Monthly Archive: October 2015

Taking a knife to the sink? Hold it like this

Me & My crew

  Always hold a knife w/point down when walking with it. Also never put a knife in a sink of water. Lay it on the counter and wash it separately. That way you won’t plunge  your hand into the water w/knife hiding there.   Also here’s my students during a hands on grill class at …

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Meringue ghosties for Halloween

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MERINGUE GHOSTSIES I saw a photo of these in Pillsbury’s cooking magazine for Halloween. They were too cute. So I made a batch, using my own recipe. I will tell you I had to practice a little with making them. I just scooped up what didn’t look right and put the mixture back in the …

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Cincinnati chili recipe

Here’s one published way back when by food editor for the Cinti Post at the time, Fern Storer. I wish I had met her. I understand she was an enthusiastic gardener, as well. I know my Mom liked Fern’s recipes, and that to me was a great endorsement.  I made the chili during a demo …

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Can’t beat this: a handmade pottery bowl filled with your favorite soup and more

Homemade soup in a bowl specially made for you at a potter’s wheel? Oh, and to go along with it, fresh baked breads and restaurant style desserts. All for a worth cause to benefit Kids Cafe in association with my pals at American Culinary Federation here in Cincy/N Ky.  I can vouch for this first …

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DIY Homemade Microwave Popcorn – better than store bought

Makes a generous 8 cups -  as much or more as store bought sans all the ingredients you DON’T want in your popcorn.  Mix together 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn with 1-2 teaspoons oil, either vegetable, olive or coconut. If you like salt, sprinkle on to taste. Start with 1/2 teaspoon or so. (I like a …

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How to make Halloween Black Cat Cookie Pops, Glowing Swamp Punch

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                                                                   My Alter-Ego This still boggles my mind: Halloween is second only to Christmas as the most decorated holiday. Not so when I was a kid. The house wasn’t decorated, and the 8 girls in our family were either witches or gypsies. My brother, Charlie, the last born and only son, was always a hobo. …

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How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine/ Liqueur

Apple Pie Moonshine/Liqueur

It’s the new kid on the block with an ancient history. Do you call it moonshine or liqueur? Depends, I guess, on where you’re from….. Unbelievably easy and oh so good. Wonderful for guests as a welcoming, warming drink, or to imbibe on your own.  It’s good chilled, as well, or added to Sangria or …

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Pope John Paul’s Papal Cream/Napoleon Cake

We celebrate Saint Pope John Paul II’s feast day on October 22. Along with being the second longest serving pope, he was known as the Polish  pilgrim pope, visiting more than 100 countries. A rich cream cake, now called Papal Cream Cake, was one of his favorite desserts often made with sweet pastry cream layered …

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Betty Neal’s make & freeze breakfast burritos

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Betty Neal’s breakfast burritos Betty is an amazingly talented lady. Here’s her burrito recipe that she makes for her granddaughter to take back to college. Betty says: “The green chile enchilada sauce makes the eggs very moist. You can drain a little of the moisture from them if you want.” Make these and freeze, ready …

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Is this egg fresh?

Is this egg fresh?

Here’s  how to tell: if an egg floats to the bottom of a glass filled with water, it is fresh. As it ages, air enters the shell making it float. A little bit of floating is OK but if an egg floats all the way to the top, I think it’s past its prime for …

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