Monthly Archive: January 2017

Black Gold!

Black Gold

It doesn’t take much to please me. And today I was mightily pleased with a “gift without ribbons” from our friend, Ray. He brought me 2 big loads of horse manure, all steamy and fragrant (well, not nice fragrant but horsey fragrant).  Anyway, the black gold will age nicely and it will provide nutrients to …

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Superbowl Faves: Ohio Farmhouse Chili, Warm Chicken Taco Dip

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  Photo credit Food & Wine For me, the fun of the party is the food and camaraderie. We all make appetizers, husband Frank makes a Caesar salad and we order in pizza. Homemade yeast doughnuts are on the menu, too, with the little ones helping cut out, cutting the doughnut shapes and frosting the …

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5 Breakfasts in 5 Minutes with Steel Cut Oats

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Photo credit: Kelli Foster   If you’re wondering what to tote to someone who is under the weather or perhaps that new mom and her family, here‘s a great suggestion. Steel cut oats aka pinhead oats are delicious, and nourishing. I found these oatmeal recipes on thekitchn’s website, a really comprehensive, easy to follow site. …

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A UTube Memory from the Today Show about my website

  One of my video clips (a few seconds) was chosen for the Today Show’s segment on people who have had lots of success with videos on UTube. It shows me cooking on my cable TV show and FYI I understand my container gardening video was the most watched video on the subject on UTube …

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Air Plants are Easy Care and So Cool

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  When I see something notable from colleagues in the garden industry, I like to share it with you. Here’s some fun information on a family of plants you may not be familiar with: air plants. Chris Martinez of Orchard Nursery & Florist in LaFayette, California, is into air plants. You may be too, after …

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Restaurant Style Steamed Spinach

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Steamed spinach with garlic and lemon A reader wanted to know how to replicate this restaurant dish. After rinsing spinach, leave a bit of water clinging to leaves. Pour a bit of olive oil into a skillet. Add a clove or 2 of minced garlic. Cook only until garlic is barely golden, don’t let it …

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Hanky Pankies and Sophisticated Grilled Cheese for Super Bowl

Each week I talk with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show about a Bible food or herb. Today we talked about cheese and how important it was in the Bible diet.  Homemade cheese was made with curdled milk in Bible days, much like we make some cheeses today. I wanted to share a couple recipes …

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Let slow-cooker Mongolian beef stew warm the belly

Let slow-cooker Mongolian beef stew warm the belly Rita Heikenfeld, Cincinnati5:38 p.m. ET Jan. 16, 2017 Each January I go through a lot of my paper files to weed out duplicate and unwanted recipes. My kids tell me to get rid of all the paper files and go paperless. “Scan them into the computer, Mom,” …

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Lemon Curd: Step by Step

Rita’s Fool Proof Blender Lemon Curd Whenever I make angel food cake, I have leftover yolks. Some of them go into this luscious and easy lemon curd. Lemon curd, an intensely flavored spread and filling, originated in England, served at tea with scones and as a filling for tarts. Use in place of jam on …

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Flavoring Kombucha: Erin’s 8 Favorite Flavor Combos

My friend, colleague and neighbor, Erin Phillips wrote this for Countryside Mag. She brought me over a bottle of fruit flavored Kombucha. So delicious: fizzy/healthy, not to sweet and really quenched my thirst.  And you’ll get a kick out of this: my scoby/mother that you need to start making Kombucha died on me. Suffocated actually. …

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