The day is finally here! Today is awesome for two reasons.. A. It’s Friday, no other explanation needed. and B. I have the winner of the two free tickets to Zest ‘N Zing: A Foodie Event For the At-Home Chef on May 7 at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick History Center!
First of all, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered! It means a lot to me that you guys read my blog and participate in my contest so please continue to check back for more opportunities in the future!
Ok, now lets get to the big news! In a drawing via random.org the winner is…….
Rebeca @ The Average Parent!!!!
Congratulations Rebeca! You and a guest will be joining me at Zest ‘N Zing thanks to Indiana Family of Farmers! I will contact you with further details.
For the rest of those who entered, and all of you in general, there are still tickets left for the event and the proceeds go benefit Gleaners Food Bank in Indy! Tickets are $20 and include includes two drink tickets, five food tickets, a swag bag and the cooking competition.
And let me tell you, it is totally worth it! The food and drinks are amazing, the competition is super fun and the swag bag has some awesome kitchen goodies and recipes!
Tickets are ONLY available for purchase online – No tickets will be sold at the door. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets today! And by attending, you can still have a chance to be the third “Mystery Judge” and get to taste the awesome dishes the teams prepare!
See you next week!
CALLING ALL INDY FOODIES! Clear those calendars and get those appetites ready because Zest ‘N Zing is back!
Join two Indy chefs and two Indiana farmers who will work in teams to create a great new dish during Zest ‘n Zing: A Foodie Event for the At-Home Chef at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center in downtown Indianapolis on May 7.
Indy weatherman, Paul Poteet and WTHR’s Jennie Runevitch will be emceeing the event and last year’s champion, chef Jason Anderson is returning to defend his title! Chef Anderson, joined by cattle farmer Ginny Tauer will go head to head with the new challenger, chef Greg Schiesser from Indiana Downs and hog farmer, Nick Sommers.
Last year I was the #OfficialTweeter for the event and it was a blast! It is a great opportunity to have fun and learn a little more about farmers and food preparation. The recipes are geared toward something you can make in your own kitchen and last year they sent the recipes out after the event so you could try it at home!
I’ll be there again this year and thanks to Indiana Family of Farmers, I have a FREE pair of tickets for you to join me!
*** Here’s how to enter***
Like this post and leave a comment at the bottom saying that you’d like to join me at Zest ‘N Zing.
**For additional chances to win**
Subscribe to my blog and leave another comment saying that you followed me.
Post the tweet below to your Twitter account and leave a comment with the link.
The contest will be open until Thursday at 11:59 p.m.
Judges for this year’s event will be Heather Tallman of the blog, Basilmomma and her radio show “Around the Kitchen Sink” and here’s where it gets even more fun – one of you could be the other judge! The second judge will be chosen out of the audience that night so you have to make sure you’re in attendance!
Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. and you can mix, mingle and eat with farmers from 5 – 7 p.m downstairs. The competition begins at 7 p.m. so be sure to finish up eating a few minutes before to get a good seat!
I’m so excited for this event and I hope you are too after reading this post! Don’t forget that if you want to enter to win the tickets, submit your entry before 11:59pm on Thursday.
If you aren’t drawn as the winner, I hope you will still attend the event!
Tickets are $20, with proceeds benefiting Gleaners Food Bank and can be purchased at this link: Zest ‘N Zing Event Tickets.
Can’t wait to see you all there next week!
I’ve been an Indy resident for almost two years now, but there are some times I still feel like the new girl. Like now for instance…how have I never learned about the Mutt Strut before?!
Never heard of it either? Don’t sweat it; we’ll get through this newbie embarrassment together. Here’s the 411:
“Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Paws”
Mutt Strut is this fun event where people get to bring their pooches, dress them up in festive doggie gear, and enjoy a 2.5 mile stroll around the famous Brickyard track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway… and it all goes for a good cause!
