Monthly Archive: January 2018

Fruitcake in January? If it’s Frank’s Favorite Fruitcake, that’s OK!

For reader Chris Hirsch, a friend from high school days and beyond. Here’s what Chris said: “It’s me…an old schoolmate! You shared Frank’s Fruitcake recipe a while ago (maybe in the newspaper). I made it in December and it was fantastic! Now…I’ve lost the recipe and wonder if you could share again.” Well, of course …

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Rosemary Plants Growing Indoors: Good Girl or Bad Girl?

Readers want to know: “My Rosemary has turned brown/gray and died in my house. What did I do wrong?” Ah, this happens to me also. Rosemary can sure be a “bad girl.” Especially when you’re wintering the plant in the house. One Rosemary is doing great; the other is brown and dry. Check these photos …

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Fatoush Salad with Herbed Pita

  Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, about Bible foods and herbs. Today we talked about bread. BREAD John 6:11: Loaves and fishes: 5000 people were fed with only 5 barley loaves with leftovers. Just as thousands were filled with just five loaves, Jesus feeds us …

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Overnight (Or Not) Cinnamon Coffeecake with Pecans

OVERNIGHT (OR NOT) CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE For Kathy E., who requested this recipe. This can be baked right away, also.  If refrigerated overnight, allow extra baking time. You can also let it sit out to take the chill off for 20 minutes before baking. Either way, when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out …

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Fire Cider Easy to Make: Boost Immune and Circulatory Systems

A few years ago I interviewed Rosemary Gladstar, mentor and herb expert, during a break we had when we were both speakers at the Mother Earth Convention in Pennsylvania. She mentioned making fire cider. I was intrigued. Fire cider? What the heck was that? And does it taste good? Well, first of all, fire cider …

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Latest and Greatest Backpack Granola

Today I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about the Right to Life Marches going on all across the US. I wanted to share this recipe adapted slightly from Alton Brown’s for an easy to tote, yummy granola.     MY LATEST FAVE FOR BACKPACK GRANOLA   The almonds, oil …

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Clones of Panera Souffles

For Becky H., who wanted a clone of Panera 4 cheese soufflés. I haven’t tested any recipes yet, but these from the Today show look promising. I’ll let you know how it turns out after I test and tweak the recipe. Meanwhile, try this: PANERA SOUFFLES This recipe from the Today show is for the …

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Homemade Chicken Stock Good for What Ails You

My friend, Marylee Olinger, a talented from scratch cook, called me about a chicken stock recipe adapted from Ina Garten that I published in my syndicated column here in Cincinnati and Northern Ky. ” The recipe didn’t include parsnips and dill which Ina puts in her stock, and so do I”, she said. “Check out …

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Biblical Herbs, Foods and Spices for Colds and Flu

Many of the herbs and foods commonly used from Bible days on, along with old fashioned home remedies your Mom or Grandma used, when used properly, can be your body’s best and least costly  defense against colds and the flu. These remedies also help to minimize the misery if you do get a cold or …

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Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage: Little known Bible herbs

From left to right Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage from my herb garden   Have you ever used angelica, savory, lemon balm or lovage? If so, you’re following an age old tradition of using herbs that were used thousands of years ago. Here are some of those herbs:  LOVAGE: In days gone by, some …

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