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

Pucker Up with Vinegar

Homemade herbal vinegars Today on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Annie Mitchell about vinegar – yes, vinegar has ancient Biblical roots. Jesus was given “sour wine”/wine which had turned to vinegar, when he was suffering on the cross. (John 19). The range of vinegars we have today is unparalleled – from cider to clear to wine to balsamic to herbal and more. When … Continue reading Pucker Up with Vinegar

Homemade Hummus and Pimento Cheese Dips

When we were on vacation with my family, hummus was one of the snacks that was brought out when we just wanted a little something to nosh on before dinner.  Not the most inexpensive deli item, hummus is unbelievably easy to make at home. And roasted red pepper hummus? Got you covered there, too.  Just in case you have roasted red pepper left over, stir … Continue reading Homemade Hummus and Pimento Cheese Dips

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!

Totable Orzo Salad with Herbs and Veggies

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Matt Swaim and I chatted about not wasting ingredients or food that may be slightly past its prime. We talked about using storage onions that sprout (yes, the sprout can be used for green onions), garlic that sprouts (I’ll still use the garlic but some cooks won’t – you can pot up the sprouted garlic and it will grow … Continue reading Totable Orzo Salad with Herbs and Veggies

One Pan Chicken Dinner w Veggies and Fresh Herbs

Each Thursday, as many of you know, I chat with Matt Swaimon the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today the subject was fowl/chickens. Did you know those birds have been on our earth for over 5000 years? FOWL (CHICKEN) MATTHEW 23: 37: Jesus refers to fowl when He talks about  gathering the children together, “even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings…” … Continue reading One Pan Chicken Dinner w Veggies and Fresh Herbs

Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

FLAX An important seed mentioned in the Bible in Proverbs. “She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands”. What are flaxseeds?   Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds. In fact, linseed or “flax seed” are different names for the same seed. Flaxseeds are a great source of dietary fiber, minerals, plant protein and one of the best … Continue reading Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

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!

Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad

 Salad with wild edibles. See the watercress growing behind the salad?  A reader asked me how I get inspired to write about food every week. Well, here’s the answer. I find inspiration in the simplest of things. Like recently, when I taught interactive classes with children attending the Kids Kuisine event at Anderson Pavilion on the waterfront in Cincinnati.  Headed by Cincinnati Magazine, this fun event … Continue reading Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad