Local Spotlight (484)

Friday, 19 April 2013 07:56

Maple Syrup &Ginger Chicken Breasts

This week, maple syrup and honey are in season! Who would have thought? There's a lot of tasty recipes you can make with syrup and honey on our Locally Grown Pinterest board, like this one for Maple Syrup and Ginger Flavored Chicken Breasts... YUM! Who says syrup is just for pancakes? Click the image below to see the pin!


Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Be sure to vacuum the condenser coils of your oven (underneath or behind the unit) every three months or so.


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Friday, 26 April 2013 07:55

Balsamic Roast

Nurses, syrup, honey, and tender greens are still in season... but this week at the market, there's also artisan cheeses, grass-fed beef and pork, and so much more.  Listen below for everything you can expect at the markets this week.  We've got plenty of tasty, fresh, delicious and locally grown and raised recipes on our Pinterest, including this Balsamic Roast that you can make in your slow cooker! Just click the image below.



Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL (coiled) bulb, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road!  Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.


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Friday, 03 May 2013 07:55

Garlic Butter Spaghetti

Of course, tender and leafy greens are still in season, but now come to the market to pick up some fresh herbs!  And if you're coming to the Crocker Park market, we'll be there too-- come on by and spin the WAVE wheel for a chance to win $1 of some great market fare, plus more goodies that we've got in store.

Since herbs are in, try this Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Herbs, and check out all the other fresh, locally grown recipes on our Locally Grown Pinterest board!


Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

It's getting warm out, so make sure you change your air filter every month- and ESPECIALLY of r heavy use months like the hot summers ahead.  IF the filter looks dirty after a month, change it.  At a minimum, change the filter every three months.  A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool-- wasting energy.  A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.


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Thursday, 09 May 2013 07:54

Asparagus & Ramp Soup

It's Mother's Day weekend, and what better way to prepare than to stop by the North Union Farmers Market to pick up ingredients for dinner, or a nice potted plant or flowers for the garden?  If you're heading to the Crocker Park Market, it's flower week there, plus a chef and live music.  At both markets though you'll find plenty of gorgeous flowers, and the in-season vegetables this week are ramps and asparagus.  Pick up some asparagus and some locally raised beef for a fantastic Mother's Day Meal!

If you'd like to take full advantage of both ramps and asparagus, try this Asparagus and Ramp Soup with Yogurt found on our "locally grown" board on Pinterest-- but make sure you re-pin many of are delicious locally grown recipes as well!


Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

With the weather as it's been, have you been breaking out the electric gardening tools?  Electrical cords can be a tripping hazard.  Place them carefully to avoid injury.  Warm electrical cords are a sign of overloading; ensure that before an appliance is plugged in with an electrical cord that it is properly rated.  Brittle, cracked, or worn electrical cords should be discarded.   Never run electrical cords under rugs, near heaters, or water pipes.

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Friday, 17 May 2013 07:52

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There's a lot going on at the markets this week-- flower day is still here, herbs such as rosemary, basil, Italian parsley and cilantro are flourishing, tender greens are still in such as spinach and Swiss chard, and maple syrup is in excess in NE Ohio! But the big star, especially at the Crocker Park market, are the mushrooms, wonderful as a substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes.  Plus, speaking of herbs, did you know that the #1 herb in the market is cilantro?  It's great for detoxing, and very versatile.  Click the picture below for a tasty Mexican dish that combines all of these locally owned ingredients: Chard and Mushroom Tacos with Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce! And check out the WHOLE Locally Grown board on Pinterest for many more recipes!

 Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Unplug appliances or equipment if you are repairing it.  Some items are still an electrical hazard even when unplugged, such as televisions and computers.  These items have devices called  capacitors that retain an electrical charge after they are unplugged, as they are designed to store electricity.  It is always best for a licensed professional to repair such items.

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Friday, 24 May 2013 07:51

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

The North Union Farmers Market will be celebrating the strawberry with "Farm to Table - Year of the Strawberry on Monday, June 3 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.  So, this week, why not pick up strawberries!?  Also in season-- rhubarb!  We all know what you're thinking-- time to bake a strawberry rhubarb pie!  But don't stop there-- there's a LOT you can do with both of these, such as this chilled and fresh Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Watermelon soup.  Make sure you check out Pinterest for more locally grown, fruity recipes to enjoy.

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

It's an easy one this week... with some thunderstorms brewing this weekend, make sure you don't touch any downed electrical lines, or anything around it (like branches or trees) and stay away from them until the emergency crews arrive. Once power is restored, gradually turn on the electrical appliances.

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Friday, 31 May 2013 07:50

Butternut Empanadas

It's Grillin' Season!  So what's in season for you to grill? Try onions-- all types and varieties, and plus we're just seeing the beginning of zucchini and squash.  On top of grilling them, why not try out the tasty recipe below on our Pinterest page too-- butternut squash, onion, and apple empanadas!  If you can't make one of the Saturday markets, head out to Chagrin Falls on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. too!


Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

If you're doing your cooking inside, here's some tips to keep the heat and energy use down-- develop the habit of "lids-on" cooking to permit lower temperature settings, cook as muchof the meal in the oven at one time as possible, and include more stews, stir-frys, and other single-dish  meals on the menu. 

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Friday, 14 June 2013 07:49

Onion Tarte

It's the peak of the strawberries this week, and last week is probably the last week for them, so get them now while they're hot!!! There will be Mitchell's strawberry ice cream at Shaker Square, and strawberry short cakes at Crocker Park.  But what else?  Onions and zucchinis/squash are in!  Listen to the MP3 below, or on-air this morning, and you'll here Donita Anderson talk about an onion tarte-- here's a recipe we found on our Pinterest page that you might like to try!

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Seal your heating and cooling ducts!  Ducts that move air to and from a forced air furnace, central air condition or heat pump are often big energy wasters.  Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20% or more.  Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage.  Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts.  After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap the ducts in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter.  Next, seal ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.


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Friday, 21 June 2013 07:48


This week, cauliflower, broccoli, new potatoes, green beans, raspberries, and sweet cherries are now in season! In the mp3 below, Donita talks about how versatile cauliflower is, and how her favorite is adding some garlic and chicken broth to create a soup.  Below, you'll find that recipe on our Pinterest page, along with many other cauliflower dishes, everything from buffalo cauliflower to cauliflower pizza crusts!  Listen in to the rest of the mp3 too for information on how to clean and save the sweet Ohio strawberries that are just about out of season, that you can keep them all throughout the year, and some exciting news about artisan cheeses in Ohio!

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

What to do if someone is electrocuted?  First and foremost call 911 immediately, and don't touch them yourself-- you in turn can be shocked if the equipment is still energized.  Shut-off the electricity, either at the appliance or circuit breaker, and seek medical attention.  Only perform first aid or CPR when the injured party has been removed and isolated from the electrical source.


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Friday, 28 June 2013 07:47

Mulberry Pie

Strawberries may be out-- but now it's time for other berries to be in! Sweet cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and mulberries are in season now at the North Union Farmers Markets, and on the vegetable side is squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and swiss chard.  Click the picture below for a delicious, crisp and juicy cherry mulberry pie recipe on our Locally Grown Pinterest Board!  And check out the whole board for plenty of seasonal recipes every week.


Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

It's hot out there!  Keep it cool by beginning to cook on highest heat until liquid begins to boil.  Then, lower the heat control settings and allow food to simmer until fully cooked.

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