Monthly Archive: December 2016

Foolproof and Simple Beef Tenderloin

  Foolproof and simple beef tenderloin For the reader who wants to make this New Year’s Day. “I just want a simple seasoning”, he said.So here’s one of my favorite simple ways to prepare tenderloin. Bring the meat out at least 30 minutes prior to roasting. It will roast more evenly.  Ovens vary so get …

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Feed the Birds, Have Good Luck for the New Year

  Good luck bag for the birds for the New Year: Isn’t this fun? Let the kids help make these. Just fill a baggie with birdseed. From Shelly and Ron, Mason readers. Scatter the seeds on your doorstep and the birds who come and eat it will bring good luck for the coming year.

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Tip: Make “holes” in flour when baking for this reason

OK if you’re like me, once in while measuring out what I call “white” ingredients for baking to add to the flour, I forget if I’ve added say, the baking powder, or the salt, or the baking soda, etc. So here’s what I do now and it’s a darn good tip for you: Depending upon …

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If Flour Has Never Been Opened Can It Still Go Bad?

If Flour Has Never Been Opened Can It Still Go Bad? Well, it just happened to me and I’ll be it’s happened to you too. My all purpose flour unopened was stored in the back of the pantry and I finally spied it. Anyway, I’m making crescent rolls today and needed that flour so I …

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Buckeye Peanut Butter Bars – easy and tastes like a Reese Cup!

Today I chatted with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show about gifts that the Magi brought baby Jesus. Along with talking about the gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) I shared a special gift that I just started making this year: Buckeye Bars. Oh so good and much easier to make than traditional Buckeyes. Check …

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Ohio Buckeyes, Opera Creme and Haystacks Candy for giving

Rita’s Ohio Buckeyes Rita’s Ohio Buckeye Recipe #1 For Betty, who lost her recipe. I’m willing to bet there are more recipes for this than fingers on my hands.   I make the base mixture ahead, form into balls and freeze. They stay just fine for 6 months or so. You can divide the recipe in …

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See me make Holiday Pistachio and Cherry Bark

Oh gosh, am I ever behind with just about everything: cleaning, more holiday baking, sending cards, you name it.  I’m betting some of you are in the same predicament, yes? Well, don’t fret. Do as I do: take a breath, make a list of priorities and say a little prayer of thanks for your many …

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Update on Clone of Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

UPDATE: I forgot that someone told me Panera adds a bit of Dijon mustard to their soup. So for the recipe below, add a squeeze when you make the roux if you do want to add the mustard. It all started with a request from a reader, Alena. Here’s what she said: “Do you have a …

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All About Beef Roasts, From Chuck to Rump

All About Beef Roasts, From Chuck to Rump I found this timely information on the Epicurious site and wanted to share especially to those of you shopping for a holiday roast. They are usually not inexpensive, so a little research will benefit. Now I will tell you I shop at Jungle Jim’s here in Cincinnati …

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Susan’s Natural World a Haven for Fair Trade Gifts

Oh gosh, I just left Susan’s Natural World here in Cincinnati with yet another fair trade handmade beautiful, useful basket. Made in Ghana, these baskets are incredibly strong and reinforced where it counts most: in the handles. Leather and natural fibers make the basket unique. I have been carrying them around to classes, my cable …

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