Known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking,” Mutt Strut is the largest single fundraiser for Indy Humane, the leading voice for animal welfare in Indianapolis. Since 1905 the Humane Society of Indianapolis (now Indy Humane) has provided shelter and care to animals in need on their way to loving homes. Indy Humane is an independent nonprofit supported solely by donations, grants, and fundraisers like Mutt Strut. And just a note, Indy Humane does not receive any funding from, nor is it managed by, the Humane Society of the United States.
As I kept researching this event, I kept realizing just how out of the loop I was. This is the 10th year for Indy’s annual Mutt Strut and it brings more than 6,000 people and their canine companions to IMS to stroll around the track! That’s a lot of pups!
In addition to the brickyard stroll, there will be a full day of activities for you and your pooch to enjoy!
You won’t want to miss the “Party on the Plaza” where you can find sponsor booths, dog treats, low cost microchipping, and appearances by: Indy Indians’ “Rowdie”, Colts’ “Blue”, Butler’s “Blue II and Blue III” and IUPUI’s Jaws.
When you get there, be sure to stop by the Indiana Family of Farmers booth and pick up what all the best dresses pups are wearing these days – an IFOF Doggie Bandana! Indiana farmers love their animals and are excited for this opportunity to support a local shelter.
Doesn’t this whole day just sound like a blast! What are you waiting for? Get on over to the Mutt Strut website and sign up to participate! I know all this chatting about canines has me wishing I had a dog right now so I could join in the fun!
Here’s how to register: Click HERE to register online, or print off the paper registration form.
(Children under 7 are free but do not receive a t-shirt)
Can’t make it on April 27? Don’t fret! You can join the Drowsy Dog and Cat Nap Club! For $45, they still mail you a t-shirt, you can sleep in on Saturday morning, and you’re still helping the event!
For those of you who will be attending, Gates Open at 9:30 a.m. and Opening Ceremonies begin at 10:45 a.m. with the Strut starting at 11 a.m.
If you have any other questions or just want to learn more, you can check out all of the doggie details at www.indymuttstrut.org!
Oh and also, I just saw this post on Mutt Strut’s Facebook page:
“We’ve heard a rumor that if you tweet at Paul Poteet(@PaulPoteet) and WISH-TV‘s Randy Ollis (@RandyOllis), they can make the forecast warmer and sunnier for next weekend’s 10th-annual Mutt Strut benefiting the Humane Society of Indianapolis! Just mention #MuttStrut2013 when you do so that they know it’s okay if it’s only sunny and warm over theIndianapolis Motor Speedway.”
So let’s all tweet Paul Poteet and Randy Ollis to help make sure we have good weather for Saturday!
I’ll be looking forward to seeing all of you and your pretty pooches at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend!
In honor of Earth Day, there are several activities happening around Indianapolis! Events like these are great ways to get the whole family involved and explore new ways to make our planet a better place.
One exciting event is the Earth Day Indiana Festival on Saturday April 27 in downtown Indy. This is a free outdoor festival with over 130 environmental and conservation exhibits, special activities for the kids, great music and wonderful food.
The festival is being held at the White River State Park and goes from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With over 130 exhibits there’s going to be a lot to see so I wanted to point out a few neat booths that you won’t want to miss.
Indiana’s Family of Farmers – a proud sponsor of Earth Day Indiana – will have two booths at the event. Now you might be wandering, what are a group of farmers doing at Earth Day? Well, a famer’s livelihood depends on the land so they also have to be good environmentalists to make sure their fields last from year to year. Indiana’s farm families work hard to be good stewards of our land and they want to help promote taking care of the soil.
The first Indiana Family of Farmers booth will be in Exhibit Tent D – booth 93 with their popular “Wheel of Ag” encouraging visitors to learn more about being good stewards of the land. A variety of farm families from across the state will also be at the booth to answer questions about their farms.
Land conservation is becoming more and more important and farmers are doing a lot of great things to preserve their soil. Management practices like no-till farming, using cover crops, and preserving waterways and wildlife buffers. Be sure to stop by the Indiana Family of Farmers booth to learn more!
