BBQ Ribs start with flavorful Salt Brine

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show with Matt Swaim the subject was salt. And how salt is used in many ways, not only as a sacramental by itself or in holy water, but in every day cooking.  So here’s some timely information about salt plus another favorite and really yummy recipe for bbq ribs, this time brined in salt, then rubbed with my homemade seasoning … Continue reading BBQ Ribs start with flavorful Salt Brine

Ginger “Beer” – Make it Yourself

Ginger “beer” ready to bottle Oh gosh, I wanted to wait to publish this recipe for not only my site here, but for my readers of my newspaper columns. But so many of you wanted it after hearing me chat with Ron Wilsonon his radio show Sat April 25 that I thought it best to share it now. I am enjoying a glass of well … Continue reading Ginger “Beer” – Make it Yourself

Morels! Yes, They’re Growing!

Friends Char and Butch with a morel harvest. One place there’s no worry about social distancing during these challenging times is when my friends, Charlene and Butch Castle and I go foraging for wild morel mushrooms.   We start out at the bottom of the hill. By the time we reach the top of the hill we have kept our distances naturally — in fact, … Continue reading Morels! Yes, They’re Growing!

Cilantro and Tex Mex Lasagna

Today the subject was coriander/cilantro during my weekly chat with Matt Swaimon the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. I also shared a yummy recipe using this lovely and citrusy tasting herb. CORIANDER/CILANTRO Coriander is referenced several times in the Old Testament. Exodus 16:31 ….”And the food became known as manna – meaning  “What is it? It was white like coriander seed and flat and … Continue reading Cilantro and Tex Mex Lasagna

DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

Granddaughters Emerson and Ellery Violet jam One thing that has me smiling is how many of you responded with interest for making wild flower jellies and jams.  My guess is while sheltering in place, you’re noticing what Mother Nature has to offer right in your yard.  Like purple violets (leaves make a healing tea)  and dandelions. Red bud blossoms. On my little patch of heaven, … Continue reading DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

Snap! Crackle! Pop! (And it’s NOT Cereal!)

It’s about boxwood bushes and all the noise that’s going on with them. Here’s what friends and colleagues Joe Boggs, of Ohio State Extension and Ron Wilson ,Natorp’s Marketing Manager and host of “In the Garden” radio show have to say. Crackling Boxwoods – Buggy Joe Boggs Apr 14, 2020 Joe says:I posted a BYGL Alert on Boxwood Leafminer (Monarthropalpus flavus) back in March noting … Continue reading Snap! Crackle! Pop! (And it’s NOT Cereal!)

Lone Star Tick: Another Tick to Watch Out For

I just published an article about common ticks. (by Ashley Kulhanek). Here’s another tick you might not be aware of: the Lone Star Tick. More timely information from our friends at Ohio State University. Look out for ticks PART 2 Ashley Kulhanek Apr 12, 2020   Tick Awareness is important. In part 1, we covered the tick reports received that week: American Dog Tick and Deer … Continue reading Lone Star Tick: Another Tick to Watch Out For

Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

This week on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Matt Swaim about eggs and their significance in the Bible, especially during Easter. The 2 recipes, one for hot cross buns and the other for a quick cherry coffee cake are family favorites, and good baking projects while we’re all sheltering in place. I hope each of you celebrate these holy days and remember, it’s … Continue reading Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

Chicken Moutard (Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce)

A few weeks ago I tossed well aged chicken manure onto our vegetable garden. Today as I tilled it, I was happy to see fat worms wiggly through. A simple country pleasure. To top that off, my neighbor Liz stopped by with her toddlers, Ollie and Calvin. Yes, they kept their distance, though it was hard for those little ones not to run right up … Continue reading Chicken Moutard (Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce)