“Lottie’s” Pecan Tart and Perfect Pumpkin Pie

LOTTIE’S PECAN TART/PIE Lottie Hilgefort is my daughter-in-law’s sister and Mom to a huge family. She makes these 2 pies every year for Thanksgiving. Along with that, the pecan tart/pie has become legendary in Lottie’s circle. I’ve had both and can attest to how good and pretty they are. Truth be told, these are not Lottie’s original recipes. She gives credit to Barry C. Parsons … Continue reading “Lottie’s” Pecan Tart and Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Small Batch Broccoli Souffle Casserole

It’s happening to us, and most likely you, too. A smaller gathering for Thanksgiving. So here’s a small batch recipe of our favorite broccoli casserole. The bonus is that it can be frozen and baked, covered for some of the time, and baked a little longer than if you’re making it fresh. This is the casserole I chatted with Annie Mitchell on Sacred Heart Radio/Sonrise … Continue reading Small Batch Broccoli Souffle Casserole

Amaryllis – When will you start yours?

Ron Wilson Plant of the Week – Amaryllis Friend, colleague and garden expert Ron Wilson shares this timely information about a favorite holiday flower! Nov 4, 2020 This week’s plant pick gives one of the best holidays 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 they can … Continue reading Amaryllis – When will you start yours?

Do Ahead Gravy for Thanksgiving

I think you’ll get a kick out of this scenario. Today I was elbow deep in kraut. Homemade sauerkraut that is. I just finished tamping it down into jars when it dawned on me that I need to get to the grocery to buy turkey wings for my do-ahead turkey gravy for Thanksgiving.  I’m sharing the recipe here, tweaked a bit. When I mentioned the … Continue reading Do Ahead Gravy for Thanksgiving

Restaurant Style Sweet and Sour Pork/Chicken: Make it Yourself!

I was hoping to find some turkey wings at the grocery to make my do-ahead freezer turkey gravy (a flavorful gravy which can be used alone or added to turkey drippings). There weren’t any in the poultry case, but I did see some nice boneless pork chops on sale, so those went into my cart. My original thought was a simple dinner of fried pork … Continue reading Restaurant Style Sweet and Sour Pork/Chicken: Make it Yourself!

Matt Swaim’s Minestrone Soup

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, Matt Swaim and I chatted about carrots. Did you know this popular root vegetable has an ancient Biblical history? Not mentioned specifically in the Bible carrots are members of the parsley family, and they are probably natives of Afghanistan and Central Asia. There, carrots with red or purple roots still grow wild. In the Fertile Crescent … Continue reading Matt Swaim’s Minestrone Soup

Can Wooly Worms Predict The Weather?

Ron Wilson Friend and colleague and garden expert Ron Wilson shares another interesting post: Oct 29, 2020 Bristly “woolly bear” caterpillars commence their annual crawl-abouts in search of sheltered winter quarters in the fall. You may see noticeable numbers crossing roads with some unfortunates becoming laminated onto tires. Their crawl-abouts may start as early as late September and continue until early November in Ohio. It depends on the … Continue reading Can Wooly Worms Predict The Weather?