Farmhouse Rules – Food Network

November 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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A new show I caught last week was Farmhouse Rules. Looks like it’s going to be a good one. All about Country Cooking and Recipes. Here’s some more details about it.


Farmhouse Rules
A successful business owner and warm-hearted grandma, Nancy Fuller is bringing the farm to the table on her all-new series, Farmhouse Rules, airing Sundays at 11:30am/10:30c. She’ll gather local goods near her home in upstate New York, then nourish her family with feel-good comfort food.

About the Show

Farmhouse Rules is a lifestyle and cooking show centered on Nancy Fuller’s kitchen and the Hudson Valley farming community that supplies it. Nancy is a warm, loving, mother of six and grandmother to 13, and a no-nonsense owner of a multimillion-dollar business she runs with her husband. Follow the bold and lively Nancy as she gathers the best the land has to offer and feeds her family and friends classic, farm-fresh meals.

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Wild Idea on Food Network – Sunday 9pm/8c

September 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Wild Idea on Food Network – Sunday 9pm/8cWild Idea


There is big news from Wild Idea this week! This Sunday evening at 9pm/8c on the Food Network, Wild Idea Buffalo will be featured as a stop for The Great Food Truck Race. Tune in and watch as the contestants try to create the best dishes possible using our 100% grass-fed buffalo and then sell the most items from their food trucks.

Wild Idea’s Jill O’Brien, who creates original buffalo recipes of her own, was glad to host the show and food trucks. “I can’t give away any secrets but I can tell you we are bracing for an onslaught of new fans who care about where their food comes from and who are looking for a delicious, healthy, sustainable red meat alternative,” she says.

Jill will be “live tweeting” her reactions to what is on the screen during the airing of the program. The tweets will be available on Wild Idea’s Twitter page @WildIdeaBuffalo. Employees, friends, and fans will be gathering to watch the show as well.

2013 Maple Syrup Festival at Hueston Woods State Park

February 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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2013 Maple Syrup Festival at Hueston Woods State Park


The annual event offers syrup-making demos, hayrides over the next two weekends.


HUESTON WOODS – The end of winter and the beginning of spring signal much more than rain showers and blooming flowers. It marks Hueston Woodsthe beginning of maple syrup season as well.
Hueston Woods State Park is hosting its 46th annual Maple Syrup Festival March 3-4 and 10-11, featuring syrup-making demonstrations, a pancake breakfast, hayrides and authentic Ohio maple syrup for sale.
“It’s a really popular event,” said Chad Smith, naturalist supervisor for Hueston Woods. “It signals the start to our busier season and is family friendly for all ages.”

The festival examines the craft and history of maple syrup production in Ohio, and will offer tours throughout the park’s nature preserve where maple trees are tapped for their sap, Smith said.
That sap is later cooked and evaporated into maple syrup through a variety of methods, Smith said.
“We’ll be demonstrating the Native American version (of making maple syrup) all the way to the pioneer version, which is most like the current way,” Smith said.

The hourlong tours will begin at the park’s Pioneer Farm and hayrides will escort patrons to the nature preserve.
Patrons will then walk the park’s Sugarbush Trail through the preserve while listening to park guides recount the history of maple syrup production and providing demonstrations. The tour then ends at what Smith calls “The Sugar Shack,” where the maple sap is transformed into tasty syrup.

“Hiking on the tour is low impact, but for those who can’t hike the hayride will take them directly to the ‘Sugar Shack,’” Smith said.
The Hueston Woods Lodge will also offer a pancake breakfast all four days, featuring — what else —Ohio maple syrup, Smith said.
Though the maple syrup made at Hueston Woods won’t be available for sale, the festival will offer syrup from other producers throughout Ohio for purchase, Smith said.

“We have sold our maple syrup traditionally in the past, but we don’t have the manpower to do that anymore,” Smith said.
“We’ll probably tap 50 to 75 trees in the park for the demonstrations. If we wanted to sell it, we would have to tap 300 to 400 trees; it takes 30 gallons of sap for one gallon of syrup.”
Admission to the park and the festival is free, Smith said.
“It’s a great event, and depending on the weather we can have 2,000 people or more,” Smith said.
“Hopefully everyone who comes goes away with understanding a little more about how syrup is made.”


