Monthly Archive: November 2017

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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Time to Plant Spring Bulbs in Containers

From my garden guru, Ron Wilson of Natorp’s comes this timely information on creating a beautiful spring bulb container garden! It is the perfect way to bring spring beauty to any size garden. Materials Needed: One large wide container at least 10 -12 inches deep with excellent drainage holes in the bottom. Soil-less potting mix for our …

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Garden Tips for November: (Hint: now’s the time….)

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From friend and colleague, Ron Wilson, Natorp’s. TAKE CARE OF THE DIRT Till the garden this fall.  Exposed soils freeze and thaw over the winter and help to break up that heavy soil.  Add a layer of compost, pine soil conditioner, manure, or finely ground leaves and grass clippings before you till. Fall is the …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Roasted Pumpkin filled with Cheese Fondue

    Each week I talk with my buddies on The Sonrise Morning show, Sacred Heart Radio. During this Thanksgiving season, we are talking about Hospitality during Bible times. Some of the customs remain today. And the recipe I’m sharing for cheese fondue in a roasted pumpkin is to die for! Guests believed to be …

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Not feeling up to par? Try ginger, turmeric & cider vinegar tea

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I went to bed a few nights ago with a scratchy throat. By morning, it blossomed into a full fledged sinus infection. So the first thing I did in the morning, after using my neti pot and gargling with warm salt water, was to make some ginger tea. Later on I’ll make some cider vinegar …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Apple Ginger Sparklers

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  APPLE GINGER SPARKLERS When Martha Stewart sent her staff to Macy’s here in Cincinnati, I worked with them on a special holiday class. I loved the apple ginger sparkler recipe. No alcohol in this one. And you know what? If you’re feeling kind down with a cold or flu, this drink will make you …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Do Ahead Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

This was the dessert I made at my class at The Spicy Olive in Westchester and Hyde Park. Lots of kudos on this one!  I wanted you to have this way in advance. I love that it makes 18 desserts from 1 can pumpkin! These are the way to go especially if you’re having a dessert …

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Western & Southern’s cafeteria’s stuffed bell peppers.

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The vintage stuffed bell pepper recipe Is still being made in lots of Community Press kitchens. It’s that good! Western & Southern’s cafeteria’s stuffed bell peppers. This was originally sent to me at a Delhi Ohio reader’s request by Thornton Kindred and Mary Ann Williams. I had another request for just yesterday. Thornton said this …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Do Ahead Cheese Dip Appetizer

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OLD ENGLISH CHEDDAR & BLUE CHEESE DIP/SPREAD All this month on the Sonrise Morning show I’ll be chatting with Annie Mitchell and Matt Swaim about hospitality. Good subject, huh? Especially at Thanksgiving. Back in Bible days,  sharing of food together was a token of friendship, a form of covenantal commitment. One of the most despicable …

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