Food Hussy Recipe: Mom's Triple Berry Cobbler for the 4th of July!

This post is sponsored by Kroger. All opinions are my own. 

I love blueberries - I just do - in pancakes and in muffins - so how about in cobbler?! My #1 recipe is my Mom's Peach Cobbler - and it's amazing. There's a magical sugary crust that cannot be matched. So how would it be with blueberries and raspberries? Let's find out!

 Here's a sneak peek - looks pretty good - right?! 

Before we get to the eating - let's talk about the great stuff I got to make this berry cobbler! I stopped at Kroger and got all of these great Simple Truth Organic products to make my Mom's Cobbler.

Those berries on their own just look beautiful don't they?! I bought extra blueberries because they are my favorite and added them to the Triple Berry mix. With this cobbler you can use fresh, frozen or canned - I recommend frozen.

It's easy to make - you just sprinkle a little flour on the berries - it's just to thicken the sauce a little and keep the bright berries from coloring the batter too much. Then you top with the batter (egg-free of course for us). After that cover the batter with sugar and then sprinkle boiling water on all of the sugar. This is the KEY STEP to making this perfect! The sugar and water make a crunchy crust that is amazing!

I am making the cobbler for a little pre-holiday get-together we're having. The weather is so nice - you can't help but get on the deck and enjoy it!

I picked up some fried chicken from Kroger while I was there - I like to make the cobbler - but I can't make a whole meal! Ain't nobody got time for that! hahaha The fried chicken at Kroger is great - it's always fresh and only $8 for an 8-piece pack. (And - no eggs!)

You know you wish you were invited! 

They also have 3 lb salads in the deli area to choose from - I got the Egg Mustard Potato Salad - cuz I love this stuff! They also had cole slaw, macaroni salad and baked beans.

 And then - the cobbler - it was amazing!!!! Warm, crunchy, fruity - so delicious! And the fruit is tart and tangy but then the cobbler is sweet - oh it's such a good combination. We all had full bellies after this lunch!
 And hey - a little whipped cream doesn't hurt either?! 



Mom's Triple Berry Cobbler

Recipe by Food Hussy

My mom's famous cobbler recipe that came over on the wagon train. This time with Triple Berries and still that magical crunchy crust that you'll LOVE!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fruit - sliced (frozen, fresh, canned - whatever)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • pinch salt
Cooking Directions
  1. * Arrange sliced fruit in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray
  2. * Cream 3/4 cup sugar with 1/2 cup butter
  3. * Add salt, flour, baking powder and milk to make a batter (if your batter isn't spreadable - add a little more milk) 
  4. * Spread the batter over fruit
  5. * In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch & pinch of salt
  6. * Sprinkle evenly over batter
  7. * Pour 1/4 cup boiling water over ALL of sugar - be sure to cover every grain of sugar! This is where the magic happens!
  8. * Bake at 375 for 45 minutes (or until the cobbler topping is done - test like you do cake - toothpick in the center - if it comes out clean - it's done - should be golden)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

Food Hussy Explores Milford, OH!

This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal. All opinions are my own.

We moved to Milford about a year and a half ago and I have loved every minute of it! As a food blogger I get to explore and try new restaurants all the time - so this weekend I decided to check out some new and some favorites in my town... 

But next weekend I'm going to be heading to Dayton - so for those of you living in Dayton, OH - I need your help! Where should I go?!

 You can't have a food stop in Milford without talking about Holtman's Donuts! This location is "technically" Loveland but I consider it Milford - it's the Milford exit - so that's it in my head. It's tiny but mighty!

There's not a bad donut to be had but if you haven't had Holtman's (where have you been?!) - I would recommend going simple. Above is a Red Velvet Cake Donut - I've had yeast and cake - they're all amazing. Ask if they have anything warm. If they do - whatever it is - get that! If not - go for something simple and just enjoy. This donut was a little underdone but OMG it literally MELTED in my mouth. And I love that they get even their cake donuts super crispy so they're crunchy and sweet perfection.