How to go
What: Hueston Woods State Park 46th Annual Maple Syrup Festival
When: Noon to 4 p.m. March 3, 4, 10 and 11
Where: Hueston Woods State Park, 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner
Admission: Free
What: Pancake Breakfast at Hueston Woods State Park Lodge
Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $6 adults, $5 children 10 and younger


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Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 – Maple Syrup Festival

Please join us for our 47th Annual Maple Syrup Festival!
March 2nd-3rd and 9th-10th!

7am – 1pm
Pancake Breakfast at the Lodge
$6 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

Noon – 4pm
Maple Syrup Tours
Begin with a hay ride at the Pioneer Farm on
Brown Rd. next to the Golf Course.
No dogs or other pets allowed on the tour.

Enjoy a hike through the “Big Woods” a designated State Nature Preserve, and learn the art of Maple Syrup production as well as the cultural and natural history of the area. Food, beverages and Maple Syrup will be on sale throughout the day.

10am – 4:30pm
Visit the Nature Center
Tour our indoor/outdoor exhibits of Reptiles,
Birds of Prey, our resident Bobcat and more!

Any Questions?
Call a Park Naturalist 513-524-4250
We’ll see you there!

Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 – Maple Syrup Festival

Please join us for our 47th Annual Maple Syrup Festival!
March 2nd-3rd and 9th-10th!

7am – 1pm
Pancake Breakfast at the Lodge
$6 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

Noon – 4pm
Maple Syrup Tours
Begin with a hay ride at the Pioneer Farm on
Brown Rd. next to the Golf Course.
No dogs or other pets allowed on the tour.

Enjoy a hike through the “Big Woods” a designated State Nature Preserve, and learn the art of Maple Syrup production as well as the cultural and natural history of the area. Food, beverages and Maple Syrup will be on sale throughout the day.

10am – 4:30pm
Visit the Nature Center
Tour our indoor/outdoor exhibits of Reptiles,
Birds of Prey, our resident Bobcat and more!

Any Questions?
Call a Park Naturalist 513-524-4250
We’ll see you there!

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Cincinnati Chocolate Festival

October 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | 1 Comment
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We’ve Got A Bigger Box of Chocolates for 2012

Join us Sunday, October 21st for the third annual Cincinnati Chocolate Festival at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. Designed for chocolate lovers of all ages, this delectable event will feature tempting chocolate tastings from delicious local vendors, celebrity chef demonstrations, LIVE vendor and amateur competitions, contests, raffle baskets, children’s activities and much more . This spectacular event will tempt your palate and indulge your chocolate cravings to your absolute delight and satisfaction.

Cincinnati Chocolate Festival vendors will be taking over the Cintas Center’s concourses this year with plenty of aisle space to explore and enjoy samples from 10 x 6 booths around a circular flow floor plan. Live cooking demonstrations and judging of the amateur chocolate competition will take place in the Banquet room with two stages and ample seating for all! New admission entrance is larger and streamlined so there’s no need to worry about long lines to get in!|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

2012 Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival – Huntsburg, Ohio

October 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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October 6-7, 2012 Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival – Huntsburg, Ohio
The 43rd annual festival will include a baking contest, decorated & carved pumpkin show, pageant, horseshoe tournament, apple peeling contest, nail pounding contest, pumpkin roll, car show, pumpkin pie eating contest, road race, entertainment and a parade.


Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival

16534 Mayfield Road
PO Box 242
Huntsburg, OH 44046 phone: (440) 636-5197
toll-free: –
fax: (440) 636-5513


HUNTSBURG PUMPKIN FESTIVAL October 6th and 7th 2012
We would like to invite you to attend our country festival.
We are located in Huntsburg, Ohio in Geauga County at the intersections of State Routes 322 & 528.

This is our 43rd year of providing a free family day in the country.

The famous Pumpkin Queen and Tot King & Queen Contest on Saturday.
Big – Big Parade on Sunday at 2:15.

Free Parking & Shuttle operating 10:00 AM TIL 5:00 PM provided by the Huntsburg Baptist Church & The Huntsburg Festival Committee. Parking at the Huntsburg Baptist Church & Huntsburg Recreational Park only. No Parking on the side of the roads this year.

Findlay Market – Cincinnati, Ohio

September 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | 1 Comment
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I wanted to pass along some info about one of Cincinnati’s oldest continuously operated public markets. It seems everytime you go there you find something new! If your ever in the area make sure you visit!


Findlay Market

1801 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tel. 513-665-4839
Fax. 513-721-3480

Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions. The Market is located just blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, a dense historic neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market is home year-around to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April to November the Market also hosts a thriving farmers market, dozens of outdoor vendors, numerous street performers, and lots of special events.

Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts perhaps the most socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse crowds found anywhere in Cincinnati. They come for the sights and sounds and smells of an old-fashioned public market, for the great variety of fabulous fresh foods, for bargains, for people watching, and for a quintessentially urban shopping experience.

9am to 6pm – Tuesday through Friday

8am to 6pm on Saturday

10am to 4pm on Sunday

Closed Monday

Findlay Market is open year-round

Findlay Market is located just blocks from downtown Cincinnati, in Over-The-Rhine on Elder Street between Elm and Race.
1801 Race Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Farmers Market
The Farmers Market is held every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from April through November.


Harvest Calendar

Discover what’s fresh this month at Findlay Market! Our Harvest Calendar shows you what’s in season, all season! The periods presented are approximate. Harvest periods may being a week to ten days earlier during a warmer than usual year. A cool spring will delay crop maturity. Also visit Season’s Eatings for seasonal recipes, and cook up something fresh!

Fruit: Apples, Grapes, Strawberries (Everbearing), Watermelon
Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Collards, Endive, Escarole, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Dry Onions, Green Onions, Parsley, Parsnips, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Winter Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Turnip Greens, Fall Turnips

Vegetables: Summer Squash, Zucchini, Turnips
Storage Crops: Apples, Potatoes, Winter Squash, etc.

Storage Crops: Apples, Potatoes, Winter Squash, etc.
Value-Added Products: Jams, Baked Goods, etc.
Other: Cheese, Meat, Eggs

Storage Crops: Apples, Potatoes, Winter Squash, etc.
Value-Added Products: Jams, Baked Goods, etc.
Other: Cheese, Meat, Eggs

Storage Crops: Apples, Potatoes, Winter Squash, etc.
Value-Added Products: Jams, Baked Goods, etc.
Other: Cheese, Meat, Eggs

T: (513) 665-4839

WEBN Fireworks September 2, 2012 at Cincinnati’s beautiful Riverfront

August 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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Featuring Cincinnati Bell WEBN Fireworks September 2, 2012 at Cincinnati’s beautiful Riverfront. Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove at Bicentennial Commons.

P&G Riverfest at Sawyer Point opens at noon and runs until approximately 11 p.m. on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

This year it’s September 2nd, 2012. Fireworks begin at 9:05 PM.
P&G Riverfest is Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky‘s big boom, the end of summer blowout that concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest – the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks.

This signature Cincinnati event began more than 30 years ago when WEBN treated the tri-state to a fireworks show in honor of the radio station’s 10th anniversary. The party at Sawyer Point, held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, has grown into an all-day affair with music, food and family fun and entertainment all day (Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point is a no-alcohol zone for Riverfest).

Nearly a half-million people attend on both sides of the river. Highlights: the Ohio/Kentucky shout-off just before the fireworks, and WEBN’s soundtrack, choreographed with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.
WEBN Fireworks Train – 2012

Take a train ride from the Norwood Eagles Lodge to the riverfront and back to view the Cincinnati Bell WEBN Fireworks! Avoid all of the traffic and arrive in style with the LM&M Railroad for a night of fun!

Seating with the LM&M Railroad will be in one of our high capacity commuter coaches. Tickets are also availble for the Luxury or Dining Cars through the Cincinnati Dinner Train. These tickets will be for a second train leaving from a nearby location, and will follow the same route to the riverfront. Please view the Cincinnati Dinner Train website for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Chopped Heads West in a Five-Part “Grill Masters” Summer Battle

July 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Posted in cooking, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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It’s grill or be grilled when Chopped heads to the Wild, Wild West for its newest special, Chopped Grill Masters. Tune in this Sunday at 10pm/9c to watch the first four competitors battle it out on the grill for a chance at the $50,000 grand prize. These grilling professionals will face not only the dreaded mystery basket of ingredients, but the elements as well, as the competition takes place outside in the harsh Arizona desert.

Watch as host Ted Allen and your favorite judges, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Aarón Sánchez, don their boots and spurs and head out West for the most heated Chopped showdown yet.

Hone your own skills on the grill by checking out all the great tips and recipes on Food Network’s Grilling Central, then tune in this Sunday, July 22, at 10/9c to catch all the action in the first epic face-off. Who will win and who will be chopped? Contestants, fire up your grills!

You’ve seen Chopped, Chopped Champions and Chopped All-Stars. Now, Chopped is traveling to the Arizona desert for a special five-part themed series: Grill Masters, which premieres Sunday, July 22, at 10pm ET/PT. Over the course of five weeks of dry desert heat, 16 grilling professionals from around the country face off in this captivating Wild West showdown. The stage is set for the ultimate culinary feud with Chopped favorites Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Aarón Sánchez at the judging table, and astonishing mystery ingredients and tremendously talented competitors. One chef from each preceding duel makes it to the final fiery face-off, and when the dust clears, the greatest grilling pro of all will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize.

Episode schedule:

Grill Masters: Part 1 – Sunday, July 22, at 10pm ET/PT
Fire up the grills, y’all! In this first-of-its-kind Chopped grilling tournament, the competition heads west for a fierce, five-part showdown for a $50,000 grand prize.
Competitors: Ray Lampe (Florida), Jennifer Duncan (Arizona), Tom Duncan (Arizona), Galen Zamarra (New York City)

Grill Masters: Part 2 – Sunday, July 29, at 9pm ET/PT
Four more grill masters step up to the challenge for a chance to compete in the finale. Some delicious Italian surprises await the finalists, but perfect desserts will be difficult to execute in a windy and intense final round.
Competitors: Sam Choy (Hawaii), Nicole Davenport (Texas), Carey Bringle (Tennessee), Dushyant Singh (Arizona)

Grill Masters: Part 3 – Sunday, August 5, at 9pm ET/PT
Advancing past the first round for these four masters of the open flame will require a lot of hard work in just 20 minutes.
Competitors: Robyn Lindars (Florida), Timothy Grandinetti (North Carolina), Ernest Servantes (Texas), Doug Keiles (New Jersey)

Grill Masters: Part 4 – Sunday, August 12, at 9pm ET/PT
The final four grill masters face off for the last slot in the finale. When the two remaining chefs open up the last basket and find every meat lover’s worst nightmare, they must attempt to put their feelings aside and grill up some terrific desserts.
Competitors: Chad Ward (Florida), Kent Rollins (Texas), Corinne Trang (Connecticut), Rick Browne (Washington)

Grill Masters: Finale – Sunday, August 19, at 9pm ET/PT
The champions of the first four competitions cowboy up to compete for the $50,000 prize in the grand finale. The final two chefs will draw from family memories when they open up the last basket and must grill some do-or-die desserts.
Competitors: The prior episode’s winners

June 8-10, 2012 Versailles Poultry Days – Versailles, Ohio

June 7, 2012 at 8:23 AM | Posted in BBQ, chicken, Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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June 8-10, 2012 Versailles Poultry DaysVersailles, Ohio
The 61st 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.

