White Cake from Scratch better than Storebought

Tip from Rita’s kitchen: White cake from scratch that is light textured like store bought: problem solved Reader Annie Hoffman, a talented and inquisitive baker, makes wedding cakes. Annie told me: ” For years I have searched for a scratch vanilla cake recipe that isn’t the consistency of corn bread, and has that bouncy texture …

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Mississippi Mud Cake: Perfect Memorial Day Dessert

Mississippi mud cake For the Northern Ky. reader who lost her recipe in a move.  “I want the recipe that’s made from scratch. It’s always the first dessert to disappear at our picnics”, she said.  When I made it I thought something was wrong since the frosting was spread over mini marshmallows on top of …

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World’s Best Slow Cooker/Crockpot Creamed Corn


WORLD’S BEST SLOW COOKER CREAMED CORN    Gosh, so many people send me this recipe. I first heard about it from my neighbor, Erin, across the road. She made it and loved it. Then a couple readers shared their recipe. Here’s one from friend and radio colleague, Sue Marks.  I enjoy being a guest on …

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Glass or Metal? Which Pie Pan is Best?

One in front baked in metal; pie in back baked in glass

I’m going to share my recipe for no fail pie crust soon, with  tutorial photos. The “secret” ingredient is an interesting one, and one which the experts use, as well. Meanwhile I’m baking key lime pies for class tonight and used both metal and glass pie pans. So what’s the diff? The New York Times …

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Fun at Cincitalia and great food

The Italian festival held at St. Catherine of Sienna Church last Friday was a huge hit. I did a presentation with my two fun friends, Giovanna Trimpe  (check out her site Holychow.com) and Annie Mitchell Egan. Check out the photos below. Annie getting a bite of Giovanna’s empanada from her daughter, Little Roma.  Pasta with …

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Simple Country Pleasures

Those drones are working hard!

A perfect day out here on my little patch of heaven…. Those drones are working hard! See the top row – black locust & dandelion honey!!                                            Girls love the ride with Papa      …

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Antipasto Salad for Cincitalia festival

OLIVE OIL & OLIVES  Today I chatted with Annie Mitchell Egan on the Sonrise Morning show about olives & olive oil mentioned in the Bible. And to top it off, I shared a recipe that I’m going to be making at Cincitalia Friday at 8PM at Harvest Home Festival with my “blingy” friend, Giovanna Trimpe, …

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Pork Tenderloin with Dry Herb Rub

Today I was at Natorp’s nursery outlet in Mason helping members of the Herb Society choose herbs, flowers and veggies. I had a nice chat with a young woman named Elizabeth, who reads this column and wanted me to share a couple quick, tasty recipes that can be made without a lot of effort. In …

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Not a lot of chatter, just a sincere wish for all of the Moms who read my blog and site, to have the best Mother’s Day ever! And to my Mom, Mary  Nader, who’s in heaven, thank you for showing us how to live with this motto: “The best things in life aren’t things”…….

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A Mary Garden for Mother’s Day


Happy  Mother’s Day to all of our Moms!   First, I apologize for the looks of this blog. I’m having such trouble with my computer……but the information here is timely, fun and a great family project for Mom.      A MARY GARDEN FOR MOTHER’S DAY  Mary Gardens were started during medieval times and were usually …

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