Then I headed to the far end of downtown Milford and decided to work my way North. My first stop was One Main Gallery. They have a flea market on most Saturdays - where I found this guy! I wouldn't say it's like "flea market" prices - but they do have some interesting finds.

Next stop - May Cafe. It's a cute little place that has a couple of tables outside, a handful of tables inside and then a few tables outback on a patio area. It's a very cute cafe that serves breakfast and lunch with sandwiches, salads, coffee and gelato.

I got their daily special which was a Salmon salad with arugula, goat cheese, beets, avocado, nuts and grilled salmon - all with a balsamic vinaigrette ($11.95). This salad was DELICIOUS! The salmon was warm and the salad was full of goodies - I mean when you tell me it's got goat cheese - I'm pretty much in it to win it. I really liked May Cafe and will definitely be back.

Next up - a little more shopping - and a stop into Jackson Whitacre. They refer to themselves as a unique retail shop, bringing you homemade home furnishing and nursery pieces, along with trendy apparel and decor. 


They have some cute stuff - the apparel is all for skinnies - but their home decor and jewelry are very nice. Not a place I would shop every day - but I'd never been before. I think it would be nice if I was looking for a gift for someone.

My last stop for the day had to involve chocolate so I stopped at Tickled Sweet - which I've been to once before. They have chocolate dipped everything (oreos, rice krispy treats, twinkies), fudge of all kinds, candy from our youth and about a million other things. This is a candy shop for everyone!

I met Bambi - the owner- and she showed me some chocolates that she was making. The rectangles are caramel dipped in chocolate and then topped with sea salt. Noooooooo. I wasn't drooling at all! I went home with some white chocolate oreos for me and some milk chocolate rice krispies and marshmallows for hubby. 

I had a great time exploring Old Milford! I had some new stops and some old favorites - it's great to get out and explore and try some new things.

And now - I've got some fun for you! You can get a $25 gift certificate to Holtman's Donuts to try it for yourself! You won't have a hard time using that one up! Good luck!

We're going to have fun with this one - this is all about Cincinnati - but next weekend - I'm heading to Dayton?! What places like these would you recommend? What have you explored while living in Dayton?

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Food Hussy Recipe: Wedge Salad Dip with HeluvaGood Dip

This post is sponsored by HeluvaGood Dip. All opinions are my own.

Who doesn't love a Wedge Salad? I'm reminded of the episode of Modern Family when Claire lost her mind because she told Phil how much he would love it - and he ignored her - but bragged about it from a friend telling him. Long explanation - but it got me to try it - and...

Claire - I love the wedge salad!!!

I whipped this little video up just for fun - it's the easiest recipe you'll ever make. 

It starts with HeluvaGood Dip - I used the Buttermilk Ranch - but you could get crazy and use French Onion for even more flava - or mix them together!

The ingredients are everything that's in a traditional Wedge salad: ranch dip, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and bleu cheese crumbles.

Start with that creamy ranch dip and go from there with the rest of the toppings. Literally - you can't screw it up!

 This is a perfect dip for your holiday picnics. It's super simple and I might have eaten half the plate.

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Wedge Salad Dip

- HeluvaGood Buttermilk Ranch Dip
- Diced lettuce
- Diced grape tomatoes
- Crumbled bacon
- Crumbled bleu cheese

Layer the dip, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and bleu cheese. Chill & serve with stiff chips! Yum!

Farmers Market at Liberty Center - All Summer Long!

This post is sponsored by Liberty Center. All opinions are my own. 

Last month I shared all the events happening at Liberty Center in Liberty Township. There are summer movies on the lawn, concert series and a Farmers Market every week of the summer. Recently I stopped out to the Farmers Market to see all the happs! 

The Farmers Market is every Tuesday now thru September 26 on the Square from 3-7pm. They have quite a few unique booths - let's take a look at what I found!

Lots of baked goods - and the thing I loved was that they were really unique - croissants, gluten free cookies and cider donuts by the boxful! Affordable prices abound!

