Monthly Archive: July 2017

Roasted Cherry Tomato Confit – a must try!

You know, I think I’m pretty aware of trends and what’s going on in the world of food. But I have to admit this new recipe I found threw me: “Cherry Tomato Confit.” I pulled it from a page in a magazine and after reading it, my first thought was “Hey, I’ve been doing that …

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Halal Cart Style Chicken

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Oh my gosh, I couldn’t wait to share this recipe which I mentioned today on the Sonrise Morning Show with Matt Swaim. We talked about chickens during Bible days. Matt loves to cook so I knew he’d love this recipe. It was given to me by a student during a Jungle Jim’s hands on class …

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Help! There’s a “Baby” growing in my Bell Pepper!

See the "baby" growing in the center of the pepper?

Hah, I knew the title would grab you!  A reader asked:  ”What are those growths inside of a bell pepper? Sometimes it looks like a tiny baby pepper, other times it looks just like a swirly or knobby white growth.” No worries. It could actually be a sterile pepper forming inside the big bell. Yes, …

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Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and black pepper (Cacio e Pepe)

Cacio e pepe with Buccatini pasta

  Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Like this one called “Cacio e Pepe” which translates into “Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and black pepper”. I had been wanting to make this pasta for a while, and when I saw it on a restaurant menu while visiting Rome with family this summer, I knew it …

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More Simple Country Pleasures

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Did you ever have a day when the house needed cleaning, clothes washed, and myriad other items to be done, only to spend your day with the little ones instead? I remember my sister, Liz, who had so many kids I lost count. She gave me this priceless advice: “For the kids, a perfect house isn’t …

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Bleached vs Unbleached Flour

  What’s the Difference Between Bleached and Unbleached Flour? One of my readers of my syndicated food column in Community Press Newspapers here in Ohio and Kentucky asked about the difference between bleached and unbleached flour. She also wanted to know if a recipe calls for flour and doesn’t specify the type (like whole wheat, …

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Japanese Forest Bathing: Have you heard of it?

Outdoors Forest Bathing: Stress Relief Techniques from Japan Have you heard of forest bathing? It’s considered to be one of the best stress relief techniques to hit the United States. Developed in Japan in the eighties, the folks in Japan feel forest bathing is essential for preventive health care and natural healing. Forest bathing today …

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Why Fresh Herbs Have More Nutritional Value than Dried

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    I did a presentation the other day on herbs that heal. Marcie, who attended, had this question: Do dry herbs and spices have the same nutritional benefits as their fresh counterparts?   It depends on which herbs and spices (and which nutritional benefits) you’re talking about. Cinnamon  is only consumed in its dried form but …

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Everything you wanted to know about Olive Oils but were afraid to ask!

      Extra Virgin vs “Pure” Olive Oil: what’s the difference? Researching this subject was fascinating to me. When we were in Italy this summer, we had simple salads dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. But the olive oils were extra virgin, estate bottled, cold pressed,  and the balsamic vinegar was the real deal, …

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Simple Pleasures

I picked a bunch of lemon balm and made a pretty bouquet in my Le Creuset pitcher on the herb garden wall.

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