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!
Read More

Articles by Rita Heikenfeld

No-Peek Beef Stew for a Winter Warm Up
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Is there anything better to chase away the bone-chilling cold of winter than old-fashioned beef stew? Well, yes. How about “no-peek” old-fashioned beef stew? Beat the winter …

Read More
The Secrets to Barbecue Joint-Quality Ribs
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites My first bite of spicy, saucy barbecue ribs in a local ribs restaurant put me on a quest to perfect this ultimate finger food. The best barbecue …

Read More
Making Chai Tea 101
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites It’s that time of year when our kitchens are fragrant with warming spices. Common spices, like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg make their appearance in many holiday …

Read More
Make-Ahead Gifts from the Kitchen
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites The holidays will soon be upon us, and that means finding the perfect gift for everyone on the list. I’ve got the answer for those hard-to-buy-for folks. …

Read More
Limoncello Recipe: Make Ahead for Holiday Giving
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites The holidays will soon be upon us, and that means finding the perfect gift for everyone on the list. I’ve got the answer for those hard-to-buy-for folks. …

Read More
Best Baking Apples For Pie, Kuchen, and Dumplings
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites When my kids were little, I wore out the phrase “A is for apples.” It started when we planted an orchard of apple trees across from our …

Read More
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups Taste Great and They’re Healthy, Too!
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Tired of having to read labels on fruit roll-ups/fruit leathers at the grocery? Do artificial flavors and colors, high fructose corn syrup, and a high price make …

Read More
DIY Deli Faves: Best Tabouleh Recipe, Hummus, and More
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites What do hummus, pimiento cheese, chicken liver pate, and the best tabouleh recipe have in common? They’re all customer favorites at delis across America. They are expensive …

Read More
How to Make Rice Pudding for Family and Friends
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Rice pudding. Those two words have a way of evoking pleasant memories of days gone by. I took a bowl of sweet rice pudding to my elderly …

Read More
How to Make Bread Pudding
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites When I was a child, mom took leftover bread, milk, sugar, eggs, and flavoring and morphed those ingredients into a simple, comforting bread pudding. The pudding varied …

Read More
Sheet Pan Roast Chicken Recipes
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites 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 …

Read More
3 Chill-Chasing Soup Recipes and 2 Quick Breads
March 13, 2019 · · 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 …

Read More
5 Easy Snacks to Make at Home: No Refrigeration Needed
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites As the school year begins, it’s always fun to have some new recipes for easy snacks to make at home. I wanted to share some of the …

Read More
How to Make No-Knead Artisan Bread
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites 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 …

Read More
Bone Broth Recipe: A Hot Trend in Modern Health
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites I grew up in a family where “waste not, want not” was a way of life. My mom, Mary, would save leftover bones and scraps of meat …

Read More