Four Ohio State Parks hold maple syrup festivals in March
“Shrubs” have been around since colonial times but attention to local and seasonal fruits has revived their popularity. They begin with a gently cooked syrup of seasonal fruit, sugar and vinegar that’s mixed with club soda or used in a cocktail. Properly blended, it has a flavor that is both tart and sweet to quench a summer thirst and stimulate the appetite.
The sweetness of the maple syrup is complimented by smoky, warm and spicy seasonings to create a thick, fragrant and flavorful glaze for finely textured pork. Be sure to choose side dishes that offset the sweet nature of the recipe.
If you’ve ever had to be coaxed to “eat your Brussels sprouts,” it wasn’t because of this recipe. These Brussels sprouts soak up the sweet smoky goodness of pure local maple syrup, and the crisp bits of bacon add a little welcome crunch.
Any grade of maple syrup will do, but for full, robust flavor, choose darker, late season maple syrup. This vinaigrette is perfect for salads that feature slices of pears or apples and salty feta or goat cheese.
Every Ohio crop has its season.
Rolled oats and Grapenuts cereal add whole grain goodness to this cranberry, coconut, and walnut granola.
Maple syrup has its place at the breakfast table and sometimes in the most unusual places like in this all-in-one bacon and egg dish.
Third-generation producer finds way to add value to product for herself, consumers