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Who Knew Wednesday: Cooking Basics! Why would have have toothpaste and floss in my kitchen?

Today Todd and I revisited an old favorite topic – FOOD! Well, cooking, but the food is the best part of that anyways…

Here are todays facts:

Save on Heat: When meal planning, think about multiple dishes that you can cook simultaneously in the oven, such as a roast and a casserole. Better yet, turn a pot lid upside down while cooking, then place of veggies wrapped in foil on top. This will save time and money on your gas or electric bill!

Dental floss in your Kitchen: This is a must have for your kitchen toolkit is an unwaxed dental floss! Not only is it useful for trusting a turkey, but it’s also great for baking. Dental floss is perfect for cutting a cake without making too many crumbs, and if your freshly baked cookies are stuck to the baking tray, simply hold a length of dental floss taught and slip it underneath the cookie. It works better than a spatula!

Cuts Like a Knife: Say you finally saved up enough to buy a brand new knife set or better yet you’re compiling a gift registry. So which knifes should you get? The three basic knifes everyone should own are a chef’s knife, for chopping and slicing; a paring knife, for deseeding and other small jobs; a boning knife, for cutting meat and poultry. Additional Cutlery items you may want to have our a serrated knife for slicing bread, a fever, a fish filleting knife, and a pair of kitchen scissors!

Here are the pictures I promised:

Victorinox Fibrox 8 Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520 Kitchen ...
Chef’s knife
Chef Paring Knife,4 Inch Blade Spear Point Kitchen Tool ...
Paring knife
Victorinox Fibrox Flexible Straight Boning Knife, 6-inch ...
a boning knife

Deodorize the Disposal: A quick and easy way to deodorize your in sink garbage disposal is to grind an orange or lemon peel inside it every so often. It will get rid of the grease and germs and plus it smells wonderful.

Toothpaste Trick: You’ve been cooking with garlic, and now you can’t get that smell off of your hands! To get rid of this or any other kitchen odor, just rub some White toothpaste between your hands and wash off.

Remove Strong Food Smells from your Hands: by running them under cold running water while rubbing them with you must steel spoon. Rinse with soap and water.

Stop the Stink: Don’t throw away used coffee grounds – instead, keep them in a can near the sink. Rub a small amount over your hands after handling fish, or chopping garlic or onions to get rid of the odors on your hands.

Look for Lines: As you probably know, white streaks running through meet are fat. But even if your diet conscious, you should always choose well-marbled meat, which will be the most tender, since the animal didn’t exercise those muscles very much. That is a storage deposit for energy, and for me to be well-marbled, and the animal must be fed a diet high in Rich grains such as corn. The fat imparts flavor and provides moisture that helps tenderize the meat. 

Green Ham and eggs: Have you ever purchased a ham that has a greenish, glistening Sheen? This effect occasionally occurs when he is sliced and the surface is exposed to the effects of oxidation. It isn’t a sign of spoilage but it is caused by the nitrate modification of the meats iron content, which tends to produce a biochemical change in the pigment. 

Question of the Day!

Our book suggests keeping a Shaker filled with a ratio of 75% salt and 25% pepper next to your stove to make food preparation easy. But my question to you is would you add anything else into that Shaker? I would! What’s your go-to seasoning? Let us know below!

Want to go to WinterJam 2020? Click HERE to find out more!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Mystery Monday: What just hit the window?

Today Joe and I brought you some Monday Motivation, but with this weather, you may have not needed it!

I shared about a Francis Chan Sermon I listened to on Sunday. He shared about about these verses, John 16:7 “I tell you the truth. It is better for you that I go away. If I do not go, the Helper will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you.” And Luke 12:11 – 12 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Here is the link to that Sermon!

Joe shared about devotional from Our daily bread about boasting in Christ. Here is the link to the devotional!

Name something birds fly into.

Answers:
1. Window
2. Nest

3. Tree
4. Sky
5. Airplane
6.Net

Congratulations to Jenny from Mount Vernon who guessed our top two Answers! She won that $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Valley!

