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The Best Cincinnati Food Festivals

At Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa we’re all about great tasting food and there’s no better place to get your favorite foods and try new dishes than at a food festival. Whether you’re a foodie like us or simply looking to adventure out and try something new, food festivals offer tasty treats, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. So if you’re looking to make plans that will get your stomach growling and your taste buds dancing, check out our guide to the best Cincinnati food festivals. Food festivals offer tasty treats               Great Tasting Food is a Cincinnati Tradition We’re proud to call the Queen City our home, and as a Cincinnati based company, we’re excited to share its rich culinary past. From chili to goetta, Cincinnati’s history is rooted in diverse cultural traditions and unique cuisine. Our favorite food festivals share these traditions and help celebrate what makes Cincinnati such a great city. Germania Society Maifest - Celebrate the arrival of spring with traditional German culture, food, and music. Held in Germania Park, this festival features whole roasted pigs, various wursts, and traditional German pastries (May 13-15). Asian Food Fest- Held in Washington Park in Over the Rhine, this culinary festival features the best of Asian cuisine. Enjoy dishes from the Philippines, Thailand, Korea, China, and more at this food festival (May 14-15). Taste of Cincinnati- Held since 1979, the Taste of Cincinnati is the nation’s longest running free food festival. With live music, rides, and great tasting food from all over Cincinnati make sure not to miss this Queen City staple (May 28-30). Panegyri Greet Festival- Enjoy traditional Greek music, culture, and food at this annual festival. Held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, this festival has been a Cincinnati staple since 1968 (June 22-24). Glier’s Goettafest- A longtime Cincinnati culinary tradition, this festival celebrates all things goetta. Located over the river in Newport, enjoy everything from goetta Rangoon and goetta burritos to goetta funnel cake (August 4-7). Findlay Market Fall Food Fest- Celebrate the fall harvest with apple, pumpkin, and other fall-themed dishes at Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market. While you’re there, make sure to stop by Mackie Meats and pick up a jar of Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa (October 8). Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa is proud to be part of Cincinnati’s rich history of culinary excellence.               Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa is proud to be part of Cincinnati’s rich history of culinary excellence. Since 2011, we’ve carried on this tradition, using only fresh, locally sourced produce and the best all-natural ingredients in our small batch salsas. You can find Mama Flasch’s Salsa in Ohio at Jungle Jim’s, Mackie Meats, The Meat Store; and in Kentucky at the Party Source. You can also buy our salsas on our website, which are available individually or in combo packs featuring all three of our delicious salsas.
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Why Mama Flasch’s Salsa is the Perfect Addition to Your Football Watch Party

Football season is here, and that means getting together with friends and family to watch the big game. People are sure to bring their appetites and when you’re hosting a football watch party it’s important that your food spread caters to all of those appetites. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a delicious snack everyone could enjoy? There is, and we’re here to tell you why Mama Flasch’s Salsa is the perfect addition to your football watch party. A Great Tasting Option Everyone is Sure to Enjoy At Mama Flasch’s we believe in a simple principle, fresh, quality ingredients mean fresh, great tasting salsa. From our kitchen to your table, we’re confident that our great tasting salsas will be a hit at your next football watch party, here’s why: They’re Made with Fresh Ingredients- all of our salsa is made in small batches, which means that we ensure only quality ingredients go into our products. We only use fresh, locally sourced vegetables in all of our salsas so the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic meet our standards to give you nothing but the best. It’s Healthy- because our small batch process and the high standards we place on using fresh ingredients, our salsas are free of chemicals and additives. This means they’re low calorie, low in sodium with no sugar added, and full of vitamins A and C. It also means they’re vegetarian and vegan-friendly too. It’s Great in Anything- while chips and salsa are a great tasting, easy no-cook option for any football watch party spread, salsa can liven up any dish. From queso and guacamole to game day chicken taco chili, our salsas are a great addition to any recipe. It can also be added to marinades and dressings for an extra kick. Three Levels of Heat, Three Levels of Flavor- our salsas come in three great tasting flavors, with three levels of heat that are perfect for any palate. Whether it's our mild Gregular or our hot InCindyary salsa for your favorite spice head, we’ve got a flavor for everyone. So the next time you’re looking for a great tasting snack that’s made with quality, fresh ingredients for your football watch party, pick up some Mama Flasch’s salsa. Mama Flasch’s Salsa, the Perfect Addition to Any Game Day Spread At Mama Flasch’s Salsa, we’re committed to providing you with high quality, great tasting salsa. Low in sodium, low calorie, with no sugar added, and packed with vitamins A and C, our salsas are a delicious and healthy alternative to sugary snacks. You can find Mama Flasch’s Salsa in Ohio at Jungle Jim’s, Mackie Meats, The Meat Store; and in Kentucky at the Party Source. You can also buy our salsas on our website, which are available individually or in combo packs featuring all three of our delicious flavors. For great recipes and dinner ideas don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.
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Delicious Salsa and Pasta Recipe for Late Summer Dinner

