The “Taste of Lebanon” Indoor Fall Festival

The “Taste of Lebanon” Indoor Fall Festival I love Lebanese food (after all, I’m Lebanese….) and love to cook it. Just this weekend I made stuffed cabbage rolls. So good. But you know what? This food takes TIME to make and that’s where the St. Anthony of Padua food feast comes in. Yes, it’s this coming Sunday and all your Middle Eastern faves are there … Continue reading The “Taste of Lebanon” Indoor Fall Festival

MY PASTA FAGIOLI

MY PASTA FAGIOLI One of my most requested. It’s not like the pasta fagioli soup, but is a wonderful pasta with the best sauce. For Carol F., who wants to make it for her vegetarian niece for Christmas.   Made with whole wheat pasta, you’ll taste a nuttiness that you won’t get with regular white pasta. You’ll never miss the meat! While the pasta is boiling, make … Continue reading MY PASTA FAGIOLI

Corn Pudding 2 Ways: Both Yummy!

Well, I have a confession to make. About corn pudding. I’ve never made one of the most popular recipes, which contains corn muffin mix and sour cream. I make corn pudding with corn from our garden or store bought frozen corn. The recipe contains whipping cream, which makes for a silky smooth custard. It’s not fancy looking but oh so good. That all changed when … Continue reading Corn Pudding 2 Ways: Both Yummy!

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Rita…

Well, not really in the kitchen, but in the cozy welcoming area of Jo Beth bookstore here in Cincinnati. Chris Kimball came in for a book signing and chat about his new book Milk Street The New Rules. It’s funny, because the night he came into town, we had a travel snow warning that was quite severe. I actually started to turn back a couple of … Continue reading Someone’s in the Kitchen with Rita…

No-Fail Pie Crust and Holiday Pecan Pie

Take a look at the pecan pie with that pretty collar of whipped cream. I usually dollop whipped cream right in the center of the pie, but my crust broke a bit when I cut it, so I used whipped cream as a culinary “bandaid”. No one knew the difference, and I didn’t mention it. And if your pumpkin pie shrinks a little from the … Continue reading No-Fail Pie Crust and Holiday Pecan Pie

Buy Amaryllis Now for Holiday Bloom

Friend and garden expert Ron Wilson talked about Amaryllis and why you should buy them now (hint: I takes 6-8 weeks to flower!). So here’s what Ron has to say: This week’s plant pick definitely gives one of the best holiday and winter ‘flowering’ shows of all the holiday plants.And, it makes a great Christmas gift for anyone. So why is this our pick for this week?Because … Continue reading Buy Amaryllis Now for Holiday Bloom

Jim’s Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin

Jim Reinhart, an Indiana reader, is one of the best home cooks I know. He sent me this unusual, pretty and very yummy recipe, adapted from a magazine. A super way to use leftover turkey and gravy. Ingredients 2 small pumpkins or l bigger pumpkin 2 cups wild rice blend, cooked  1/4 cup dried cranberries 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons celery, … Continue reading Jim’s Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin