About the Author

Rita Heikenfeld

Starting with the most important, I'm a wife, mom, grandma, aunt and sister to a very large family. My own family includes husband Frank, 3 grown sons and, to date, 11 grandchildren. We live on a little patch of heaven outside of Batavia, Ohio where we raise produce and herbs, and chickens for eggs. We heat with wood that we gather. Professionally, I've had numerous "careers". I'm an herbalist, educator, media personality, speaker, journalist and author. I've published books on kids & adults nutrition, gifts from the kitchen and garden, and herbs. My website abouteating.com reaches people who share their tips, thoughts, recipes and memories. My philosophy is simple. I have a deep faith and believe in the law of abundance: share your talents, encourage others. I love writing for the Countryside group and it's fun to see so many like-minded folks sharing my vision!
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Articles by Rita Heikenfeld

Monte Cristo Sandwiches and Blind Fish
June 27, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Two of our favorites can segue from breakfast to lunch to supper: Monte Cristo Sandwiches and the less well-known German blind fish.

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Tips for the Best Boiled Eggs
June 9, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

One of the many advantages of raising chickens for eggs is, for most of the year, having an abundance of eggs. I want to share my tried and true recipes for the best boiled eggs, both soft and hard-boiled.

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Tips for Freezing Eggs
June 8, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

When you have an abundance, do you need ideas regarding what to do with lots of eggs? Here are some tips for freezing eggs to use when the hens stop laying.

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Chicken Cutlets: Florentine and Marmalade
April 20, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Like many of you, chicken is a standby in our meal rotation. Lately, I’ve been using chicken cutlets instead of whole breast halves.

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An Easy Quiche Recipe For Entertaining or Everyday
April 18, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Eggs, cheese, and cream are my trio of old faithfuls and are the basic ingredients in my family-pleasing quiche recipe. Quiche may sound fancy but it’s one …

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Shirred Eggs
April 18, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

It was a question that jolted me back to my culinary past. Had I ever made shirred eggs? Yes, but back a decade or so ago.

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Making Marshmallows, Meringues, and Divinity
December 13, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Candies made with eggs make perfect sense for those who have a flock of “girls” laying faithfully. Let’s make three favorites: marshmallows, meringue cookies, and divinity.

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Holiday Entertaining Made Easy
November 22, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Whether it’s an elaborate feast with the perfect roast turkey or a simple supper, Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for our abundant blessings, and to …

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Whole Roasted Duck Recipe
November 14, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

If the idea of preparing a roasted duck recipe makes you nervous, you’re not alone. The first time I roasted a duck was in a class on Shaker cooking and I was one anxious cook.

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Chickpea and Egg Curry, Fragrant Rice, and Aquafaba
October 1, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

I enjoy making curries, especially during fall. This quick meal evokes warm, spicy aromas as the curry cooks. This chickpea and egg curry is easy to make, even for a new cook.

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