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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Mother’s Day Culinary & Spa Herb Basket

Mother’s Day herb baskets sure are popular today. So I wanted to let Frank Marzullo, anchor on the Fox 19 morning show here in Cincinnati,  choose a combo of culinary herbs, some of  which do double duty as  ”soothing spa” herbs for his wife and Mom to Leo and another bundle of joy on the …

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Roasted sweet Rhubarb Topping and Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Roasted Rhubarb Sauce over Ice Cream

  Roasted sweet rhubarb topping Rhubarb is called “pie plant” because most folks make a rhubarb and strawberry pie with it. 1 pound or so rhubarb Zest and juice of an orange 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar or equivalent substitute Cinnamon to taste Preheat oven to 350. Cut rhubarb into chunks. Toss with zest, orange …

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Earth Day Fun


One of the highlights of the season for me is teaching the little ones, especially my grandchildren and their classmates, about Earth Day. Here’s some photos. Check out the herb and edible flower baskets Jack’s class made. Thanks, Natorp’s!    Emerson and friend Baxter enjoying Earth Day in the dandelion patchOne little, two little, three …

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Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day


I have to chuckle at the photo I’m sharing today. Not a usual photo of food but one that relates to food at its source. It’s two of my grandchildren and their friend, Baxter. You’ll see Emerson leading, Baxter behind and little Ellery last. Their destination was supposed to be the green onion row where …

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Fast French Bread – Easy to Make

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I don’t know why I got the urge to bake bread from scratch, but today found me doing just that. It wasn’t that I had a lot of time to do it, either. We spent most of the early afternoon splitting and cutting wood for winter. Actually, I did the splitting with a sledgehammer and …

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Readers respond to Braciole recipe request

Oh my gosh, I am amazed and happy that so many of you responded to Kenny Ann Rober’s request for Braciole made with round steak. I had published my recipe for Braciole made with flank steak (and it’s so good) but Kenny Ann wanted one with round steak. So, as usual, the responses were many …

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No morels yet but plenty of ramps and wild flowers


My friends Butch and Char and I went morel hunting in our secret place. No morels yet but take a look at these finds: Dog’s tooth violets are supposed to be edible, the flower and the root. I  haven’t tasted them yet. Blood root used medicinally by the American Indians. Crush the stem and you …

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From my bestest friend, Carol, who lives in Harrison, Indiana. What a thrill it was to get her email, and here it is verbatim: “Let me tell you a sweet story: when Kent was here fishing last Thurs., he mentioned he’d seen a morel in the yard. He took me to where he thought it …

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