Ohio Festivals August 28 – September 2, 2019

August 28, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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August 28-31, 2019 – The Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport, Ohio
Come enjoy hot butter flavored sweet corn served fresh on the cob and piping hot. Bring the whole family to experience a wide variety of delicious foods, large midway, tractor pulls, square dancing, contests galore, farm animals, historical exhibits and top-name country music entertainers while strolling the shady Historic Lions Park.
http://www.sweetcornfest.com/

August 28-September 2, 2019 – Van Wert County Fair – Van Wert, Ohio
Includes Apple Festival, Rib Fest, Old Fashioned Farmers Days, and much more.
http://www.vanwertcountyfair.com/

August 30-31, 2019 – PigMania Hilliard State Championship BBQ, Steak and Music Festival – Hilliard, Ohio
The 2 day festival includes numerous local and national BBQ & Steak vendors selling awesome food, live bands both Friday and Saturday, a professional steak competition, a people’s choice BBQ contest, and a charity rib-off where people can sign up and judge ribs. Plus a slew of professional BBQ & Steak teams from around the country competing for over $5,000 in cash prizes. Bring your lawn chairs for the music & events! Tickets Only: $5.00 per person, $10.00 after 7:00 pm. Kids 12 and under free. **Calling everyone who can cook a great steak, enter our ACSA Pro/AM steak competition on Friday night, its only $100 entry fee and we provide the steaks for you!
https://pigmaniabbq.com/

August 30-September 2, 2019 Obetz Zucchinifest – Obetz, Ohio
The festival continues to celebrate the wonder that is the zucchini. Experience the first-class entertainment, great food and fun rides.
http://www.obetzzucchinifest.com/

August 31-September 2, 2019 West Jefferson Annual Ox Roast
West Jefferson, Ohio
Held annually over Labor Day weekend, our festival is the only festival that cooks 5,500 lbs. of beef underground. Join us for family oriented entertainment, food, rides, arts & crafts, parade, pageant, bike tour, car show, watermelon, hot dog and ice cream eating contests, and much more.
http://www.westjeffoxroast.org/index.html

August 31-September 2, 2019 Milan Melon Festival – Milan, Ohio
This celebration features rides, games, contests, antique car show, and live musical entertainment. The Grand Parade is on Sunday afternoon. The famous muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet are the must-have treats. It’s all found in charming Milan, Ohio. Attendance: 50,000
https://www.shoresandislands.com/local/events/milan-melon-festival?id=24356

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One of America’s Favorites – Rotisserie Chicken

August 19, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Rotisserie chicken

Rotisserie chicken is a chicken dish that is cooked on a rotisserie, using direct heat in which the chicken is placed next to the heat source. Electric- or gas-powered heating elements may be used, which use adjustable infrared heat. These types of rotisseries have proven quite functional for cooking rotisserie-style chicken. Leftover rotisserie chicken may be used in a variety of dishes, such as soup, chicken salad, and sandwiches.

In the United States, ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens were available in supermarkets and some butcher shops during much of the twentieth century. However, they did not become a widely available option for consumers until the early 1990s, when Boston Market helped popularize the selling of packaged rotisserie chickens.

Rotisserie chickens are now highly popular. In 2010, 600 million rotisserie-cooked chickens were purchased by consumers “in U.S. supermarkets, club stores and similar retail outlets.” In 2018, over 900 million rotisserie chickens were sold by foodservice outlets and retail stores.

Rotisserie chickens are often lower in price than raw whole chickens. Two explanations are often given to justify this phenomenon. First, some grocery stores may use rotisserie chickens as loss leaders to bring shoppers into the store. The logic behind this theory is that if customers come to a store for its rotisseries chickens, they will buy other products while they are there, too. Second, rotisserie chickens are often made with poultry that is about to reach its “best by” date. By cooking and selling the chickens, the grocery stores are able to recoup some of their expenditures.

