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Friday, June 21, 2019

Buying and Storing Cheese in Bulk

If your home is like mine then you use lots of cheese. I like buying it in bulk and storing it so I have it on hand when ever I need it.



  • Grocery store delis will often slice the brick of cheese for you in store It is often cheaper this way than purchasing pre sliced cheese from the deli. It can also be sliced according to your desire and often fresher as well. 
  • save cheese in seal able bag til ready to use

Freezing Cheese is acceptable as well

  • Grated cheeses do very well when frozen. I do this all the time!
  • You can freeze and entire brick of cheese as is.
  • slice cheese before freezing it. It holds it’s shape a better after thawing.
  • Freeze cheese in an airtight freezer sealable bag, or vacuum sealed bag.
  • Thaw cheese in the refrigerator. 
  •  store  cheese in the freezer for 3-6 months 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

bacon wrapped corn on cob



6 ears of corn – husks and silks removed
1 lb package of bacon
Salt and Pepper
Optional: Fresh Cilantro for garnish



Prepare grill for direct high heat.
Rinse corn cobs under water and pat dry.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Wrap 2-3 pieces of bacon around each corn cob.
Wrap the bacon wrapped corn in foil, ensuring the ends are completely covered in foil and turned inwards.
Grill for about 40-45 minutes, turning every ten minutes. (10 minutes for all four sideKeep grill cover on when not turning.
40 minutes into grilling, open a packet to check for done-ness. Corn kernels should be tender and bacon should be starting to get crispy.
Serve with fresh cilantro.

The most important part of this recipe is rotating the corn often. One tip you can share with your readers is to place the corn in a line so they don’t lose track of what they have rotated.
Towards the end of cooking, you can open the foil and see if any sides need to cook a little more. You can finish the last few minutes with the foil open, rotating as needed.
There is no need for any extra seasoning with this recipe, the corn soaks up a rich smoky bacon flavor and that’s really all you need.
You can prep this dish before hand and keep in the fridge until it’s time to grill.
When serving this dish, you don’t need any utensils … just lots of napkins!

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Cookie Butter Ice Cream



2 cups whole milk
1 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla
1 cup cookie butter (divided)
10 Biscoff cookies (crushed)

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine milk and sugar. Microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir to dissolve sugar. Gradually whisk heavy whipping cream into milk and sugar, followed by vanilla. Place cookie butter in small microwave safe bowl and cookie for approximately 45 seconds. Pour about half of the melted cookie butter into ice cream base, whisking to combine. Pour mixture into freezer canister of ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
In a large freezer safe container with lid, sprinkle about two tablespoon of crushed cookies as the first layer. Scoop out about a third of the ice cream, dollop with a few tablespoons of melted cookie butter, gently swirl into ice cream and sprinkle with crushed cookies followed by another third of ice cream. Repeat layers, finishing with crushed cookies. Cover with lid and freeze for at least four hours or overnight.
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Kresge Steam Burger

Sebastian Kresge was an American businessman who lived through the early 1900s. During his life time he created two chains of department stores. The first was the S.S. Kresge company which was one of the largest discount retail organizations. The second was the Kresge-Newark traditional department store chain. In 1977 the discount store chain was sold to K-Mart. However, our little town still holds fond memories of the Kresge that was located here. 





The prices and locality of the store was great . Another awesome reason that the Kresge store was loved was because of their food. One dish that was served quite often was the steam burger. If you would like to try the steam burger that closed out in the mid 1900s Follow the below recipe and Enjoy 



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Roses loved by Many

My dad was an avid gardener and loved to work in the garden, with flowers and other bushes and plants as well. One of my dad's last acts that also is a living tribute is the rose garden he planted for my mom before he got severely sick. My dad was a bad diabetic and in the end that was the root of what caused him to pass away so early in life. The rose garden remains as a remembrance of his love for both growing things and his family.



June is national rose month and also the month of my dad's birthday. Born June 1st 1944 my dad only lived to see his early 50s but had a very colorful life full of love. Roses also have had a colorful life as well as the symbol of love, beauty, war and politics. It was in November 1986 that President Ronald Reagan named the rose the emblem for the area where many ceremonies occurred at the White House.


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“Americans have always loved the flowers with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.
We see proof of this everywhere. The study of fossils reveals that the rose has existed in America for age upon age. We have always cultivated roses in our gardens. Our first President, George Washington, bred roses, and a variety he named after his mother is still grown today. The White House itself boasts a beautiful Rose Garden. We grow roses in all our fifty States. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature. We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our altars, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.
The American people have long held a special place in their hearts for roses. Let us continue to cherish them, to honor the love and devotion they represent, and to bestow them on all we love just as God has bestowed them on us.
The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 159 has designated the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation declaring this fact.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the rose as the National Floral emblem of the United States of America.”

The growing and caring for roses most likely started in China more than 5,000 years ago. Roses were used as confetti during celebrations in the Middle East. They were also used in medicines and perfumes. Roses gained even more popularity after the fall of the Roman empire.



A popular rose in England was the white rose. This rose was used to help control England as it was thought to symbolize York. The red rose in England was also part of the early conflicts in England. The red rose was used as the symbol of Lancaster. Thus the period became known as the "War of the roses"



Through the history of roses the demand was at times great. During the seventeenth century roses as well as rose water was thought to be considered royalty. During this time period the roses and water could be used to barter with and pay debts. One royal individual, the wife of Napoleon, was known to have an extensive collection of roses at an estate west of Paris. Eventually, cultivated roses became part of the landscape of Europe.



Today's gardening culture have even helped roses gain in more popularity. The shrub roses and old garden roses delight modern gardeners. The reason is because these roses are not as time demanding and are stronger against diseases as well as winter hardiness.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Papaya Boats




1 Ripe Papaya
1 cup Vanilla Yogurt Whisked
1 Pear Cut into thin slices
10-15 Blueberries
1/4 cup Granola
2 tbsp Pecan Roasted and chopped
Fresh Mint
Edible Flowers

Cut the papaya into half lengthwise and remove any seeds.
Keep the papaya halves on the serving plate.
Pour whisked vanilla yogurt in the papaya cavity.
Top with pear and blueberries.
Sprinkle granola and pecan on top.
Garnish with fresh mint and edible flowers.
Serve immediately.

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Happy Fathers Day

Father's day was originally created after being inspired by mothers day. The idea was brought up by a woman in Spokane, Washington who was inspired by a sermon on Mother's day. Why were fathers not recognized in the same way as mother's?? Sonora Smart Dodd had been raised by her father as had her siblings after their mother passed away. Thus began Dodd's fight to have father's recognized as well.


Protestant churches and local groups were the first places that she visited to share her thoughts. It was decided that on the third Sunday in June everyone should wear a rose to help bring recognition to Father's day. The first father's day recognition was hosted in churches that also helped remind all that their heavenly father loved them all. However, this was just the beginning as Dodd wanted to share her idea of a father's day with others

Local celebrations including getting politicians involved would help promote the cause of father's day that began in the church. Sadly, it was not catching on as Mother's day had and by 1920 the newly promoted day had started to disappear. Dodd herself let the cause slip for a bit but in the 1930's tried even harder to bring recognition to father's day. Perhaps it would be a surprise to you but it was actually the Associated Men's Wear Retailers of New York City that began a promotion of Father's day.



The new theme "Give Dad Something to Wear" was shared by florists, tobacconists, stationers and men's clothiers around the United States. In 1972 President Richard Nixon joined the campaign and signed a proclamation proclaiming the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. The holiday that was started by Sonora Smart Dodd to celebrate her own dad continues on today.