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

Story of Shepherds and Magi and Fun Edibles for Holidays

This morning Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted, as we do every Thursday, about Bible foods and herbs. Today it was about the shepherds and magi who came to honor Baby Jesus. This passage is in Luke: There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And look, an angel of … Continue reading Story of Shepherds and Magi and Fun Edibles for Holidays

Easy and Elegant Truffles for Valentine’s Day

Jane’s chocolate truffles Rita’s chocolate truffles The first time I had a chocolate truffle was at a trendy Chicago restaurant during a food convention with my husband and his then employers, Howard and Jan Melvin of The Heritage Restaurant. So long ago!  I was immediately smitten with the silky chocolate confection. Since then I’ve made lots of truffles, but none are better than Jane Cervantes’. … Continue reading Easy and Elegant Truffles for Valentine’s Day

Rosie, Linda and Me Fox 19 Morning Show

I recorded a holiday gifts segment with my friends at Fox 19. Here’s my oldest & bestests friends from when I started on Fox a loooong while back. Rosie and Linda were there at the beginning, too! Lovely and talented ladies – they are the brains behind the scenes…. Continue reading Rosie, Linda and Me Fox 19 Morning Show

Victorian Manger Herbs and Candy Cane Peppermint Fudge

This morning when I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, we talked about Victorian manger herbs, along with our pledge drive to keep this radio station up & going. (Yes, if you feel in your heart you can donate, it would be much appreciated).  Anyway, this is a fun and thoughtful topic and adding certain herbs to the manger/creche … Continue reading Victorian Manger Herbs and Candy Cane Peppermint Fudge

Ohio River Artisans Arts & Crafts Show: A Must Go Event

I hope you have a chance to visit this unique show with my good, “herby” friends and others who showcase their amazing talent with handmade items. These are heirloom quality! And if you need a hostess or stocking stuffer foodie gift, there’s those, also. I’ll be there so if you can come, maybe we’ll meet!   Carolyn Behymer • Sue Dennedy • Nancy Haynes • … Continue reading Ohio River Artisans Arts & Crafts Show: A Must Go Event

Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs and Opera Cream Eggs

Peanut Butter Eggs like Reese Peanut Butter Eggs This is the same recipe I use for Ohio Buckeyes. But I add a secret ingredient to make them taste like Reese’s peanut butter eggs: very finely ground salted dry roasted peanuts, about 1 generous cup to a batch. 3 pounds confectioners’ sugar 1 pound real butter, softened 2 to 2-1/2 cups peanut butter or more as … Continue reading Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs and Opera Cream Eggs

More Valentine’s Day treats: Foolproof Filet Mignon and Nutella Chocolate Sauce

Well, I couldn’t resist sharing 2 more Valentine’s Day recipes after I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show about St. Valentine and his connections with this “lovely” day.  Did you know that St. Valentine, who lived in the 3rd century Rome, was immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer who in the 14th century wrote a lot about St. Valentine and connected him with what … Continue reading More Valentine’s Day treats: Foolproof Filet Mignon and Nutella Chocolate Sauce

Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

When I get several requests for a recipe, I know it’s a hit. Like this crunchy, sweet, yet a bit salty, caramel corn with mixed nuts. I’m making more batches today to give away as edible  gifts for New Year’s.  And talking about New Year’s, I hope you have a healthy, peace filled, family and friend filled 2019! Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts To … Continue reading Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)