Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Returns September 16-19, 2021

September 16, 2021 at 10:15 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food | Leave a comment
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati® is back, this September – with longer hours and an extra night of zelebration! The event, presented by Samuel Adams, will now open one day earlier and stay open one hour later, Thursday evening, Sep. 16 through Sunday, Sep. 19.

Expanded Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Days & Hours:
• Thursday, Sep. 16, 5 p.m.- midnight
• Friday, Sep. 17 – 11 a.m.-midnight
• Saturday, Sep. 18 – 11 a.m.-midnight
• Sunday, Sep. 19 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m .

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams and Amazon, is America’s largest Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is held on 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Elm and Walnut in downtown Zinzinnati. There are many public and private parking garages downtown within walking distance of the festival site. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America’s largest Oktoberfest with more than 575,000 people attending each year.

According to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, grazing gourmets created the following Statistiken with their gluttonous consumption at a previous Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. These Zahlen were gleaned from an extensive survey of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati food vendors:

87,542 metts
64,000 sauerkraut balls
24,640 potato pancakes
20,000 cream puffs
6,000 jumbo pickles
1,875 lbs. German potato salad
700 pigtails 80,500 bratwurst
56,250 sausages
23,004 soft pretzels
16,002 strudel
3,600 lbs. sauerkraut
702 lbs. Limburger cheese
400 pickled pigs feet
https://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

Ohio Festivals September 16th – 20th

September 14, 2021 at 10:52 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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It’s Fall Festival time here in Ohio!

September 16-19, 2021 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. More than half-a-million herren und frauen will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance! Seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And more than 1,300 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, the approximate capacity of a small microbrewery. Attendance: 500,000.
https://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

September 17-19, 2021 23rd Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
Albany, Ohio
A fun-filled and educational event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw. Delectable foods, quality entertainment, and unique arts & crafts. Special events include competitions for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, pawpaw cook-off, and the ever-popular pawpaw-eating contest. Presentations will cover pawpaw growing, cooking, and other related topics.
https://www.ohiopawpawfest.com/

September 18-19, 2021 Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton, Ohio
Always 3rd full weekend in September. Entertainment, exhibits, food, parade and more! Every year the festival is packed with thing to do and see. It lasts all weekend long because there is simply too much to cram into one day! But if there’s one things everyone agrees on, it’s that the food is always out-of-sight awesome! Over the course of the weekend, a lot of people eat a lot of pork.
https://www.porkfestival.org/

September 18-20, 2021 Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival
Lisbon, Ohio
Many local organizations provide old fashioned apple butter, apple ice cream, apple fritters & apple dumplings. There is an apple pie baking contest along with 35 food concessions, arts & crafts including yarn spinning, goat milk soap, chain saw wood crafts, dunk tank, games, dancing, music and theatre.
https://lisbonchamberofcommerce.com/event/53rd-annual-johnny-appleseed-festival/

No Dinner Post tonight, Happy Labor Day!

September 6, 2021 at 6:30 PM | Posted in cooking, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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Happy Labor Day everyone. We are spending time with family and friends so there will be no Dinner Post. Be back tomorrow! Enjoy the Day, Stay Safe, and Take Care!

Ohio Festivals August 27th – Sept. 6th, 2021

August 26, 2021 at 11:29 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Ohio Festivals August 27th – Sept. 6th, 2021

August 27-29, 2021 55th Annual German-American Festival
Oregon, Ohio
Taking place at Oak Shade Grove. The Toledo Area’s Oldest, Largest and Greatest Ethnic Festival With Authentic German Food, Beer, and Entertainment. (also: gafsociety.org/Festival_Information.htm ) Attendance: 30,000.
https://germanamericanfestival.net/

 

August 28-29, 2021 Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival – Cleveland, Ohio
Funds from the Cleveland Garlic Festival allow North Union Farmers’ Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland. We administer and expand our educational and charitable market programs, which continue to be very important complements to our market season (Food Stamp enhanced purchases/EBT-SNAP, Music at the Market, Chef at the Market, Mighty Locavores K-2 educational programming in Cleveland Municipal School District and much more). With the help of 150 loyal farmers and producers, North Union Farmers Market will bring fresh, local, healthy food to more than 275,000+ customers this year.
http://clevelandgarlicfestival.org/

 

August 31-September 6, 2021 Van Wert County Fair – Van Wert, Ohio
Includes Apple Festival, Rib Fest, Old Fashioned Farmers Days, and much more.
https://www.vanwertcountyfair.com/

