Capers, a Biblical bud and Panzanella

I always enjoy chatting with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods and herbs. Today the subject was capers. CAPERS Capers are mentioned in Ecclesiastes 12:5. “When one is afraid of heights, and terrors are in the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and DESIRE FAILS.” The flower buds of the caper bush were called … Continue reading Capers, a Biblical bud and Panzanella

Crepes Easy Peasy!

To continue my “series” of requested recipes that I’ve shared before, today we’ll do crepes. My girls/chickens have really slacked off laying. The only one producing is Granny, our white leghorn. And she’s the oldest and scrawniest! So I decided to make crepes with the few eggs I have.  Think crepes are hard to make? The answer is no. Yes, they sound fancy but these … Continue reading Crepes Easy Peasy!

Mary Helen’s No Peek Beef Stew: Updated

Remember when I told you I’d be sharing “best of/most requested” recipes again? And that I’d update and adapt them so if you had to substitute an ingredient, you could?  Well, here’s a much loved stew recipe: Mary Helen’s “No peek” classic beef oven stew. Perfect for a cozy winter supper. The recipe calls for tapioca – I had none so subbed in a smaller … Continue reading Mary Helen’s No Peek Beef Stew: Updated

Love Stuffed Bells? Try Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup!

Looks like we’re starting out 2021 much as we ended 2020. The pandemic is still why many of us are working, and cooking, at home. The latest news is that we may be entering a super critical stage. So I’m limiting outings even more to keep myself, my family, and others safe. That means few trips to the grocery, so for the next few weeks, … Continue reading Love Stuffed Bells? Try Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup!

Foolproof Holiday Beef Roast and Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

The pandemic continues to influence how and why we entertain. The “why” is easy — that’s called nurturing and we all need that. The “how” is the harder part — following guidelines so we stay healthy.  Maybe you’ll celebrate the New Year like we are doing, another smaller gathering. No matter, entertaining will still go on. So I’m sharing 2 tried & true recipes again. … Continue reading Foolproof Holiday Beef Roast and Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

I’ve often said the reason I continue to write this column every week is because of you, my readers. We have a real connection. Some examples: the other day at the recycling center, Dana, in customer service, mentioned how she enjoys this column. Truth be told, I was surprised she recognized me behind the mask! Ditto with Beverly G., an Eastgate reader, who rang my … Continue reading Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

Victorian Manger Herbs, Gingerbread Cookies and Peppered Pecans: Holiday Gifts from Kitchen!

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about the legend of Victorian manger herbs. On the starry night when Christ was born, according to the legends, Joseph gathered herbs and grasses t cradle his newborn son.  Among them were bedstraw and pennyroyal, horehound and thyme, rosemary and lavender: These are the herbs of the … Continue reading Victorian Manger Herbs, Gingerbread Cookies and Peppered Pecans: Holiday Gifts from Kitchen!

DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka: Oh Yes! And Doggie Biscuits

I had an executive culinary decision to make today. Requests for my clone of Wms. Sonoma peppermint bark are flowing in again. I honestly thought this cult favorite had made the rounds of our kitchens. I’m assuming there’s some newbies on board who want to make it. Then again, some requests are from readers who’ve been with me a while. So be patient — the … Continue reading DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka: Oh Yes! And Doggie Biscuits

Hoarfrost: Ever Heard of it?

Ron Wilson What is Hoarfrost? From friend, colleague and garden expert Ron Wilson. His site is ronwilsonline.com – check it out! Dec 11, 2020 Earlier today, I woke up and looked out a window to see a foggy start to the day. At first glance, I however overlooked the frost that was also present. As it became lighter and the morning continued, the frost lessened and by noon the … Continue reading Hoarfrost: Ever Heard of it?

Kids Gardening Fun Even in Winter: Homemade “Chia” Pets: Give as Gifts!

Ann Shipman of kidsgardening.org, shared her knowledge with Ron Wilson on his radio show this morning. So fun! Here’s a recipe for “Plant People” sort of like the chia pets. Grass seed, potting soil and fun craft supplies, plus glue are all you need! Overview: Homemade “Chia” pets are the perfect activity for a cold or rainy afternoon. Materials: Pair of pantyhose Potting soil Grass seed … Continue reading Kids Gardening Fun Even in Winter: Homemade “Chia” Pets: Give as Gifts!