Category Archive: Most Requested Recipes

Grilled Cheese – not your Mama’s

  When we were kids, grilled cheese was on the menu a lot for meatless Fridays. Mom would take plain white bread, add some sliced cheese, toss some butter into her ancient cast iron skillet, and grill us up some toasty sandwiches. My kids loved Velveeta on white bread. Today, grilled cheese sandwiches are trendy, …

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Garden questions answered here

More timely tips from colleague and garden guru, Ron Wilson of Natorp’s Nursery Outlet in Mason, OH.   “Can you give me an idea of what annuals or perennials I should not deadhead as the season ends, to allow seeds for the birds?” -Certainly! Many of the ornamental grasses, sunflowers, coneflowers, black-eyed Susan, cosmos, cleome, …

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Horchata – drink up!

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Homemade Horchata I’ve had several requests for this trendy Mexican beverage. Traditionally made with rice, it’s a good keeper as a street drink since it contains no dairy. This particular recipe uses almonds, too. I prefer using the cinnamon stick, but ground cinnamon (give it the sniff test to make sure it’s still real flavorful) …

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Man pie from friend Carol Vanover

Carol and I have been friends since 3rd grade. When she says something is good, you can bet it is. Here’s her latest creation for husband Tom. “I made a quiche today for supper, and Tom devoured it, and thought you should know about it!!!  He wants you to know that ‘real men’ do eat …

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My latest Fox 19 video: health benefits of organic apple cider vinegar

Anchor Frank Marzullo and me enjoying a healthful pomegranate, honey & cider drink

Health benefits of organic apple cider vinegar First it was kale, now it’s apple cider vinegar as the next big health trend. But not just any kind! When we were kids, Mom used to rinse our hair with apple cider vinegar – it made our hair so soft and shiny. BUY RAW ORGANIC UNFILTERED! Look …

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CREAMY RETRO POTATO SALAD GOOD SIDE DISH FOR LABOR DAY PICNIC

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CREAMY RETRO POTATO SALAD After sampling 15-year-old Mary Caudill’s potato salad at a neighborhood gathering, I couldn’t wait to dig some of our potatoes up and make it. Mary found this recipe in one of her mom’s “old” cookbooks. “Old” to Mary is anything before 2000. This was in a Better Homes & Garden cookbook …

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This. Is. Sooo. Good. Lemon Bacon Artichoke Dip Appetizer

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  LEMON BACON ARTICHOKE DIP APPETIZER My friend, Carol, brought this to a party -  can I say It. Was. So. Good.  Here’s my slight adaptation. Make ahead and refrigerate for up to a day if you like. Then bake when needed. A good dish to tote for that Labor Day picnic. 6 thick bacon …

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Jammin’ it up with Wild Blackberries

Jaide with a harvest of wild blackberries

Great Granddaughter Jaide with a harvest of berries  Jaide & me Done! We’re back to normal, whatever normal is, after coming home from vacation. What a special time we had spending time in Glen Lake, Michigan with two of our kids and grandkids, then visiting our son, Joe, and his family in both Olympia, Washington …

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And the larder is almost full…

Remembering Mom

My antique pie safe with canned goods. Wow – we’re cannin’ fools right now. The past few days we’ve been “putting up” jams, jellies, pickles, veggies and fruits. Here’s what we did over the weekend. The reason for the photo next to the sampling of canned items? That’s my Mom, Dad and siblings up to …

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Creating a Child’s Desk Space

I wanted to share this blog from friend and colleague, Pam Freeman for those of you with kids in school. Pam’s blog can be found at Laurasleanbeef.com. Pam always shares interesting and useful information about homekeeping, family, food and crafts. Creating a Child’s Desk Space Posted By Pam Freeman On August 15, 2014 When my …

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