The second Family Of Farmers booth will be in the Children’s Tent – booth 122 and will help kids plant popcorn seeds in biodegradable CowPots to celebrate the “Year of Popcorn” at the 2013 Indiana State Fair.
Indiana is the number two state in popcorn production in the U.S. and Indiana Family of Farmers wants to help share all of the cool facts about popcorn.
All of these activities sound so fun! So be sure to mark Earth Day Indiana Festival on your calendar and get the kids ready for a day full of fun and learning!
And if you’re up for an extra challenge, as you visit the Indiana Family of Farmers booths, share what you learn about conservation and agriculture on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging @FamilyofFarmers and using the hashtag #FarmsMatter.
Hope to see you at the festival on Saturday!
As a 20-something living in Indy, I decided to join this cool group called Indy Hub that advocates for Indy’s twenty-/thirty-somethings, and acts as a resource to help us learn about and become a part of the city.
If you’ve read any of my blog posts, or any social media posts for that matter, (or heck, just by looking at my blog header photo) you can probably tell that I am passionate about agriculture and food. So when I heard that Indy Hub was putting on an event called “Raise Your IQ: Indiana Food” I knew I couldn’t miss it!
At the event we were given the opportunity to have breakout sessions with two of the four panel members and then hear from all of them during a panel discussion. The panel members included:
Don Villwock, Indiana Farmer and President of Indiana Farm Bureau on new methods of agriculture and how they support a stronger economy and state for all of us.
Clay Robinson, Founder of Sun King Brewing on building a new career through food.
Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and Medical Director of Wishard Health Services on envisioning the future of public health through food.
Aster Bekele, Founder and Executive Director of Felege Hiywot Center on her journey of community development and youth empowerment through a tiny urban garden.
The two panel members I listed to were Clay from Sun King, and Aster from the Felege Hiywot Center.
I’ve heard of Sun King before, but who wants to pass up a free sample and be able to pick the brain of one of the most popular local breweries in the city? Not this girl!
Clay talked about the increase in appreciation for local artisans, local agriculture and how people are recognizing that there are opportunities for these things within the local community. He also said that he is proud to be local and wants to stay local. He wants people in Chicago to say, “When are you expanding to Chicago?” so that he can tell them, “Never, when are you going to come to Indiana?”
He wants his beer to be known as “Indy’s local beer” that’s exclusive to the city and people come to Indy to buy it. And I love that philosophy! I know not everything can be kept local, but it boosts the economy and ups the hype about the cool things we’re doing in Indiana. Keep up the good work, Clay!
DidYouKnow: Indiana’s popcorn crop is the second-largest in the country and Sun King used this as their inspiration for their Popcorn Pilsner that is crafted with 2 pounds of Indiana grown popcorn per keg!
My second session was with Aster from the Felege Hiywot Center and I was very interested to learn more about this organization. Aster came here from Ethiopia and recognized that kids in her neighborhood weren’t appreciating everything they have here in the U.S. (education, resources, etc.) so she started the center to serve urban youth of Indianapolis, and teach them about gardening and environmental preservation as well as encourage them to embrace the virtues of community service. They have a really neat story so be sure to learn more about them on their website!
What I thought was so neat about her story was her passion for youth.
“Be patient and get them involved,” said Aster. “Also really listen to their ideas and be the resource the need. Sustainability continues through generations and the youth have to be able to carry it on.”
And that is so true! I am passionate about teaching youth about their food and agriculture and it was refreshing to see her putting an emphasis on it. I was so inspired by Aster’s work that I might actually help volunteer there! And you can too!
To end the night we heard from the panel and talked about what is exciting about Indiana food, sustainability, and how we can continue the conversation about the importance of knowledge about our food.
Indiana Farm Bureau President and Indiana farmer, Don Villwock said that he is excited about the opportunities for young and smaller famers to get involved with the increase in the local food movement.
As a farmer, he also emphasized the importance of sustainability.
“Sustainable farming is leaving his farm better than when his grandfather farmed it,” Don explained. “Water is clean, soil health is better, air is less polluted, and the crops that we raise are healthy, more nutritious and safer.”
