It’s Dry Outside. Water! Especially “Newbies”

From friend and colleague Ron Wilson, Natorp. Get that hose out!Importance of Watering It’s Dry! Be sure to water all your plants including your new trees and shrubs. HOW TO WATER NEW TREES AND PLANTSThe most common way to water new trees and plants is by letting a garden hose trickle at the base of the plant, soaking the root ball.  Also, you can use stationary sprinklers … Continue reading It’s Dry Outside. Water! Especially “Newbies”

Roasted Spicy Tomato Jam (Not preserves!) Anyone?

Well, this is the first year that I’ve almost run out of ways to use tomatoes. Are you in the same boat? Regardless of the way the plants/leaves look, most of us have had a bumper crop.  I’ve preserved more tomatoes this year than I ever have in the past.  From freezing tomatoes (I have a vacuum sealer now and just love it), both cherry … Continue reading Roasted Spicy Tomato Jam (Not preserves!) Anyone?

Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Today when. Annie Mitchell Egan and I chatted on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, the subject was Rosh Hashanah which will be celebrated tomorrow through Sunday. It’s traditional to eat the head of a fish during the Rosh Hashana holiday meal. The wish there is that  they hope everyone at the table will be at the head and not at the tail of whatever … Continue reading Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

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

Slow Cookers Go Way Back to Bible Days

As many of you know, Thursdays are my day to chat with Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Today, we talked about “slow cooking” and how that kind of cooking was done during Bible days. Slow cooking/cookers have Biblical roots! (Well, sort of) We are all cooking more it seems and with the kids back in school, many virtually, we’re … Continue reading Slow Cookers Go Way Back to Bible Days

Back to School Breakfasts and Snacks

Each week when I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, I select a subject that’s timely. And with kids back in school (virtually or otherwise) it’s a challenge to come up with ideas for snacks, breakfast, etc. And did you know that home schooling dated back to before Christ was born? With the kids back in school in various … Continue reading Back to School Breakfasts and Snacks

MS. NELLIE WILSON’S BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

Here’s the recipe everyone’s been asking for. And if I do say so, my dear friend, Nell Wilson is becoming an icon here in our cooking community. Between her delish pickles, peppers and now this blue cheese dressing that she’s shared over the years, I think she should have her own cooking show. Got a cool name for it? The recipe is written by Nell. … Continue reading MS. NELLIE WILSON’S BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets, Oh My!

Yesterday in the chicken coop were some unwelcome visitors: yellow jackets feasting on what was left of some watermelon I had given the “girls”. Now a few months ago (May 2020), colleague and entomologist Joe Boggs of Ohio State Extension shared a bunch of good information on all kinds of hornets, starting with the Asian giant hornet.  Then he shared wisdom on wasps and, yes, … Continue reading Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets, Oh My!

Two Delish No Recipe Chicken Dishes

First of all, I’m having trouble figuring out this new WordPress blog setup. So you’ll see no categories listed, and the photo of this chicken dish is at the bottom of this article. Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon….. It’s funny how things work out. Like many of you, during this pandemic I’m not shopping as much as I usually do. So the testing of … Continue reading Two Delish No Recipe Chicken Dishes

Bark Beetles and Ambrosia Beetles: the Big Picture

AuthorsJoe BoggsPublished onAugust 15, 2020 Last year my fig tree got infested with ambrosia beetles. I had no idea what they were since the tree had what looked like little white toothpicks in the form of real delicate“sawdust”. Joe Bogs, OSU Extension, identified the culprits. Yes, I lost the tree (had to burn it) but sure learned a lot. Joe revisited this problem along with … Continue reading Bark Beetles and Ambrosia Beetles: the Big Picture