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Skillet Strawberry Rhubarb Galette


A couple years ago, I received a cast-iron skillet as a gift. I had always wanted one but never went ahead and purchased one for myself. I should have done so sooner, because it has become one of my favorite pans in the kitchen. Here’s why: Non-stick surface Once a cast iron skillet is “seasoned”… Read More

Cheese Pies {for sharing!}


I’m privileged to live a short drive away from Holmes County, Ohio, where tourist flock to visit genuine Amish farms and businesses. There are also many Amish families living near my community in Lancaster, Ohio – not to be confused with Pennsylvania Dutch country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ohio’s Amish country includes the charming towns of… Read More

Seven Layers, One Delicious Salad


I was a picky eater as a child. I didn’t like cheese. I didn’t like pizza. I abhorred fat and religiously sliced it from my pork chop or roast beef. I didn’t like any vegetables except carrots (I’m sorry I shunned you, corn on the cob). I especially disliked salad, which in my eyes was… Read More

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins


The bananas on my kitchen island were just starting to show a few age spots when I left last weekend to help my mother-in-law paint, clean, and pack. After over 40 years in the same house, she is moving to be closer to her daughter and needed – still needs – help getting her house… Read More

Brussels Sprouts


When I was growing up eating my vegetables was no fun. I was great at pushing the cooked carrots around on my plate or “accidentally” dropping green beans on the floor for the dog. Looking back I can see I was served a lot of canned veggies and I do not mean canned Amish style… Read More

8 Herbs to Grow in Your Garden | Maria Karla Salinas


“Those of you who think of herbs as just parsley, sage and thyme, think on.” –Jekka McVicar, Herb Expert. Aside from its healing properties, herbs can also be used as perfumes and food flavourings. They require serious treatment for gardening. Herbs are tough wild plants, they love the sun and will thrive when provided with… Read More

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