Monthly Archive: September 2017

Try a French Sandwich: Tartine

Fig & Gorgonzola Tartine

  I had all the ingredients needed: figs from my tree, Gorgonzola cheese, good French bread, honey from the hives and thyme from my garden. So I finally got down to business and made tartines. When visiting family in France this summer, just about every restaurant had them listed. Have you heard of tartines? Gosh, …

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It’s a Jelly Making Day

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Red Grape, Green Grape, 
Crabapple with Cinnamon, Elderberry

I love making jelly and jams. Today was the perfect day to make my favorites, seen above.

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Spicy Coleslaw a Hit

Spicy Slaw

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Matt Swaim about the humble cabbage and how its roots trace back to several thousand years before Christ was born! The cabbage of Bible times in the Mediterranean was a wilder type, more loose leaf type, it did not head up hard and large like the …

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Green Beret Event Fun and Meaningful

A fun group!

I was a guest of my friend and chef, Giovanna Trimpe, at the annual Green Beret fundraiser here in Cincinnati at the Oasis conference center in Loveland. Giovanna raised over $8000 for 2 separate Italian dinners at our Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati. The multi-course dinner that Giovanna prepares is iconic around these parts. I sat …

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Copper River Coho Salmon – It’s here and it’s fresh!

My friend and colleague, Tom Keegan, just sent me this info on his “daily catch”. He is passionate about quality and fresh and has contacts all a over the world to make sure he gets the best, freshest seafood at his shop here in Hyde Park in Cincinnati.   2724 Erie Ave. Cincinnati, OH. 45208     …

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Celebrate Rosh Hashana with Honey Cake

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Rosh Hashana  literally means “head of the year” in Hebrew.  It starts next Thursday Sept 21. In some Jewish communities it is traditional to eat the head of a fish during the Rosh Hashana holiday meal.   Fish is also eaten because it is an ancient symbol of fertility and abundance. Rosh Hashana is the beginning …

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English or French Thyme – what’s your favorite?

    In class the other day, a student asked about the thymes. “So many to choose from – which one is best?” she asked. Well, I suppose I would go with the 2 most popular, what I call the “mother” thymes: English, with dark green somewhat rounded leaves French, with lighter colored, pointy leaves …

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What are these beautiful red globes?

ANISE HYSSOP

WHAT’S YOUR GUESS?

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Caterpillars – My advice? Don’t touch – Here’s Why

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      I was listening to Ron Wilson on his garden show (WKRC55) here in Cincinnati this morning when his weekly guest, “Buggy” Joe Bogs, our entomologist at OSU, told Ron about all the caterpillars we see this time of year. You need to read Joe’s commentary below. As for me,  I won’t be touching …

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Erin’s Caramel Apples

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My neighbor across the road, Erin Phillips of Phillips Farm, brought me some caramel apples for my husband, Frank (and me) to enjoy for his birthday. The apples were tart and the coating was just sweet enough. Her blog on the apples is fun to read and the details she gives for the recipe makes …

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