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

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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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas top the list of family favorites. Add in sides of Mexican rice and spicy black beans and you’ve got a complete meal.

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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

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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Chicken Shawarma
July 23, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Shawarma is a Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern dish traditionally made with chicken or lamb. Chefs cut meat into thin slices and stack them on a large skewer, then slow-roast them before slicing off pieces to eat with
flatbread and sauces. Modern shawarma can also be made with beef or turkey.

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Brunch Egg Casserole
February 26, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Without even looking at the calendar, I can tell it’s spring here on my little patch of heaven. The redbud and dogwood trees are in flower in soft shades of pink and white.

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Crème Brûlée 101
December 21, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Crème brûlée with burnt sugar “crust.” Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Learning how to make crème brûlée is surprisingly easy.

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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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