Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

“Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot 9 days old.”  My garden peas have pushed through the soil, still tiny but looking strong. For some reason, that childhood rhyme came to mind, so indulge me!  Peas are really a lovely seasonal vegetable, so when they’re abundant, peas are in my meal rotation a lot.  These legumes are good for you, too. … Continue reading Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

 Photo credit kitchn.com Today, Matt Swaim from Sacred Heart Radio’s Sonrise Morning Show and I talked about the upcoming All Saints and All Souls Day and how they relate to a secular Halloween.   When was All Saints Day first instituted? Lots of legends abound about the beginning of All Saints Day. From what I can gather, though, way back in the 800’s the Pope … Continue reading Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!

I was getting ingredients out of the pantry to make a batch of one hour yeast rolls for dinner, when Oliver Phillips, my 10 year old neighbor, called. Oliver wanted to come over and “make something”. So he and I made the rolls together. I let Oliver do the measuring and mixing. “Does this seem hard to you?” I asked. “Not at all,” he said. … Continue reading 1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!

Yogurt, Ancient Biblical food

 Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about yogurt and its Biblical roots. Here’s some interesting information along with a yummy recipe for baked chicken with yogurt, garlic, cheese, and more! Many Bible scholars believe that the curds mentioned in the Bible referred to sour or curdled milk (curds)  –  what we call yogurt today Those curds, or yogurt, during Bible days were … Continue reading Yogurt, Ancient Biblical food

Raised Beds vs Container Gardening: What’s the difference and which one is best for you?

Today on the Son Rise Morning Show, Matt Swaim and I talked about gardening. Raised beds rest directly on the ground and raise the soil level up by as much as two feet, while container gardening uses enclosed pots that you can move. Both container gardens and raised beds warm up quicker than an in ground garden.Raised beds are often larger than containers, although some pots … Continue reading Raised Beds vs Container Gardening: What’s the difference and which one is best for you?

5 Good Container Herbs for Cooking

When Mother Nature offers her wild bounty, she doesn’t take into account we may be busy with other things, like harvesting spring produce or working to patch leaky gutters. That’s why I’m a bit late in getting this column to my editors. For the past week, along with regular chores, we’ve been outdoors, sometimes over hill and dale, foraging for wild edibles. Morels are in … Continue reading 5 Good Container Herbs for Cooking

PEPPERED BACON WRAPPED & STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN

It has been a while since I published this, and it got resurrected from my files due to a reader request. “We were at a friend’s home for dinner and she made the most delicious stuffed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon. My friend told me it’s a Rita recipe and it’s not difficult. Will you share?”  Well, sure. It looks like it’s hard to make, … Continue reading PEPPERED BACON WRAPPED & STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN

Hummus and a Kind of Gyro Burger Food for Ancient Israelites

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about what the ancient, common folk Israelites ate. Here’s what I found: DAILY DIET OF ANCIENT ISRAELITESMeals eaten by ancient Israelites fell into 2 categories: daily and festive meals. The daily diet of the ordinary ancient Israelite was mainly one of bread, cooked grains and legumes, like lentils and beans. . Agricultural workers comprised the largest … Continue reading Hummus and a Kind of Gyro Burger Food for Ancient Israelites

More Yummy Asparagus Recipes w Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula and More!

Thanks to Gary and Pat A., listeners to our Sonrise Morning Show for asking about a recipe for asparagus that I talked about with “red sauce”. I think what they are referring to is the recipe with asparagus and roasted peppers (red, yellow, orange, whatever….). So here it is and I hope this is what Gary and Pat want! I’m also including the other recipes … Continue reading More Yummy Asparagus Recipes w Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula and More!

Cicadas are Coming!

          From friends and colleagues Buggy Joe Boggs, Ohio State Extension and Ron Wilson: here in our area they’re coming! Periodical Cicadas (Magicicadaspp.) take either 17 or 13 years to complete their development out-of-site in the soil. Adults emerge en masse in the spring. The name of the genus captures the almost magical appearance of these insects: Magi- comes from the Ancient Greekmagoswhich means “magician.” The … Continue reading Cicadas are Coming!

Avoid these Weeds! Poison Hemlock and Wild Parsnip

I’ve talked to you about these 2 noxious, harmful weeds before. Just in case you haven’t seen the post, here it is again, and timely since this is the time of year poison hemlock and wild parsnip are popping up. From colleagues Ron Wilson and Joe Boggs. Ron Wilson Poison Hemlock / Wild Parsnip – Buggy Joe Apr 8, 2021 Poison hemlock (Conium maculatumL.) and … Continue reading Avoid these Weeds! Poison Hemlock and Wild Parsnip

A Colander Salad Bowl Garden

My girls/chickens have been way too curious this spring. Now I don’t mind them making their way to the herb garden and pecking away at the chickweed, dead nettle and henbit. Or scratching in the newly tilled vegetable garden rows. But after they decided to decimate a huge pot that I seeded a couple weeks ago with mixed salad greens, those girls are on my … Continue reading A Colander Salad Bowl Garden