Bouchard's (from Findlay Market) also has a booth with fresh pasta and that's just something you don't see very often in a Farmers Market! Fresh Pappardelle just is mouth watering!

Another fun find was all the Fermented Veggies - I mean - I have literally never seen this anywhere! Napa Kimchee, Pickle Juice, Carrot Kimchee - fun fun fun!

There were also canned and bottled products - from pickles to cupcakes and everything in between. I love the variety that comes with a Farmers Market and that it's all from local entrepreneurs! I can tell you that those Gahhhlic pickles are happily in my belly right now!
 
And, of course, fresh produce. The thing is this had unique produce- it wasn't just tomatoes and onions - zucchini, cucumbers and - my favorite - FRESH PEACHES! I recently learned on my Berry Picking adventure that we'll have peaches in Cinci this year because we didn't really have a freeze over the winter - woohoo! 

You can find the complete list of vendors and all the information over at the Liberty Center site! I can't wait to go back and get some of those peaches! 

Food Hussy Giveaway: Gold Star Chili's Big Coney!

This post is sponsored by Gold Star Chili. All opinions are my own. 

I'm a Gold Star Chili addict - which is crazy when I think about moving here 13 years ago and trying it and hating it! But then a year later - something in the water seeped into me and made me obsessed with it! I definitely feel like a true Cincinnatian now! I love Gold Star because of the extra kick it has - and well - all of that CHEESE!!

I recently hosted a dinner for a few friends at Gold Star in Norwood - near Xavier - and we all got to try the Big Coney which is back for a limited time. It's is a BIG CONEY and for $6.99 you get a Big Coney, fries and a drink.

This is my friend Dan - he said he normally gets 3 cheese coneys so he thought he could handle 2 Big Coneys - and he was mistaken! These things are massive so be prepared!

The Big Coney is also VERY Cincinnati! Why? The hot dog is specially made by Blue Grass Meats and the buns are from Klosterman Bakery. Put that together with my favorite Cincinnati chili and we've got a Cincinnati specialty!

The Big Coney is only available until August 1 - so be sure to head to your local Gold Star Chili and get it before it's gone. So good!


The other thing I have to tell you about is this Norwood location - it's really nice - totally new design - and it pays homage to the origins of Gold Star Chili that you might know about. Gold Star Chili was originally named Hamburger Heaven and started in Mt Washington. So the Norwood location is bringing back burgers to the menu - and I have to say - they are REALLY GOOD burgers! This is the traditional cheeseburger and I shared it and a Big Coney with a friend and the burger is really good!

And I have to tell you about their fries - I got these bacon chili cheese fries with a southwest ranch and sour cream - and holy moly these were amazing! And they're nearly a meal on their own. This is definitely an eat-in meal but everything was so good! The fries are hearty and crispy - the cheese was melty - the chili spicy - the ranch ranchy - the bacon cooked perfectly!!!!

If you think the Gold Star in Norwood is just another Gold Star - think again. Pull over and get these fries!!!! (And that Big Coney - oh now my brain is going - I want a Big Coney with fries and that ranch! Let's work on that!)

And now - since I love you all so much - I'm giving you the chance to win a $50 gift card for yourself so you can try the Big Coney for yourself! Tell me below if you've tried the Big Coney and you're entered to win! Good Luck!



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Food Hussy Recipe: Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches

This post is sponsored by Thomas' English Muffins. All opinions are my own. 

I'm all about my grill right now and the nice thing is that you can pretty much cook anything on it. I love the control of the flame - I can baby my food and make sure it's just right. 

I also like being a little unconventional with my dinner - and I was out of hamburger buns - so I grabbed the Thomas' English Muffins and went to town!

Remember - when you split an English muffin - use a fork or your fingers - that way you don't lose out on any of those delicious nooks and crannies.

I marinated chicken tenders for a few hours in Sunny's Korean teriyaki marinade & sauce - they sent me some of their sauce to try. Who knew? It's a little Korean restaurant in Indiana!

