Monthly Archive: March 2018

Gluten Free/Kosher Beer for Passover

One of my readers talked about using beer in a brisket recipe for Passover. If you need a wheat free, Kosher beer for Passover, no worries. See the photo? The  brew is courtesy of beer maker Bryan Meadan, whose date ale— made from silan, a date honey — is completely gluten-free as well as kosher for Passover, certified by Badatz …

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Once again, Brisket Braises Beautifully

When I work with young people who are just starting to equip their kitchens, I have 2 rules: Buy quality cutlery. I have used my Henckels and Wusthoff chef’s knives made in Germany for well over a decade. Buy quality cookware. Like the enameled cast iron Dutch oven I cooked the brisket in during my cooking …

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Throw Back Tuesday – Fun Article in Cincinnati Enquirer – Rita and her Herbs

I wanted to share this May 2008 article with you. Chuck Martin, the then food editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, was leaving his job and moving down south. He wanted to write an article about herbs and me since, he said, he wanted to end his interesting career at the Enquirer writing about one of …

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Back To Nature With Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Naturally Colored Easter Eggs

Colored eggs are one of the most fun things at Easter and coloring them naturally is fun. This is an heirloom recipe which I share every Easter.  We use onion skins which turns the eggs light amber to dark orange to brick red, beet juice for pink eggs, the spice turmeric for brilliant yellow and red …

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Onion Skins, Red Cabbage and Turmeric for Naturally Colored Easter Eggs

I’ve told you each year around this the how I go about preparing the natural dyes for the little ones to color Easter eggs. The boys and their families come tomorrow for dinner and egg coloring. Here’s how it all starts: Simmering the onion skins and red cabbage for the dyes. Tomorrow I’ll make the …

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Get your hot cross buns here

I may be jinxing myself, but I think we’ve finally transitioned into spring. The last few days have convinced me, and in our little patch of woods, I’m seeing true harbingers: watercress in our spring-fed pool and trilliums, bloodroot, anemones and spring beauties all poking up through the leaves. The dandelions and wild onions are …

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Try Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Artichokes

  HEARTS OF PALM SALAD WITH TOMATOES, CHICKPEAS AND ARTICHOKES As Catholics we celebrate Palm Sunday with a special tradition at Mass, with the passing out of blessed palms.  Today Matt Swaim and I chatted about foods and herbs associated with Palm Sunday. The significance is that palm leaves were laid out on the path …

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Confetti Cookies Recipe Remind me of Lofthouse Cookies

These confetti cookies  made the rounds in my recipe group and oh my they were good. Just had to share. I believe the original recipe started with King Arthur, then went to Smitten Kitchen and then to my recipe group, and then to me!  Confetti Cookies Here’s my very slight adaptation: 3 cups all purpose …

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Yesterday, and Today with Fickle Mother Nature

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Sicilian Canoli for St. Joseph’s Feast Day

      Each week I talk with Anna Mitchell or  Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods and herbs. Today we talked about St. Joseph. There’s a legend surrounding the feast day of St Joseph on March 19.  Hundreds of years ago There was a famine in Sicily.. …

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