Joe shared about the concert that he got to go to on Saturday, and he said it was Phenomenal! Here is a link to who he saw! Cleveland Keys Dueling Pianos

You don’t want to miss the WNZR Valentine’s Banquet! Remember that the ticket deadline is tomorrow at 6 p.m –  click HERE to find out how to get your tickets!

BONUS: Here is a link to a Italian Chicken Marinade!

Thanks for checking out our blog !

-Hannah Joe

Fun Fall Activities

On the show this morning Lexie and Hunter shares a wide variety of fall activities to do with Family, Friends and kids. There are so many great thing to do this fall.

If you missed any of the show or just want to look at the full list click HERE.

Lexie and Hunter also shared unique things to do instead of carving pumpkins. Painting and decorating pumpkins is a fun alternative.

For all those ideas click HERE.

Who Knew it Was June?

Today we talked with Carrie Hyman about June First Friday! It’s the first First Friday so there’s a lot of buzz! This year’s theme is Summer Celebration!

WNZR will be there too with one of our signature prize baskets! This one is called the Shape Up, Clean up, Drink Up, Dress Up and Soak Up Prize Basket valued at over 240$! Head to www.wnzr.fm for full details on the prize basket giveaway!

Also a congratulations to Melissa from Mount Vernon for answering our Who Knew Wednesday Trivia Question. She correctly listed two items in our prize basket!

I scream, you scream…

Today we got to talk to Joanne Dager and Olivia Toth about the Sertoma Utica Ice Cream Festival! As Vice President of Velvet Ice Cream Joanne Dager has had a long history with the Festival. She went all the way back to the beginning and talked about how Velvet got involved 45 years ago.

Joanne and Olivia both had a lot to say about their experience and passion for the event. If you’d like more information you can find it at www.sertomaicecreamfestival.com

For the trivia question we asked a simple question. How long has the Sertoma Ice Cream festival been going on? 45 years was the answer…Congratulations to Christina from Butler for guessing correctly.

Who Knew Wednesday: Celebrating Music In Our Schools Month!

Here are the full conversations that we shared today! So many thanks to Chuck Dettmar from Centerburg local schools, Dr. Joann Koh-baker from MVNU and Lizzy Terwilliger a student at MVNU for sharing with us!

Here is some more information on Music In Our Schools Month!

 

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Name A Style Of Music That You’d Be Surprised To Hear That A Teenager Listened To:

  1. Classical –  43 points
  2. Country  – 27 points
  3. Jazz –  19 points
  4. Opera   – 9 points

Congratulations to Nathan from Norwalk who guessed our top answer today! He won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

the who knew food corner

Here is the Blog Exclusive Who Knew Food Conner – It’s Spanish Paella Day!

If you don’t know what a Paella is, it’s a traditional Spanish dish, made with rice, meat or fish, and a delicious sauce. Whilst many countries and regions have their own recipes and variations, the best paellas are made in Spain, on the beach, with fresh seafood.

Here are some recipes!

Easy and Classic Paella recipe

The Ultimate Paella

Thank you SO MUCH for checking out our blog!! 
-Hannah and Lilly

Who knew Wednesday: Food For the Hungry!

Today Todd and I talked about a very important thing that is happing here in Knox County

Now in its 37th year, Food for the Hungry is an annual drive that collects food and revenue for the Knox County branches of The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. These agencies, in turn, use the donations to help Knox County families with basic necessities throughout the year. 100% of all donations to Food For the Hungry stay in Knox County.  The drive culminates in an eight- hour live television, radio, and web broadcast.

Food For The Hungry began as a food and money drive on WMVO radio to benefit Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army in 1982. Long-time WMVO morning show host Charlie Kilkenny started the drive with the help of his wife, Carol, and businesses at the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza (now the Kroger Plaza). Mount Vernon Cablevision joined in sponsoring the drive the next year. The drive grew into a partnership between the radio stations and other media (WNZR, Mount Vernon News) in 1995, and added Mount Vernon Nazarene University (who sponsored a basketball tournament) and the accounting services of Nelson & Nelson one year later.

