Monthly Archive: August 2017

Why use Coffee Grounds in the Garden?

    Ever since Ron Wilson, our gardening Expert at Natorp’s and WKRC 55 In the Garden Show, told me to use coffee grounds in the yard, I’ve been doing that with great success. Here’s why Ron says you should do it, too: “If thought coffee grounds were only for acid loving plants oh no,  …

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Chicken Fried Steak – Throwback Recipe

Chicken Fried Steak

It has been a long time since I fixed chicken fried beef cube steak. Made from round steak and run through a “cuber”, the steak is tenderized but still maintains a nice, beefy flavor. Now going back to my childhood (what my kids used to call the “dark ages”- hah!) cube steak was fairly common …

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Mint has many health properties

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Many of you know I grow mint. And not just peppermint (Mentha piperata)  and spearmint (Mentha spicata), but a whole variety of different kinds. But I have to say, if I could grow just 1  mint, it would be peppermint due to its high concentration of menthol. If you don’t grow mint, you can buy …

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Help our Children! Good Cause with Good Food

I am proud to belong to the American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati. These multi-talented folks are among the first to raise funds for needy children here in the Tri-State. Will I see you at their 4th annual Taste on August 17?  Here’s details. The Children’s Hunger Alliance will host the 4th Annual Taste to …

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Pasta with Eggplant, Tomatoes and Basil Perfect Meatless Meal

    Talking today with Anna Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning show, Sacred Heart radio this morning was so fun, as usual. Annie was pumped about the recipe I’m sharing for a pasta with eggplant, tomatoes and basil. “Anything with tomatoes and basil gets me excited”, she said. PASTA WITH EGGPLANT, TOMATOES AND BASIL Jungle Jims …

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Canning Potatoes – Who does that anymore???

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  If you’re wondering who cans potatoes anymore, I can tell you my neighbor across the road, Erin, does. She’s amazing in her “waste not, want not” philosophy. Here’s an article she wrote on her blog about just that subject. She gifted me with a jar of homemade pressure canned potato soup – so good …

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Simple Country Pleasures

Farmer Bruner's tractor left in clover field

I spied Farmer Bruner’s ancient tractor left behind when he was working in the field of clover, gathering the last of it for straw. What you see in front is my cutting flower row. The second photo is my broom corn – it is taller than the giant sunflowers! That’s what living on my little …

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Homestead Recipe: Washtub Pickles

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One of my readers sent this in to me several years ago. Her Dad made big batches of these in the laundry tub, so I named them “Washtub Pickles”. These are easy enough for a child to make – check out granddaughter Eva mixing them up. WASHTUB PICKLES  Pickles: Mix together: 3 quarts thinly sliced …

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A Smart Way to Salt Down Cucumbers for Pickles

Cucumbers being salted down prior to pickling

You know how a recipe for making pickles always says to mix salt and cucumbers and place in shallow bowl? That’s so the salt can penetrate the cucumbers with more surface area. Well, I hit upon this idea while making Bread & Butter pickles today: salt them down in a 9×13 pan – more cukes …

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How can you tell a store bought peach is ripe?

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Here’s a question: how do we know when a store bought peach is ripe? Well, aroma is one sign. And if they’re real hard, usually they are not ripe. But don’t just look at the blushing pink side. Check out the area closest to the stems. If its creamy yellow, it has ripened on the …

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