Falafel heaven

Falafel in pita

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio we talked about chickpeas. Did you know chickpeas have such an ancient Biblical history that the original wild ancestor of the chickpeas is now extinct?  Anyway, it’s not hard to imagine why we love chickpeas today. In this falafel patty, chickpeas are the main ingredient to falafel …

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Tabouleh or Tabouley – different pronunciations, same great salad


Tabouleh I love cooking with Rob Williams and Frank Marzullo on Fox 19. Here’s the recipe for tabouleh  (yes, we Lebanese say it that way) salad I made with Frank on the show. I changed it up a bit from previous recipes for this salad. My Mom’s tabouleh Traditionally, this is served with wild grapevine …

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Orzo salad with tomatoes and herbs – Yum!


      HERBED ORZO SALAD WITH SUMMER VEGETABLES I’m on a salad kick these days. This is so delicious and a good keeper for a day or two. Cook the orzo a day ahead if you like.   Salad: 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth 1 1/2 cups orzo 15 oz can garbanzo beans, …

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Prune basil for a longer harvest

                                                          Pruning Basil properly If you want a continued harvest of annual herbs, like basil, you need to cut the flower heads off. Yes, you can use them in foods. But if you don’t cut the flowers off, they signal the plant to go to seed, leaf production declines, and leaves are not as tasty. …

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Vitamin Waters

This morning on Fox 19 I made some of my favorite vitamin waters. I had a lot to show in just a little bit of time! But you get the idea. Let me know if you want specific recipes.   Vitamin Waters.

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Pesto for the freezer


                                                 A Bevy of Basils   OK so your basil is practically waving to you as you walk by, saying “pick me, pick me”.  Once basil starts to grow, there’s no stopping.  …

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A bit of whimsy – I was gathering edible flowers for a presentation and poked some Cosmos into the opening of a bird house gourd. The gourd is sitting at the entrance to the outhouse, where we store our straw.

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Heavenly raspberry pie

Picking berries

Granddaughter Eva picking red and black raspberries from my patch   Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show about Bible foods & herbs. Today we talked about bramble berries, like blackberries and raspberries.    Luke 6:44-45  – For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear …

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Erin’s dilly beans

  You can never get enough recipes for dilly beans, don’t you think? Anyway, along with my recipe that I posted last summer, here’s another really good one from neighbor, Erin Phillips. I’ve eaten Erin’s dilly beans and can vouch for how good & crisp they are. Erin takes classic recipes and gives them her …

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A silver lining

After - a beautiful bouquet

    The photos are “after & before.” The storm that blew through here a couple of days ago wrecked havoc everywhere: the picket fence got blown off, the Dent corn is now horizontal, the Jerusalem artichokes pulled up by their roots, and the flower rows in the veggie garden are no longer upright. Plus …

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