Monthly Archive: November 2017

Easy Artisan No-Knead Bread

  Artisan Bread You asked for it. Here it is:  the  recipe that’s been around a few years and was printed first in the New York Times. It really is so easy, but I’ve given detailed instructions anyway. The best pan for this is a heavy dutch oven, like my enameled cast iron Le Creuset …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

No recipes, just a heartfelt wish: I hope you and yours have the best Thanksgiving ever, whether you feast simply or elaborately. Remember, it’s not just about the food but who shares it with you. Blessings! Rita  

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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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