In the U.S., chickens used for rotisserie cooking may be injected with brine to retain moisture. Additional ingredients may be used to add flavor and to brown the chicken, such as oleoresin, yeast extract, sodium tripolyphosphate, and natural flavorings.

A packaged rotisserie chicken

A packaged rotisserie chicken

Costco is one of the largest producers and vendors of rotisserie chickens in the United States, with one commentator describing it as “the undisputed king of rotisserie chickens.” In 2017, Costco sold approximately 87 million rotisserie chickens in the United States. Costco’s CFO, Richard Galanti, has repeatedly rebuffed suggestions that Costco might eventually increase the cost of its chickens above $4.99, which has been the price of a Costco rotisserie chicken since 2009.

In 2017, Costco broke ground on a new 414-acre facility in Fremont, Nebraska that would include a hatchery, feed mill, and processing plant. The facility – which is expected to produce around 100 million chickens per year, or roughly 40 percent of Costco’s needs – has been reported as costing between $275 million and $400 million. The plant is scheduled to open in September 2019.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 22, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Tied or netted roast……….

Remove any string or netting on roasted meat while it’s still in the pan, so any seasoning or crusty bits fall into the delicious pan juices.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 24, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Know the safe temperatures…………..

Use a grill thermometer to ensure your food reaches ideal cook temperatures for best taste and avoiding foodborne illnesses. Here are the minimum internal temperatures for safe food consumption, according to the USDA:

Beef, Pork, Veal and Lamb: 145 °F

Poultry: 165 °F

Fish and Shellfish: 145 °F

Pork-a-Palooza Delaware, Ohio Sat, May 18, 2019 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

May 15, 2019 at 7:40 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Pork-a-Palooza

Date And Time
Sat, May 18, 2019
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Location
Delaware County Fairgrounds
236 Pennsylvania Ave
Delaware, Ohio 43015

https://pork-a-palooza.com/

Description
The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to host Pork-a-Palooza, featuring: bacon, BBQ and beer for the second year in a row! The event will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

Join us for an afternoon of delicious pork products from your favorite local restaurants and food trucks. With plenty of educational opportunities and activities, you can bring the whole family! Children under 12 are granted free admission.

NEW THIS YEAR: Those who purchase their tickets online will be presented with a free Pork-a-Palooza Punch Card on the day of the event!

Pork-a-Palooza Punch Cards are a new, fun way for attendees to visit a wide-array of vendors at Pork-a-Palooza. To fill your Punch Card, simply visit vendors, purchase their $2 Pork-a-Palooza Sampler and receive a punch. Once your Punch Card is filled, drop it in our giveaway box for a chance to win a special prize!    https://pork-a-palooza.com/

Diabetic Dish of the Week – FALL-APART BEER BRISKET

May 14, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a recipe for FALL-APART BEER BRISKET. Drooling just at the name of it! Made using Beef Brisket along with a Dark Stout Beer. This recipe will make some mouth-watering sandwiches! The recipe comes the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a Diabetic Friendly recipes to please everyone! So check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

FALL-APART BEER BRISKET

Ingredients

2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL)
1 1/2 lb trimmed beef brisket (750 g)
canola oil cooking spray
1 1/2 cups diced onion (about 1 large onion) (375 mL)
2 tsp minced garlic (10 mL)
1 bottle (12 oz/341 mL) dark stout beer
2 Tbsp cider vinegar (30 mL)
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves (7 mL)
1 tsp dried thyme leaves (5 mL)
3 Tbsp steak sauce (45 mL)
3 Tbsp no-salt-added tomato paste (45 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
6 multigrain bread slices