Drop off location:

APPLE VALLEY:

  • 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Floral Valley Community Center (collecting until December 31st)

CENTERBURG:

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Dollar General, Hometown Market and the Post Office* (Cash Only)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Interchurch Office

DANVILLE:

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Knox National Bank and Killbuck Savings Bank
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Hometown Market and Interchurch Office
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Family Dollar* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Don Leos Market* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 12/8
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Hang-Out* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Bender* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.  McFadden’s Hot Spot Pizza* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Subway* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)

BRINKHAVEN:

  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Brinkhaven Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday 12/8

FREDERICKTOWN:

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Interchurch Office and Fredericktown Library

GAMBIER:

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Village Market

HOWARD:

  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Dollar General* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)

MILLWOOD:

  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Spearman’s Restaurant* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)

MOUNT VERNON:

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Aldi, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Baker’s IGA, Rural King and Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Memorial Building

For all of the other information, you can head to any of these sites! 

WNZR 

foodforthehungrycares.org

Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

Hannah and Todd

 

PB and J Day!

Unraveling the mystery of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich today on the Afternoon Drive! Delicious, right?

It’s not the Afternoon Drive without some recipie, now is it?
Here are some different ways to get that PB&J flavor in different ways!
Here’s a recipie for a PB & J smoothie!
This one is kind of like Chicken & Waffles?
Can’t go wrong with PB&J puppy chow!
Chicken. Raspberry. Habernero. Peanuts. Yum.

What’s better than a PB & J? Well, a hacked PB & J.
Check out these 14 hacks to elevate the simple sandwich.
1. Add fresh fruit
2. Grill it
3. Add butter
4. Turn it in to French Toast
5. Whip out the deep fryer
6. Burger-ize it
7. Make it crepe style
8. PB&J Doughnuts
9. Add Nutella and bacon
10. Use pancakes as the bread
11. Make Elvis proud
12. Replace the bread with pound cake
13. Double decker club PB&J
14. S’moreify it

You can read more from the Huffington Post article here!

Our Mystery Monday Question was PB&J realted, of course!
Q: How many PB&J’s does the average American eat before they turn 18?
A: 1,500

Congrats to Janice from Mt. Vernon who guessed correctly!

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly and Hannah

Cherry Month Who Knew!

When it comes to fruits that remind me of summer, cherries almost always take the cake. They are sweet and never fail to take me back to a warm summers day, by the pool.

Today on the Drive, we got in the WNZR Time Machine and went to summer of 2018 courtesy of the fruit that we know and love as the cherry.

Here are some fun facts about this delicious superfruit…

  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
  • There are normally about 44 cherries to a pound.
  • In an average crop year, a sweet cherry tree will produce 800 cherries.
  • Despite the short fruiting season, Americans consume an average of 1.5 pounds of cherries each year.
  • Washington grows an estimated 62 percent of the nation’s sweet cherries.
  • Between Washington, Oregon and California, these three states produce 94 percent of America’s sweet cherries.
  • Michigan grows well over half of the country’s tart cherries, which are mostly used for cooking. (Still just as delicious).
  • Brian Krause set the record for cherry pit spitting at an annual contest in Eau Claire, Michigan in 2004, spitting the pit 93 feet. That same day, Krause spat a pit more than 100 feet in the freestyle competition, which allows for a running start.

Well, now that you know some fun facts about the fruit, you’re probably asking, what are cherries good for? Look no further for an answer.

  • Tart cherries have very high antioxidant activity. The activity is actually better than vitamin E and comparable to commercially available antioxidant products.
  • Sweet cherries contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanin, each of which may help play a role in cancer prevention.
  • Tart cherries are anti-inflammatory and may help lower your risk of gout attacks and reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis
  • Consuming tart cherry may help increase your melatonin levels and improve your sleep
  • Sweet cherries have a low glycemic index of 22 — lower than apricots (57), grapes (46), peaches (42), blueberries (40) or plums (39). This makes them a better snack than many other fruits, especially for diabetics.
  • Cherries are very high in potassium, which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure and reduces the risk of hypertension.

