One of America’s Favorites – Shortcake

January 15, 2018 at 7:24 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Strawberry Shortcake

Shortcake is a sweet cake or biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly bread that has been leavened with baking powder or baking soda). The earliest recipe for shortcake is in an English cookbook from 1588. In 1602, William Shakespeare used it as a character’s name in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Alice Shortcake.

Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs. The dry ingredients are blended, and then the butter is cut in until the mixture resembles cornmeal. The liquid ingredients are then mixed in just until moistened, resulting in a shortened dough. The dough is then dropped in spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, rolled and cut like baking powder biscuits, or poured into a cake pan, depending on how wet the dough is and the baker’s preferences. Then it is baked at a relatively high temperature until set.

 

The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake. Sliced strawberries are mixed with sugar and allowed to sit an hour or so, until the strawberries have surrendered a great deal of their juices (macerated). The shortcakes are split and the bottoms are covered with a layer of strawberries, juice, and whipped cream, typically flavored with sugar and vanilla. The top is replaced, and more strawberries and whipped cream are added onto the top. Some convenience versions of shortcake are not made with a shortcake (i.e. biscuit) at all, but instead use a base of sponge cake or sometimes a corn muffin. Japanese-style strawberry shortcakes use a sponge cake base, and are a popular Christmas treat in Japan.

The largest strawberry shortcake ever made was in the town of La Trinidad, Benguet in the Philippines on March 20, 2004. It weighed 21,213.40 lb.

Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition.

 

Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 21st century, particularly in the South.

The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588, according to Driscoll’s berry growers. By 1850, strawberry shortcake was a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert served hot with butter and sweetened cream. In the United States, strawberry shortcake parties were held as celebrations of the summer fruit harvest. This tradition is upheld in some parts of the United States on June 14, which is Strawberry Shortcake Day. It wasn’t until 1910 that French pastry chefs replaced the topping with heavy whipped cream.

 

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Ohio Festivals June 22-25, 2017

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June 22-24, 2017 London Strawberry Festival – London, Ohio
The community is to be decorated in a strawberry theme. Event includes a strawberry shortcake tent, parade, nightly entertainment, and a car show benefiting Cystic Fibrosis.

http://www.londonstrawberryfestival.com/

 

June 24, 2017 Waterfront Wine Festival – Avon Lake, Ohio
Enjoy a sunset over Lake Erie while sampling wines from 8 local wineries, food from Avon Lake’s finest restaurants and relaxing music. The festival takes place at Veterans Memorial Park, from 4pm-Sunset. This event is free to attend. Tickets can be purchased for wine samplings. Food can be purchased separately from the vendors directly.

http://avonlakewaterfront.com/index.html

 

June 24, 2017 Riverside Wine Festival – Findlay, Ohio
The Arts Partnership invites you to attend the fifth annual Riverside Wine Festival from 1pm to 6pm at scenic Riverside Park. This premier event will feature twelve Ohio wineries, local gourmet foods, fine arts and crafts, live entertainment, wine exhibitions, demonstrations and more!

http://artspartnership.com/outdoor/

 

June 24-25, 2017 Mulberry Creek Herbfair – Huron, Ohio
Enjoy herbal foods, plants and vendors at the herb farm’s annual fair. This year’s focus will be on ‘France: Food, Wine & Culture’

https://mulberrycreek.com/News_and_Events/

Ohio Festivals June 9-11, 2017

June 7, 2017 at 4:51 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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June 9-10, 2017 Annual Pork Rind Heritage Festival – Harrod, Ohio
The Pork Rind Heritage Festival offers family fun, entertainment, and Rudolph Foods’ famous popped pork rinds. The two day event includes live entertainment, corn hole tournaments, a 5K Run, and much more for the whole family. Second weekend in June.

http://www.porkrindfest.com/about/

 

 

June 9-10, 2017 23rd Annual Banana Split Festival – Wilmington, Ohio
Celebrating Wilmington’s claim as the birthplace of the Banana Split in 1907. Music, car show, crafts, games, etc.

http://www.bananasplitfestival.com/

 

 

June 9-11, 2017
Versailles Poultry Days
Versailles, Ohio
The 66th annual event will have chicken dinners, entertainment, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days contests, rides and games for all ages, two parades, kiddie tractor pull, 5K Run, arts, crafts, flower, and photography shows, and the greatest Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in the world! Attendance: 25,000.

http://www.versaillespoultrydays.com/

 

 

