Homemade Chicken Stock Good for What Ails You

My "girls" resting in the straw

My friend, Marylee Olinger, a talented from scratch cook, called me about a chicken stock recipe adapted from Ina Garten that I published in my syndicated column here in Cincinnati and Northern Ky. ” The recipe didn’t include parsnips and dill which Ina puts in her stock, and so do I”, she said. “Check out …

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Biblical Herbs, Foods and Spices for Colds and Flu


Many of the herbs and foods commonly used from Bible days on, along with old fashioned home remedies your Mom or Grandma used, when used properly, can be your body’s best and least costly  defense against colds and the flu. These remedies also help to minimize the misery if you do get a cold or …

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Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage: Little known Bible herbs


From left to right Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage from my herb garden   Have you ever used angelica, savory, lemon balm or lovage? If so, you’re following an age old tradition of using herbs that were used thousands of years ago. Here are some of those herbs:  LOVAGE: In days gone by, some …

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DIY: Homemade Yogurt a 2018 trend

One of the trends of 2018 is cheese made from homemade/housemade yogurt.  But did you know this popular, healthy food has its roots in Bible days? We talked about this today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio.  My Mom always had homemade yogurt in the refrigerator when we were growing up. And it’s …

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Using and Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

OK, so how many of you received a cast iron pan for Christmas? I love my cast iron, heirloom pans and wanted to share this timely information from Countryside Magazine. Making the Most of your Cast Iron Cookware Countryside Magazine Contributor • November 23, 2017     By Paul Wheaton & Suzy Bean – Cooking with cast …

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Happy New Year

Our outhouse. Glad we don't use it for that!

From my little cold patch of heaven to you, Happy and Blessed New Year. A big shout out to my wizard web master, John and his family, too. It was John years ago who convinced a doubtful Rita that she should have a website and that it would be a place where folks could connect …

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Adaptogenic Herbs: What they are and why you should use them

A corner of my herb garden with my "potions"

Today I chatted with good buddy and garden expert Ron Wilson on his radio show. We talked about herb trends for 2018. One of the hottest is learning about adaptogenic herbs, something I had to learn to get my herbalist certification. I found some really good information on the Dr. Josh Axe site. Here’s what you …

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Sunday Suppers Brooklyn Style


01/16 and 01/18/2018 – Demonstration Class: Sunday Suppers – Brooklyn Style I hope you join me for one of my favorite classes – good food, good friends, and good stories! Tuesday, January 16 11:00-1:30 and Thursday, January 18 | 6:00 – 8:30pm   Email Us junglejims.com 513.674.6000 Price: $55.00 With Rita Heikenfeld Ethnic groups make Brooklyn …

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I couldn’t have told it better myself: Erin’s Debut on TV with me

Neighbor Erin and I had a fun time cooking together on my cable show. She’s a natural. Here’s how she explained it on her website: My Television Debut DECEMBER 14, 2017/PHILLIPSFARMBATAVIA Well, it’s official.  I’m a TV star. Ok, maybe not, but I will be on TV soon! My friend and neighbor Rita Heikenfeld was asked a …

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Secrets (now revealed) The Best Way to Fix a Country Ham


Here’s a note from Martha Lunken about country hams and her recipe for fixing them. Martha and her husband were regular customers at The Heritage Restaurant here, where  my husband was the General Manager. I have fond memories of Martha and am so glad she shared her recipe. Here’s what she said: “Rita, I so …

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