Monthly Archive: November 2017

Not too late to dry herbs for winter use

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Well, at least not here on my little patch of heaven. While getting the herb garden ready for winter, I snipped these herbs and they are drying nicely away on the dining room table. (Yes, I gotta get them off before the Thanksgiving feast….)

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Baked Cornbread & Sausage Dressing

One last recipe to get you through the feast. BAKED CORNBREAD AND SAUSAGE STUFFING Make this a day ahead and reheat in microwave or oven. Or assemble it a day ahead, put in frig, covered, and then bake. It will take a little longer but will be yummy. Ingredients 1to 1-1/4#  pounds regular or sage …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: How long to Thaw? To Stuff or Not?

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A good rule of thumb for thawing turkey in the refrigerator is to allow 1 day for every 4 pounds. And I will tell you now I always stuff my turkey. I only baste once, when I put it in the oven at 325. If you keep opening the oven to baste, you’re losing temperature …

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Pull rooted sprigs of mint to grow indoors

When you’re putting your herbs to bed for the winter, remember that mint is an aggressive perennial. Pull a few rooted sprigs, pot them up, place in moist soil in a sunny window and voila: mint for winter!

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Out & About in Cincinnati

It was a busy week and so much fun. Here’s a look into what a typical week away from  my little patch of heaven looks like.        

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Cranberry Celebration Salad & Dried Cranberry Sauce w Apples

  CRANBERRY CELEBRATION SALAD LIKE KROGER   This is one of those recipes in my Recipe Hall of Fame. Each year I get requests for this very popular salad from the Kroger deli. Here they are once again. Marilyn Hoskin’s cranberry celebration salad Marilyn, a Milford reader, developed this from an Ocean Spray recipe and …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Great Turkey Gravy

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MOM’S TURKEY GRAVY If you like to make gravy right before you serve your Thanksgiving meal, here’s a good one. There’s a couple of steps you have to do ahead of time.   I put the chopped giblets, except for the liver, in a small saucepan and add a chopped up celery rib, a small …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

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Bread drying on wood stove for stuffing Most of you already have my do-ahead gravy recipe posted elsewhere. But here it is again, and I’m clarifying it in response to some of your questions. I’m also giving you the recipe twice: the first time with photos and the second as a printout. MAKE AHEAD TURKEY …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

  DO AHEAD  MASHED POTATOES   I get more requests for this!  You can do this a couple of days ahead. Ingredients 4 pounds or so potatoes, peeled if you want and chunked up 8-12 ozs cream cheese, softened, regular or light 1 cup sour cream, regular or light Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Stir Down Rolls (No Knead!)

The minute I saw the recipe from colleague and friend, Annie Egan, a Kennedy Heights, Ohio reader, for her family’s stir down rolls, I just had to make them. Annie’s mom, Cyndi Mitchell, has made these rolls for over 2 decades. Cyndi got the recipe from Grandma Mitchell, so you know it has a history. …

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