Tabouleh and a Riverside Picnic

Simple Country Pleasures I’ve always believed that kids need to be out in nature at an early age to build up their immune systems. This photo says it all – check out my weekly column in Community Press Newspapers: http://cin.ci/2aehkQB        

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Corrected Zuppa Toscana Recipe

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My Locinato kale and new potatoes were ready for harvest, so I made this yummy soup. I hope you like it as much as we do! Rita’s Zuppa Toscana like Olive Garden You can use sweet Italian sausage and add red pepper flakes to taste if you want. Note the dry mashed potato flakes in …

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Daylily Wine

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Oh gosh, here I am showing photos of daylily wine and I can’t find my recipe!  I wrote it on a scrap of paper – not good.  Anyway, if you want to make it, I can tell you from memory that I used 8 cups of daylily petals making sure to use only the petals, …

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Old fashioned Crabapples

     I could hardly believe it. When I passed by the old fashioned crabapple tree, it was loaded. (Now I can’t tell you where the tree is – it’s a secret!). Anyway, I told my neighbor Erin about it and asked if she wanted to pick. She was so funny – she said “Sure, …

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Hybrid vs. GMO vs. Heirloom

Hybrid vs. GMO vs. Heirloom What great info I just found on Ron Wilson’s site (ronwilsononline.com) from Bonnie Plants. A must read! The difference between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes isn’t necessarily visible on the outside. It’s about the breeding. There is a lot of confusion out there regarding hybrid vs. GMO vs. heirloom plants, especially …

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More than a Baker’s Dozen: Homemade Yeast Donuts

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Yeast raised donuts like the bakery? Yes, you can!  And the dough is so easy to work with, even the kids are allowed to make donuts in all sorts of shapes, both free hand and with donut cutters. Let them use their imagination! To make them light and airy (some say they taste like like …

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Let the Sun cook Strawberry Preserves

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Don’t want to heat up the kitchen chained to a canner making preserves? How about letting Mother Nature do all the work for you?  Here’s an old fashioned method of cooking preserves in the sun, much like I make what I call my solar/sun cooked dills. Yes, there’s a good amount of sugar in here, …

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Mint and Basil make a tantalizing Fruit Syrup

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Some of you know each week I share recipes and information about Bible foods & herbs on the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked again about one of my favorite fruits: melons.  Eaten as far back as during the time of Christ, today melons are still a popular fruit, especially in …

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Our Vets are good Gardeners!

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  I so enjoy the annual event held to honor our veterans and their gardens here in Cincinnati. The gardens are off of Riverside Drive right across the street from Eli’s BBQ coming from Eastern Avenue. Last night we attended a buffet dinner held right in the gardens. Here’s some photos of the side dishes, …

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Alfio’s Corn, Tomato and Shrimp Bruschetta

Alfio’s corn, tomato and shrimp bruschetta Talk about entertaining, knowledgeable and a love of sharing food and family history, Alfio Gulisano, chef/owner of Alfio’s and Che! here in Cincinnati,  is all that and more. The “yums” coming from his class at Living Spaces Custom Design in Batavia declared his food “the best of anywhere.” Alfio …

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