Monthly Archive: March 2014

Crockpot Breakfast Egg and Sausage Casserole

Crockpot Breakfast Egg and Sausage Casserole No dry mustard? Leave it out. Go lightly when you sprinkle salt and pepper on.  Turn this on before bed and it will be ready to eat Easter morning. I like to thaw the hash browns a bit, but the Eastern Hills reader who shared the original recipe said …

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow As we “grow along” together, I’ll share in depth some good information on my favorite individual herbs. But today I wanted to give you a quick list of my  top 10 healing herbs that you can grow yourself. I love the fact that herbs not only taste good, they’re …

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“Mussel” your way with my favorite Mussel Recipe

Mussels steamed with wine, shallots & garlic

Mussels look like they take a lot of work to prepare, but nothing could be further from the truth. First, let’s talk about the difference between wild and cultured – wild are a dull bluish color with white erosion marks, and they may have seaweed or barnacles attached. If they have fibers that stick out …

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Mujadarah/Lentils & Rice – vegetarian or vegan!

Mujadarah/Lentils & Rice

The recipe I’m sharing today may be an unusual recipe to some of you.  Called Mujadarah, it’s a dish we grew up with that evokes fond memories of my Mom wrapping her jar of homemade yogurt in towels to keep it warm enough to inoculate and frying the onions in her large cast iron skillet …

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Are salt substitutes a good sub for salt?

Here’s some good info I found recently about salt: Q: I have high blood pressure, and my doctor has restricted me to a low-sodium diet of less than 1,500 mg a day. Are salt substitutes a good alternative? A: While the spice aisle in your grocery store abounds with salt substitutes, they are not a healthy …

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Peppermint oil and extract: what’s the diff?

They are not the same thing. You can find all three, including emulsions, at Jungle Jims. I bought mine at the Eastgate store. Stores in your area may carry the extract but not the oil, which you may have to purchase from a pastry shop. Extracts:  Made with alcohol for the most part. Always buy …

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How to choose the right cookware for you

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch oven/Stockpot     We’re going into the busy bridal season and I get more questions about cookware and cutlery than you’d believe.  Here’s a primer of sorts on cookware – in a future column we’ll chat about cutlery. Cut this column out and arm yourself with it when you …

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Creamy/chunky potato soup for St. Patrick’s Day

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When I was in first grade at St. Margaret of Cortona School in Madison Place, Sister Justina asked me why I wasn’t wearing a green ribbon in my hair for St. Patrick’s Day.  “Because I’m Lebanese”, I replied timidly. That’s all changed, and even I’m a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Creamy or chunky …

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Champ or colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day – what’s the diff?

CHAMP WITH SCALLIONS The story goes that in the 5th century AD, St. Patrick went to Ireland, killed all the snakes and converted the people. What were they eating? For starters, leeks, cress, and cabbage, all of which are….you guessed it…green! Think abut it, though. The food pyramid stresses green leafy veggies and good root …

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Carob the star in this No Bake Granola

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     Did you know carob, that trendy chocolate substitute, has been eaten for thousands of year Each Thursday morning I talk with Matt Swaim on Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods & herbs. Today we talked about carob. Matthew 3:1 – Carob seeds are also known as locust beans and St. John’s bread.   According …

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