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

Cinnamon Bread Treats for the Holidays
December 27, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen, Recipes

When it comes to holiday baking, sweet cinnamon yeast bread is at the top of my list for both family and friends.

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“No-Peek” Beef Stew for a Winter Warm Up
December 8, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen, Recipes

Is there anything better to chase away the bone-chilling cold of winter than old-fashioned beef stew?

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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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Bone Broth Recipe: A Hot Trend in Modern Health
November 17, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen, Recipes

Learning how to make bone broth is easy. Next time you have a leftover poultry carcass or bones from a roast, don’t relegate them to the trash. Use them in a bone broth recipe!

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3 Chill-Chasing Soup Recipes and 2 Quick Breads
November 8, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen, Recipes

Need a meal that matches the autumn weather? Here are three soup recipes and two quick breads.

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How to Make No-Knead Artisan Bread
November 8, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen, Recipes

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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Preserve Recipes Turn a Bountiful Harvest into Holiday Gifts in a Jar

You could have a pantry full of superior edibles made from preserve recipes that make convenient, thoughtful gifts in a jar from your pantry or freezer.

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How to Make Bath Salts, Soaps, Scrubs, and Balms
October 11, 2022 · · Soapmaking

Making my own spa products, starting with making bath salts, began as a lark. A fun experiment. Then came the Eureka moment.

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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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