Ohio Festivals – August 20th – 22nd, 2021

August 20, 2021 at 2:33 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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August 21-22, 2021 Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival – Fairborn, Ohio
The Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival features handmade arts and crafts. This is a family oriented alcohol-free event featuring children’s activities with free entertainment, parking, and activities. Many local and regional artisans offering handmade arts and crafts, and of course, Sweet Corn!

https://www.fairbornsweetcornfestival.org/about-the-festival.html

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – HOT DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

July 14, 2021 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, HOT DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. Here’s some great ideas for the next time you fire the grill for Wild Idea Buffalo BRATS, HOT DOGS, and SAUSAGES. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Hot Dogs and Sausages along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

HOT DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
No matter how you like to top your dog, the key ingredient is still the hot dog itself. Wild Idea’s skinless Buffalo Hot Dogs are made from our 100% premium grass-fed buffalo meat and organic seasonings. So, fire up the grill and spread out your favorite toppings.

Pizza Dog Topping: Pizza Sauce and melted Mozzarella. You might also want to add some Wild Idea’s Buffalo Pepperoni!

HLT: Hot Dog, Lettuce and Tomato with Mayo. Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon might be an additional tasty topping too!

Relish and Onion Dog: Pickled Relish and Chopped Onions.

Keep it Simple: Ketchup and Mustard.

Pickled Dog: Peperoncini, Pickled Jalapeños and Red Onions.

Chili Cheese Dog: Hot Dog smothered in Chili and Cheese!

Other favorite toppings: Coleslaw, Sauerkraut, and B.B.Q Sauce.
Photo Credit: Jill O’Brien
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/93332481-hot-dog-days-of-summer

 

Wild Idea Buffalo – BRATS, HOT DOGS, and SAUSAGES
All of our brats, hot dogs and sausages are made in-house from our 100% free-roaming grass-fed buffalo meat, with just the right amount of spice! The result: delicious-tasting products that are good and good for you too! What a Wild Idea! *All products are made without the use of added nitrites or nitrates, except for those naturally occurring in sea salt and celery powder.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/brats-sausages-hot-dogs

Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes

July 14, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes with recipes including Sausage Gumbo, Slow-Cooker Jambalaya, and Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti. 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 Turkey Sausage Recipes
Find healthy, delicious turkey sausage recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Sausage Gumbo
To keep it simple, we’ve opted for just the essential ingredients in this rendition of the hearty Creole favorite: sausage, okra, rice and a little spice………..

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya
This hearty jambalaya is bursting with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, and shrimp. It takes just 25 minutes to prep in the morning and then your slow cooker will work its magic and deliver a tasty meal at the end of the day………….

Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti
This healthy baked ziti recipe doesn’t require any chopping and is made on the stovetop, so it is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Using whole-wheat pasta adds fiber; opt for penne if whole-wheat ziti is hard to find……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19059/ingredients/meat-poultry/sausage/turkey/

Smoked Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries

April 29, 2021 at 7:11 PM | Posted in Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Smoked Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared a Buffalo Breakfast Sausage and Diced Potato Skillet. I used Wild Idea Buffalo Ground Breakfast Sausage , Simply Potatoes Seasoned Diced Potatoes, Sunny Side Up Egg, Sargento Off the Block 4 State Cheddar Cheese, and Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce. I love this Buffalo Breakfast Sausage, One delicious Breakfast! I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea.

 

Rain, windy, and 70 degrees out today. We had about 2 inches of rain along with a couple of Thunderstorms. Couldn’t do anything outside so I was inside all day. Did a load of laundry and cleaned the house today. For Dinner tonight it’s a Smoked Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries.

 

I used the always delicious Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage. I cut the Sausage Links into Bun length pieces. I absolutely love the Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage and I had been wanting some for a while. It’s got such a fantastic flavor and always cooks up just right. To prepare them I used a large skillet, added about a 1/2 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and preheated it on medium heat. Put the Sausage in the skillet when it was heated up and covered with a lid. I turned the Sausage every few minutes to get an even char on them, cooked about 11 minutes total. As always they came out just bursting with flavor and flat-out delicious! I served it on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Hot Dog Bun and topped with French’s Spicy Brown Mustard. I love these Smoked Sausages.

