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

Food Preservation Methods for an Abundant Tomato Harvest
August 5, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites As an herbalist, I’m always thinking of ways to use the abundance of herbs this time of year. Couple that with a huge tomato harvest and it’s …

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Wild Violet Recipes

Wild wood violets are one of the harbingers of spring. Here are some tasty ways to enjoy this beautiful bounty of spring.

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A Simpling Garden Offers DIY Herbal Remedies
June 2, 2022 · · Growing

In the early days of our country, certain herbs were grown and used for the household and for simple medicinal, herbal remedies. There was no drug store around the corner so whether one was rich or poor, every household had what was then known as a garden of simples.

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Treasured Coffee Cakes

Springtime is sure busy here on our little patch of heaven, and I look forward to the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer!

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Growing Jalapeño Peppers
April 6, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites I remember well the first time I started growing jalapeño peppers in my vegetable garden. That was years ago, when growing jalapeño peppers was considered a novelty. …

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Growing Calendula from Seed
March 22, 2022 · · Growing

Growing calendula (Calendula officinalis) from seed is an annual garden project in my family. We let the little ones help, and they enjoy monitoring growth as the first seedlings push their way through the soil.

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Black Raspberries (Rubus): 2020 Herb of the Year
March 15, 2022 · · Growing, Recipes

The 2020 Herb of the Year is Rubus which not only includes black raspberries, but red raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries, too. I am going to specifically talk about black raspberries and how to grow, harvest, and store them.

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Edible Flowers List: 5 Plants for Culinary Creations
March 14, 2022 · · Growing

An edible flowers list doesn’t have to be exotic. Your own flower garden can supply your kitchen with yummy goodies.

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Substitutions in Recipes
February 25, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

If the pandemic has taught us one crucial skill with homemaking, it’s flexibility, especially regarding food preparation.

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Growing the Best Herbs for Containers
February 1, 2022 · · Growing

Growing the best herbs for containers needn’t be difficult. Most herbs can live their lives happily in containers. Especially herbs for culinary use.

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How to Make No-Knead Artisan Bread
January 4, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Nothing says “welcome” like a warm loaf of crusty bread or a basket of buttery rolls. Here are two favorites, no-knead artisan bread and brown and serve rolls that are perfect for entertaining or anytime.

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3 Chill-Chasing Soup Recipes and 2 Quick Breads
January 4, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites There’s a nip in the autumn air. Sweaters are retrieved from the back of the closet and a mosaic of rust, yellow, and brown leaves blankets the …

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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

My old-fashioned peanut butter fudge recipe is a perennial favorite during the holidays. My sisters and I make batches of this easy peanut butter fudge to give away.

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How to Make Ginger Beer
December 7, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen

When we were kids and would complain about a stomachache, Mom would give us a glass of ginger ale to help stop the rumblings and pain. Fast-forward to today, and ginger beverages have grown up and become quite trendy.

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Herbes de Provence Recipe — Bring South of France Home
November 26, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Expensive to buy and sometimes hard to find, you can make your own Herbes de Provence recipe blend. It’s basically a blend of dried herbs that thrive …

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