PEPPERED BACON WRAPPED & STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN

It has been a while since I published this, and it got resurrected from my files due to a reader request. “We were at a friend’s home for dinner and she made the most delicious stuffed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon. My friend told me it’s a Rita recipe and it’s not difficult. Will you share?”  Well, sure. It looks like it’s hard to make, … Continue reading PEPPERED BACON WRAPPED & STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN

Cicadas are Coming!

          From friends and colleagues Buggy Joe Boggs, Ohio State Extension and Ron Wilson: here in our area they’re coming! Periodical Cicadas (Magicicadaspp.) take either 17 or 13 years to complete their development out-of-site in the soil. Adults emerge en masse in the spring. The name of the genus captures the almost magical appearance of these insects: Magi- comes from the Ancient Greekmagoswhich means “magician.” The … Continue reading Cicadas are Coming!

Avoid these Weeds! Poison Hemlock and Wild Parsnip

I’ve talked to you about these 2 noxious, harmful weeds before. Just in case you haven’t seen the post, here it is again, and timely since this is the time of year poison hemlock and wild parsnip are popping up. From colleagues Ron Wilson and Joe Boggs. Ron Wilson Poison Hemlock / Wild Parsnip – Buggy Joe Apr 8, 2021 Poison hemlock (Conium maculatumL.) and … Continue reading Avoid these Weeds! Poison Hemlock and Wild Parsnip

A Colander Salad Bowl Garden

My girls/chickens have been way too curious this spring. Now I don’t mind them making their way to the herb garden and pecking away at the chickweed, dead nettle and henbit. Or scratching in the newly tilled vegetable garden rows. But after they decided to decimate a huge pot that I seeded a couple weeks ago with mixed salad greens, those girls are on my … Continue reading A Colander Salad Bowl Garden

Discovering Spice Bush on a Springtime Walk

Ron Wilson Plant of the Week – Spice Bush Mar 18, 2021 Yesterday I was walking along our old country road when I spied something very yellow, sort of fuzzy and delicate looking. It was spicebush! Wow! I have one growing in my herb garden, but have never seen them in the woods here. That’s because I wasn’t looking during the right season. And now … Continue reading Discovering Spice Bush on a Springtime Walk

Passover and Palm Sunday Foods to Celebrate

Today when Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show chatted, it was about Passover and Palm Sunday. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to celebrate Passover, and His path was strewn with palms. Passover is a freedom festival and begins with the Seder or Passover supper. It commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and their departure from slavery to freedom.  The word … Continue reading Passover and Palm Sunday Foods to Celebrate

Lois Boekley’s Coconut Pound Cake

Oh, gosh, I’ve shared this recipe before but it’s worth sharing again. For Terri, who requested it. Lois is a student of mine who is a creative, careful cook and baker. Any recipe she shares is so good, and always tested. Here’s her lovely coconut pound cake, in detail. That’s so you’ll have excellent results. Wouldn’t this be nice for Easter?  COCONUT POUND CAKE 4 … Continue reading Lois Boekley’s Coconut Pound Cake

Maple Syrup Time! Tap those Trees!

I feel like a modern pioneer. The past few weeks we’ve been tapping maple trees. And we harvested gallons and gallons of sap. Guess how much maple syrup we got? Well, here’s a hint: it’s a 40:1 ratio.  We boiled sap from morning to late afternoon, and watched it turn from clear to a golden brown as the water evaporated. Our bounty of maple syrup … Continue reading Maple Syrup Time! Tap those Trees!

Dublin Coddle for St. Pat’s Day

How are you going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Regardless of  your ethnicity (even I’m a bit Irish on St. Pat’s Day!), St. Patrick’s Day is a day of fun and joy of all things Irish. And green. St. Patrick was a real person, born in Britain. He died in the late 5th century AD. The Patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick had a significant … Continue reading Dublin Coddle for St. Pat’s Day