 

I also prepared some Ore Ida Golden Crinkle Cut French Fries. Like all the Ore Ida Products, they are easy to prepare and delicious. I just baked them for 19 minutes and done! Served them with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage
14 oz. | Servings: 7

Try Butterball’s fully cooked Smoked Turkey Dinner Sausage. Now you and your family can enjoy the great taste of hardwood-smoked lean turkey sausage with less fat than pork or beef smoked sausage. Serve with your favorite side dish for a quick and easy meal solution that always tastes great.

Skillet:
Cook in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently.
Always heat thoroughly.
Serving Size 2 oz. (51 g)
Servings Per Container 7

Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 610mg25%
Total Carbohydrates 4g1%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g16%

Ingredients: Poultry Ingredients (Mechanically Separated Chicken, Mechanically Separated Turkey), Water, Corn Syrup, Salt. Contains 2% or less of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Autolyzed yeast, Dextrose, Modified Food Starch, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Phosphate, Flavorings, Potassium and Sodium Lactate.
http://www.butterball.com/products/turkey-sausage-and-franks/every-day-smoked-turkey-dinner-sausage

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 16, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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How to tell if the Dogs are done on the grill…….

Place the hot dogs over the heat and don’t walk away. Keep turning them to get grill marks all around and watch them carefully. When they start to expand but before they start sputtering, they’re done.

One of America’s Favorites – Chicago-Style Hot Dog

April 12, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Chicago-style hot dog

A Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago Dog, or Chicago Red Hot is an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun, originating from the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. The complete assembly of a Chicago hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” due to the many toppings. The method for cooking the hot dog itself varies depending on the vendor’s preference. Most often they are steamed, water-simmered, or less often grilled over charcoal (in which case they are referred to as “char-dogs”).

The canonical recipe does not include ketchup, and there is a widely shared, strong opinion among many Chicagoans and aficionados that ketchup is unacceptable. A number of Chicago hot dog vendors do not offer ketchup as a condiment.

Many sources attribute the distinctive collection of toppings on a Chicago-style wiener to historic Maxwell Street and the “Depression Sandwich” reportedly originated by Fluky’s in 1929 The founders of Vienna Beef frankfurters—the most common brand served today, first sold at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago—and the proprietors of Fluky’s were both Jewish, which may account for the wieners’ pork-free, kosher-style character.

A char-dog with ends cut cervelat-style

The “dragged through the garden” style is heavily promoted by Vienna Beef and Red Hot Chicago, the two most prominent Chicago hot dog manufacturers, but exceptions are common, with vendors adding cucumber slices or lettuce, omitting poppyseeds or celery salt, or using plain relish or a skinless hot dog. Several popular hot dog stands serve a simpler version: a steamed natural-casing dog with only mustard, onions, plain relish and sport peppers, wrapped up with hand-cut french fries, while the historic Superdawg drive-ins notably substitute a pickled tomato for fresh. Many vendors, including Portillo’s, offer a Chicago-style dog with cheese sauce, known as a cheese-dog.

Chicago-style hot dogs are cooked in hot water or steamed before adding the toppings. A less common style is cooked on a charcoal grill and referred to as a “char-dog”. Char-dogs are easily identifiable because very often the ends of the dog are sliced in crisscross fashion before cooking, producing a distinctive cervelat-style “curled-x” shape as the dog cooks. Some hot dog stands, such as the Wieners Circle, only serve char-dogs.

The typical beef hot dog weighs 1/8 of a pound or 2 ounces (57 g) and the most traditional type features a natural casing, providing a distinctive “snap” when bitten.

The buns are a high-gluten variety made to hold up to steam warming, typically the S. Rosen’s Mary Ann brand from Alpha Baking Company.

Chicago-style hot dog at Portillo’s

The Chicago area has more hot dog restaurants than McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King restaurants combined. A “hot dog stand” in Chicago may serve many other items, including the Maxwell Street Polish, gyros, pork chop and Italian beef sandwiches, corn dogs, tamales, pizza puffs and Italian ice. The restaurants often have unique names, such as The Wieners Circle, Gene & Jude’s, Gold Coast Dogs or Mustard’s Last Stand; or architectural features, like Superdawg’s two giant rooftop hot dogs (Maurie and Flaurie, named for the husband-and-wife team who own the drive-in). One of the most popular vendors of the Chicago-style dog are Chicago’s professional sports teams; in fact, those sold at Wrigley Field are affectionately known as “Wrigley Dogs”.

Portillo’s is the top vendor of this variation of hot dog regionally. After Portillo’s, Boz Hot Dogs (aka Bozo’s) and Scooby’s Red Hots have the most locations and thus also are top vendors of Chicago Style Red Hots.

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