Directions

1 – Heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of canola oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown beef 3 minutes on each side. Place beef in slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil, cook onions 4 minutes or until beginning to brown, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic and cook 15 seconds.
2 – Remove skillet from heat and stir in garlic, beer, vinegar, oregano, thyme, steak sauce, and tomato paste. Stir until well blended and pour over beef in slow cooker, making sure that beef is covered completely with liquid.
3 – Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours. Remove beef and place on cutting board. Stir salt into slow cooker mixture. Thinly slice beef (it will shred automatically as you slice). Return beef to slow cooker and stir. Cover and let stand 15 minutes to absorb flavors.
4 – To serve, place strainer in large bowl, strain beef mixture, shaking off excess liquid and place in serving bowl. Serve juices alongside. Place equal amounts of shredded beef on warmed multigrain bread slices (2 oz/60 g per serving) as open-faced sandwiches. Spoon desired amount of liquid over each.
NOTES:
A hearty, comfort food meal with rich flavor. Buy beef brisket that weighs almost 2 pounds before trimming as there is quite a bit of fat to discard. If a sliced brisket is preferred over the shredded variety, cook about 30 minutes less than recommended above. Serving size: 1/2 cup (125 mL) beef, 1/3 cup (75 mL) sauce.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 6 servings
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 300
Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 500 milligrams
Cholesterol: 45 milligrams
Protein: 29 grams
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/fall-apart-beer-brisket

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – JILL’S ROAST HERITAGE CHICKEN

April 28, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Sunday's Chicken Dinner, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – JILL’S ROAST HERITAGE CHICKEN. The recipe is from the Wild Idea Buffalo website, that’s right Chicken not Buffalo! Wild Idea also sells Heritage Chicken from Emmer and Co. And they have one delicious and healthy Chicken Recipe for Chicken! This is a Dutch Oven Recipe, so how easy is that to prepare! You can find this recipe and purchase the Emmer & Co. Heritage Chicken along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

JILL’S ROAST HERITAGE CHICKEN
After testing a few methods of roasting a Heritage Chicken, this method was hands down the winner. Although the flavor was always very good with other methods, I was looking for the method that would keep the meat juicy, but also get it close to fall off the bone tender.

Ingredients:

1 – 3# Emmer & Co. Heritage Chicken

1 – tablespoon + 1 teaspoon salt

1 – tablespoon baking powder (a tip from Emmer & Co.)

4 – tablespoons salted butter

1 – teaspoon black pepper

1 – teaspoon thyme leaves

1 – onion, orange, apple, or other sweet or savory food to fill the cavity

4 – stalks celery, halved

1 – onion, sliced

salt and pepper

1½ – cups water

Enameled Dutch Oven

Preparation:

1 – Rinse chicken and remove neck from cavity. (Reserve neck, adding to the pot for additional flavor or give to your favorite pet!) Blot the chicken dry with paper towels.
2 – Mix salt and baking powder together and gently rub all over the chicken. Refrigerate uncovered for 4 to 24 hours.
3 – Position top oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 500°.
4 – Remove chicken from the refrigerator. Melt butter and add pepper, thyme and remaining teaspoon salt. Rub seasoned butter into the chicken skin and cavity. *The butter will adhere to the cold chicken without running off.
5 – Fill the cavity of the chicken with coarse chopped onion or orange halves, or other savory or sweet foods. This adds additional flavor and helps chicken cook more evenly.
6 – Place celery and onions in the bottom of the Dutch oven and place chicken breast side up on top of vegetables. Place the chicken in the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
7 – Add the water to the pot and cover and continue to cook at 500° for another 10 minutes.
*Optional: Before continuing with this step you can also turn your chicken over after initial roasting, so the breast is facing down. For the best browning, pile your vegetables to the center or add a few more to keep the breast out of the liquid.
8 – After 10 minutes, shut your oven off and leave the chicken in the oven for two hours. Do not open the door during this time.
9 – Remove chicken from the oven and transfer to a platter or cutting board. Chicken segments will release fairly easily or carve as desired. Season with a little salt and pepper.
10 – Strain juices from the pot and serve with the chicken or thicken to your liking for gravy.

https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/jills-roasted-braised-heritage-chicken

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 26, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Turkey Roasting Hint……..

