Big Cheese Festival February 9 – 10 | 12-5pm

February 5, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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When: February 9, 2019 12:00pm – 5:00pm
February 10, 2019 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Where:
Oscar Event Center, Jungle Jim’s Fairfield (https://junglejims.com/)
5440 Dixie Hwy Fairfield,OH 45014
Cost: Starting at $15

 

Our annual Big Cheese Festival is the ultimate two-day homage to fromage! We bring out the best and the brightest of the cheese and charcuterie world for you to taste, enjoy, and savor with expertly-selected beer and wine pairings. Family-friendly and crafted for enthusiastic amateurs, connoisseurs, and fanatics alike, the Big Cheese Festival is the premier event for fromagers everywhere! This year, we’re going Big (Cheese) with a brand new, completely remodeled VIP experience that includes a VIPs-only lounge, exclusive cheeses that will only be available to VIPs, and beer, wine, and whiskey samples! Visit the ticket page for VIP, General Admission, and Kids pricing and details!
https://junglejims.com/big-cheese-festival-2/

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It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Fresh Mushroom Soup for Diabetics

February 2, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is – Fresh Mushroom Soup for Diabetics. Made using Mushrooms, Onions, Spices, Tomato Paste, Worcestershire Sauce, and Burgundy Wine. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetic News, and more! So check it out today. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Fresh Mushroom Soup for Diabetics

Ingredients
2 tablespoons reduced-calorie margarine
1 package (8 ounces) crimini mushrooms, sliced (plain white mushrooms can be substituted)
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cans (14 ounces each) fat-free beef broth
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Burgundy wine (can omit)

Directions
* Melt margarine in a large pan. Add mushrooms and onions and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir in basil, pepper, garlic salt, and beef broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and whisk in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and wine. Heat through.

Yield: 5 1/4 cups. Serving size: 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 90 calories, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 370 g, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/fresh-mushroom-soup/

One of America’s Favorites – Sautéed Mushrooms

January 14, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Baby bella (portobello) mushrooms being sautéed

Sautéed mushrooms (French: Champignons sautés au beurre) is a flavorful dish prepared by sautéing edible mushrooms. It is served as a side dish, used as an ingredient in dishes such as coq au vin and beef bourguignon, in foods such as duxelles, as a topping for steaks and toast, and also as a garnish.

Sautéed mushrooms is a common dish prepared by the sautéing of sliced or whole edible mushrooms. Butter is typically used when sautéing the dish, and margarine and cooking oils such as olive oil and canola oil are also used. Clarified butter can be used, as can a mixture of oil and butter. The dish is typically cooked for over a high heat until the mushrooms are browned, with the oil or butter being very hot in a pan before the mushrooms are added. Overcooking may create an inferior dish by the causing the mushrooms to lose moisture and becoming shriveled.

During the cooking process, the dish can be deglazed with the use of wine, and wine can be used as an ingredient in and of itself without deglazing. The dish can be flavored with lemon juice, various herbs and seasonings, salt and pepper. Additional ingredients such as minced green onions and shallots can also be used. The dish is vegetarian, and may have a meat-like texture.

A steak topped with sautéed shiitake mushrooms

Sautéed mushrooms is sometimes served as a side dish, and is also used as an ingredient in the preparation of dishes and foods such as beef bourguignon, coq au vin, poulet en cocotte, Poulet Saute Chasseur, soups and stews, sauces, and duxelles, a paste prepared by sautéing mushrooms, onions, shallots, and herbs in butter. Sautéed mushrooms is also used as a topping for cooked steaks and toast, as a side dish meant to specifically accompany steaks, and as a garnish. The dish can serve to add significant flavor to various dishes, in part per the glutamic acid present in the cells of edible mushrooms.

 

Healthy Pot Roast Recipes

December 22, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | 3 Comments
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Pot Roast Recipes. It’s Comfort Food time with these Healthy Pot Roast Recipes. With recipes like; Mushroom and Thyme Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Fork-Tender Pot Roast, and Wine-Braised Beef Brisket. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Pot Roast Recipes
Find healthy, delicious beef stew recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mushroom and Thyme Roasted Beef Tenderloin
The beef tenderloin in this main dish recipe really benefits from a long soak in the mushroom- and thyme-flavored marinade. Roasted in the oven alongside onions, carrots, and more mushrooms, this meal is a definite crowd-pleaser…………

Fork-Tender Pot Roast
For a meal that’s ready when you get home after a long day, try this flavorful and hearty pot roast……………..

Wine-Braised Beef Brisket
Got the weeknight “what’s-for-dinner” blues? You’ll sing another tune when you come home to a slow-cooked, tender beef brisket with a wine-enhanced sauce. Served with mashed potatoes, this is comfort food at its finest…………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Pot Roast Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22801/ingredients/meat-poultry/beef/main-dish/pot-roast/

Lunch Meat of the Week – Capocollo

November 29, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Lunch Meat of the Week | 2 Comments
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Capocollo

Capocollo (Italian pronunciation: [kapoˈkɔllo]), coppa ([ˈkoppa]), or capicola is a traditional Italian and Corsican pork cold cut (salume) made from the dry-cured muscle running from the neck to the fourth or fifth rib of the pork shoulder or neck. It is a whole-muscle salume, dry cured, and typically sliced very thin. It is similar to the more widely known cured ham or prosciutto, because they are both pork-derived cold-cuts used in similar dishes. However, it is not brined as ham typically is.

In its production, capocollo is first lightly seasoned often with red and sometimes white wine, garlic, and a variety of herbs and spices that differs depending on region. The meat is then salted (and was traditionally massaged) and stuffed into a natural casing, and hung for up to six months to cure. Sometimes the exterior is rubbed with hot paprika before being hung and cured. Capocollo is essentially the pork counterpart of the air-dried, cured beef bresaola. It is widely available wherever significant Italian communities occur, due to commercially produced varieties. The slow-roasted Piedmontese version is called coppa cotta.

Capocollo is esteemed for its delicate flavor and tender, fatty texture, and is often more expensive than most other salumi. In many countries, it is often sold as a gourmet food item. It is usually sliced thin for use in antipasto or sandwiches such as muffulettas, Italian grinders and subs, and panini’ as well as some traditional Italian pizza.

Two particular varieties, Coppa Piacentina and Capocollo di Calabria, have Protected Designation of Origin status under the Common Agricultural Policy of European Union law, which ensures that only products genuinely originating in those regions are allowed in commerce as such.

Slices of Capocollo di Martina Franca served with figs.

Five additional Italian regions produce capicollo, and are not covered under European law, but are designated as “Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale” by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food, and Forestry Policies:

* Capocollo della Basilicata
* Capocollo del Lazio
* Capocollo di Martina FrancaIt is a traditional capocollo of Apulia. It is smoked with laurel leaves, thyme, almonds, Mediterranean herbs and pieces of bark of Macedonian Oak (called fragno in Italian), a tree typical of Southeastern Italy, Balkans and Western Turkey. Usually it is served with figs.
* Capocollo tipico senese (finocchiata or finocchiona, from Toscana)
* Capocollo dell’Umbria

Outside Italy, capocollo is traditionally produced also in the French island of Corsica under the names of coppa or capicollu.[14] Coppa di Corsica/de Corse is also a PDO product. It was introduced to Argentina by Italian immigrants, under the names bondiola or bondiola curada.

 

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.

 

Ohio Festivals August 24-26, 2018

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August 24-25, 2018 Uncork’d WineFest – Ashtabula, Ohio
Formerly known as Wine & Walleye Festival. Original Festival, New Name. Celebrating Ashtabula County’s favorite exports, the festival has live music, wine tastings, a fishing tournament, and food from local restaurants.
http://www.uncorkdwinefest.com/

August 24-26, 2018 53rd 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 25-26, 2018 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/

Hanover Wine Festival Weekend 8/19 and 8/20, 2018

August 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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Hanover Wine Festival Weekend 8/19 and 8/20

HW Annual Wine Festival Weekend 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Live Music and catered food! Angela Combs and Friends playing 7:00 – 10:00 pm. J. Damon’s Wood Fired Pizza – best pizza ever! Enjoy a wine tasting and/or purchase by the glass, bottle or case. Frozen Wine Frappe’s ~ bottled water ~ soda/cans available. No outside beverages permitted – no exceptions! Guests are welcome to bring extra chairs/blankets, the tables will fill up early. Guests 21 and over please.

$5.00/person
Tasting Room is OPEN 2:00 – 10:00 pm

Hanover Winery
2165 Morman Rd
Hamilton, OH 45013
http://www.hanoverwinery.com/hanoverevents/hanover-wine-festival/

Ohio Festivals – August 9-12, 2018 

August 15, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | 1 Comment
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August 9-12, 2018  48th Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show
Georgetown, Ohio
Antique/craft/flea market, 4 parades, tractors, engines & equipment, Sunday antique car show, camping & RV sites, baby costume contest, entertainment, antique and garden tractor pulls, covered bridge, log cabin livin’, threshing, sawmill, rock crushing, canning, broom making, grist mill, block making, shingle mill, blacksmith, etc.
http://www.ovams.com/

August 10, 2018  11th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala
Tiffin, Ohio
The Gala is a gourmet food and wine event that benefits the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center and Seeds of Hope Farm in Tiffin. The event celebrates local and seasonal cuisine by featuring the chemical-free, fresh produce, herbs, poultry and eggs from Seeds of Hope Farm.  Chefs representing area restaurants and businesses from northwest Ohio and around the country participate in the Gala. Each chef plans his or her menu based on the available produce and other seasonal items from the Farm.
http://felctiffin.org/gala/gala-2018/

August 10-12, 2018  Germanfest Picnic – Dayton, Ohio
Presented by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the annual picnic will feature continuous live music, authentic German food, keg tapping, crafts, genealogy support, and kid zone.
http://daytongermanclub.org/

August 10-12, 2018  North Ridgeville Corn Festival
North Ridgeville, Ohio
The annual festival will feature Sweet’s corn steamed or roasted. Enjoy musical entertainment, parade, arts and crafts show, amusement rides, games, food, corn eating contest, 5 & 10k run, car show and horseshoe tournament.
http://www.nrcornfest.org/

Ohio Festivals August 3-5, 2018

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August 3-4, 2018
12th Annual Van Wert Rib Fest
Van Wert, Ohio
Annual Event featuring Ribs, Music & Fun!
http://www.vanwertribfest.com/

August 3-4, 2018 Annual Vintage Ohio Wine Festival
Kirtland, Ohio
Vintage Ohio is a two-day festival in Lake County, Ohio which will feature Ohio wineries, many food vendors, arts and music. Wine will be available to taste, by the glass and by the bottle. There is a designated driver program and all ages are welcome.
http://www.visitvintageohio.com/

August 4, 2018 Corn City Festival – Deshler, Ohio
Deshler Park Deshler. Rides, a Parade, Volleyball, Kiddie Tractor Pulls, 1K and 5K runs, Live Musical Entertainment, band on Saturday night, along with great food! Car show on Sunday.

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