Category Archive: Herb

Annie’s Lasagna Rollups

  My friend, Annie Mitchell Egan, made these during a presentation she, my friend Giovanna Trimpe, and I did for Cincitalia, the Italian festival here in Cinti. These are yummy! Delish lasagna rollups As Annie said: “These take a little time, but the recipe is not hard.” Annie used dry parsley and basil, so if …

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Herbs: How to Harvest

Herbs should be harvested when the oils responsible for flavor and aroma are at their peak. Proper timing depends on the plant part you are harvesting and the intended use. Herbs grown for their foliage should be harvested before they flower. (That said, sometimes time gets away from me and I have to harvest as …

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Roasted Potatoes Tossed with Fresh Herb Lemon Pesto

Each week I chat with my friends on the Sonrise Morning Show about Bible foods and herbs. Today we talked about mint and its Biblical history. Mint was one of the tithing herbs, and used extensively during Bible times not only as a household herb (hanging mint in doorways and as a strewing herb on …

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Honeysuckle Flowers Perfect for Wild Flower Jelly

Today my neighbor, Erin and I picked honeysuckle flowers, which are abundant and oh so fragrant, to make jelly. Here’s a photo of my harvest in my Mom’s ancient colander:

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Join Ron and me at Turner Farms Monday May 21!

I hope you’ll join Ron Wilson and me at Turner Farms Monday May 21 at 6:30 for our annual class “Everything you wanted to know about “yardening”, landscaping, herbs, flowers, you name it. Ron will put on his plant doctor’s cap and I will put on my herbal chef coat. You’ll enjoy my recipes and …

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Roast Chicken with Bay, Garlic and Rosemary So Good

Today Annie Mitchell and I chatted on the Sonrise Morning Show about the herb Bay and its biblical roots. Bay Laurel has an ancient and fascinating history. Every part of the tree was used and thought of as powerful. The Romans believed that lightning never struck the bay leaf tree and so wore crowns of its …

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Is it Creeping Charlie or Henbit? Or Purple Dead Nettle?

Such confusion abounds in early spring when these three spring edibles grow at the same time. And Henbit and Creeping Charlie look alike so even I sometimes have to refresh my memory. And I did just that by taking photos, and gleaning information about each.   Henbit Look closely and the leaves look very lacy. …

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What did the Ancient Israelites Eat?

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show. This week their pledge drive is going on, so if you can contribute either monetarily or with a prayer, I hope you do so. We talked today about what people of Bible days ate in the area of the world where Jesus was born. …

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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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Hungry? Pull up some Wild Onions

Yesterday the weather turned fairly warm and my 2 granddaughters, Ellery and Emerson, took a walk with me in our woods. We found wild onions (or wild garlic whichever you call it) in abundance and so tender. See that patch of it right in front of the fieldstone step? Perfect sub for chives! (Now I …

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