Ohio Festivals September 26-29, 2019

September 25, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 26-29, 2019 56th Annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Barnesville, Ohio
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for families and friends who come each year to enjoy one of Ohio’s oldest and most popular festivals. Always held during the last full weekend in September, the Festival includes four days of fun-filled contests, entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds. The festival started in 1963 in the basement of the Catholic Church and has has evolved from a small street fair to a premier event with visitors attending from all over the United States. Both adults and children will enjoy harvest-inspired arts and crafts, home-style foods, entertainment on two stages, a giant weigh-in of champion pumpkins, lots of fun contests and the Giant Pumpkin Festival Parade on Saturday. There is plenty to see and do and, best of all, admission is free.
http://www.barnesvillepumpkinfestival.com/

September 27-28, 2019 Annual Ohio Swiss Festival – Sugarcreek, Ohio
Held in Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, with parades, queen pageant, musical entertainment, rides, 5K Swiss Cheese Chase, cheese auction, cheesemaking contest, Steintossen stone throwing, yodeling Swiss cheese eating and Swiss costume contests. Sample award-winning wine and cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
https://ohioswissfestival.com/

September 28-29, 2019 56th Geneva Grape Jamboree – Geneva, Ohio
Celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes. Taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products. All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free. Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon. Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.
http://www.grapejamboree.com/

September 28-29, 2019 37th Annual Country Applefest – Lebanon, Ohio
The Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon will be filled with homemade crafts, great food and entertainment. Enter the apple bake off contest.
http://www.countryapplefest.com/

September 28-29, 2019 40th Annual Germantown Pretzel Festival
Germantown, Ohio
Fall festival held on the fourth full weekend in September, since 1980, featuring handcrafts, good food, and free entertainment with live music & shows, baked goods & pretzels!
http://pretzelfestival.com/live/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna

September 9, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna. 4 Cheese Vegetable Lasagna in a Creamy Parmesan Bechamel Sauce. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all! So be sure to check it out soon. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna
A cheese and vegetable-rich lasagna in a creamy Parmesan bechamel sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
Vegetable cooking spray
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrots
1 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups low-fat milk
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese – divided use
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
12 cooked lasagna noodles (cooked without salt or fat)

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
2 – Lightly coat the bottom of a Dutch oven with oil and place over medium heat until hot. Add the broccoli, carrots, onions, bell pepper and garlic; sauté 7 minutes. Set aside.
3 – Melt butter in a medium saucepan, stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add the milk, stirring with until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook until thickened, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat; stir in the spinach. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture, and set aside.
4 – Combine the ricotta, mozzarella and Swiss cheeses; stir well. Spread 1/2 cup of the spinach mixture in the bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 lasagna noodles over the spinach mixture; top with half of the cheese mixture, half of the vegetable mixture, and half of the spinach mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with the noodles. Spread the reserved 1/2 cup of spinach mixture over the noodles, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 9 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/four_cheese_vegetable_lasagna_recipe.html

Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups

April 12, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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From the Jennie – O Turkey website I have a recipe for Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups. Made using the JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, one of my favorites! You’ll also need Shredded Hash Browns, Egg Substitute, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Shredded Swiss Cheese. You can find this recipe along with all the other Jennie – O Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2019! https://www.jennieo.com/

Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups
Crispy hash browns, eggs and sausage all in one easy brunch recipe.

INGREDIENTS
1 (12-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links
1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes
½ cup milk
2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oven to 425°F. Cook sausage links as specified on package. Always cook to well done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Chop sausage links into small pieces.
2) Mist 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Divide potatoes evenly among muffin cups. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
3) In bowl, beat together milk and eggs. Stir in chopped sausage and cheeses. Pour mixture into each muffin cup. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until egg is set. Cool 5 minutes before removing from muffin cups.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 230
Protein 13g
Carbohydrates 28g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Fat 8g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 310mg
Saturated Fat 4.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/972-birds-nest-breakfast-cups

Patty Melts with Caramelized Onions

March 29, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a 2nd Jennie – O Turkey Sandwich Recipe to pass along to everyone, Patty Melts with Caramelized Onions. A classic made healthier! This one uses the JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Burger Patties. With toppings of Sweet Onion, Tomato, and Swiss Cheese then served on Sourdough Bread. Patty Melt Heaven! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2019! https://www.jennieo.com/

Patty Melts with Caramelized Onions
Put a nutritious spin on a diner classic without sacrificing flavor. Each melt is full of the rich, sweet flavor of caramelized onions, hearty Swiss cheese and crunchy, toasty bread. But thanks to JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Burger Patties, these burgers are high in protein and only 460 calories per serving.