After marinating the chicken - I popped it on the grill - these were tenders so the don't take as long. Once the chicken was up to 160 degrees - I took it off the grill and let it rest. Then I took thinly sliced pineapple and dipped it in the marinade quick and then onto the hot grill. I also put the English muffins on the grill - who needs a toaster when the grill is hot?!

Then I put it all together - a little spring greens, a little mayo (you could even mix a little teriyaki into the mayo!) and you've got a sandwich! The pineapple really sets off the sandwich and I loved using an English muffin because it held together so well and all that delicious marinade worked it's way into the Nooks and Crannies! Yum!

I will definitely be enjoying chicken teriyaki on the grill all summer long!



Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches

* Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
* Chicken Tenders
* Thinly sliced pineapple
* English Muffins
* Greens
* Mayo

- Marinate your chicken in the teriyaki marinade for a few hours
- Grill chicken tenders for 5-7 minutes total - until 165 degrees
- Take chicken off heat and let rest
- Dip pineapple in teriyaki sauce
- Place pineapple slices and English muffins on the grill - you might use a grill safe mat for the pineapple if it's thin - heat on both sides of each until heated through
- In a separate small bowl - stir a little mayo (1/4 cup) with a little teriyaki (1 tsp)
- Make your sandwich! English muffin, chicken tender, pineapple, greens, teriyaki mayo!


Food Hussy Road Trip: A Weekend in Adams County

Recently my husband had a weekend off - which - in retail - is pretty much a miracle! I took advantage of that and decided to plan a little night away. 

Photo courtesy of Pixels and Dots
I know Larry and I both love peace and quiet - so a night out in the sticks was just what the doctor ordered! 
We didn't want to go very far so we settled on Adams County which is about an hour east of Cincinnati. It's home to Serpent Mound - the world's most spectacular effigy mound (according to them anyway).

I came across Cave Hill Cabins between West Union and Seaman. They were kind enough to offer us a free night in their Log Cabin since it was open for the night. I must say it is the picture of peace and tranquility!

I've stayed in a lot of cabins over the years but this was easily the nicest - which is saying something since the bones of the cabin are pre-Civil War! I loved that the story of the cabin's history (including a story of someone named Soup Bones) was in the cabin binder.

With all the bones of a pre-Civil War Cabin - it's also got all the amenities of a modern hotel! The beams told such a story - in that beam alone we saw 100 ax marks - and that was on one side of one beam - imagine how long it took to build the whole thing! There were books, board games, dog toys (yes - it's pet friendly), a stocked cabinet with dishes, plates, cookware and even seasonings and coffee, a gas grill ready to go and even q-tips in the bathroom!

After our night of rest and relaxation in the cabin - we headed into town and went to Blake's Pharmacy. Why? They have an original 1960's soda fountain shop in the back! I was so excited!! My grandpa used to take me to the drug store in our tiny little town and buy me a cherry coke while he had coffee with his friends. This brought back so many memories!!!

Also - let me tell you about the food! They have sandwiches (white bread people - WHITE BREAD!). I got ham salad and Larry got ham and cheese - with chips, 2 cherry cokes and 2 chocolate shakes. The total was...$7.83. Shut the front door. Ridiculous.

The adorable woman behind the counter said some kids from Cincinnati came in a few weeks ago and they wanted to see "the fountain". Apparently - they thought it was an actual fountain. They were underwhelmed and walked out without ordering anything. Their. Loss.

Then we headed to the Amish Wonderland - Miller's. They have 3 stores on one "compound" with a bakery, furniture store and bulk goods store. I love each shop - the bakery has fresh baked pretzels, bread, cakes and hand pies! The furniture store has all this amazing hand-built furniture and just smells of delicious cedar. The bulk goods store has shit I don't need but I buy anyway! I mean how can you not buy a pound of bright orange cheese powder when you see it?!

I hope this has inspired you to take a drive to Adams County! If you're in Cinci - it's only an hour away! And be sure to check out Cave Hill Cabins if you need a few nights away - it's perfection! The nicest cabin I've stayed in!