One of the best things about summer is being able to fully enjoy the great weather by spending time outside. However, after a day of being by the pool or enjoying some other kind of outdoor activity, you're probably not going to be in the mood to spend a lot of time making dinner and getting hot in the kitchen. Instead, it's nice to have dinner options that are not only easy to prepare, but also offer a refreshing flavor. That's why we want to share a recipe that fits this bill. You can prep this delicious summer salad in just twenty minutes. Best of all, since it's served cold and gets even tastier the longer it sits, you'll be able to have it ready for whenever your family is hungry.   Ingredients You'll Need   So, what exactly do you need to make this yummy pasta salad recipe? The base of this salad is 2 cups of dry rainbow radiatore pasta. You'll also want:   1 six ounce can of sliced black olives 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon white sugar   Finally, the ingredient that gives this dish so much of its great flavor is 16 ounces of salsa. We recommend our Gregular Salsa, which is freshly made from tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, chilies, vinegar, garlic, cilantro, salt and spices. And if your family wants this dish to have a little extra kick, choosing our Scottsome Heat Salsa will definitely do the trick.   Prepping This Delicious Salsa and Pasta Recipe   As we mentioned above, whipping up this recipe is super easy. Start by cooking the pasta in a large pot. Boil with salted water until al dente, then drain. You can whisk the lemon juice, vegetable oil and sugar in a bowl. Finish up by mixing the cooked pasta with the salsa, tossing with the dressing mixture and topping with the sliced black olives. Feel free to eat right away or put it in the refrigerator until later.   Another Quick and Easy Recipe   If this recipe gets everyone in your family excited about pasta salad, we've got another great recipe that's just as easy to make. Simply prepare 12 ounces of tri-color pasta, then add 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 16 ounces of your favorite Mama Flasch's salsa. This yummy salad can be enjoyed warm or cold. And if you happen to have leftover chicken from another meal, you can dice it and then add on top.
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The Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Tailgate Party

We’re officially in the midst of football season, which means lots of opportunities for having fun while watching games. If you want to really make the most of a Buckeyes or other game, it’s hard to beat the awesomeness of a great tailgate! Since there are a lot of ways to approach a tailgating party, I’ve put together a list of the top five tips I think are essential for hosting the perfect event: Make a List Even though the experience that people have at your tailgate party should be one of laid-back fun, there’s actually a lot that goes into pulling off this type of event. That’s why you can save yourself quite a bit of stress and scrambling around at the last minute by making a list. When you first start planning, you should get everything out of your head and onto your list. Then if your list ends up too cluttered or disorganized, you can take a second pass and get it all in a useful order. Choose the Right Types of Food When it comes to tailgating, food is really the star of this event. You want everyone who spends time with you to be able to enjoy some delicious options. Since the tricky part can be narrowing down to exactly which items you want to make and serve, one criterion you can use to guide your choices is size. Foods that are easy to pick up and snack on are ideal for this type of environment. And in terms of finding the right balance between guilty pleasure foods and healthier options, Mama Flasch’s salsas make that a breeze. Our InCindyary hot salsa packs a ton of flavor with just 15 calories per serving. Don’t Forget About Drinks While food is going to be the main attraction of your event, drinks are definitely important. In addition to bringing a variety that all of your guests will be able to enjoy, be sure you have a reliable way to keep them nice and cold throughout the day. The Right Seating is a Big Plus Chances are that people will be wandering around plenty during your tailgate. But there will also be times when you all want to hang out together. That’s where having the right seating becomes essential. By bringing plenty of seating that’s foldable and comfortable, you’ll have a great space where everyone wants to hang out for as long as possible. Bring It All Together Visually Decorations are the last piece to bringing together all the other elements we covered. This is also an area where you can have a lot of fun. Whether you go with a theme that’s based on team colors, the season, or a combination of things, let your creativity run wild. Although there’s definitely a lot to be said for being as close to the stadium where a game is taking place as possible, it’s worth mentioning that you can use these tips to host a tailgate party in a variety of other locations. So whether you’re right by the action or bring all this fun somewhere different, following the tips I covered above will make your event a big success! Use one of our fun and easy salsa recipes to bring your tailgate party to life!  You can purchase Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa online today.
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6 Elements of a Successful School Fundraiser

