Monthly Archive: June 2014

Earth box gardening photos & garden questions answered

Earth As usual, here’s some great info from colleague, friend and garden Guru Ron Wilson. Love the photos of the earth box planters! “What happens after you close for the spring season on June 29, and we need a plant or weed killer or have a question?” – The gates may be closed, but we’re …

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Herbal Saute Oils for Freezer

Here’s a recipe for Herbal Saute Oils that you can freeze. I talked about this in a former blog, as well, and used both butter and olive oil then. Today I used just olive oil.     Herbal saute oils ready for the freezer OILS OF ANCIENT SCRIPTURE There are 12 oils mentioned in ancient …

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Berry good pie!

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I was talking to Matt Swaim of Sacred Heart radio today and the subject was brambles & berries.  When you think of the Bible and the writings therein, you’ll notice that plants were often referred to and used as symbols. One of those symbols involves brambles – those plants that have thorns or “prickles” on …

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My garden pal/expert answers all your questions

No kidding, Ron Wilson gets hundreds of emails a week. He answered some timely ones today and I’m sharing all that good info – read on – from water bags to begonias to tomatoes to, well, everything else that’s going on outside right now! Posted Friday, June 20th 2014 @ 5am “What are those green …

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Fresh Fruit with Basil Mint Syrup

Fresh Fruit with Basil Minty Syrup

FRESH FRUIT COMPOTE WITH MINT BASIL SYRUP My mint and basil are growing out of bounds, so I clipped them back and used some of them in this refreshing syrup for fruit. Can you use Splenda? Or honey? Sure – the syrup may not be as thick but will still be so good. Featured in …

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Are lilacs edible?

Readers want to know: Are lilacs edible? Yes, as long as they’re “clean”, not sprayed, etc. They taste as good as they smell.  Right now I’m gathering some to crystallize with egg white and sugar. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

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Jimmy’s Insalata Caprese

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Some of you who live in the tri-state area (Cinti/NKy/Indiana) know that I have a community access cable TV show on Union Township cable here in Cincinnati.  I often have guests on the show, and Jimmy Bonaminio, son of Jim Bonaminio (Jungle Jim’s Grocery King) cooked with me this week on the show.  Jimmy is …

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Recipe Hall of Fame: Tony Palazzolo’s version of Frisch’s vegetable soup

Recipe Hall of Fame: Tony Palazzolo’s version of Frisch’s vegetable soup I can’t remember which class I was teaching, but a student came up and asked me if I would publish this favorite recipe again. Some of you will recall that Tony’s recipe, as well as my version, are in my Recipe Hall of Fame. …

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Almond Orange Biscotti – My go to Italian cookie

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I love the tradition in Italy honoring St. Joseph as patron saint of families/dads with a celebratory feast. Although the feast is held in March on St. Joseph’s feast day, it’s appropriate to recall this story on Father’s Day to honor our own dads. There’s a legend surrounding this feast day, and according to legend, …

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Allergies kicking in? Here’s my go-to drink

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Are your allergies kicking in? Mine sure are, and as much work as we have outdoors in the vegetable and herb gardens it’s not, as Martha would say, “a good thing.”  My friend and Cincinnati Magazine Marketing Director, Chris Ohmer, said it best. “I’m living from tissue to tissue.” Well, I’ve got a natural home …

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