June 9-11, 2017 53rd Strawberry Festival – Bedford, Ohio
Presented by the Bedford Historical Society, the festival will offer plenty of berries with ice cream, entertainment, and a classic car show.

http://www.bedfordohiohistory.org/

 

 

June 10, 2017 Yellow Springs Street Fair – Yellow Springs, Ohio
An all-day festival 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.

http://www.yellowspringsohio.org/street-fair/

Ohio Festivals June 2-4, 2017

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June 2-4, 2017  Newark Strawberry Festival – Newark, Ohio
The annual festival, ‘Strawberries on the Square.’ will include entertainment throughout the weekend, Miss Strawberry Pageant, midway rides, food and craft vendors of all types, and of course our “world famous” Kiwanis Strawberry Shortcake.

 

http://www.newarkstrawberryfestival.com/ 

 

 

June 3, 2017 – Bacon & Cheese Festival – Fairfield, Ohio
Come one, come all! Jungle Jim’s Bacon & Cheese Festival is a one day celebration of all things tasty in the world of bacon and cheese. If you’re ready to go whole hog and explore everything great about these two tasty titans, then this is the festival for you.

 

http://www.junglejims.com/junglefests/

 

 

June 3-4, 2017 Troy Strawberry Festival – Troy, Ohio
Troy celebrates its place as the center of Ohio’s strawberry production the first weekend of June. Featured are the strawberries, of course, and they come in all sorts of taste-tempting treats from shortcake to donuts to strawberry pie. Also to be enjoyed are the many arts and crafts booths, the athletic competitions, and the entertainment. One of the largest and best-attended festivals in the Midwest. Attendance: 150,000.

 

http://gostrawberries.com/

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

February 3, 2017 at 6:16 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Here’s a perfect Salad to go with that Turkey Ham Ciabatta Sandwich, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Buttermilk Dressing. Strawberries, Cream Cheese, Buttermilk, Spinach, and Red Onion make this Salad that goes great with any meal! You can find this recipe along with all the other Salad recipes at the Jennie – O website! Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2017! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Buttermilk Dressingstrawberry-spinach-salad-with-buttermilk-dressing

Creamy buttermilk dressing pairs well with juicy strawberries and crisp spinach.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sliced strawberries, divided
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small cubes and divided
⅓ cup buttermilk
6 cups fresh spinach
1 small red onion, cut into thin rings

 
DIRECTIONS

1) In blender container, combine ¾ cup strawberries, cream cheese and buttermilk; process until smooth.
2) In large salad bowl, toss together spinach, onion and remaining 1¼ cups strawberries. Serve with dressing.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATIONJennie O Make the Switch
PER SERVING
Calories70
Protein2g
Carbohydrates6g
Fiber1g
Sugars3g
Fat5g
Cholesterol15mg
Sodium70mg
Saturated Fat3g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/968-strawberry-spinach-salad-with-buttermilk-dressing

Dessert Pizza

October 20, 2016 at 5:39 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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From the Jennie – O website its , Dessert Pizza. Jennie – O is the home of Turkey Recipes but it also has a great selection of side dishes and desserts like the recipe I’m passing along to everyone now. So make sure you check out the Jennie – O site (https://www.jennieo.com/) for any of your recipe needs. Make the SWITCH!

 

 

Dessert Pizza

This berry-topped dessert is festive enough for July 4th or Memorial Day grilling, but easy enough for everyday.

INGREDIENTS

1 (8-ounce) package frozen puff pastry dough, thaweddessert-pizza
1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup sliced strawberries
½ cup fresh blueberries
DIRECTIONS

1) Heat oven to 400°F.
2) Place puff pastry on parchment paper lined baking sheet and cut each rectangle into 4 equal rectangles.
3) Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
4) Stir together mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt until smooth. Divide cheese mixture evenly among 8 cooled pastries. Top evenly with fresh berries.

 

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATIONJennie O Make the Switch
PER SERVING
Calories300
Protein4g
Carbohydrates19g
Fiber1g
Sugars5g
Fat24g
Cholesterol35mg
Sodium125mg
Saturated Fat9g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/979-dessert-pizza

Jennie – O Recipe of the Week – Easy Strawberry Turkey Bacon Salad

July 29, 2016 at 4:51 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | 4 Comments
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This week’s Jennie – O Recipe of the Week – Easy Strawberry Turkey Bacon Salad. Made with JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, lemon-poppy-seed dressing, quinoa, fresh spinach, strawberries, and roasted almonds! You can find this recipe along with all the rest of the delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website, Enjoy! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Easy Strawberry Turkey Bacon SaladEasy Strawberry Turkey Bacon Salad

