The Duck Doctor and Strawberry Pie

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You know the saying “life happens.” Well, I had a good dose of it a couple of days ago when my neighbor, Erin, knocked on the kitchen door with a swaddled bundle in her arms. “Can you help me?” she said. When she stepped into the kitchen I saw a black bill poking out of …

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Basil Buttermilk Dressing Makes Good Use of Excess Basil

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Pruning your basil? Well, so am I and here’s the perfect recipe to use with those trimmings!   If your basil is starting to flower or is leggy, cut it back. Use the cuttings in this tasty recipe. Adapted slightly from Dottie K. This is delish on sliced tomatoes or mixed greens. Dottie’s original recipe …

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Hummus Pure and Simple

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Today I chatted with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning show about cilantro and coriander. Last time I made hummus, I sprinkled it with some fresh cilantro. So good!  Here’s the recipe.   What are the health benefits of Cilantro?   It cools a hot tummy and that’s why it’s used along lots of spicy …

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My favorite foods and festival: St. Anthony Padua’s June 3 and June 4!!!

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                                                     A TASTE OF LEBANON   Are you hungry yet?Just looking at the fried kibbi, dolmathas, tabouli in the picture above makes me crave this food. I hope to see …

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Bacon, Cheese Festival at Jungle Jims!

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OK if you’re looking for something fun and tummy filling, here’s your schedule for summer! All from Jungle Jim’s Eastgate and Fairfield. Check it out at Junglefest.com. Look for me at the Eastgate store making the rounds! The JungleFests If you are looking for great festivals in the Cincinnati area, then this is the place …

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Memorial Day holds memories at our little Country Church

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  Today was Memorial Day and we started out by going to outdoor Mass at our local country church,  St. Philomena Church, founded in 1905, it’s a lovely church and the cemetery is right next to it. My mom, dad and now my sweet sis, Judy, are buried there. Granddaughter Eva put fresh flowers on …

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Greek Salad Sub

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See the basil in the black kettle in my herb garden Greek salad sub If you have basil growing, this sub is the perfect place to use the leaves you are pinching back. Go to taste on ingredients; use the recipe as a guide. Ingredients 2 medium finely diced tomatoes 1/2 cup finely diced cucumber …

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Coconut Pound Cake Irresistible

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Here’s a unique coconut pound cake worth the time from Lois Boekley.  Coconut pound cake Lois Boekley, a Sharonville resident, and I have become friends during the many years she has attended my classes. Lois is what I call a ‘scientific baker”, leaving nothing to chance in a recipe. She shares this special and unique …

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Wax on Cucumbers: Can it be Removed?

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    I grow my own cucumbers so there’s no wax on them to remove. But if you buy them from the store, most of the time they have a waxy coating, except for the English cucumbers which are wrapped and I don’t think they have any coating at all. Anyway, here’s the deal: If you …

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Chopped Salad to tote for Memorial Day Picnic

Each Thursday I chat with Anna Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show at Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods & herbs.  Today we talked about cucumbers, which were such a valuable commodity during Bible days that people supposedly guarded them in watch towers. Back then, what we know as the snake cucumber was grown. It’s a …

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