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Old 03-24-2011, 11:48 AM  
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Betcha' never heard of the "RAMP" (Wild Leeks & Ramps)......festivals begin in April

Instead of trying to explain what it is, check this link and get the whole story....
a culinary dish from the "wild leek type plant", but very different as you'll find here.......

https://www.google.com/search?q=west+virginia+ramp+festivals&hl=en&rlz=1T 4GGHP_enUS435&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=c 8xLT5L-A-nf0QGp6JmbDg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0C BkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1027&bih=507

http://wild-harvest.com/pages/ramp.asp

Allium tricoccum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Here is a typical festival menu preparation in one of the WV towns......
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Helvetia Ramp Dinner, Helvetia, WV

The location is at the Community Hall.

April 30. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. or when all food is gone.


The Supper features fried and fresh ramps,
beans, ham, fried potatoes,
applesauce, cornbread, drink, and dessert.

Volunteers will be preparing over 60 bushels of ramps, 300 pounds of ham,
60 pounds of beans, 480 pounds of potatoes, and 200 pounds of cabbage.

Helvetia Community products will be available upstairs in the Community Hall. Dance 8:00 - 11:00.

The music will be provided by the Helvetia Star Band.

The supper is sponsored by the Farm Women and the Community Hall Association.

Call (304) 924-5018 or email Dave

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Ramp Festivals, Feast of the Ramson, Wild ramps and leeks is what it is all about.


RAMPS! The King of Stink


RAMPS! The King of Stink

WILD RAMP/LEEK RECIPES:
http://www.wild-leeks.com/ramp_recipe.htm

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http://www.bloggingwv.com/wild-ramps-for-sale/

Wild West Virginia Ramps For Sale!

Fresh West Virginia Mountain Ramps (Wild Leeks) For Sale!
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:05 AM  
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In law school we had a tradition of going out on Thursday nights for something called Men's Law Caucus ... it was just a drunkfest really. Anyway, one Thursday we had our own little ramp festival (up to that point, I'd never heard of them). We all pounded beers and ramps into the wee hours. The next morning at our 8:30 Torts class the whole room smelled so bad, the Prof let us out early.
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In law school we had a tradition of going out on Thursday nights for something called Men's Law Caucus ... it was just a drunkfest really. Anyway, one Thursday we had our own little ramp festival (up to that point, I'd never heard of them). We all pounded beers and ramps into the wee hours. The next morning at our 8:30 Torts class the whole room smelled so bad, the Prof let us out early.
I remember, vividly, that when I was attending High School (Class 1950), that every spring some of the
students would eat these "Ramps" and come to school and were immediately sent home.......
you could smell them all over the building..on the order of "skunks"......they definitely have their own odor.
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Here's how it's done.........

Ramp Festival: Traveling West Virginia from Eyewitness News


You missed some already, but there's still more scheduled.........

http://kingofstink.com/WV.html
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:00 AM  
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Went down to Tygart Vally Regional Jail to visit a client and stopped at a little hot dog stand by the jail to enjoy a chili and ramp dog ... awesome
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Yeah thats Bob's Hotdogs....They have EXCELLENT ramps and potatoes.....BYW--ELKINS is the home of the RAMP Festival....Though its not as good since they started having it in the "new" Railyard/Train Station. Was better in the City Park but the Ramp Burgers are still great...
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Don't forget to visit a "RAMP" dinner and give them a try....watch for the 2012
schedules....
http://southernfood.about.com/cs/ramps/a/ramps.htm

A few links to follow:
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http://www.rampfarm.com/news.htm
RAMP FESTIVALS

2012

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Richwood Ramp Festival

April 21, 2012

More information when available





http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...eSI1ut95Q&NR=1




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http://serroscottycamperenthusiasts....pfestival.html

2012 Ramp Festival
6th Annual Ramp Rally
Mason-Dixon Historical Park
Mt.Morris PA

April 19,20,21,22, 2012
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http://www.southeasttennessee.com/ww...festival-.html

Ramp Tramp Festival
May 5, 2012

Polk, County
4-H Camp in Greasy Creek Community
http://www.polkagextension.com/ramppage.html
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http://www.visitncsmokies.com/events...-ramp-festival

78th Annual Ramp Festival
05/06/2012 through 05/06/2012
Location: American Legion Field
Waynesville, North Carolina
Time: Noon - 4:00pm

An afternoon celebration featuring live bluegrass music, clogging, and food featuring ramps, a wild onion that grows in the mountains.

Sponsored by American Legion Post #47

Admission: call for details
828-456-8691
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Just a few more "RAMP" links for you to peruse......


http://thekitchensinkrecipes.com/2011/05/04/a-little-part-of-that/



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http://gastronomicnomad.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-first-blog-award-melding-east-west.html#!/2011/05/my-first-blog-award-melding-east-west.html
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Ramp Hot Dogs with Tomato-Basil Marmalade





Around March, I start dreaming about ramps and all the ways I have used them...ramp pizza, ramp risotto, ramps on top of my hot dogs with a tomato marmalade jam, ramp pesto, etc, etc. Some photos of the various ways I have cooked with them are below.


Ramp Pizza


Ramp Hot Dogs with Tomato-Basil Marmalade


Spring Primavera Risotto with Corn & Ramps
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Wild Leeks - April's Wild Food of the Month!

http://theforagerpress.com/fieldguide/aprilfd.htm

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http://theforagerpress.com/fieldguide/recipes/leekrcpe.htm

April - Salmon with Spring Leeks in a
Wild Mushroom Wine Sauce.


Let me warn you this recipe can be addicting.

Here's what you'll need!
Salmon Filets for four people (about 2 lbs, preferably skinned)
Juice of half an orange or a few tlbs of bottled OJ
1/3 cup fresh Leek greens sliced across in 3/4 inch strips
1/2 clove of finley choped garlic
1/2 to 3/4 lb of fresh wild mushrooms or and ounce of dry mushrooms. This recipe is unbelievable with Black Trumpets (Craterellus fallax or cornucopioides) though Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) or any True Morels work too.
I've never tried store bought buttons with this but I might try it some day!
1/2 cup of white wine
1/2 cup of vegetable or fish broth
1/4 cup of heavy cream (or half and half will do)
1/2 a stick of butter
Put the Salmon on a plate and cover with the orange juice.
Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
If using dry mushrooms reconstitute them by warming them in a pan with the wine for five minutes (or longer depending on the mushrooms). If you get to a boil turn it down to low and simmer. Set them aside and consider straining the wine if the mushrooms were gritty. There's Nothing worse than sand in your teeth to ruin a great meal. Chop the mushrooms to bite size. Melt the butter and add the garlic for a few seconds then the mushrooms. When the mushrooms are cooked stir in the leek greens until wilted and dark green. Then add the stock and wine and reduce by half. Butter and broil your fish while reducing the sauce. When reduced add the cream and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Spoon the mushrooms onto plates and place the fish on top. Garnish with finly cut leek greens and or orange zest. Serve with Asparagus and roasted potatoes. This is livin'!
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