This was such a powerful quote to me because it shows that despite what some might think, farmers really do care about their land and the crops they grow. That is their livelihood and they eat the same things we do so they want to make sure to take care of their resources.
My final take-a-way point of the night was from Dr. Lisa Harris about making time to actually gather around a table for a meal together. This really stuck with me because by being from a large family, this was one of the things I most valued about growing up. And I want to encourage everyone to make an effort to get back to cooking meals at home and eating at the dinner table. It sets a good example for your children and is such a good way to keep you connected to your food, and as a family.
Overall this event was so much fun! There was a great turnout with people from many different professions around the city. I caught up with a few participants to see what they took away from the discussion.
Click the link above to listen to physician Risheet Patel of Fishers and psychiatry resident Aimee Sirois share their take on learning more about happenings in Indiana food.
Thanks to everyone who came out to encourage the conversation about Indiana Food! I can’t wait until the next IndyHub event!
I saw a rainbow on the way home from work today.. and with the sadness today in Boston filling my mind, it helped remind me that no matter how dark of a storm comes through, there is always light after the rain.
Even though there was so much unnecessary tragedy today, I couldn’t help but notice how many people sprung into action to help those in need! Thank you to all of you who helped the victims and are working to give them some light in their time of darkness!
***UPDATE: After posting this yesterday, it makes me so inspired that so many people are displaying the “light” mentality and are looking to overcome the darkness of yesterday! Of course, the sadness for all the victims is still very present, but I found several great stories and posts on social media of people supporting everyone involved and asking what they can do to help. Here are some links of uplifting stories and inspiring social media posts.
So PROUD to be part of such a great country! #PrayForBoston
Today is National Ag Day!
National Ag Day was started by Agriculture Council of America (ACA) which is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.
It’s a day of recognition – for the farmers, ranchers, families, distributers, businesses, and people that make agriculture in our country so great!
It’s a day of support – for all of those involved in the agricultural industry and for all of the laws and policies that affect how their farms and businesses operate.
It’s a day of education – to promote the facts about agriculture and the process of how products get from the farm to your fork.
And it’s a day of pride – for all those involved in agriculture to share their pride for what they do, and help promote agriculture by sharing their story.
And today – I want to share my #AgProud story!
I originally wanted to write this post for a fellow blogger friend Ryan Goodman over at I Am Agriculture Proud a long time ago, but since I never published it, now seemed like the perfect time to share it with everyone!
The story of BoilermakerAg starts in a small town in southern Indiana on my grandpa’s dairy farm.
My parents didn’t directly farm but my aunt and uncle, along with my grandpa until he retired, ran the farm and babysat me during my very early years. From a very young age, I learned about the meaning of hard work, caring for animals, and the basics of farming.
Some of my favorite farm memories are helping deliver calves in the field with my uncle, helping bottle feed and care for calves, helping milk cows, and the smell of the milk house.
One specific memory was when I was helping my uncle on the farm and all of a sudden he said we had to jump in the truck and go up to the hill where a cow had started going into labor. The mom was having difficulty and if we didn’t get there fast, we could lose the calf, or the mom. We got there and he ended up having to “pull the calf” which is when the calf isn’t delivering in the right direction and you have to gently pull the calf out to help the mom with the process. Luckily, we got there just in time and both mom and calf were just fine. It was an incredible moment to witness and be a part of and when I realized that I had a passion for animals and agriculture.
When the calves were a little older, they were moved into the barn into stalls where we could monitor them and bottle feed them. This was a favorite memory because as a little kid, it was fun to care for them and funny because they were all slobbery and it was like a little game with the calf sometimes to try to pull the bottle away from you.
The other best memory I have from that time is helping milk the cows and the smell of the milk house. Any time I ever visit a dairy farm, that smell is always so comforting and takes me back to my childhood days on the farm.
I had agriculture running through both sides of my family too, but I didn’t learn about that until more recently in my life. My dad sells agricultural insurance and sold seed earlier in his career and my mom’s family was involved in agriculture as well.
