 minutes. And it’s ready to serve!

 

 

Seasoned with a shake of Salt and Pepper and a sprinkle of Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Another delicious Potato Dish! Seasoned just right and you can hints of taste from the Butter and Sour Cream. I’m a proud member of the Main Street Bistro Nation! For Dessert later a Dole Diced Peach Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curly’s Baby Back Pork Ribs

We expertly smoke our ribs for hours so you don’t have to. Enjoy a juicy and unforgettable flavor experience with Curly’s Ribs. Curly’s Authentic Hickory Smoked BBQ products are always pulled, never shredded, for true restaurant quality. We start with the best cuts of meat—absolutely no fillers—then expertly smoke our pork, beef, chicken and ribs for hours so that you can enjoy the cuts you crave in minutes. Look for Curly’s at your local grocery store!
https://curlys.com/recipes/curlys-slow-cooked-bbq-ribs/

 

 

 

 

Main Street Bistro – Baked Scalloped Potatoes
A rich and creamy baked casserole of tender potatoes topped with golden-brown cheddar cheese.

* Fully Baked
* No Artificial Colors or Flavors
* Microwave/Oven Safe Tray
* Ready in 5 Minutes

Nutrition
Serving Size 2/3 cup (140g)
Servings Per Container about 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230
Amount
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 500mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
https://mainstbistro.com/product/baked-scalloped-potatoes/

Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light)

March 29, 2020 at 6:31 PM | Posted in Pork, ribs | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light)

 

 

For Breakfast it was Skillet Potatoes and Ham for Breakfast. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. I topped it with a sprinkle of Sargento Reduced Fat Cheddar/Jack Cheese. Just love this skillet meal! Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Partly Cloudy and 65 degrees out, and very windy. I no longer go to the grocery stores unless it’s to pick up an order. I also order online and have it delivered. Cleaning Supplies, Ground, Beef, and Paper products are still very tough to find any where. So it’s make the best out of what you have, thank goodness for full freezers! Tonight its Mom’s favorite, Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light).

Mom wanted some of my Crock Pot Ribs so that’s what we are having tonight. I purchased the Ribs from Meijer yesterday. Last night before I went to bed I put half racks in a Hefty Gallon Plastic Bag then seasoned it JB’s Fat Boy All Purpose Rub and then covered it in JB’s Fat Boy Haug Waush BBQ Sauce to marinate all night in the fridge. Then this morning I got out the Crock Pot, lined it with a Reynold’s Crock Pot Plastic Liner, and sprayed that with Pam Non-Stick Spray and added a 1/4 cup of water. Got the Ribs out of the fridge, discarded the Hefty Bags, and put the racks in the Crock Pot where I let it cook and simmer, on low, for about 7 hours. Long up in the afternoon the aroma of the Ribs and BBQ Sauce start to fill the air!

After 7 hours the ribs are ready and now for the hard part of cooking them, getting them out whole without breaking them up! They’re that tender, when eating them you need no knife, the bones just slide out. Tender, moist and just full of flavor! For us JB’s Fat Boy Sauces and Rubs can’t be beat. The Ribs were incredible! Plus I love using that Crock Pot, no mess and with the plastic liner in the Crock Pot little to no clean-up. Just wipe it down and store it for the next time. And as always I would like to send out a big thank you to whom ever invented the Crock Pot Liners! I always use them when using the Crock Pot.

For a side dish I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better. Next I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Then I also baked some slices of New York Bakery Light Texas Toast, It’s fewer calories, carbs, and fat than normal Texas Toast. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pork Back Ribs – Pork ribs are a cut of pork popular in North American and Asian cuisines. The ribcage of a domestic pig, meat and bones together, is cut into usable pieces, prepared by smoking, grilling, or baking – usually with a sauce, often barbecue – and then served.

Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light)

January 18, 2020 at 6:32 PM | Posted in Pork, ribs | 5 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light)

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Thomas English Muffin and topped it with some Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Cloudy and rain out today, high of 48 degrees. Took it easy today, I got up out of bed this morning and my walker slipped away from me and I hurt my back. Nothing serious but I’ll be taking it easy for today and tomorrow. Tonight its Mom’s favorite, Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light).

 

 

Mom wanted some of my Crock Pot Ribs so that’s what we are having tonight. I purchased the Ribs from Meijer yesterday. Last night before I went to bed I put half racks in a Hefty Gallon Plastic Bag then seasoned it JB’s Fat Boy All Purpose Rub and then covered it in JB’s Fat Boy Haug Waush BBQ Sauce to marinate all night in the fridge. Then this morning I got out the Crock Pot, lined it with a Reynold’s Crock Pot Plastic Liner, and sprayed that with Pam Non-Stick Spray and added a 1/4 cup of water. Got the Ribs out of the fridge, discarded the Hefty Bags, and put the racks in the Crock Pot where I let it cook and simmer, on low, for about 7 hours. Long up in the afternoon the aroma of the Ribs and BBQ Sauce start to fill the air!

