Raspberries are Ready for Pie and Turnovers!

Eva picking berries

Eva picking berries Who knew? Berries have ancient Biblical history! BRAMBLE BERRIES We see in Luke 6:44-45 this interesting passage:  For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit….for figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush…” Berries of all sorts have …

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Famous Netherland/Maurice Salad

Oh Gosh, I love when readers, like Rose, ask for a favorite, iconic recipe from years ago. Like this one:  Netherland Salad from the  Netherland Plaza Hotel here in Cincinnati. When I published this a while back in my syndicated food column for Community Press, I received so many notes from folks who had wonderful …

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Happy Father’s Day!


To all of the dads in your life, and those in mine: Happy Father’s Day!!!  Here’s a story you’ll enjoy: If you would have been at my home today and seen my husband, Frank and neighbor and farmer Bill Bruner planting pumpkins in the field on Farmer Bruner’s old blue tractor, you would have thought …

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DIY: You’ll be bouncing with Cherry Bounce!

Cherry Bounce

    I knew it was going to happen. Requests for my cherry bounce are coming in at a faster pace than last year. Well, truth be told, it’s not my recipe at all. It was a long time ago that I had my first taste of cherry bounce. It was at my friend Ann …

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Here’s the Fox 19 segment w/me and Fr. Hajj – Yummy Lebanese Food!

Taste of Lebanon Food Festival.

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Hummus, Falafel, Yogurt Dip, Zaatar Flat Bread at Lebanese Festival

Hummus – A Simple Hummus Recipe – YouTube ▶ 5:36 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoeSv5enisE The expression “Open Sesame” has its roots in Bible days. It all goes back to the tale of Ali Baba and the forty thieves. The magic words “Open Sesame” refer to the fact that when sesame flowers go to seed they create pods and when …

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It’s Red – and delicious

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Pumpkin Patch Plowed & Ready


Farmer Bruner was working at dusk last night plowing the field next to our veggie garden.  This is our garden showing the first few rows of cutting flowers sprouting.  You can barely see the hills of squash on the far right.

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It’s about the Capsaicin, baby! Homemade Hot Pepper Sauce


HOT, HOT, HOT! HOT PEPPERS & HOMEMADE HOT PEPPER SAUCE   With the wide variety of peppers  from sweet to incredibly hot, I thought it would be fun to talk about these versatile and colorful veggies once again. But wait a minute, peppers are the Herb Society’s herb of the year!  How can that be? …

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No Fail Pie Crust Tutorial


So many of you asked for the no fail pie crust recipe that I’m including it here. I will confess that it took me a long time to make a good pie crust by hand. My mom used to tell me not to fool too much with it and relax. But the cookbook I turned …

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