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

Whole Roasted Duck Recipe
November 9, 2020 · · 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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Shakshuka
October 22, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Shakshuka is a much-loved specialty for Hanukkah, as well. Make it mild tasting, spicy, or bitingly hot — you choose!

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Crêpes!
October 18, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

I can tell you honestly that no special crêpe pan is required, and you can whip up a batch of crêpes with ingredients you most likely have on hand. Crêpes are so versatile and take to a variety of fillings. From savory to sweet, crêpes fill the bill.

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Tips for the Best Boiled Eggs
July 8, 2020 · · 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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Go Bananas!
July 2, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Who doesn’t have a few overripe bananas languishing on the counter? Banana bread and banana pudding are two of the most popular and requested recipes.

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Butter Chicken and Masala
June 10, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Butter chicken has a spicy kick to it, but it’s not too hot. This colorful dish literally bursts with flavor. As butter chicken cooks, the aroma escapes the kitchen and wafts through the house.

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Puffed Dutch Baby Pancake is a Springtime Treat
February 25, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Well, how about this for something different: Dutch baby pancakes. Also known as German pancakes or Dutch puffs, a Dutch baby pancake reminds me of a giant popover. Regardless of the name, this large pancake is just the ticket for a springtime breakfast, brunch or lunch.

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Halal Chicken and Rice
February 25, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

There aren’t a lot of recipes that are extremely involved that I’m willing to cook. But this recipe, also known as Halal-style chicken, is worth the time and effort. Plus, it’s not difficult at all.

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Delightful Dumplings
December 24, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

How many of you have made homemade drop dumplings from scratch? How about rolled dumplings — have you tried making those?

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Extra eggs? Make These Winter Comfort Foods!
October 25, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

These four recipes are perfect for holiday entertaining or a simple family gathering.

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