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon oil
1 large sweet onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 (16-ounce) packaging JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Burger Patties
1 tomato, sliced
4 slices Swiss cheese
8 slices sourdough bread, toasted

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oil in large broiler safe skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until onions are golden, glazed and tender, stirring frequently.
2) Cook the patties as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
3) Heat broiler. Top burgers with tomato and cheese slices. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned. On bottom slice of bread add glazed onions. Top with burgers and bread top.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 460
Protein 34g
Carbohydrates 38g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Fat 17g
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 580mg
Saturated Fat 6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/398-patty-melts-with-caramelized-onions

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BACON, MUSHROOM and SWISS KETO BURGER ON CREAMED SPINACH

February 20, 2019 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 a BACON, MUSHROOM and SWISS KETO BURGER ON CREAMED SPINACH. It’s made using the New Wild Idea Keto Burger along with the Wild Idea Bacon. With toppings of sliced Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese. I’ve never tried the Keto Burger but looking forward to trying one! You can find this recipe or purchase the Keto Bugers at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BACON, MUSHROOM and SWISS KETO BURGER ON CREAMED SPINACH
You may say Keto-Diet, but we say Keto-licious!

Burger Ingredients: (per serving)

1 – 4oz. or 8oz. Wild Idea Keto Burger
1 – tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
3 – strips Wild Idea Bacon or other grass-fed/organic bacon
1 – cup sliced mushrooms
1 – oz. Swiss cheese, sliced

Preparation:

1 – Rub the pre-portioned burger with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2 – In a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat, heat the remaining oil.
3 – Add the bacon to the pan, and the mushrooms, keeping them separate. Add the prepped burger to the pan too, nestling it up against the edge of the pan.
4 – Turn the bacon as needed and cook until crispy. Remove once cooked and place on paper.
5 – Sauté the mushrooms and season them with a little salt and pepper to as they are sautéing.
6 – Turn the burger every minute, keeping the uncooked edge nestled to the side. Cook 4 oz. burgers for about two minutes each side and the 8 oz. burgers about 3 minutes each side for medium rare.
7 – While the burger is still in the pan, top with the mushrooms, the bacon and the slices of cheese. Add any mushrooms to the top of the burger.
8 – Transfer the burger to a plate and tent with foil.
Creamed Spinach Ingredients:

¼ – cup onion, chopped
2½ – ounces of fresh spinach
1 – tablespoon butter
¼ – cup cream
salt, pepper, chili flake

Preparation:

1 – Using the burger pan (or in a separate pan), over medium heat, add the butter and the onions. Sauté the onions for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 – Add the spinach and stir to incorporate. Cook until the spinach has wilted.
3 – Add the cream and mix together. Cook until the cream stats to thicken about 3 minutes.
4 – Season the creamed spinach to taste.
5 – To serve, pile the creamed spinach in the center of the plate and top with the Bacon, Mushroom & Swiss Burger.
Eat with pure joy!
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/bacon-mushroom-swiss-keto-burger-on-creamed-spinach

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Cheese and Vegetable Pie

January 14, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Cheese and Vegetable Pie. Made with Swiss Cheese and Zucchini. Perfect dish for Brunch or Dinner. It’s from the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Cheese and Vegetable Pie
This delicious Swiss cheese and zucchini quiche makes a great dish for brunch or supper.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup frozen onion seasoning blend or sliced onion
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry shell* (partially baked)
2 large eggs (beaten)
1 cup half-and-half (light cream)
1 cup zucchini (sliced)

Cooking Directions:
1 – Sauté onion and zucchini in butter in skillet until tender, about five minutes; season with salt and pepper and stir in flour. Cool; toss with cheese and arrange in bottom of crust.
2 – Mix eggs and half-and-half; pour into crust.
3 – Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) until pie is browned and set, 40 to 45 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.

