Category Archive: Most Requested Recipes

Best Tres Leches Cake

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The Best Tres Leches Cake This recipe and photo is from Averiecooks.com. She adapted it from the Pioneer Woman site, so you know this is a winner! Ingredients Cake 5 large eggs, separated 1 cup granulated sugar, divided 1/3 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 …

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Best Mint for Juleps & Mojitos

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  Celebrating Derby Day? Or Cinco de Mayo? Here’s 2 classic drinks, one for the Derby and the other for Cinco de Mayo. Spearmint reigns! Mint Julep Make a simple syrup: 1 cup water 1 cup sugar A generous 1/2 cup roughly chopped spearmint leaves 4 ozs good bourbon Combine water, sugar and spearmint leaves …

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Is organic chicken better than regular?

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I get this question a lot, so I’ve done some testing. I purchased organic chicken from Jungle Jim’s here in Cincinnati and also chicken from the regular meat department. What I found is that, yes, the organic chicken was juicier and to my palate, more flavorful. Especially noticeable when a simple pan fried chicken was …

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Podcast of Ron Wilson & me on his Gardening Show

I always love to guest on Ron Wilson’s “In the Garden” show on 550WKRC here in Cincinnati. Yesterday, April 22,  we talked a lot about, well, lots of things….kombucha (my friend and neighbor Erin of Phillips Farm gets the credit for gifting me with a lovely, lively scoby for my first batch), foraging, herbs, bees, …

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If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, here’s a Million….

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More foraging this week – just wanted to share some natural beauties:     Box turtle  

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Don’t Touch! 2 Poison Plants that Look Appealing

Over the past few years, a couple of poisonous weeds have invaded our natural areas as well as the landscapes. And with warm weather just around the corner, these will be popping up and look so appealing you may be tempted to pick: BUT DON’T!! Whenever I take the kids out in the fields to …

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Curried Chicken Salad from Bluebird Bakery

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I should have ordered a pound of curried chicken salad from Bluebird Bakery here in Glendale instead of the half pound I walked out with. The reason? When I arrived home, I just had to taste. One taste led to another, and that’s why the mound of this yummy chicken salad in the photo looks, …

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Fantastic Foraging: Morels and a Swarm of Bees

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I just couldn’t resist sharing, even though some of these are “repeats”.  Check out the swarm of bees near the beehives. The hives are across the field of rye bordering neighbor Tony’s property. I call them “my” hives but truth be told, they’re not even on our property.  But I take credit and pseudo ownership …

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Pruning Hydrangeas without messing up the Flowers

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From garden guru and friend, Ron Wilson, of Natorp’s “How do I know when to prune my hydrangeas without messing with their flowers?”  Pruning hydrangeas can get confusing as some flower on new growth, some on last year’s growth, and some on both.   As a general rule to protect flowering, arborescens and paniculata selections flower …

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Happy Easter!

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I know I just wished you Happy Easter but wanted to share some photos of my little patch of heaven during this Easter week. Again, Blessed Easter and Happy Spring!Sunset After Rain Red Bud Infusion for Jelly Salad of Wild Edibles Red Bud Jelly Hepatica Flowers The Joy of Swinging Ramp Butter Naturally Colored Easter …

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