It wouldn’t be the Afternoon Drive without sharing some recipies, now would it?
Let’s give you a whole 4 course meal with cherries, shall we?

Perhaps we start the meal with a salad? Maybe three?
Orzo Salad with Mustard Greens and Cherries. Yes please.
Goat cheese goes great with cherries. Let’s put that on a salad.
Goat Cheese, Cherries and Pistachio Salad.
One final salad…
Spinach Salad with a Fresh Cherry Vinaigrette

For an appetizer? Let’s start with some meatballs.
Tart Cherry Glazed Spicy Meatballs. 
Another appetizer? Don’t mind if I do. How about one for Game Day?
Instant Pot Tart Cherry Chicken Wings. (I’m drooling).
One more? Sure. Can’t say no to bread, right?
Here’s a Baguette stuffed with Brie and Cherries. 

Okay. Main Course. Here we go.
Cocoa Cherry Pork? SIGN ME UP.
More main courses? Okay. You asked for it.
We have to have a meal from the mayor of Flavor Town.
Guy Fieri’s Cherry Bomb Chops. (I’m drooling again).
I’ll eat anything with the word ‘sassy’ in it.
Pork Burgers with Sassy Barbecue Sauce.

OH we can’t forget the drinks.
How about a Cherry Limeade from the Pioneer Woman herself?
Another? Okay. How about a healthy alternative?
You can’t go wrong with a Frozen Fruit Smoothie showcasing cherries.

Dessert. Can’t have a meal without dessert. Right?
A Black Forrest Trifle from my girl Katie Lee.
Ever wanted to use big cooking words like ‘compote’? Here’s your chance…
Nectarine-Cherry Compote. Oh Yes.

And delicious fruits aside, we come together as a country with heavy hearts for various reasons today. We turn on the TV and can’t watch for five minutes without hearing bad news after bad news. Whatever reason your heart is heavy today, we have hope.
The devil is on the prowl. He is active in our world maybe stronger than ever right now. We as Christians are called to put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the schemes of the devil. We are called to stand on the front-lines and fight as a community against this darkness. We can stand on the front-lines UNAFRAID because we know that God is standing right there by us, and He has given us the strength, the courage and the power to fight this.

We looked at the song ‘Whom Shall I Fear’ from Chris Tomlin today.
It was a song that’s been in the back of my mind since this weekend, and just some of the lyrics seem so applicable to us right now.

Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light

Darkness is filling the night. It is. But it cannot hide the light.
God is the light. We are the light. We cannot be hidden.
We need to be a nation that is ON FIRE for Christ that NO DARKNESS can hide.
We can do that when we remember the next thing Chris Tomlin says…
God is crushing the enemy beneath our feet.

God goes before us. There are countless scriptures that tell us that.
God is standing behind us.

Our strength is found in the name of Jesus
For it is His name alone that can save.
He is delivering us.
He is the victory.

Here are the lyrics from the bridge that give me chills. Ah.

And nothing formed against me shall stand. 
He’s telling us that WE are protected.
God is holding the whole world in His hands.
Sometimes God is silent, and it’s hard. It’s so hard.
But we can hold on to His promises.
God is FAITHFUL.
Tomlin says that line 5 times in the bridge. It’s so important.And this song isn’t just something Chris Tomlin wrote.
It’s based off the most powerful chapter in scripture. Romans 8.
Romans 8:31 says “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” and that should be more than enough send the devil running far in the other direction.

It’s far and away time for our country to have a “War Room” moment.
A Priscilla Shirer moment.
“YOU’VE HAD YOUR WAY LONG ENOUGH. NO MORE.”
Jesus is the Lord of our house. There is no room for the devil anymore.
We need to stand up, and shout if we need to. Telling the devil to take his lies, and his schemes, and his accusations, and to get out IN. JESUS’. NAME.

Here’s the scene, if you haven’t seen it. So incredibly powerful.

It’s time we stand up and take back what is rightfully ours in Christ. 

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly

 

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