On behalf of the Versailles Poultry Days’ Board of Directors and Vice Chairmen: Eric Stachler, Shawn Peters, Brian Pearson, and Brian Henry, I would like to extend an invitation to welcome one and all to the 61st annual Poultry Days festival. The festival dates are June 8, 9, and 10 and the theme this year is Operation Poultry! We want to honor all those currently serving in the military, as well as, all veterans. The 2012 Poultry Days festival will once again be packed with many activities, attractions, and events for people of all ages to enjoy.

We anticipate serving over 24,000 chicken dinners during the three day festival. As always, the dinner will include the best barbecue chicken in the world, potato chips, applesauce, dinner roll, and orange drink.

The Poultry Days Board and Chairmen have once again scheduled some of the area’s best bands to provide live entertainment throughout the weekend in the social tent. Performing on Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 PM will be Nashville Crush. Providing entertainment on Saturday will include Higgins-Madewell and Pocket Change in the afternoon, followed by Karma’s Pawn from 7:30-11:30 PM. 2×2 Unplugged will provide the entertainment on Sunday afternoon, followed by Empty Tank from 6:00-10:00 PM.

During the weekend, there will be two parades, the Grand Parade on Saturday and the Antique Car and Tractor Parade on Sunday. Some of the other activities will include: Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days contests, Kiddie Tractor Pull, 5K Run, rides and games for all ages, Arts & Crafts, Cake and Egg Contest, Flower Show, and the Photography Show. The 31st annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament will also be held along with many other family friendly events.

Farmer’s markets grow in popularity

June 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Came across this article in this morning’s Journal – News. A really great article about our local Farmer’s Markets here in and around Butler County. You can read the entire article by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.

Farmer’s markets grow in popularity
More people seek affordable goods that support communities.

With an estimated 1,000 farmer’s markets, farm stands and pick-your-own fields and orchards in Ohio, local-grown produce and foods are easily available.

“Within the past year or two, there have been markets popping up all over,” said Lori Panda of the Ohio Proud program, part of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “People are interested in supporting their local economy and Ohio farmers. It’s bringing the community together.”

“Buying local” is exploding in popularity as people seek more affordable, chemical-free foods and goods that support their communities. Many markets are expanding to offer cooking demonstrations and educational programs that teach people how to prepare unfamiliar vegetables or grow their own.

“The challenge for the farm markets is it’s starting to get difficult to get vendors, especially on Saturdays, because there’s so many markets and they’re so popular,” Panda said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual survey showed 278 farmer’s markets in Ohio in 2011.

‘That community feeling’

One of the state’s oldest markets is Dayton’s PNC
2nd Street Market, a
MetroParks facility, whose roughly 45 vendors saw more than 3,800 patrons on the last Saturday in May.

“We started (in the 1980s) as the Wegerzyn Market, open Saturdays on a seasonal basis,” said market manager Jimmy Harless. “Ten years ago, we converted an old freight depot, and we’ve been here ever since. Half our vendors have been here all 10 years.”

The Market is open Thursdays through Sundays, and just opened its seasonal outdoor market featuring local growers.

Harless said a new generation has grown up with recycling and organic foods and is helping to boost local farming and public markets, both as producers and purchasers.

“It’s become sort of like Main Street Dayton,” he said. “It’s that community feeling. And it’s not contrived. It’s the real thing with the real people who made the food.”

A few blocks away, the community spirit is strong at the all-volunteer Garden Station park, which features community gardens, paintings and sculptures by local artists and performance spaces. The site offers the county’s only Sunday farmer’s market, with about five vendors and an average 60 customers per week.

“We’ve added sustainable living workshops and demonstration market gardens to teach and promote more urban agriculture,” said organizer Lisa Helm-Hancock. “It’s about teaching people to take care of themselves. There’s not enough local, organic produce to support local restaurants — they can’t keep up with the demand.”

Farmer’s markets near you

The following farmer’s markets and farm markets are listed on, part of the Ohio Proud agriculture marketing program of the state’s Department of Agriculture…

Read the entire article with lists of Markets by clicking link below:

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