Sun Pickles: An old German recipe

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  MARY RUDLOFF’S SOLAR DILLS (SUN PICKLES) No need to be chained to the stove canning pickles. The sun does all the work! In about 3-4 days, you’ll have pickles! Mary Rudloff is now in heaven making her famous dills. This is an old German recipe. Her daughter, Ann and I have been friends since …

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Best summer dessert is blueberry crisp a la mode

Blueberry Crisp

  I had to laugh when I checked my Top Hat blueberry bushes for ripe berries. They were loaded, but being miniature bushes, the yield was small. I had enough to test out a recipe I’m developing for healthy blueberry muffins, but not enough for the blueberry crisp I wanted to make for dessert. Our …

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Food to tote to new parents or someone ill

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BAKED MAC & CHEESE FOOD TO TAKE TO NEW MOMS & DADS OR SOMEONE ILL I was talking to Matt Swaim this morning on the Sonrise Morning Show radio about toting food to folks who are ill or who are new parents. I shared a couple Bible quotes along with some good tips and really …

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Peppermint iced tea: a natural coolant

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My Heirloom Mint Rita’s fresh peppermint iced tea For Matt, who has an abundance of mint and asked: “How do I substitute fresh mint for the amount of mint that’s in a teabag?” Take a generous couple handful of mint leaves and crush them a little between your palms or with a spoon to release …

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Peter picked a peck of pickled peppers, and so did I

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  One of these days I’m going to write a cookbook including “Hall of Fame” recipes from my column. When I think of all the recipes shared across our community of readers and the interest generated by them, I know that food shared with family and friends is not only nurturing but makes memories and …

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Linda’s Chicken Picante

 I belong to a recipe group and friend and awesome cook, Linda Smith, shared this recipe. She has been making it for years and it was one of her girls’ favorites growing up. From the archives of Linda Smith CHICKEN PICANTE Makes 6 servings     ½ cup medium-hot chunky taco sauce or salsa ¼ …

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Crispy Baked Fish new fave

Well, supper started out as a bowl of soup with my newest crispy fish sandwich, but the only bread I had was one piece of whole grain and Frank’s soft, white,  bread that hardly holds jelly, let alone a fat wedge of mahi mahi. Anyway, the sandwich supper turned into a full plated one. Here’s …

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Rock Crystal Candy

Rock Crystal Candy for Cherry Bounce

Finally I remembered the correct name of the sugar candy used in the cherry bounce recipe. I took these photos at Jungle Jims store here in Eastgate/Batavia, Ohio. I use the clear candy for the bounce.

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Don’t Miss Out on Planting Fall Vegetables

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Don’t Miss Out on Planting Fall Vegetables   Garden guru and friend, Ron Wilson, posted this on his Ronwilsononline.com site. I can’t believe he’s already thinking about fall! I got a jump ahead of him. Little Em, 2 years old, took an old colander, filled it with soil and sprinkled it with leaf lettuce seeds. …

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Chardonnay Soaked Raisins with Vanilla Bean

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Chardonnay soaked golden raisins We made these a few years ago in cooking class and they were a hit.   I like to scrape out seeds from the vanilla bean and add those to the liquid along with the bean. Served over Brie with crackers, this makes an elegant horsd’oeuvre and a jar of it makes …

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