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

Tender and Delicious Whole Roasted Chicken Recipes
February 3, 2023 · · Eggs & Meat

Two simple ways to make the perfect whole roasted chicken winter meals. Make the most out of the leftovers with a bonus homemade broth recipe.

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Cheese Soufflé
December 29, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Recipe by Rita Heikenfeld THERE’S A RESURGENCE of interest in retro recipes, and I, for one, am so happy that among the most popular are classics like …

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Easy Cream Puff Recipe
December 29, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

This easy cream puff recipe is extremely versatile. Cream puffs can be savory or sweet and the fillings are endless.

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Winter Desserts and Breads to Use Up Extra Eggs!
December 29, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

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

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Chicken Caesar Salad
December 8, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites The first time I saw my husband making his signature Caesar salad at a restaurant where we both worked, I was pretty impressed. Why? He wasn’t known …

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Shakshuka
December 7, 2022 · · 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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Roast Chicken with Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Olives
November 5, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

One of my family’s favorite dinners is roast chicken with green beans, tomatoes and a handful of Greek olives tossed in.

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Sheet Pan Roast Chicken Recipes
November 5, 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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Crème Brûlée 101
November 5, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Learning how to make crème brûlée recipes is surprisingly easy.

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Easy Holiday Meal with Roast Turkey
November 2, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

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

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