After your turkey has reached the desired temperature, let it rest on the counter for at least 20-30 minutes so the juices released during cooking can absorb back into the meat

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week -BUFFALO PRIME RIB ROAST

December 5, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is -BUFFALO PRIME RIB ROAST. Ti’s the season for Prime Rib! You’ll be using the Wild Idea Buffalo Prime Rib Roast. Salt, black pepper, paprika, cumin, cardamom, chili powder, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and espresso to strengthen flavor make up this incredible rub for the Roast. You can find this recipe or purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Prime Rib Roast along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy through the Holiday Season! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO PRIME RIB ROAST
Note: This recipe is based on an 8 lb. roast, adjust cooking time to pounds. Spices in the rub can be substituted or adjusted to your liking. This rub is excellent on all roasts. Modify spices per pounds.

Ingredients:

1 Buffalo Prime Rib Roast, rinsed and patted dry
1 Tb. salt
1 Tb. coarse black pepper
2 Tb. sugar
1 tsp. each: paprika, cumin, cardamom, chili powder, thyme,
garlic powder, and onion powder
2 Tb. espresso, (reduce espresso to strengthen flavor)
2 Tb. olive oil
2 stalks celery, quartered
1 onion, quartered
2 cups buffalo or organic beef stock (broth)
½ cup dry sherry

1 – Mix all dry spices together. Add espresso and oil, creating a paste.
2 – Rub seasoning paste into roast. Cover and leave at room temperature for 2 hours.
3 – Preheat oven to 450* Insert meat thermometer in center of roast, avoiding the bone.
4 – Place celery & onion on bottom of heavy roasting pan. Place roast bone side up on top of vegetable bed.
5 – Roast for 15 minutes.
6 – Add ½ cup stock to the bottom of pan and reduce oven temperature to 350°.
7 – Continue roasting, calculating 10 minutes per pound, adding remaining stock to pan as needed throughout roasting. (Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes for an 8 lb. roast or until the internal meat thermometer reaches 110*. Rely on your internal meat thermometer.)
8 – Shut oven off and leave roast in oven for 30 minutes or until internal meat thermometer reaches 125*.
9 – Transfer meat to a large platter and tent with foil to keep heat in. Meat thermometer should red 135* for medium rare.
10 – Place roasting pan on stove top over medium high heat, scraping the bottom to
11 – Loosen vegetables. Add any remaining stock and sherry and bring to a simmer.
12 – Slice roast into desired thickness, and add juices from roast to au jus.
13 – Season au jus to taste with salt, pepper and red wine. Strain.
14 – Serve roast with au jus and pass with horseradish cream sauce.
Or, you might also want to try the Cranberry Port Sauce for the holidays?

Cranberry Port Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Tb. butter
½ cup red onion, finely diced
1 Tb. garlic, minced
1 tsp. thyme
½ tsp. salt
1 Tb. black pepper
1 cup port +
1 can cranberry sauce
1 – In saucepan over medium high heat melt butter.
2 – Add onion, garlic and seasonings. Sauté for 7 minutes.
3 – Deglaze pan with port.
4 – Add cranberry sauce and stir in to incorporate.
Bring to simmer. Taste to adjust seasonings. If sauce becomes too thick, add additional port as needed. Drizzle over sliced Buffalo Roast.

*As another option, you can add 2 Tb. roasted and diced greens chilies.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/buffalo-prime-rib-roast

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 18, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Hold the Stuffing…………..

Keep the stuffing on the side. Chances are the Thanksgivings of your childhood featured a stuffing cooked right in the cavity of the turkey. Go ahead and use your family recipe, but we suggest you cook the stuffing in a separate pan. Cooking the stuffing in the turkey can provide fertile ground for the growth of harmful bacteria. In addition, a stuffed turkey will take longer to cook, which could result in drier white meat. Instead, loosely fill the turkey with aromatics such as onions and herbs, and cook the stuffing separately. I didn’t know this, but good one to know.

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