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.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 6, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Butter it up………..

Before you store semi-hard cheeses like Cheddar, Swiss or Gruyere, rub the cut edges with a little butter. You’ll never notice the taste difference, and the cheese will be less likely to dry out or become moldy

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Bacon Biscuits

April 20, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Bacon Biscuits. Breakfast or Brunch it makes no difference with these delicious and healthy Turkey Bacon Biscuits! Made using JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon along with Cream Cheese, Eggs, Swiss Cheese, Green Onions, and served on Flaky Biscuits. They’re only 200 calories and 15 carbs per serving! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018!  https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Bacon Biscuits
Bake up these flakey biscuits topped with egg and cheese sandwiched between crisp turkey bacon. An easy breakfast or brunch recipe for your family that’s ready in just 30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS
½ (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated flaky biscuits
5 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 10 muffin cups.
2) In small bowl, beat cream cheese, eggs and milk on low speed until smooth. Stir in Swiss cheese and green onion.
3) Separate biscuit dough into 10 biscuits. Place 1 biscuit in each greased muffin cup; firmly press in bottom and up sides, forming a ¼ -inch rim. Place half of bacon in bottom of dough-lined muffin cups. Spoon cream cheese mixture over bacon. Top with remaining bacon and parsley. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is set and biscuits are golden brown. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 200
Protein 6g
Carbohydrates 15g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Fat 12g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 430mg
Saturated Fat 4.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/25-turkey-bacon-biscuits

Cracked Pepper Philly Melt

January 19, 2018 at 6:23 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along another Healthy and Delicious Sandwich Recipe from the Jennie – O Turkey website, Cracked Pepper Philly Melt. And this one uses thin sliced JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roast Turkey Breast along with Onions, Bell Peppers, Pepperoncini Peppers, Swiss Cheese, Mayo, and served on Hoagie Buns. You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Cracked Pepper Philly Melt
Layers of melted Swiss cheese, thinly sliced deli turkey, bell peppers, sautéed onion and pepperoncini make up this flavorful melt. Ready in under 15 minutes, this recipe makes for an easy weeknight dinner. And this one uses thin sliced JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roast Turkey Breast

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sliced yellow onion
½ cup thinly sliced green bell peppers
½ cup thinly sliced red bell peppers
¼ cup pepperoncini peppers, drained and sliced
8 ounces JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roast Turkey Breast, from the service deli
¼ cup mayonnaise
4 hoagie buns, split and grilled
4 slices Swiss cheese, halved

DIRECTIONS
1) In skillet over medium-high, heat oil. Add onion and cook 5 minutes or until softened. Add peppers; cook until tender. Remove from heat and reserve.
2) Heat turkey in microwave 10 to 15 seconds or until hot. Spread mayonnaise on hoagie bottoms. Top with turkey, pepper mixture and cheese. Replace bun top.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 320
Protein 24g
Carbohydrates 29g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 6g
Fat 14g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 980mg
Saturated Fat 5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/175-cracked-pepper-philly-melt

Turkey and Swiss Pull-Apart

December 15, 2017 at 6:13 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Passing along a second recipe from the Jennie – O Turkey website, Turkey and Swiss Pull-Apart. You’ll be using JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast along with a Loaf Baguette or Italian bread, Swiss Cheese, Spices, Onions, and Mustard. Grab your ingredients and heat the oven up and you’re ready to go! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey and Swiss Pull-Apart
The best thing since sliced bread just happens to be a recipe that calls for unsliced bread. This
melt-y, kid-friendly dinner is serious finger-food — melted Swiss cheese and hickory smoked turkey baked into a baguette.

INGREDIENTS
1 loaf baguette or Italian bread
¼ cup butter, melted
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup sliced Swiss cheese
1 pound thinly sliced JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, from the service deli
1 red onion, thinly sliced
coarse grain mustard, if desired

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oven to 400ºF. Without slicing completely through bread, make diagonal cuts every ½ to ¾-inch for a total of 12 to 16 cuts.
2) Mix butter with garlic powder; set aside. Place loaf on parchment paper and brush each slice lightly with garlic butter. Reserve remaining garlic butter.
3) In each slice, insert cheese, turkey breast and onion. Slowly pour remaining garlic butter over the loaf, allowing butter to go into the slices.
4) Wrap loaf with parchment, then with heavy-duty aluminum foil and loosely seal. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Serve with coarse grain mustard, if desired.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 360
Protein 30g
Carbohydrates 14g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Fat 19g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 980mg
Saturated Fat 12g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/372-turkey-and-swiss-pull-apart

One of America’s Favorites – Ham and Cheese Sandwich

November 27, 2017 at 6:07 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 fifteen years later.

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

Open-faced ham and cheese tapas-style sandwiches

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:

“combined the remains of pig, cured and sliced with a topping of Leicester cheese and a kiss of egg yolk sauce (a form

A grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a side of salad and crisps chips

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.

 

One of America’s Favorites – Sailor Sandwich MONDAY

November 6, 2017 at 6:22 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Sailor sandwich

A sailor sandwich is a hot meat and cheese sandwich popular in Richmond, Virginia area restaurants. Its core ingredients are hot pastrami, grilled knackwurst, melted Swiss cheese and hot mustard on rye bread.

The New York Deli, founded in 1929, claims to be the originator of the sailor sandwich. The eatery moved to its current location in Carytown in 1934. According to local legend, during World War II, Navy seamen from the University of Richmond Navy V-12 program would frequent the New York Deli and order this then-nameless sandwich. It eventually became known as a sailor sandwich, although it is uncertain who officially named the sandwich.

The marine sandwich is popular around some Marine bases like MCB Quantico. It is usually served on Italian bread with knackwurst, pastrami or salami and uses German-style mustard and comes with peppers. The West Coast version often includes sliced tomatoes on the side.

 

Ohio Festivals Sept. 29- Oct. 1, 2017

September 27, 2017 at 5:24 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 28, 2017 – Celebrity Chef Tour – Columbus, Ohio
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
https://www.jamesbeard.org/celebrity-chef-tour

 

September 29-30, 2017 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 & cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
http://www.ohioswissfestival.com/

 

September 30, 2017 35th 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/

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