*Use store bought ready-to-use, or homemade pastry using your favorite recipe.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 347 Protein: 13.8 g Fat: 23.8 g Carbohydrate: 20 g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/cheese_and_vegetable_pie_recipe.html

Ohio Festivals September 27- 30, 2018

September 26, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 27-30, 2018 55th Annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Barnesville, Ohio
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for families and friends who come each year to enjoy one of Ohio’s oldest and most popular festivals. Always held during the last full weekend in September, the Festival includes four days of fun-filled contests, entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds. The festival started in 1963 in the basement of the Catholic Church and has has evolved from a small street fair to a premier event with visitors attending from all over the United States. Both adults and children will enjoy harvest-inspired arts and crafts, home-style foods, entertainment on two stages, a giant weigh-in of champion pumpkins, lots of fun contests and the Giant Pumpkin Festival Parade on Saturday. There is plenty to see and do and, best of all, admission is free.
http://www.barnesvillepumpkinfestival.com/

September 28-29, 2018 Annual Ohio Swiss Festival – Sugarcreek, Ohio
Held in Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, with parades, queen pageant, musical entertainment, rides, 5K Swiss Cheese Chase, cheese auction, cheese making contest, Steintossen stone throwing, yodeling Swiss cheese eating and Swiss costume contests. Sample award-winning wine & cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
http://www.ohioswissfestival.com/

September 29, 2018 36th Annual Country Applefest – Lebanon, Ohio
The Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon will be filled with homemade crafts, great food and entertainment. Enter the apple bake off contest.
http://www.countryapplefest.com/

September 29-30, 2018 55th Geneva Grape Jamboree – Geneva, Ohio
Celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes. Taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products. All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free. Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon. Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.
http://www.grapejamboree.com/

One of America’s Favorites – Cheese and Crackers

September 24, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Cheese and crackers

Cheese and crackers is a common dish consisting of crackers paired with various or multiple cheeses. It is also known as cheese and biscuits outside the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Historically the fare of sailors, soldiers, and pioneers, it became popular in American restaurants and taverns around the 1850s. It is prepared using various types of cheeses, and is often paired with wine. Mass-produced cheese and crackers brands include Handi-Snacks, Ritz, Jatz and Lunchables.

 

 

Cheese and crackers with red wine and other foods

Cheese and crackers is a common snack food or hors d’oeuvre consisting of crackers paired with various cheeses. In the United States it has also been served as a dessert, with the addition of ingredients such as jam, jelly, marmalade or preserves. It is also commonly served at parties in the U.S., and in the Southern United States, it is relatively common for hot chili pepper jelly to be served atop cream cheese and crackers at cocktail parties. Cheese and crackers has a relatively high amount of protein, per the cheese as an ingredient.

Cheese and crackers is a common food-pairing that can serve to complement various cheeses, and the dish can be paired with wines. The cheese can be sliced or cubed, and served separately with crackers or pre-placed atop the crackers.

Cheese and crackers has been consumed by various sailors such as immigrants, whalers and explorers before refrigeration existed, using hardtack crackers and cheese. It has also been consumed by various land explorers.

Cheese and crackers with cubed cheddar cheese

Cheese and crackers increased in popularity circa the 1850s, when bakers began producing thinner crackers with a lighter texture compared to hard tack. During this time period, the combination was placed on restaurant menus as an after-dessert course and was also served in saloons. Cheese and crackers was a food ration used by soldiers during the American Civil War (1861–1865). Some soldiers at the time referred to cheese and crackers as a “square meal”. Cheese and hardtack was consumed along with dried venison meat by Ezra Meeker during his time on the Oregon Trail in 1852. In 1915, mountaineer Philip Rogers consumed cheese and hardtack along with raisins and nuts during his expedition around Mount Rainier in Washington state.

Circa the beginning of the 20th century, cheese and crackers was being prepared in homes and cooked by baking it and adding additional ingredients after cooking, such as paprika and mustard. At this time, the combination was sometimes served with soups and salads, and was used on salads for decades thereafter. It was also commonly served at parties beginning around this time. It was consumed as a dessert, rather than after-dessert by some during the Great Depression in the United States, and was sometimes consumed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House for dessert, along with other foods.