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons lemon-poppy-seed dressing
½ cup cooked quinoa
2 strips cooked JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, chopped
⅓ cup chopped fresh spinach
⅓ cup sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons chopped roasted almonds

 
DIRECTIONS

1) Cook turkey bacon as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Set aside.
2) In pint jar, add dressing. Layer quinoa, turkey bacon, spinach, strawberries and almonds.
3) Secure jar top and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATIONJennie O Make the Switch
PER SERVING
Calories350
Protein11g
Carbohydrates31g
Fiber5g
Sugars8g
Fat20g
Cholesterol20mg
Sodium630mg
Saturated Fat3g

https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/995-easy-strawberry-turkey-bacon-salad

Low-Carb Coffee and Tea Drink Recipes

July 21, 2016 at 5:14 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Low-Carb Coffee and Tea Drink Recipes. Make your favorite healthier! Recipes including; Iced Mocha, Strawberry Iced Tea, and Mango Green Tea Smoothies. Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website, home of Diabetic-Friendly Recipes! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 
Low-Carb Coffee and Tea Drink RecipesDiabetic living logo

Coffeehouse drinks can pour on unwanted calories and carbs. Be your own barista and opt for homemade beverages to eliminate the mystery. Our easy, café-worthy coffee and tea recipes are low in carbs and calories, allowing you to get your morning caffeine fix or afternoon refresher without jolting your healthy eating plan.

 

 

Iced Mocha

For an afternoon pick-me-up, make this chocolaty coffee-shop favorite. Our super-simple at-home version has just 46 calories and 7 grams of carb per serving, so you won’t break your calorie and carb budget……

 
Strawberry Iced Tea

We steeped loose black tea with crushed berries and lemon peel to infuse the iced drink with fruity flavor. With a seriously low carb count (7 grams per serving!), this refreshing tea recipe is a perfect alternative to sugary fruit drinks on hot summer days……

 
Mango Green Tea Smoothies

This isn’t your typical breakfast smoothie. We kicked up the health value by blending antioxidant-rich green tea with frozen mango, carrots, and chia seeds. The nondairy smoothie is low-calorie and low-carb……

 

 

* Click the link below to see all the Low-Carb Coffee & Tea Drink Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/drink/low-carb-coffee-tea-drink-recipes

Sweet & Savory Summer Berry Recipes

July 2, 2016 at 5:00 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Sweet & Savory Summer Berry Recipes. Delicious and healthy recipes that are all about the Summer Berries! Recipes for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and more! Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

Sweet & Savory Summer Berry RecipesDiabetic living logo

Markets are filled with fresh summer berries. Add them to your grocery list, and then try these delicious, easy berry recipes to brighten your plate and get a pop of nutrition.

 

A Bounty of Berries

Not only are berries a bold and beautiful addition to your meals, they’re also bursting with nutritional value. For instance, pectin is a fiber found naturally in berries that can help reduce blood levels of total and LDL cholesterol. Eat a variety of different berries—strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and more—to get the unique benefits that each offers.

 

 

Very Berry Grilled Pork Salad

Antioxidant-rich blackberries and raspberries dress up this summery grilled pork recipe. Drizzle with our homemade berry-basil salad dressing for a refreshing low-carb dinner with both sweet and savory notes…..

 
Strawberries

Now is the time to visit a you-pick strawberry patch to really appreciate this berry’s flavor. Fresh strawberries are available year-round, but the peak season spans April through October. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 46 calories and 11 grams of carbohydrate. One of the best food sources of vitamin C, strawberries provide 141 percent of the daily recommended amount in 1 cup….

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Sweet & Savory Summer Berry Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/popular/sweet-savory-summer-berry-recipes

One of America’s Favorites – Sundae

June 27, 2016 at 5:06 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A strawberry sundae

A strawberry sundae

The sundae (pronunciation: /ˈsʌndeɪ, ˈsʌndi/) is a sweet ice cream dessert. It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream, peanuts, maraschino cherries, or other fruits (e.g., bananas and pineapple in a banana split.).

 

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure; however, it is generally accepted that the spelling “sundae” derives from the English word “Sunday”.

 

 

 

 

A chocolate sundae served in a shot glass

A chocolate sundae served in a shot glass

Among the many stories about the invention of the sundae, a frequent theme is that the ice cream sundae was a variation of the popular ice cream soda. According to documentation published by the Evanston Public Library (Illinois), the drinking of soda was outlawed on Sundays in Illinois.

