Mysterious Bird Illness Ohio

From colleague Ron Wilson By: Marne Titchenell Sep 20, 2021 The following is an update on the bird illness that has been impacting certain species of songbirds across Ohio. To date, the cause of the illness is still unknown, however, the recommendation to stop feeding birds has been lifted. Why? Reports of sick or dead birds affected by the illness have slowed considerably in Ohio. … Continue reading Mysterious Bird Illness Ohio


Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show, and I chatted about butter and its significance during Bible days. BUTTERProverbs 30:33: “As the churning of cream yields butter, and a blow to the nose causes bleeding, so anger causes quarrels.” Butter was churned by hand between two poles with a skin suspended between filled with cream. It was shaken back and forth and viola: Butter! What’s the … Continue reading NIEMAN MARCUS COOKIES

Bible Breakfast to Go

This week, Matt Swaim of Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted with me about what makes a good breakfast and how what we eat today compares with the Bible breakfast during Jesus’ time. Here’s some fun information: Exodus 16: When the dew evaporates in the morning, there’s the manna, ready for breakfast! John 21, when Jesus cooks fish breakfast for Peter on the beach and … Continue reading Bible Breakfast to Go

Fall Armyworms March Across Ohio

From friend and colleague, Ron Wilson Sep 3, 2021 OSU Extension county offices across the state are receiving e-mails and phone calls about Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda, family Noctuidae) causing substantial injury to turfgrass. Thus far, it appears that fall armyworm is the dominant culprit rather thanYellowstripedArmyworm (S. ornithogalli) and Common Armyworm (Mythimna convecta). Fall and yellowstriped armyworms are semi-tropical species that “fly” north each season. We … Continue reading Fall Armyworms March Across Ohio

Hot Pickled Peppers and What are Those Lines on Peppers

Did you ever wonder what those vertical lines are on hot peppers? They are usually brownish in color and develop as the peppers ripen. It’s called “corking”, which means there’s minor striations or scaring on the ripened pepper.  What has happened is that the pepper needs to stretch to accommodate the quick growth during a lot of rain and plenty of sun. That growth spurt … Continue reading Hot Pickled Peppers and What are Those Lines on Peppers

Blistered Corn, Corn Bread and Corny Tips

There’s one pot that stays on my stove for most of August. It’s my corn cooking pot. Yep, we eat fresh corn from our garden that much.  In fact, by the time husband Frank makes his way to the corn patch, I’ve got my pot at the sink, filling it with water. It’s interesting how the hot, dry weather has affected vegetables like the corn … Continue reading Blistered Corn, Corn Bread and Corny Tips

Slime Mold – Buggy Joe

Ron Wilson Slime Mold – Buggy Joe Aug 12, 2021 Last week, Pat Migliozzi (State Service Forester [extraordinaire], Ohio Department of Natural Resources) and I looked at an oak tree showing a most unusual symptom. The base of the tree looked like it had been dipped in white paint. The homeowner as well as a tree care professional were concerned the tree was suffering from a … Continue reading Slime Mold – Buggy Joe

Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Classic Z Bread

Whenever I mention sharing my “best of” recipes – the seasonal ones that have become cult favorites, there are several that get requested this time of year. Rated high on the list are zucchini bread recipes (after all, ’tis the season…) In particular double chocolate zucchini bread and classic zucchini bread. So I’m sharing both for you. The first recipe is for “chocolate zucchini bread/cake.”  … Continue reading Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Classic Z Bread

Roasted Fennel with Dill and Romano (or Parm)

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show Host, and I chatted about one of my favorite Bible foods: Fennel  EXODUS: 30:34-38 The name fennel is not used, but the word “Galbanum” is mentioned in this passage. Botanists believe this is a giant fennel, which is native to the Mediterranean region and southern Europe. Here’s the passage:  “And the Lord said to Moses, take sweet spices, and … Continue reading Roasted Fennel with Dill and Romano (or Parm)

Lace bugs = Bad – Buggy Joe

Ron Wilson Joe Boggs, OSU Extension, chatted with my pal and garden expert, Ron Wilson, recently on Ron’s national radio gardening show. It was all about lace bugs. Jul 28, 2021 Lace bugs (order Hemiptera; family Tingidae) are so named because of the lace-like pattern of the veins and membranes in their wings which are held flat over their body. Most lace bug species found in Ohio … Continue reading Lace bugs = Bad – Buggy Joe