Monthly Archive: February 2016

Harbingers of spring

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Even the “girls/chickens” know it’s almost spring. They love to “belly around” in the straw. The white flowers are snowdrops and the yellow are wild aconite. And check out the wild watercress already peeking through the water in the creek.

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Salmon patties like Mom used to make

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Salmon patties are a given in my house for Lent. They’re so good I wonder why I don’t serve them more often. The secret? Panko bread crumbs. My mom’s salmon patties Feel free to use whatever kind of crumbs you like. Panko gives them an incredibly crispy crust. The key to having them stay together …

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Mississippi pot roast – “gone viral”

This is what you need: a try-tip roast

Wow, these two recipes are all over the internet. I was given them first by a foodie friend, who said she found these on the New York Times site. Credit where credit’s due, you know! Slow cooker Mississippi pot roastThe combo of the herbs in the ranch dressing and the savory elements of the gravy …

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Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

Today I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show about Lenten food traditions throughout the world. Of course, in the USA and especially the midwest, fish fries are considered part & parcel of Lent. At our cluster of parishes here in Clermont County, Ohio, we have fish fries every Friday. But we love …

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OK here’s the Amish spread recipe

  Photo courtesy of Mr. Food   This creamy, sweet peanut butter spread is often served at Amish gatherings – on everything from bread to cakes. One taste and you’ll know why! What You’ll Need: 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons corn syrup 3/4 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup marshmallow creme 1/2 teaspoon vanilla …

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Amish Church Spread

I love when friends/readers find something interesting to share. .Here’s an Amish peanut butter church spread that  Lisa Mauch, my former editor, saw. Here’s what Lisa said: “I found this for Pinterest the other day and thought I’d share. Funnily enough it was from Mr. Food’s test kitchen. Didn’t know if you had ever heard …

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Hot chocolate with a kick for Valentine’s Day

Hot Chocolate with a Kick   Oh gosh, I’m making this right now. I’ll be sharing the recipe with buddy Ron Wilson on his radio show “In the Garden with Ron Wilson” tomorrow morning at 7 AM.  His show airs on 55 WKRC Cincinnati. A reader mentioned this on the NYTimes site, and I’m a …

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Best organic fertilizers

Spring is not far behind judging from the questions on my blog. Here’s a timely one from Joann, a reader who is an organic gardener, as well. “Do you have good choices for an organic fertilizer when planting herbs? Also, are you offering any herb gardening classes in Cincinnati?” Thanks. Joann Friend and garden guru …

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Brookies

Lots of us will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by giving our loved ones something chocolate. Did you know, though, that there really was a St. Valentine? He lived in Rome and we believe he was arrested and then killed for the simple act of performing marriage for Christians. The reason? In those days members of …

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Best herbs & foods for women (engineers) at UC

University of Cincinnati Womens' Engineers Conference

Gosh, I had the best time presenting before this group of talented young people. My topic was the best foods & herbs for women. One of the things they loved best is when I passed around my peppermint spritzer for them to spritz in the air and breathe in.  AAAHHHH…

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