 

After 7 hours the ribs are ready and now for the hard part of cooking them, getting them out whole without breaking them up! They’re that tender, when eating them you need no knife, the bones just slide out. Tender, moist and just full of flavor! For us JB’s Fat Boy Sauces and Rubs can’t be beat. The Ribs were incredible! Plus I love using that Crock Pot, no mess and with the plastic liner in the Crock Pot little to no clean-up. Just wipe it down and store it for the next time. And as always I would like to send out a big thank you to whom ever invented the Crock Pot Liners! I always use them when using the Crock Pot.

 

For a side dish I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better. Next I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Then I also baked some slices of New York Bakery Light Texas Toast, It’s fewer calories, carbs, and fat than normal Texas Toast. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Back Ribs – Pork ribs are a cut of pork popular in North American and Asian cuisines. The ribcage of a domestic pig, meat and bones together, is cut into usable pieces, prepared by smoking, grilling, or baking – usually with a sauce, often barbecue – and then served.

Ohio festivals October 16-21, 2019

October 16, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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October 16-19, 2019 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.
https://www.pumpkinshow.com/

October 18-19, 2019 Annual Van Wert County Apple Festival
Van Wert, Ohio
Includes Apple Festival, Rib Fest, Old Fashioned Farmers Days, and much more. Van Wert County Fairgrounds.
http://www.vanwertcountyfair.com/apple-festival/

October 18-20, 2019 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

October 19-26, 2019 11th Cleveland Beer Week – Cleveland, Ohio
Featuring 300 keg tapping, beer sipping events throughout greater Cleveland. From special tappings, tastings and dinners to leisure activities and educational programs, there is something for everyone At Cleveland Beer Week. Established in 2009, Cleveland Beer Week is a not-for-profit celebration that raises awareness of the craft beer industry and promotes patronage at local establishments. But we are also philanthropic—proceeds from all of Cleveland Beer Week’s flagship events benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund helps deserving students with scholarship money towards college. With over a 90% graduation rate – these students are worth getting behind!
http://www.clevelandbeerweek.org/

October 21, 2019 Flavors of Northeast Ohio – Cleveland, Ohio
Take your dining experience to the next level. At Flavors you’ll do more than just eat the food, you will witness culinary experts craft a meal tableside. This is one dinner that goes above and beyond the usual restaurant fare! Unleash your inner “foodie” and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education, and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.
https://alfflavors.org/northeastohio/

Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light)

October 14, 2019 at 6:48 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, Pork, ribs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light)

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled a couple of Eggs, toasted a couple of slices of Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Bread, and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I got my Ribs in the Crock Pot and got them going. 38 degrees out this morning and 65 degrees and sunny for the day. Not too bad out. I had to follow Mom and pick her up at the car shop. Her windows of the car wouldn’t work and she had a flush and fill for the radiator. I’m taking mine in to morrow for some work. Tonight its Mom’s favorite, Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Green Beans, and Texas Toast (Light).

 

 

Mom had been wanting some of my Crock Pot Ribs so that’s what we are having tonight. I purchased the Ribs from Meijer a couple of days ago. Last night before I went to bed I put half racks in a Hefty Gallon Plastic Bag then seasoned it JB’s Fat Boy All Purpose Rub and then covered it in JB’s Fat Boy Haug Waush BBQ Sauce to marinate all night in the fridge. Then this morning I got out the Crock Pot, lined it with a Reynold’s Crock Pot Plastic Liner, and sprayed that with Pam Non-Stick Spray and added a 1/4 cup of water. Got the Ribs out of the fridge, discarded the Hefty Bags, and put the racks in the Crock Pot where I let it cook and simmer, on low, for about 7 hours. Long up in the afternoon the aroma of the Ribs and BBQ Sauce start to fill the air!

 

 

 

After 7 hours the ribs are ready and now for the hard part of cooking them, getting them out whole without breaking them up! They’re that tender, when eating them you need no knife, the bones just slide out. Tender, moist and just full of flavor! For us JB’s Fat Boy Sauces and Rubs can’t be beat. The Ribs were incredible! Plus I love using that Crock Pot, no mess and with the plastic liner in the Crock Pot little to no clean-up. Just wipe it down and store it for the next time. And as always I would like to send out a big thank you to whom ever invented the Crock Pot Liners! I always use them when using the Crock Pot.

 

 

 

 

For a side dish I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better. Next I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Then I also baked some slices of New York Bakery Light Texas Toast, It’s fewer calories, carbs, and fat than normal Texas Toast. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Mango/Tea Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pork Back Ribs – Pork ribs are a cut of pork popular in North American and Asian cuisines. The ribcage of a domestic pig, meat and bones together, is cut into usable pieces, prepared by smoking, grilling, or baking – usually with a sauce, often barbecue – and then served.

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