CityBeat Blogs - Recipes <![CDATA['Pioneer Woman' Cooking Star Ree Drummond Visits Joseph-Beth]]> Food Network TV star and New York Times best-selling author Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman, visits Joseph-Beth to discuss and sign her latest cookbook: Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations

Drummond's life and TV cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, take place in the kitchen of her family's working cattle ranch in "the middle of nowhere" Oklahoma, as she puts it. Her recipes focus on family and comfort food and this book is no different. Her holiday recipes span the year from traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations to Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day with dishes ranging from pecan pie and turkey with all the fixings to homemade tortillas and guacamole.

See Drummond at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at Joseph-Beth in Rookwood. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free with the purchase of her cookbook. Give Back members received first-come, first-serve access for limited VIP line tickets.

<![CDATA[Pig Out on Veggie Pigs-in-a-Blanket]]>

Here's the dish on hogs: they rank among the smartest in the animal kingdom and despite the phrase "pigging out," they actually savor their food. On March 1, National Pig Day, Americans across the Midwest don snouts, dress in pink and "eat like pigs" to celebrate their intelligence and contributions to mankind.---

While most of America designates only one day to the hog, those of us in Cincinnati can celebrate the services of swine year-round (this is Porkopolis, after all). ArtWorks' Big Pig Gig returns this year, bringing a decorated pig to every corner of the city, and hardly a restaurant exists that would not satisfy anyone’s pork-lust with mouthwatering goetta, rib and sausage recipes unique to Cincinnati.

But, if you want to switch it up every once in a while and eat a meat-free meal, look no further than your favorite recipe book - just swap out the meat. Vegetarian substitutions are available at nearly ever grocery store, and many brands offer coupons on their websites. You can find veggie-based ground "beef," "chicken," "bacon," burgers and dogs to convert traditional recipes to animal-friendly meals in the comfort of your own kitchen. 

Don’t be fooled by rumors of bland tastes and laborious cooking when you think about vegetarian dining, either: Vegetarian Pigs in a Blanket are quick, effortless and addicting - perfect for an after-school/work snack or party appetizer. Think about giving the porkers a little love and try some swine-free alternatives. 

Vegetarian Pigs in a Blanket


8 vegetarian hot dogs
8 slices of American cheese
1 can of crescent dough
Your favorite dipping sauce


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°
Step 2: Cut hotdogs in half and fold cheese in half.
Step 3: Wrap the cheese and crescent dough around the half-dogs. Place on a cookie sheet face down.

Step 4: Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve with sauce. Dip in slop if you really want to feel like a pig.