Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

“Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot 9 days old.”  My garden peas have pushed through the soil, still tiny but looking strong. For some reason, that childhood rhyme came to mind, so indulge me!  Peas are really a lovely seasonal vegetable, so when they’re abundant, peas are in my meal rotation a lot.  These legumes are good for you, too. … Continue reading Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

Oh gosh, I had so much fun doing my first Zoom presentation for the Boone County Arboretum’s Annual Tea with Josh, Nicole, Stephanie, Donna, and Kris last night. Log onto to their site to see just how lovely and productive this community arboretum is. There may be time for you to bid at the silent auction, too. My talk was about the 4 seasons and … Continue reading Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

Diner Style Salmon Patties Amid a Winter Storm

As I write this column, another winter storm is predicted. I took a photo of the outhouse when I went outside to feed the “girls”/chickens. All I can say is, I’m sure glad we’re living today and not years ago when all along our country road, outhouses were essential.  So were cook stoves that used wood as fuel.  I guess what I’m getting at is … Continue reading Diner Style Salmon Patties Amid a Winter Storm

Artichokes in Curry and Salad

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show Matt Swaim and I talked about artichokes. Artichokes:  Gen 3:18 “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.”The artichoke is a domesticated variety of the wild cardoon (I grow cardoon in my Bible section of the herb garden). It looks very similar to an artichoke plant. The cardoon … Continue reading Artichokes in Curry and Salad

German Potato Salad and Cucumber Salads for Oktoberfest

This weekend we celebrate Oktoberfest. Now I’m sure gatherings will be scaled down due to the pandemic, and some of you will be doing Oktoberfest at home. Oktoberfest salads are part of the fun. My German mother-in-law, Clara, made the best German potato salad. I remember it warm, with a bit of a bite from the vinegar. Problem is, like so many heirloom recipes, Clara’s … Continue reading German Potato Salad and Cucumber Salads for Oktoberfest

Lentil Stew Has Ancient Biblical Roots

Today Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted about lentils. LENTILS: Ezek. 4:9  “During the first 390 days eat bread made of flour mixed from wheat, barley, beans, lentils and spelt…. There’s also a passage in Genesis 25: 25-34 where Jacob traded his bread and lentil soup for Esau’s birthright.  Dried beans and peas were a mainstay of the Biblical people’s diet. Lentils … Continue reading Lentil Stew Has Ancient Biblical Roots

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

DIY Soft Buttery Pretzels and Cheese Beer Dip

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Matt Swaimand I chatted, as we do every week about Bible foods & herbs. Today the topic was pretzels and also beer. Here’s the ancient history of these foods eaten during Lent in olden times, plus some super recipes. PRETZELS: The pretzel has a deep spiritual meaning for Lent. In fact, it was the ancient Christian Lenten bread as far … Continue reading DIY Soft Buttery Pretzels and Cheese Beer Dip