Category Archive: Most Requested Recipes

Crockpot breakfast egg and sausage casserole

Crockpot breakfast egg and sausage casserole No dry mustard? Leave it out. Go lightly when you sprinkle salt and pepper on.  Turn this on before bed and it will be ready to eat Easter morning. I like to thaw the hash browns a bit, but the Eastern Hills reader who shared the original recipe said …

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Healing Herbs that you can grow

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As we “grow along” together, I’ll share in depth some good information on my favorite individual herbs. But today I wanted to give you a quick list of my  top 10 healing herbs that you can grow yourself. I love the fact that herbs not only taste good, they’re good for you!   Basil:  Harmonizes …

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Two plants NOT to pick this spring (hint: one was Socrates downfall)

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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“Mussel” your way into Lent with my favorite Mussels recipes

Mussels steamed with wine, shallots & garlic

  Mussels look like they take a lot of work to prepare, but nothing could be further from the truth. First, let’s talk about the difference between wild and cultured – wild are a dull bluish color with white erosion marks, and they may have seaweed or barnacles attached. If they have fibers that stick …

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Mujadarah/Lentils & Rice – vegetarian or vegan!

Mujadarah/Lentils & Rice

The recipe I’m sharing today may be an unusual recipe to some of you.  Called Mujadarah, it’s a dish we grew up with that evokes fond memories of my Mom wrapping her jar of homemade yogurt in towels to keep it warm enough to inoculate and frying the onions in her large cast iron skillet …

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Are salt substitutes a good sub for salt?

Here’s some good info I found recently about salt: Q: I have high blood pressure, and my doctor has restricted me to a low-sodium diet of less than 1,500 mg a day. Are salt substitutes a good alternative? A: While the spice aisle in your grocery store abounds with salt substitutes, they are not a healthy …

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Elegant & Easy: Belgian Endive Appetizer with Homemade Boursin Cheese

 For Marlene who remembered taking a class from me featuring this recipe.  Perfect for bridal  and baby showers and anytime you need an easy appetizer with WOW! status. A keeper! This was a featured recipe when Country Gardens magazine came out to my home for a day of photographing my herb garden and making herbal recipes. …

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Peppermint oil and extract: what’s the diff?

They are not the same thing. You can find all three, including emulsions, at Jungle Jims. I bought mine at the Eastgate store. Stores in your area may carry the extract but not the oil, which you may have to purchase from a pastry shop. Extracts:  Made with alcohol for the most part. Always buy …

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Homemade ricotta easy to make at home

Homemade ricotta easy to make at home  This makes the best filling for cannolis! This double easily. 1 quart whole milk 1/2 cup whipping cream, unwhipped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice Combine milk, cream and salt in saucepan. Line a colander with cheesecloth and set in large bowl. Bring milk …

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Secret Ingredient in no-fail pie crust

Secret ingredient in no-fail pie crust For years it was like a gray “culinary” cloud over my head. I called it pie crust envy. My mom was the first to try to teach me to make a flaky and tender pie crust. “Just don’t overwork the dough, use a light hand” she told me. At …

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