Grow your own Ginger!

Photo of ginger root growing Each piece should be plump with well-developed growth buds, or eyes. I like to soak the ginger rhizome overnight to hasten the growing process. Plant the rhizomes 6 to 8 inches apart, 2 to 4 inches deep, and with the growth buds pointing upward. They can be planted whole or in smaller pieces with a couple of growing buds each. … Continue reading Grow your own Ginger!

How to Control Slugs in the Garden

  It’s that time of year when the slugs start showing up in the garden. Friend and gardening expert Ron Wilson of Natorp’s shares this information. Take a look – and now you know….   WHAT ARE SLUGS?   Slugs are simply shell-less snails.  Slugs (snails) feed on a variety of living plants as well as decaying plant matter.  They have chewing mouthparts and cause … Continue reading How to Control Slugs in the Garden

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

Cilantro and Tex Mex Lasagna

Today the subject was coriander/cilantro during my weekly chat with Matt Swaimon the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. I also shared a yummy recipe using this lovely and citrusy tasting herb. CORIANDER/CILANTRO Coriander is referenced several times in the Old Testament. Exodus 16:31 ….”And the food became known as manna – meaning  “What is it? It was white like coriander seed and flat and … Continue reading Cilantro and Tex Mex Lasagna

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

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

2020 Food Trends and Fish en Papillote

Butterfly pea tea – photo Wikipedia Fish in parchment A few food trends for 2020 have really caught my eye. Among them is the color blue. No, not blueberries. Or even blue potatoes. Have I peaked your interest? Read on. Purple yams Ube is the new “it” root veggie — actually more purple than blue. It’s showing up in ice creams and donuts.  Mountain spinach Orach, … Continue reading 2020 Food Trends and Fish en Papillote

Rosemary, Trendy “Bible” Herb and Ina’s Potatoes

I enjoy chatting with Matt Swaim on the Sunrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart radio on Thursday mornings. Today we talked about a favorite herb: rosemary. If you bought a rosemary “tree” during the holidays, check out my tip for keeping it healthy, below. HERBS ASSOCIATED WITH BIBLE TIMES BUT NOT MENTIONED SPECIFICALLY IN THE BIBLE: ROSEMARY Rosemary is an herb associated with Bible times but not mentioned specifically in … Continue reading Rosemary, Trendy “Bible” Herb and Ina’s Potatoes

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