Other origin stories for the sundae focus on the novelty or inventiveness of the treat or the name of the originator, and make no mention of legal pressures.

Ice cream sundae soon became the weekend semi-official soda fountain confection in the beginning of 1900s and

quickly gained popularity. The Ice Cream Trade Journal for 1909 along with plain, or French sundae, listed such exotic varieties as Robin Hood sundae, Cocoa Caramel sundae, Black Hawk sundae, Angel Cake sundae, Cherry Dip sundae, Cinnamon Peak sundae, Opera sundae, Fleur D’Orange sundae, Knickerbocker sundae, Tally-Ho Sundae, Bismarck and George Washington sundaes, to name a few.

 
Various localities have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, including Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Plainfield, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; New York City; New Orleans, Louisiana; Ithaca, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York.

 
Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1881
Two Rivers’ claim is based on the story of George Hallauer asking Edward C. Berners, the owner of Berners’ Soda Fountain, to drizzle chocolate syrup over ice cream in 1881. Berners eventually did and wound up selling the treat for a nickel, originally only on Sundays, but later every day. According to this story, the spelling changed when a glass salesman ordered canoe-shaped dishes. When Berners died in 1939, the Chicago Tribune headlined his obituary “Man Who Made First Ice Cream Sundae Is Dead”. Two Ithaca High School students, however, claim that Berners would have only been 16 or 17 in 1881, so it is therefore “improbable” that he would have owned an ice cream shop in that year. They also state that the obituary dates Berners’ first sundae to 1899 rather than 1881.

Residents of Two Rivers have contested the claims of other cities to the right to claim the title “birthplace of the ice cream sundae”. When Ithaca, New York, mayor Carolyn K. Peterson proclaimed a day to celebrate her city as the birthplace of the sundae, she received postcards from Two Rivers’ citizens reiterating that town’s claim.

 

Evanston, Illinois in 1890
Evanston was one of the first locations to pass a blue law against selling ice cream sodas in 1890. “Some ingenious confectioners and drug store operators [in Evanston]… obeying the law, served ice cream with the syrup of your choice without the soda [on Sundays]. Thereby complying with the law… This sodaless soda was the Sunday soda.” As sales of the dessert continued on Mondays, local Methodist leaders then objected to naming the dish after the Sabbath, so the spelling of the name was changed to sundae.

 
Ithaca, New York in 1892
Supporting Ithaca’s claim to be “the birthplace of the ice cream sundae”, researchers at The History Center in Tompkins County, New York, provide an account of how the sundae came to be: On Sunday, April 3, 1892, in Ithaca, John M. Scott, a Unitarian Church minister, and Chester Platt, co-owner of Platt & Colt Pharmacy, created the first historically documented sundae. Platt covered dishes of ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries on a whim. The men named the dish “Cherry Sunday” in honor of the day it was created. The oldest-known written evidence of a sundae is Platt & Colt’s newspaper ad for a “Cherry Sunday” placed in the Ithaca Daily Journal on April 5, 1892. By May 1892, the Platt & Colt soda fountain also served “Strawberry Sundays” and later, “Chocolate Sundays”.

Platt & Colt’s “Sundays” grew so popular that by 1894, Chester Platt attempted to trademark the term ice cream “Sunday”.

 
Plainfield, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois has also claimed to be the home of the very first ice cream sundae. A local belief is that a Plainfield druggist named Mr. Sonntag created the dish “after the urgings of patrons to serve something different.” He named it the “sonntag” after himself, and since Sonntag means Sunday in German, the name was translated to Sunday, and later was spelled sundae. Charles Sonntag established himself as a pharmacist after graduating from pharmacy school in 1890. He worked for several years under the employ of two local druggists, Dr. David W. Jump and F. R. Tobias. Sonntag established his own pharmacy (as early as 1893 and no later than 1895) in a building constructed in the months following a December 1891 fire that devastated one side of the town’s business district. His store advertised “Sonntag’s Famous Soda” and was, likely, the first soda fountain in the Village of Plainfield.

 

 

The original sundae consists of vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry

The original sundae consists of vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry

The original sundae consists of vanilla ice cream topped with a flavored sauce or syrup, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. Classic sundaes are typically named after the canned or bottled flavored syrup employed in the recipe: cherry sundae, chocolate sundae, strawberry sundae, raspberry sundae, etc. The classic sundae is traditionally served in a tulip-shaped, footed glass vase. Due to the long association between the shape of the glass and the dessert, this style of serving dish is generally now known as a sundae glass.

 

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