Tomatoes, Peppers, Pansies and your Spring Gardening Questions Answered

From friend and garden expert Ron Wilson. For those of you living outside the try-state Cincinnati loop, check out all Ron’s good info on the Ronwilsononline (his radio show) or Natorp’s. com site. SPRING GARDENING QUESTIONS SPRING GARDENING IS HERE IN CINCINNATI! It’s time for spring gardening! Our garden experts are answering the most popular spring gardening questions. “HOW SOON CAN WE START PLANTING OUR … Continue reading Tomatoes, Peppers, Pansies and your Spring Gardening Questions Answered

Comforting Food for Troubled Times

  What a difference a week makes. Last week we were concerned about corona virus but not overly so. Now we’re “sheltering in place,” a term you’ve heard many times since then.  I was at the grocery and not surprised to see lean or empty shelves. No doubt we’re all experiencing a scary time. It’s the unknown that’s so unsettling. So what do we do … Continue reading Comforting Food for Troubled Times

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

Turkey Lentil Chili – 4 Ways to Cook It

I can tell by gazing out my kitchen window that winter has arrived on my little patch of heaven. I can see the East Fork river through the bare trees on the hill. Today the sun is throwing sparkling patches of light on the water. It puts me in the mood for a big pot of turkey lentil chili.  I have Eastside reader Mary Ann … Continue reading Turkey Lentil Chili – 4 Ways to Cook It

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

The “Taste of Lebanon” Indoor Fall Festival

The “Taste of Lebanon” Indoor Fall Festival I love Lebanese food (after all, I’m Lebanese….) and love to cook it. Just this weekend I made stuffed cabbage rolls. So good. But you know what? This food takes TIME to make and that’s where the St. Anthony of Padua food feast comes in. Yes, it’s this coming Sunday and all your Middle Eastern faves are there … Continue reading The “Taste of Lebanon” Indoor Fall Festival

Do-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Look at the calendar. The countdown to Thanksgiving is here and the requests for do-ahead gravy pop up daily. That’s because it’s one less thing to deal with on Thanksgiving, plus you get lots of delicious gravy so you won’t run out. I’ve taken my family’s favorite and tweaked it. And one tip I share each year: don’t stress about everything being perfect – it … Continue reading Do-Ahead Turkey Gravy