Category Archive: Most Requested Recipes

Wild Staghorn Sumac Lemonade

Wild Staghorn Sumac in Flower

    OK so I haven’t lost my mind. Yes, there’s an edible sumac (I know what you’re thinking – poison sumac – but the one I’m talking about is an ancient bush/shrub/tree that has edible berries). Staghorn sumac or Rhus typhina grows throughout the northeastern & midwestern U.S. and southeastern Canada.  Staghorn sumac is a small …

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Hot & Smoky Barbecue Sauce for July 4 Independence Day

BBQ Ribs with Smoky BBQ Sauce

Happy July 4th! Here’s the ribs, rub & sauce I promised. Absolutely a family and class fave. As you celebrate, do like I do: a little prayer for our one & only USA! GRILLED BABY BACK RIBS WITH HOT & SMOKY BARBECUE SAUCE 
Sprinkle the ribs with the spice rub up to a day head.    Rub: …

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Lavender Linen Spray – DIY

Lavender Linen Spray near my Lavender on herb garden wall

    LAVENDER LINEN SPRAY   If there’s one herb that evokes feelings of serenity, it’s lavender. One of my most popular items made with lavender is a special spray for linens. Lavender linen spray is a beautiful, aromatic spray for linens. I like to spritz it on bed pillows for a clean, calming sleep …

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Raspberries are Ready for Pie and Turnovers!

Eva picking berries

Eva picking berries Who knew? Berries have ancient Biblical history! BRAMBLE BERRIES We see in Luke 6:44-45 this interesting passage:  For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit….for figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush…” Berries of all sorts have …

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Famous Netherland/Maurice Salad

Oh Gosh, I love when readers, like Rose, ask for a favorite, iconic recipe from years ago. Like this one:  Netherland Salad from the  Netherland Plaza Hotel here in Cincinnati. When I published this a while back in my syndicated food column for Community Press, I received so many notes from folks who had wonderful …

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Happy Father’s Day!

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To all of the dads in your life, and those in mine: Happy Father’s Day!!!  Here’s a story you’ll enjoy: If you would have been at my home today and seen my husband, Frank and neighbor and farmer Bill Bruner planting pumpkins in the field on Farmer Bruner’s old blue tractor, you would have thought …

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DIY: You’ll be bouncing with Cherry Bounce!

Cherry Bounce

    I knew it was going to happen. Requests for my cherry bounce are coming in at a faster pace than last year. Well, truth be told, it’s not my recipe at all. It was a long time ago that I had my first taste of cherry bounce. It was at my friend Ann …

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Here’s the Fox 19 segment w/me and Fr. Hajj – Yummy Lebanese Food!

Taste of Lebanon Food Festival.

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Hummus, Falafel, Yogurt Dip, Zaatar Flat Bread at Lebanese Festival

Hummus – A Simple Hummus Recipe – YouTube ▶ 5:36 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoeSv5enisE The expression “Open Sesame” has its roots in Bible days. It all goes back to the tale of Ali Baba and the forty thieves. The magic words “Open Sesame” refer to the fact that when sesame flowers go to seed they create pods and when …

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It’s Red – and delicious

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