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

A Poem about an Apron – Do you have a Favorite?

You should have seen me picking vegetables yesterday. Well, then again, I’m glad you didn’t. I was on my way to check the berry patch and thought I’d check the veggies, too, thinking I’d get a few ripe ones. After picking through rows of tomato, squash and cucumbers, I was wishing I had on a big, old fashioned apron instead of the tank top I … Continue reading A Poem about an Apron – Do you have a Favorite?

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

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

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

Blind Baking Pie Crust

This is from King Arthur Flour’s Site.  Just the best tutorial on baking pie crusts!! How to blind bake pie crust: pre-baking yields perfect results What does it mean to blind bake a pie crust? Well, hearkening back to Merrie Olde England, where the term originated, blind baking a pie crust is simply pre-baking the crust, without filling, then adding the filling once the crust … Continue reading Blind Baking Pie Crust

Tips on getting everything on the table ready together

Hah, an age old dilemma! I learned from Teri Gelter, daughter-in-law Courtney’s mom, to cook items that keep the heat in first, like pasta, potatoes, etc. Wrap them in a couple layers of foil (spray the inside of the foil if the food is in a pan so it doesn’t stick to the food), then wrap the whole thing in a couple bath towels. It … Continue reading Tips on getting everything on the table ready together

Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?

A couple of reasons for this, the main one being that you need to use high quality bar chocolate, not morsels, for both white and dark layers. (Now there are white morsels available made with cocoa butter – just found this out – but some experts still prefer the bar chocolate.) White chocolate should contain cocoa butter, NOT palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil inhibits … Continue reading Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?

Stainless Steel Cookware is a Staple in Great Kitchens

Summary: Stainless steel cookware comes in a variety of grades and varied quality. This range leads many to ask, “Can I use my stainless steel cookware in the oven? What other tips should I know to keep my stainless steel pans looking good?” Dear Rita: I was watching your video on making filet mignon. Like a lot of recipes I see for meat or fish, it calls … Continue reading Stainless Steel Cookware is a Staple in Great Kitchens