My mom’s dad and grandpa actually grew seed corn in the 1950s and had a hog farm for a while until they opened a campground and hand-turned pottery store in the late 1960s.
My grandpa still tells me stories about those times and its always so interesting to hear about that time period and how agriculture has changed since then.
From there my ag story continues with me being in 4-H and FFA and showing pigs at the county fair. I learned a lot about other species of livestock and this is where I got exposed to Purdue University – where I would later attend the College of Ag.
Growing up in rural Indiana also gained me exposure to all areas of agriculture through my friends (if their families farmed) or through the extension service or 4-H.
But it wasn’t until going to college and starting my career where I learned just how fortunate I was to have grown up around agriculture and how it has helped me become the person I am proud to be today.
I ended up majoring in Agricultural Communication with a minor in Animal Science and now work at a hybrid seed corn company in central Indiana.
I get to interact with farmers all across the Midwest, hearing their stories and sharing them in our newsletter. I always enjoy these interactions because it can take me anywhere from the farmer’s kitchen table, farm shop, or even driving with them through the fields.
I always take these opportunities to really listen to their stories and make mental note of any advice they can give me or facts about agriculture that they have to share.
I had to leave my rural setting to live in the city, but my rural roots in agriculture haven’t, and never will, leave me.
I am Agriculture Proud because my families have been a part of agriculture for several generations, I have been taught the meaning of hard work, getting your hands dirty, and respecting the land and Mother Nature because as a farmer, your livelihood depends on it.
I am Agriculture Proud to continue the involvement in agriculture within my family by sharing my stories and experiences in the ag industry.
I am Agriculture Proud to be associated with some of the nicest, most honest, passionate people on this Earth.
My agriculture story could go on for pages, but I hope this gives just a peak into why I am, and always will be AGRICULTURE PROUD!
What’s your Ag Proud story?
Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest!
Congrats! Hope you have a great time!
Which weekend do you plan to attend? I’d love to hear about your visit!
****Give-A-Way contest ended, but still check out the festival info below!*****
DID YOU KNOW that the National Maple Syrup Festival is held right here in Indiana? I had no idea!
This unique annual event is held at Burton’s Maplewood Farm, located near Medora, Indiana. Nestled in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, festival goers can enjoy the taste of country made hot pancakes with 100% pure Maple Syrup all day every day as well as experience a variety of fun-filled events, activities, Live-music & demonstrations are sure to keep you entertained and coming back for more year after year. Maple Syrup Producers from every maple syrup producing state in America are invited to come and share their version of 100% pure Maple Syrup so get your sweet tooth ready!
Here’s how to enter:
1. Share this blog with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment below with the link to your post.
For more chances to enter:
2. Follow me on Twitter at @Chelsea_PA and post the tweet below. Then leave an additional comment below with the link to the tweet!
“I want to join @Chelsea_PA at #MapleFest13 with @maplewoodfarms, @kingarthurflour and @basilmomma! #maplesyrup #SVChallenge”
3. Subscribe to my blog! Follow it above if you are a wordpress user, or just subscribe via email. Once you follow my blog, leave another comment saying you did that as well.
BEST OF LUCK! The contest will only be open until Monday at noon so don’t miss it!
(Sorry for the short notice, but we have time to mail you the tickets!)
ALSO………….King Arthur Flour is holding the KAF Sweet Victory Challenge recipe contest and you could win!
To enter, create a recipe using pure maple syrup and King Arthur Flour and you could win big! The contest will be held during the National Maple Syrup Festival on March 2nd, 9th. There are two divisions (Adult, Youth), with three Categories (Savory Main Dish, Dessert, Breakfast) for each division. Visit http://www.sweetvictorychallenge.com/ to learn more and enter. HURRY THOUGH! Entries for this are due TOMORROW!
2013 National Maple Syrup Festival
March 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th
8121 W. County Rd. 75 South
Medora, IN 47260
Children 4 yrs old and under: Free!
