A Smart Way to Salt Down Cucumbers for Pickles

Cucumbers being salted down prior to pickling

You know how a recipe for making pickles always says to mix salt and cucumbers and place in shallow bowl? That’s so the salt can penetrate the cucumbers with more surface area. Well, I hit upon this idea while making Bread & Butter pickles today: salt them down in a 9×13 pan – more cukes …

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How can you tell a store bought peach is ripe?


Here’s a question: how do we know when a store bought peach is ripe? Well, aroma is one sign. And if they’re real hard, usually they are not ripe. But don’t just look at the blushing pink side. Check out the area closest to the stems. If its creamy yellow, it has ripened on the …

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Two Way Upside Down Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Each week I talk with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show about Bible Foods & Herbs. Today we talked about peaches. Here’s some fun facts and a nice cobbler recipe.  2 Samuel 16:1: “ A hundred bunches of summer fruits” won David’s gracious approval for the servant Ziba.  Some Biblical scholars think that those summer …

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Confit – a must try!

You know, I think I’m pretty aware of trends and what’s going on in the world of food. But I have to admit this new recipe I found threw me: “Cherry Tomato Confit.” I pulled it from a page in a magazine and after reading it, my first thought was “Hey, I’ve been doing that …

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Halal Cart Style Chicken


Oh my gosh, I couldn’t wait to share this recipe which I mentioned today on the Sonrise Morning Show with Matt Swaim. We talked about chickens during Bible days. Matt loves to cook so I knew he’d love this recipe. It was given to me by a student during a Jungle Jim’s hands on class …

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Help! There’s a “Baby” growing in my Bell Pepper!

See the "baby" growing in the center of the pepper?

Hah, I knew the title would grab you!  A reader asked:  ”What are those growths inside of a bell pepper? Sometimes it looks like a tiny baby pepper, other times it looks just like a swirly or knobby white growth.” No worries. It could actually be a sterile pepper forming inside the big bell. Yes, …

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Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and black pepper (Cacio e Pepe)

Cacio e pepe with Buccatini pasta

  Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Like this one called “Cacio e Pepe” which translates into “Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and black pepper”. I had been wanting to make this pasta for a while, and when I saw it on a restaurant menu while visiting Rome with family this summer, I knew it …

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Heavenly Sweetness: Easy Angel Food Cake Recipe

Angel Food Cake

  Easy Egg White Dessert Recipes are an Egg-cellent Way to Use Extra Eggs Angel Food Cake Garnished With Berries, Lemon Curd and Rose Petal Jam   Angel food cake, with its simple elegance and ethereal, tender sweetness, is a much-loved dessert at our house. My easy angel food cake recipe gets its lift from …

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More Simple Country Pleasures


Did you ever have a day when the house needed cleaning, clothes washed, and myriad other items to be done, only to spend your day with the little ones instead? I remember my sister, Liz, who had so many kids I lost count. She gave me this priceless advice: “For the kids, a perfect house isn’t …

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Bleached vs Unbleached Flour

  What’s the Difference Between Bleached and Unbleached Flour? One of my readers of my syndicated food column in Community Press Newspapers here in Ohio and Kentucky asked about the difference between bleached and unbleached flour. She also wanted to know if a recipe calls for flour and doesn’t specify the type (like whole wheat, …

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