Monthly Archive: December 2016

Happy New Year

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Just a quick note to say, again, that I hope you have the best year ever in 2017.  Thanks you for logging on to my site and sharing your tips, thoughts and recipes. I appreciate you! Blessings, Rita  

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DIY Bone Broth, Step by Step

Yesterday I walked across the field to check on my elderly neighbor, John and saw lots of grass-like blades poking through the soil. Farmer Bruner sowed rye right after he harvested pumpkins from the same field and that’s what was popping up. Husband Frank told me it’s called “winter rye” since it can germinate through …

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Growing Herbs Indoors from Seeds

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Even in winter we can still grow fresh herbs.  In most regions the herb garden is now dormant, but with a little planning you can grow many culinary herbs and greens indoors this winter.   I like starting herbs for indoor use from seeds. That way, they can grow with stocky, healthy stems “from the …

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Easy Artisan No-Knead Bread

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Artisan Bread You asked for it. Here it is:  the  recipe that’s been around a few years and was printed first in the New York Times. It really is so easy, but I’ve given detailed instructions anyway. The best pan for this is a heavy dutch oven, like my enameled cast iron Le Creuset stockpot, …

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah!

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I wanted to tell each of you personally who log onto my site, I sincerely hope you have the best  holiday ever, whether you celebrate it on Christmas or with a Hanukkah celebration like my friend and webmaster, John. I hope you are surrounded by family, friends and good food!  And remember, it’s not just …

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Secret Ingredient Latkes for Hanukkah

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Latkes/Potato Pancakes EASY POTATO LATKES FOR HANUKKAH Oil plays a significant role in the  story of Hanukkah — the small jug of oil that miraculously provided fuel for the Temple Menorah for eight days. It is a Jewish tradition to eat foods that reflect the significance of a holiday – such as matzoh on Passover, …

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Shortbread Sugar Cookies that keep their shape

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                                                       Rita’s no fail shortbread cutouts  ’Tis the season for sure to bake cookies, especially holiday cutouts that you decorate. Here’s two good ones, for Sharon and others who requested sugar cookies to decorate.   Rita’s no fail shortbread cutouts I can tell you this dough, due to its high butter content, really stays …

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Merry Christmas:12 Days of Christmas Legend

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Today I talked with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart radio about the legend behind the 12 days of Christmas for the early Christians. Fascinating! The Legend of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song The twelve days of Christmas are the twelve days between Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, the birth of Jesus, …

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Most popular appetizer: Baked Swiss and Apricot Cranberry Dip

  My most requested dip this time of year is sweet and savory with cream cheese, apricot preserves, Swiss cheese and raisins.   You can make this ahead of time and simply bake it a bit longer. If the top browns too quickly before the dip is hot, just tent w/foil.  Thanks to daughter-in-law Jessie, for …

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry For Becky, who lost this recipe after she moved from Ohio Sanford, MI. She told me: “Somehow in the process I’ve misplaced my recipe for Chicken stir fry that you published in the community press several years ago. I remember some of the ingredients are soy sauce, …

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