According to PTO Today, school groups raise more than $1.5 billion every year selling various products. Although that huge amount may seem like a typo, it’s definitely billion with a b. While the opportunity presented by school fundraising is a very attractive one, it doesn’t mean raising a meaningful amount of money for very worthwhile initiatives like equipment or enriching field trips is easy. Since certain decisions and actions can mean the difference between mediocre results or a very successful fundraising campaign, I’ve used my extensive research and recent participation in this space to compile a list of the six essential elements of successful fundraising for a school: 1.   More Isn’t Always Better Research by PTO Today found that there are more than 2,000 fundraising companies in the US and Canada. All of these options can make it tempting to offer tons of products during a fundraiser. However, that approach can actually overwhelm prospects, which is why many of the best fundraising results come from much more focused campaigns. It’s also why our selection of three delicious salsas are perfect for a school fundraising campaign. 2.  Your Partner Can Make or Break Fundraising Efforts The right company and products can help your fundraiser exceed your expectations. On the other hand, the wrong partner can create a burden that’s nearly impossible to overcome despite your best efforts. So before you get persuaded by a slick pitch and big promises, take some time to do your research and think through all aspects of what’s being offered to you. 3.  Start Planning Now Given the number of pieces that have to be in place for a successful school fundraiser, it’s never too early to start gathering information and thinking through all the basics of your campaign. 4.  Know What You Want to Accomplish One of the most important things to pinpoint during the planning stage is exactly what needs to be accomplished with a fundraiser. By setting a clear goal that’s meaningful but still attainable, you’ll be able to set the stage for giving everyone something to rally around together. 5.  Get Everyone Involved Speaking of rallying around, the more you can get the entire school and community involved, the better. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure there’s alignment between what the fundraising is trying to accomplish and a core value of the school. 6.  Ending Doesn’t Mean It’s Over A common mistake that’s made in regards to school fundraisers is letting the momentum go away once a campaign ends. By making a point to engage in different follow-up activities like saying thanks to everyone who made the campaign a success, you can help carry the positive energy into future efforts. By taking each of the six elements above into careful consideration, you will have all the pieces in place needed to run a very successful fundraiser for your school. And if you’re interested in working with Mama Flasch’s Salsa on a fundraiser, don’t hesitate to get in touch with US TODAY.

Quick 4-Layered Dip

In a 8x8 square pan:  1 8 oz can of refried beans, 1 8 oz container of sour cream, 1/2  jar of Mama’s salsa and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.  Serve chilled or just warmed up.  Both taste great.

Guacamole

1 ripe avocado, 1/2 lime, 1/2 cup of salsa.  Combine mashed avocado and juice of 1/2 lime, then add in 1/4 Mama Flasch salsa and eat immediately or chill for 30 minutes.  Enjoy.

Quick Queso

8 oz of velveeta cut in 1/2 in cubes along with 1/2 of Mama Flasch’s salsa.  Heat in microwave for 35-45 seconds (cover), stir and heat (cover) for another 35-45 seconds.  Ready to eat.

Chicken Taco Chili

Ingredients: 1 small onion, chopped 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 10 oz package frozen corn kernels 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes w/chilies 4 oz can chopped green chili peppers, chopped 1 jar of Mama Flasch's  Gourmet Salsa 1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning or homemade (see below) 1 tbsp chili powder 24 oz (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts Directions: Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato,  mama flasch salsa, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well. Nestle the chicken in to completely cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with your favorite toppings! - Lisa M.

Cabbage Carrot Stew

Add 1 jar of Mama’s salsa to a large crock pot.  Add 8 oz of chicken stock or water, mushrooms, carrots, parsley, garlic powder.  Mix together.  Brown ground beef and add to the mixture and stir.  Place on stove on low.  Cut 1/2 hear of cabbage in 1” or 2” squared and add to mixture.  Cook and stir about every 15-20 minutes for at least 2 hours.  The longer it sits, the better it taste!! - Chris D.