Don’t Touch! 2 Poison Plants that Look Appealing

Over the past few years, a couple of poisonous weeds have invaded our natural areas as well as the landscapes. And with warm weather just around the corner, these will be popping up and look so appealing you may be tempted to pick: BUT DON’T!! Whenever I take the kids out in the fields to …

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Curried Chicken Salad from Bluebird Bakery

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I should have ordered a pound of curried chicken salad from Bluebird Bakery here in Glendale instead of the half pound I walked out with. The reason? When I arrived home, I just had to taste. One taste led to another, and that’s why the mound of this yummy chicken salad in the photo looks, …

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Fantastic Foraging: Morels and More!

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Pruning Hydrangeas without messing up the Flowers

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From garden guru and friend, Ron Wilson, of Natorp’s “How do I know when to prune my hydrangeas without messing with their flowers?”  Pruning hydrangeas can get confusing as some flower on new growth, some on last year’s growth, and some on both.   As a general rule to protect flowering, arborescens and paniculata selections flower …

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Happy Easter!

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I know I just wished you Happy Easter but wanted to share some photos of my little patch of heaven during this Easter week. Again, Blessed Easter and Happy Spring!Sunset After Rain Red Bud Infusion for Jelly Salad of Wild Edibles Red Bud Jelly Hepatica Flowers The Joy of Swinging Ramp Butter Naturally Colored Easter …

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Ham 101 Plus Yummy Glazes

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I hope each of you has a wonderful Easter if you’re celebrating. And remember, who are in the chairs is more important and meaningful than what’s on the table!   Readers want to know: Ham 101 Bone in or boneless ham? I prefer a bone-in ham. The bone lends flavor. How much ham per person? …

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Roasting Leg of Lamb: Bone in or Boneless

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I’ve had several requests for roasting lamb (a time-honored Easter meat!) so here’s some general guidelines. I say “general” because I don’t really have a recipe as such. I take my lamb out about an hour prior to roasting. That way, it roasts nicely throughout. I trim the fat, rub all over with olive oil. …

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Chocolate Toffee Matzoh/Crackers and John’s Charoset for Passover

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Chocolate Covered Caramel Matzoh/Cracker Crunch My webmaster John considers chocolate covered matzoh a favorite Passover dessert and its the one recipe that everyone asks for. It started as a Passover treat but now his little girl asks to make chocolate covered matzoh year round.  I have a similar recipe that uses unsalted soda crackers instead …

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Watch me make Ruth Lyon’s Coffee Cake on Fox 19

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Ruth Lyon’s Coffee Cake.   Today I made this iconic coffeecake (I shared the recipe a few days ago) with my buddy, Frank Marzullo on the Fox 19 morning show. The link to the video is above. Watch us make it!    

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Ruth Lyons’ coffeecake not fancy but oh so good!

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The coffeecake is a generational favorite. I get requests for it every year.  For those of you living in our tri-state, you may remember Ruth Lyons – the most popular television variety show host ever in Cincinnati. Easter wouldn’t be the same without this coffeecake on my readers’ tables. I’ll be making this live on …

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