Monthly Archive: December 2017

Happy New Year

Our outhouse. Glad we don't use it for that!

From my little cold patch of heaven to you, Happy and Blessed New Year. A big shout out to my wizard web master, John and his family, too. It was John years ago who convinced a doubtful Rita that she should have a website and that it would be a place where folks could connect …

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Adaptogenic Herbs: What they are and why you should use them

A corner of my herb garden with my "potions"

Today I chatted with good buddy and garden expert Ron Wilson on his radio show. We talked about herb trends for 2018. One of the hottest is learning about adaptogenic herbs, something I had to learn to get my herbalist certification. I found some really good information on the Dr. Josh Axe site. Here’s what you …

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Sunday Suppers Brooklyn Style

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01/16 and 01/18/2018 – Demonstration Class: Sunday Suppers – Brooklyn Style I hope you join me for one of my favorite classes – good food, good friends, and good stories! Tuesday, January 16 11:00-1:30 and Thursday, January 18 | 6:00 – 8:30pm   Email Us junglejims.com 513.674.6000 Price: $55.00 With Rita Heikenfeld Ethnic groups make Brooklyn …

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I couldn’t have told it better myself: Erin’s Debut on TV with me

Neighbor Erin and I had a fun time cooking together on my cable show. She’s a natural. Here’s how she explained it on her website: My Television Debut DECEMBER 14, 2017/PHILLIPSFARMBATAVIA Well, it’s official.  I’m a TV star. Ok, maybe not, but I will be on TV soon! My friend and neighbor Rita Heikenfeld was asked a …

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Secrets (now revealed) The Best Way to Fix a Country Ham

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Here’s a note from Martha Lunken about country hams and her recipe for fixing them. Martha and her husband were regular customers at The Heritage Restaurant here, where  my husband was the General Manager. I have fond memories of Martha and am so glad she shared her recipe. Here’s what she said: “Rita, I so …

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HONEY ROASTED ALMONDS/BEER NUTS

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HONEY ROASTED ALMONDS/BEER NUTS For  Connie, who lost her recipe. I agree with Connie, these are spectacular!! 2 cups whole almonds, skin left on and toasted *** 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons ea: honey and water 2 teaspoons Canola oil   Mix sugar and salt and set aside. Stir together honey, water …

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MY FRIEND BERT’S FRENCH ONION SOUP

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  MY FRIEND BERT’S FRENCH ONION SOUP This recipe is very much like my friend and catering partner, Bert’s. She never measured but did use both chicken and beef. Sometimes she added Worcestershire, sometimes she didn’t.  I wanted to share this with you and also for Marlene, who wanted a recipe. Thanks to a “loyal …

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Merry Christmas and Blessings to You

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No recipes, just a heartfelt and grateful note from me to you for reading, caring and sharing through this site all through the year.

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French Onion Soup for Marlene

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Marlene wanted a French Onion Soup to make for Christmas. I hope I’m not too late! You can use any onions you like except for red. I usually use large yellow onions. FRENCH ONION SOUP Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 4 large onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup water 1 large clove garlic, minced Splash sherry or …

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Thanks, Rose

 I met Rose Levy Beranbaum years ago and ever since, whenever I’ve needed an answer to a baking question, she never hesitated to answer promptly. Rose is one busy woman as you can see just by browsing her site. Rose reminds me of Julia Child, another generous professional whose goal was to share her abundant talents and …

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