Zuppa Toscana like Olive Garden

Zuppa Toscana

This morning I chatted with Matt Swaim about the mysteries of the rosary. For those of you who are Catholic, you know that October is the month we celebrate the rosary. We were talking about the different plants associated with the different mysteries of the rosary. And when you think of Christ’s agony in the …

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Making rose hip jelly

Cooking rose hips for jelly

Today I finally got to cooking the huge rose hips/seed pods of wild roses my friends Bert & Bob brought back from the seashore in Maine. Rose hips are chock full of vitamins A & C.  Tonight I’ll make the jelly since the cooked hips have to be strained and I like to do that …

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Does Frisch’s chili contain bell peppers? Surprise…..

Rita's chili - is it a Frisch's clone?

Hah! Gotcha, didn’t I? This is in response to the bunch of blog posts of my site buddies telling me no way Frisch’s chili contains bell/green peppers in spite of the cloned recipe I put on this site from a reader that does contain green bells. Anyway, I went to the source: Rick Conrad, Mktg. …

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How to make comfrey salve and cream

One of the most popular items during my presentation on herbs that heal at Mother Earth News Fair was comfrey salve. So many of you wanted to make it. Here’s how to do it: Comfrey salve: Over low heat, melt 1 cup vaseline/petroleum jelly with either 2 tablespoons finely ground comfrey root or  1/2 cup …

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You’re invited! Tea Party for Safe Harbor of Hope

I’m sharing this in hopes that you might share it too or decide to come.  I’m the featured speaker and am honored to do so!   This is a tea party fundraiser for Safe Harbor of Hope.

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Easy Artisan No-Knead Bread

How dough looks

Artisan Bread You asked for it. Here it is:  the  recipe that’s been around a few years and was printed first in the New York Times. It really is so easy, but I’ve given detailed instructions anyway. The best pan for this is a heavy dutch oven, stockpot or Pyrex. The pot can be anywhere …

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I’m on Ron Wilson’s radio show tomorrow

Ron & Rita

It’s WKRC 550 on the AM channel. I know it’s national so you can get it on Serius, etc. I’m on from 7-9 AM. I’ll be talking about putting the herb garden to bed and sharing a recipe for the most wonderful apple liqueur….and I’ll bring Ron a sample to taste.

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Thanks Edible Ohio mag

I had the most fun talking with Karen Gibson and watching photographer Julie Kramer take an amazing amount of photos of herbs in my herb garden. The issue with the article is on stands now. I really appreciate the help of others to spread my message on the goodness of herbs and natural foods.

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Sustainable living trends – saw these at Mother Earth Fair


My presentation on a Garden of Simples had standing room only at Mother Earth Fair in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. I wanted to share just a few photos that I took which show some sustainable living trends. I was able to take a few presentations myself. Two that stand out were Dawn Comb’s …

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Chicken and leeks braised in cider – perfect for fall

Leeks in flower

This recipe was shared by a member of my recipe group and it is so good that her husband thought she should keep it a family secret recipe.  As another member stated “Lucky for us she didn’t.”  I’ve adapted this only slightly CHICKEN AND LEEKS BRAISED IN APPLE CIDER 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs 3 …

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