Youth (5 to 15 yrs old): $6.00
Adults (16 – 64 yrs old): $10.00
Seniors (65+): $8.00
Cool thing to know! – Donate (1) canned good for a $2.00 discount off. All donated food will be given to area food pantries.
I will be attending the festival as well so hope you all come and join me!
Check out some more info about the National Maple Syrup Festival in these articles!
- My Indiana Home: http://my-indiana-home.com/the-national-maple-syrup-festival-a-sweet-celebration/
- Inside Indiana Business: https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?id=57951&ts=true#middle
- Just Short Of Crazy Blog: http://justshortofcrazy.com/2013/02/national-maple-syrup-festival-sweet-victory-recipe-challenge-svchallenge/
I must confess. I LOVE Red Velvet Cake. To be honest, I’m kind of a diva when it comes to my Red Velvet Cake…but this you see, is because I have been spoiled my whole life by the best red velvet cake recipe…ever! Some may beg to differ, but this recipe has been passed on for four generations in my family and out of all red velvet cakes I’ve ever had, this is my absolute favorite. So much so that ever since I can remember, I have requested it for my birthday. And bless my mom’s heart for making me one every year because its not the quickest recipe. But the labor is totally worth it! (Thanks for all those year’s mama, by the way)
Anyway, I was asked to share this recipe with a fellow blogger and lover of all food, Lauren, of HallNesting so I thought I would just share it with everyone! While we typically make this for Christmas, since it is red, it could totally work for Valentine’s day as well if you want to make a special treat for someone!
Here is the recipe! I will apologize in advance for not taking pictures of all these steps (bad blogging, I know) – this was a spur of the moment blog so I had to pull from the old pictures I had. I’ll try to update it though next time we make this!
Red Velvet Cake
By Chelsea Nord – Old Family Recipe
½ cup of Crisco 1 ½ cup Sugar
2 Eggs ½ oz. Red Food Coloring
1 tsp. Vanilla 2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 cup Buttermilk 1 tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Vinegar 1 tsp. Salt
2 ½ cup Flour
Cream Crisco and sugar. Add eggs, food coloring, and vanilla. Sift flour and cocoa into a separate bowl.. Add to creamed mixture – alternating with buttermilk. Then, in a separate small bowl, mix vinegar, baking soda, and salt – and carefully add to the cake mixture. Don’t stir after blending. Bake at 350 for 40 mins. (I usually divide into 2 round pans – for this bake for 20-25 mins.)
NOTE: If you want to make this into a double layer cake, spray two 9 inch cake pans with non-stick spray and then cut out circles of wax paper to line the bottom of each pan. This makes the process of removing them from the pan much easier and your cake won’t fall apart.
1 cup Milk ¼ cup Flour
1 cup Crisco 1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Sugar
Cook milk and flour until thick. (Heat slowly and stir constantly to make sure not to scald your milk. ) Then let cool. (**See note below**) While milk/flour mixture is cooling, cream together sugar, Crisco, and vanilla in mixer. Once milk/flour mixture is cool, add it to Crisco/sugar mixture. Beat until light and fluffy.
As mentioned, we make this a double layer cake so after cakes are cool, run a knife around the edge of the cake pan to loosen it, then use an additional sheet of wax paper and flip the cake upside down onto it, gently pull off the cake pan and wax paper, and use both hands, one on top and bottom of the cake, to flip it back right side up. Make sense?
To ice the cake, we put a layer of icing in between the two layers, then ice all around the outside and top of the cake to finish. My sister is the best at this technique!
I usually place plastic wrap on the surface of the cooked mixture while it cools. This keeps a tough skin from forming and helps your icing be smooth. This part may be tricky, please ask me if you are confused!
You can also substitute butter for one half of the Crisco in the icing if you want to, that’s how my great grandma used to make it! But we like it without butter because it’s a little lighter and fluffier. Up to you though!
Here are some neat little printable recipe cards if you would like to save this recipe for your collection!
Is red velvet cake a tradition in any of your families? I’d love to hear about it!
Also, if you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out! I can also help with any questions that might come up! ENJOY!