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About Rita Heikenfeld

Rita Heikenfeld

Rita Heikenfeld

About Rita Heikenfeld

Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH*, is an award-winning syndicated journalist, accredited family herbalist, author, cooking teacher, media personality and the founding editor of Rita writes a syndicated weekly column for Community Press Newspapers that reaches almost a quarter of a million people each week in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Rita Heikenfeld is Resident Herbalist for Fox 19 Morning Xtra, Natorp’s, Earthineer and Granny’s Garden, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in American Education for her culinary and community achievements. Rita is a former adjunct professor at The University of Cincinnati and can be found on Sacred Heart Radio.

Rita lives “in the sticks” outside of Batavia, Ohio near Cincinnati with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs.

*CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) – The CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) designation is awarded by the International Association of Culinary Professionals to individuals who have demonstrated and maintain comprehensive knowledge of the culinary arts and sciences. Members include the late Julia Child and Francois Dionot.

*CMH (Certified Modern Herbalist) – An intensive program of study focusing on herbal practices and medicinal uses. Focusing on overall wellness through natural methods.

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  1. Charlotte

    I have been listening to you on EWTN radio, doing a presentation on ‘Eating from the Garden of Eden’ where you discuss bible foods, their qualities, how they were used at the time, and recipes for how we can use them now.

    I am in love with this concept. I assumed it was a book and was hoping to purchase 3 or 4 of them for friends/relatives this Christmas. Regrettably I have not been able to find it, and am wondering if such a book exists.

    Could you please direct me to a site where I can purchase your book, and if you have not written it yet, can you please? :D

    Thank you very much for your work, I enjoy the program and look forward to hearing more from you.


  2. Andy

    How do you find recipes? I heard you on the catholic station and want to check out your mash potato recipe, but I can’t find the link?

    1. jrwall68

      Hi Andy. Sorry for the delay. We’re relaunching and have added the make ahead mashed potatoes recipe. Make ahead mashed potatoes

  3. Heather Gaudet

    Hi Rita. My name is Heather Gaudet and I am a listener of the Son Rise Morning show. A couple weeks ago I hear you talk about 2 recipes that I would love to try. I have searched on your website for them, but I cannot seem to find them. The two that I am interested in are Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes and a French Toast dish that you make in the oven. If you could direct me to where I could find these recipes, I would appreciate it. Thank you so much. I really enjoy your segment on the Son Rise Morning Show! God Bless!

    Heather Gaudet

    1. Rita

      We’ve been working a ton on the site lately and finally added the make ahead mashed potatoes recipe.
      I’ll work on getting the french toast recipe up soon!

  4. Jesse

    Hi Rita. I need your help!!!!! I want to make a vanilla ice cream in cuisinart maker but I don’t know the ingredients and quantities.

    Thanks for helping me


    1. jrwall68

      Hi Jesse. I’ve added a couple of recipes and a video that should help. Enjoy the ice cream!
      Ice Cream Maker Recipe

  5. Jacob

    Hi Rita,
    I heard you talk on the Son Rise Morning Show about an apricot recipe for a spread or dip that you use apricot jelly or jam in. I can’t find this recipe anywhere and I’ve really wanting to try it. Thanks and God Bless Jacob

    1. Rita

      Hi Jacob. I’ve added the recipe for Swiss Apricot and Cranberry Dip to the site. Let me know if you like it!

  6. Dorothy Richardson

    I would like to listen again to the radio show that aired this morning, May 9, around 10am on am 1000 here in San Diego county.the Son Rise program where you talked about all the herbs of the bible. I was driving and would love to listen again.
    Thanks, Dorothy Richardson

    1. dorothy richardson

      How can I listen to the radio program Son Rise that aired this morning concerning herbs in the time of the bible?

      1. Rita Heikenfeld

        Hi, Dorothy,
        Go to Sacred Heart Radio and then to the Sonrise Morning Show. I also post the info on my blog: Cooking with Rita at


    Rit a, I just read about the lasagna recipe in this past weeks paper from a Laurie B cannot find it help thanks dasie

  8. joe

    any recipe that has chicken , andouille sausage
    ,Monterrey jack cheese, deep fried in a soft taco, with mushrooms, sweet onion and heat , jalapenos

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      Joe, I’m putting this out to my readers – anybody have something similar to what Joe wants? Sounds like a party on a plate!

  9. Charlene Castle

    Rite,rite, I saw you on Fox 19 this morning with your tortilina soup. Had already cut out recipe in Community Journal this week. Made it for supper. We now have another yummy soup for these cold winter days. It was DELICIOUS. Thanks!!!! Charlin Darlin

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