Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage

Gourds are mentioned in the Bible in several places.  Lots of different types of wild gourds abounded in the Mediterranean region. Some were edible, some were not.  In 2 Kings 4:39, when Elisha had his people around him, one of his servants put a gourd into a pot of stew. In Jonah 4:6-10, the gourd is identified as the plant under which Jonah found shade. … Continue reading Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage

Southwestern Cornbread Salad For Halloween!

 This year my jumbo jalapeno peppers grew so well. I’m still harvesting them along with Serranos and sweet bells. My grape and cherry tomatoes are still producing, too. So my goal is to make candied jalapeno peppers,  and freeze the tomatoes.  But before I do any of that, I have to make a layered salad to tote to a family gathering. The hot peppers and … Continue reading Southwestern Cornbread Salad For Halloween!

Red and Gold Beet Salad for Rosh Hashanah

This week with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show we chatted about the upcoming celebration Rosh Hashanah which literally means “head of the year”/new year in Hebrew. In some Jewish communities it is traditional to eat the head of a fish during the Rosh Hashana holiday meal.  The wish there is that  they hope everyone at the table will be at the head and not … Continue reading Red and Gold Beet Salad for Rosh Hashanah

Rita’s Cloned Orange Dreamsicle/Creamsicle Cake

Oh my gosh, the requests I’ve had for this over the years puts this cake in my “Recipe Hall of Fame.”  And Sharon G. just requested it again. Yes, it’s that good and perfect for your July 4 celebration of our nation’s hard fought and precious independence. I made the cake today on Fox 19 Cincinnati (check out the video) and it was, as usual, a … Continue reading Rita’s Cloned Orange Dreamsicle/Creamsicle Cake

Bodacious Baked Beans for Memorial Day

Today when I chatted with Matt Swaim of Sacred Heart Radio we talked about beans. Beans were an important diet staple during Bible times. Here’s a familiar passage and it’s about the popular Ezekiel bread that we enjoy even today. Ezekiel 4:9: And you take wheat and barley, beans and lentils……and put them in a single vessel and make bread of them.  Bible scholars say … Continue reading Bodacious Baked Beans for Memorial Day

Opera cream cake “like” Knotty Pine on the Bayou  

Opera cream cake “like” Knotty Pine on the Bayou   A few years ago, a Western Hills reader shared her version for this customer favorite from Knotty Pine Restaurant in Kentucky. “So close you won’t be able to tell the difference”, she said.  Sherri H. is just the latest of readers who continue to request the recipe. I did make the cake a long while … Continue reading Opera cream cake “like” Knotty Pine on the Bayou  

Container Herb Garden for Mom

On Earth Day, I visited my granddaughters Eva’s and Emerson’s school. We had fun sharing seeds and plants and talking about being good stewards of our earth. The girls gave their teachers container herb gardens. A few had questions about growing herbs in containers. I’ve had requests from some of you about the same subject, so I thought it a timely topic.  Although I grow … Continue reading Container Herb Garden for Mom