Saturday, July 29, 2017

Food and Cooking Gift Ideas

Food and cooking accessories are always popular as gifts. An endless array of products are available and new items are always showing up in stores and online.

Kitchen decor items are often chosen as gifts. This tomato themed soup mug makes a colorful kitchen accent.


Steamers are another culinary accessory that might be suitable as a gift. Steamers are available in a wide range of sizes and styles. For more information, see this article on types of steamers.

Fish and seafood lovers might enjoy fish identification posters.

For home cooks, this "Best. Cook. Ever." apron might be appreciated.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

2016 Prince Edward Island Porktoberfest

Prince Edward Island chefs will compete during Porktoberfest 2016.

The October 1 to 31 campaign will include 20 Island restaurants serving pork burgers, bratwurst, pulled pork, sausages, pork tenderloin, ribs, bellies, schnitzel, chops, and pork loins.

Islanders who try each one-of-a-kind dish can vote online for their favourite, with every vote offering a chance to win prizes.

“Porktoberfest is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our high-quality food products and the Islanders who produce them, along with the great culinary experiences found in our Island restaurants,” said Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac. “The provincial government is again pleased to partner on this initiative, which reminds the world why Prince Edward Island is Canada’s Food Island.”

During Porktoberfest 2016, select local markets will offer weekly promotions to encourage Islanders to serve PEI pork at home. Markets have selected one pork product as their featured weekly special with such cuts as picnic hams, sirloin chops, capicolla, and “shrinkless” bacon.

The PEI Porktoberfest website (www.peiporktoberfest.ca) features cooking tips, recipes, and nutritional information to encourage PEI residents enjoy cooking with local pork.

source: Province of Prince Edward Island

Monday, September 5, 2016

West Virginia Nature Wonder Weekend 2016

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The 49th annual Nature Wonder Weekend, North America's premier and longest-running wild foods event, will be held Sept. 16–18, 2016, at North Bend State Park in West Virginia.

Featured speakers include wild foods cooking author Leda Meredith and hearth cook and food historians Martha and Richard Hartley.

"This year's program will highlight foraging as well as wild food preparation and preservation, past and present," said Deputy Director Emily Fleming of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Nature Wonder Weekend begins Friday evening and concludes mid-morning on Sunday. The event includes speakers, presentations, nature walks, and collection and preparation of wild foods.

Activities include a park tour, wild food identification instruction, the Hazel Wood National Wild Food Cooking Contest and the Bill Faust Wild Cake Contest. The Wild Drink Contest winner is awarded the honorary Maxine Scarbro Friendship Cup.

The weekend offers overnight packages as well as day-only attendance options. For more information, visit www.northbendsp.com.     

source: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources