Freezer Pesto and Paste – Waste not, want not!

I enjoy talking withMatt Swaim and Anna Mitchell each Thursday on the Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio. To continue with our “waste not/want not” segments today the subject was basil. Do you grow basil? Sweet basil/Genovese basil are 2 common very delicious basils easy to grow. And if you’re growing basil, start pruning those flower heads out for a longer harvest. Use them in foods … Continue reading Freezer Pesto and Paste – Waste not, want not!

DIY Herb Baskets for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day will have special meaning for me, and maybe for you, too. It’s all about wanting to connect while still honoring the guidelines for sheltering in place. And herbs play a role here. Early in the day I’ll take some of my mother’s heirloom peppermint and plant it, as I do every year, at the cemetery by her and my dad’s graves. A … Continue reading DIY Herb Baskets for Mother’s Day

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

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

Heirloom Coffee Cake

There it was, buried in the bottom of our large bin where holiday decorations are stored. A Good Housekeeping magazine from November 1984. Now here’s the query: why was it there? It took me a few minutes to remember.  As a young mom, I was fascinated with holiday baking, and the cover photo, though faded, shows a beautifully decorated gingerbread house. “Make our cozy gingerbread … Continue reading Heirloom Coffee Cake

Symbolism of Magi Gifts and Mulled Cider

  This morning talking to Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, was a fun and informative segment. We chatted about the gifts of the 3 Magi and to honor the shepherds, who couldn’t afford gifts for Baby Jesus, I’m sharing a recipe for mulled cider. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh:  Matthew 2:11.  Gold, frankincense and myrrh were among the gifts to Jesus … Continue reading Symbolism of Magi Gifts and Mulled Cider

Holiday Beef Tenderloin with Latin Rub and the Secret to Extra Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Rare beef tenderloin Just the mention of beef tenderloin in my recent column brought about requests for roasting. I can understand that, since choice tenderloin is expensive but so appropriate for the holidays and easy to roast. Plus it can be made ahead. If you’re serving this as part of a buffet, roasted asparagus sprinkled with Parmesan right when it comes out of the oven … Continue reading Holiday Beef Tenderloin with Latin Rub and the Secret to Extra Crispy Roasted Potatoes

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