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What perfect cooked rice looks like

Perfect cooked rice

See the holes? This is brown Jasmine rice cooked to perfection. The wholes are your visual for knowing when the rice is done.

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Ever made fried plantains?

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Well, if you’ve never made them, you should try this easy method from colleague and talented chef, Jamie Carmody of Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio. Jamie is a genius, really, when it comes to cooking delicious food for just about any dietary need. She made the plantains as part of a class at Living Spaces & …

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5 Easy Snacks to Make at Home: No Refrigeration Needed

5 Easy Snacks to Make at Home: No Refrigeration Needed September 8, 2016 · Rita Heikenfeld · Farm to Fork As the school year begins, it’s always fun to have some “grab and go” recipes for easy snacks to make at home. No refrigeration needed.  … Read More  

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Secret Ingredient Prize Winning Chicken Chili

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SECRET INGREDIENT PRIZE WINNING CHICKEN CHILI This is a to taste kind of chili – you can always add more seasonings, etc. The secret ingredient is refried beans – that makes it nice and thick. If you have a chicken chili recipe, please share! The original name did not include “prize winning” but a reader …

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Saving thyme: How to preserve your herbs

Saving thyme: How to preserve your herbs Rita Heikenfeld, Enquirer contributor11:46 a.m. EDT September 13, 2016 This is an article I did for the Cincinnati Enquirer on preserving herbs and a few of my recipe faces using them: (Photo: Gannett) It happens every year at this time: Those herbs that started life as tiny specimens in early spring look like they’ve been on …

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Caraway and Oktoberfest: What’s the connection? Reubens, of course!

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CARAWAY and OKTOBERFEST RUBEN SPREAD/SANDWICHES : What’s the connection?   We’ve talked about caraway before, but it’s such an under used spice that I wanted to revisit this ancient seed. Some scholars believe it is an authentic herb mentioned in the Scriptures just like cumin. Other scholars believe that the caraway (or karawya as the ancient …

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Two Way Reuben Spread for Oktoberfest

CARAWAY and OKTOBERFEST RUBEN SPREAD/SANDWICHES : What’s the connection?   Caraway is such an underused spice that I wanted to revisit this ancient seed. Some scholars believe it is an authentic herb mentioned in the Scriptures just like cumin. Other scholars believe that the caraway (or karawya as the ancient Arabs called it) could mean cumin.  …

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Reader’s almond granola bars have it all!

I love sharing recipes from readers. Check out this one – unusual in that it contains lightly salted almonds for a sweet & salty granola bard. From Betze Brown, who says: “The following was a BLUE DIAMOND recipe that I tweaked”.   Betze’s Almond Granola Bars 1 6-oz can Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds ½ …

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Hey, come & see me at Florence Library – details below

Recipes, tips and samples: Meet Rita Heikenfeld Community Recorder7:38 p.m. EDT September 12, 2016 (Photo: Provided) FLORENCE – Food writer Rita Nader Heikenfeld will share some of her favorite recipes and cooking tips 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42. Boone County Public Library will welcome Heikenfeld, who writes …

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Best way to wedge a lemon: Genius!

No waste lemon wedges

I learned this from my sous chef, Kay Hitzler, while we were prepping for a cooking class. Cut off both ends of a lemon. Stand it upright and then following the membranes that separate the wedges, cut between them. Cool, huh?

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