Monthly Archive: July 2015

A silver lining

After - a beautiful bouquet

    The photos are “after & before.” The storm that blew through here a couple of days ago wrecked havoc everywhere: the picket fence got blown off, the Dent corn is now horizontal, the Jerusalem artichokes pulled up by their roots, and the flower rows in the veggie garden are no longer upright. Plus …

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Watermelon with garden mint and Bulgarian feta

Watermelon with Feta and Mint

Each Thursday I chat with Matt Swaim about Bible foods & herbs. Today I talked with Annie Mitchell Egan who was hosting for Matt, and  we talked about melons.  The recipe I’m sharing is so good with high quality Feta (I bought Bulgarian Feta from Jungle Jims here in Cinti.) and fresh mint from my …

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Grilled Romaine and other summer vegetables

Grilled Romaine

  Rita’s best grilled summer veggies  Brush with olive oil and grill over high heat just until crisp tender. Works great for Romaine lettuce. Also,  try Japanese eggplant, zucchini, peppers, asparagus, red onions, plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms. Cut peppers in half, seed, push down flat. Slice onions and zucchini into wheels. Cut plum …

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A tale of 2 coops

My girls

    So,  it’s a good thing that my “girls”/chickens can’t visit my neighbor Erin’s “girls”/chickens across the road. The reason? Up to now my girls think they’ve got it pretty nice. A primitive coop on stilts with a couple of 5 gallon buckets for laying eggs. Now I will tell you we tried the …

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Nice article about Rita

THANKS, KELLY DORAN OF THE CLERMONT SUN! Rita Heikenfeld sits in her herb garden on June 18 behind the iron kettle her mother grew herbs in. By Kelly Doran Editor-in-Chief Herbalist shares her knowledge July 1st, 2015    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: News Rita Heikenfeld could easily be called one of the foremost experts on herbs …

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Yummy fresh fig appetizers

My friend, Jacob Castle, brought me a big bag of fresh figs from his Florida tree when he was visiting his grandparents here. I made some fig jam and also some wonderful appetizers. I’m sharing one of the jam recipes here (easy, using dried figs) and the other is already on this site and it …

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All about stevia and a cool extract from leaves

  Stevia Plant from Rita’s Garden Stevia – The Sweet Herb Stevia is the Sweetest Natural Product Known. Stevia, The Sweet Herb Stevia: We get requests for information about Stevia, the natural sweetener, from friends of AboutEating.com almost every day. So, I’ve put together an article with information about growing Stevia, Preserving Stevia and how …

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East End Veteran’s Memorial Garden event

Chef Deb Goulding asked me to come and speak at a special event here in Cincinnati. The East End Veteran’s Memorial Garden is HUGE and amazing. Check out their facebook page. Who knew something this unique was right here in Cincy?  Here’s the deal sent to me from Deb: Join us for a Night-Out  at …

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Red, white & blue parfait for July 4

Parfait

Each week I talk with Matt Swaim on Sacred Heart/Sonrise Morning Show radio about Bible foods & herbs. Today we talked about citrus fruits. I love the story about Josephus, a historian in ancient Jerusalem, who supposedly threw lemons at a high priest who was not following “rules”. Lemons are actually a hybrid between the …

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Corn bread salad for July 4

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Corn bread salad Every year I get requests for this recipe. I change it up ever year, and this year I’m adding more bacon and a bit more oregano and cheese.  I know, it’s not low fat or low anything, but a real treat to have occasionally. Don’t be put off by the long list …

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