Starting in the 1950s, cheese and crackers was recommended as a snack for children by parenting experts, home economists and authors of cookbooks. The snack increased in popularity during the mid-1980s when Oscar Mayer introduced its Lunchables product, which included cheese, crackers and lunch meat, and occurred in part to boost the company’s lunch meat sales.

A Handi-Snack

Handi-Snacks is a mass-produced cheese and crackers snack food that is prepared using processed cheese. Lunchables is another commercial product that includes cheese and crackers as ingredients. Fancy cheese and crackers was a cheese and crackers lunch product purveyed by Oscar Mayer in the mid-1980s that included additional foods such as lunch meat and a dessert.

 

Cheese Appetizer Recipes

September 23, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its, Cheese Appetizer Recipes. If you’re a Cheese Lover like myself you are going to love these recipes! Delicious and Healthy recipes like; Creamy Cheese Fondue, Blackberry and Cream Cheese Cracker, and Turkey-Apple-Brie Sandwiches. Find these Cheesy Delights and more all at the EatingWell website. Plus you can subscribe to one of my favorite Cooking Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Cheese Appetizer Recipes
Find healthy, delicious cheese appetizer recipes including goat cheese, tomato and mozzarella, and cream cheese appetizers. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Creamy Cheese Fondue
Green apples, broccoli florets and veggie sticks are the perfect dippers for this decadent cheese fondue……..

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Cracker
Fresh blackberries and light cream cheese make a pretty, sweet topping for a crispbread snack, especially with a little mint sprinkled on top. Besides being beautiful and delicious, blackberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins……..

Turkey-Apple-Brie Sandwiches
Hollowed-out baguettes hold a satisfying combo of tart apples, creamy Brie and protein-rich, shredded turkey……….

* Click the link below to get all the Cheese Appetizer Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19163/ingredients/dairy/cheese/

One of America’s Favorites – Ham and Cheese Sandwich

June 25, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A grilled ham and cheese sandwich, in a cast iron frying pan

A ham and cheese sandwich is a common type of sandwich. It is made by putting cheese and sliced ham between two slices of bread. The bread is sometimes buttered and/or toasted. Vegetables like lettuce, tomato, onion or pickle slices can also be included. Various kinds of mustard and mayonnaise are also common.

Sliced bread, sliced cheese, and sliced cooked ham are very readily available in Western supermarkets and as a result ham and cheese sandwiches are quick and easy to prepare. They are a common component of a packed lunch.

 

As recalled by ballpark concessionaire Harry Stevens in a 1924 interview, in 1894 ham and cheese sandwiches were the only food sold in New York baseball parks; frankfurters were introduced in 1909.

Open-faced ham and cheese tapas-style sandwiches

An Englishwoman, writing in 1923 of her passage through Ellis Island on a trip to the U.S., noted:

I was in fear and trembling, having heard so many tales of the abuse aliens receive there…. The attendants were very kind and not at all rough with us. It was the noon hour… in a little while porters came along with baskets of very good ham and cheese sandwiches and coffee for the grown-ups and milk for the babies.
Richard E. Byrd took ham and cheese sandwiches on his 1926 polar flight as did 1927 transatlantic fliers Chamberlin and Levine.

 

The origin of the ham and cheese sandwich has been debated for a number of years by culinary intellectuals. The leading theory as to who first started to produce a ham, cheese and bread dish is mentioned in The Larousse Gastronomique 1961. Here it notes that Patrick Connolly, an 18th-century Irish immigrant to England, sold a bread dish which:

Home made ham and cheese sandwich

“combined the remains of pig, cured and sliced with a topping of Leicester cheese and a kiss of egg yolk sauce (a form of mayonnaise) in a round bread roll. The dish was rather unimaginatively known as a Connolly and is still sometimes referred to as this in some parts of the Midlands in the UK.”

In the UK, a common addition to a ham and cheese sandwich is pickle (a sweet, vinegary chutney originally by Branston); the snack is then known as a ham, cheese and pickle sandwich.

 

 

In French cuisine, a croque-monsieur is a type of ham and cheese sandwich. It is topped with cheese and baked or fried.

 

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