Category Archive: Most Requested Recipes

Red Velvet Cakes & Cupcakes: A Valentine’s Day tradition

Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Red Velvet Cake from Scratch with Butter cream Frosting Who doesn’t remember their first Valentine sweetheart whether it was real, imagined, or secret? My first Valentine was my boyfriend, Jim, who brought not just one but two huge heart shaped boxes of candy from the corner drug store to my house: one for me and …

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Your own personal “Hero” for Superbowl

Hero Sandwich

  There are many, many foods documented in the Bible that we turn to today for health and longevity.  Today I talked with Annie Mitchell Egan on Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart radio about them. This Hero Sandwich makes use of some of my favorites: Vinegar, Olive Oil, Onion, Olives, Garlic, Oregano and Cheese. This is …

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Mock turtle soup

Mock Turtle Soup

A couple of years ago I was walking through our patch of woods when I came across a large bucket nestled in the hillside. It was filled with silt so I decided to empty it.  No kidding, that bucket was way heavier than it should have been. The reason? A snapping turtle tumbled out from …

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I feel better veggie soup

Feel Better Veggie Soup

‘I feel better’ vegetable soup When you’re under the weather for any reason, this soup has lots of nourishing and disease-fighting ingredients and is easy to eat. Plus it helps hydrate the body. More or less of any ingredient is OK. Go ahead and make this your signature soup by tasting and adding as you …

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Blender Whole Orange Date Muffins

Whole Orange Date Muffins

Whole Orange Date Muffins Have you ever made muffins in a blender? And used a whole orange, skin and all? Trust me -  you will not believe how moist, tender and yummy these are! Use a regular juice orange, not the thick skinned navel. 1 juice orange, about 8 oz, with peel, washed and dried …

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Color of year for homes is big in gardens too

From Katrinka Morgan, Director of the Herb Society: Trends in the Garden for 2015 – (Note from Rita: I already knew about Marsala, the color of the year for homes, etc., which will have a huge impact in the garden color, as well). According to the Garden Media Group, garden trends for 2015 will include; …

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Edible flowers, Ramen noodles are part of 2015 trends

Ramen Noodle Salad

  I know I’ve blogged about food trends for this year but did you know that some of those have ancient Biblical  histories? Here’s a few I chatted about with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart radio this week. Edible petals as an ingredient. One of my food magazines has cookies …

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Laszlo’s Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls & Penzey’s Unstuffed Ones

Laszlo’s Iron Skillet stuffed cabbage rolls Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls There are few ethnic restaurants that have been family owned for generations. I applaud them all, especially Laszlo’s Iron Skillet in Newtown, Ohio. Some of you will recall the devastating fire of the original restaurant on Valley Avenue in Newtown back in 2013. Since then, …

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Braised Root Vegetables

For Shannon, who said: “I’m looking for your roasted root vegetables recipe.  A friend says even her kids will eat them!  Can you post it or send it to me?” You bet, here it is and worth sharing again. BRAISED ROOT VEGETABLES 1 large sweet potato 2 regular potatoes 1 Butternut squash 1 large carrot …

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Bert’s Thumprint Tea Cookies & Grote Bakery Tea Cookies

BERT’S THUMBPRINTS LIKE YOU GET AT THE  BAKERY I do think these are even “shorter”/richer/a  bit more crumbly than the Bakery cookies due to the high butter content. They are delicious and very delicate. For Rob who requested this. I’m checking with Busken’s and Servatti’s to see if they will tell me what their cookies …

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