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

Heavenly Sweetness: Easy Angel Food Cake Recipe
September 5, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

My easy angel food cake recipe gets its lift from egg whites and is leagues above any boxed mix. This cake is addictive. Make it once and I guarantee you’ll make it again!

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An Easy Quiche Recipe For Entertaining or Everyday
September 5, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Quiche may sound fancy but it’s one of the easiest recipes to make. Make quiche in a tart shell, pie crust, phyllo dough or sans crust.

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Whole Roasted Duck Recipe
September 5, 2022 · · 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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Pavlova Dessert: Easy and Elegant
August 24, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Pavlova is one of the easiest and eye-catching meringue desserts to make. You need to bake Pavlova at a low temperature for a relatively long time. This technique allows the meringue to dry properly, becoming crisp on the outside, with a slightly marshmallow-like texture on the inside.

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Making Marshmallows, Meringues, and Divinity
August 4, 2022 · · 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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Chicken Meatballs

Have you ever made chicken meatballs? Using poultry in place of beef and pork is budget-friendly, plus you get the benefit of lean protein.

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Frittata 101
July 26, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Frittata, which translates to “fried” in Italian, is a classic egg-based dish. Even with just eggs and seasonal herbs, it’s a winner.

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Sheet Pan Roast Chicken Recipes
July 15, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Whether it’s an oven fried chicken recipe, an old-fashioned chicken pot pie recipe or a Mediterranean style chicken eggplant recipe, roast chicken recipes are becoming staples in our kitchens. Here are two roast chicken recipes with vegetables that work well as a family supper or for having company.

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Chicken Satay and Pad Thai
July 14, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Both satays and pad Thais use fresh, lively ingredients. Historically, refrigeration was not available; thus, the main reason the food is so fresh!

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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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