Monthly Archive: January 2016

Oven Swiss Steak – a vintage and much loved recipe

I just loved the request from a Northern Ky. reader for a Valentine’s Day recipe. “My husband keeps talking about his mom’s Swiss steak. All he remembers is that she pounded salt and pepper into the meat with flour, browned it and then baked it with tomatoes. It had cheese on the top and was …

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Twenty Minute Vegetable Soup

I love talking with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio each Thursday morning. Today we talked about the mysteries of the rosary and food associated with each one. Here’s the recipe I shared when talking about the joyous mysteries. Onion and garlic are associated with the joyous mysteries – makes …

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Store bought stevia

Stevia, that sweet herb from South America, is mainstream now on grocer’s shelves. But if you buy it, what’s the best kind?  I like NuNaturals – their stevia products are never bitter, but are pure sweetness. Check out their site for recipes at www.nunaturals.com. Plus they have a host of other healthy products to use, …

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Take the mystery out of adding fiber to breakfast

A simple way to add fiber to breakfast Leave it to P.J. Hamel, baking expert at King Arthur Flour, to take the mystery out of switching whole wheat for white flour to add more fiber. I’ve been espousing white wheat flour for years, and King Arthur flours, no matter which variety, are always consistently high …

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Healthy Morning: Lemon Water first thing in AM

  Why Lemons? I got this info from friend and colleague Dawn Weatherwax from her site: sportsnutritiontogo@hotmail.com Dawn and I agree on this:  Lemons are packed with nutrients, such as vitamin C, B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Because lemon juice can be hard on the enamel of the teeth, it’s important to dilute …

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A photo gallery of my cable and tv show appearances

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Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes during filming for TV? Well, I can tell you what you see is what you get when it comes to me and my live TV cooking. Take for instance, these photos from my cable TV show filmed at Firehouse #51 with Justin Hawthorne, our media production specialist. …

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Buttermilk ranch wings and Jalapeño Poppers for Super Bowl

Buttermilk Ranch Wings

Hah – remember last week when I was harvesting greens from my window boxes? Well, with the thermometer reading 6 degrees this morning, I don’t have to tell you that I won’t be harvesting any more greens from them. Oh well, before too long I’ll be thumbing through the seed catalogs which arrive daily, thinking …

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Like Mom made but updated! Comfort food for cold winter nights

I love teaching at “my” Batavia, Ohio cooking school. Here’s what I’m doing next week.  Hope you can join me! JOIN US FOR OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS! “Like Mom Made:  But Updated”                                   with Rita Heikenfeld, Culinary Professional                Tuesday, January …

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Arugula, beet and goat cheese salad good for cleanse diet

Arugula, beet and goat cheese salad One of the most popular salads today has ingredients with roots in Bible times. I’m talking about this delish salad of arugula, beets and goat cheese. And this salad would be a good one to add to your diet cleanse if you’re into that sort of thing. Why? Read …

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Rita & Ron: from garden to kitchen (with lunch!) April 13

Join Us For An Exciting International Adventure! April 12 – 17, 2016 Join us on an international adventure of fine foods and fabulous florals at the 2016 Cincinnati Flower Show in partnership with the Cincinnati USA Sister City Association. The five-day event will blossom with unique floral displays and design demonstrations, celebrity lectures, international flavors, culinary …

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