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

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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Tips for the Best Boiled Eggs
April 23, 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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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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Whole Roasted Duck Recipe
December 20, 2019 · · 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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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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Tips for Freezing Eggs
September 6, 2019 · · 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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Pavlova Dessert: Easy and Elegant
August 11, 2019 · · 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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