Sausage, Squash and Red Onions (and a side of Farro)

Sometimes the simplest meals are the best. I was reminded of that yesterday evening, when I was simmering elderberries with aromatics for elderberry syrup, a soothing medicinal. The elderberries had to infuse slowly, and that required tending.   So what to fix for dinner? I had spicy Italian sausages in the refrigerator and butternut squash from the garden. And plump red onions in the basement … Continue reading Sausage, Squash and Red Onions (and a side of Farro)

Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

“Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot 9 days old.”  My garden peas have pushed through the soil, still tiny but looking strong. For some reason, that childhood rhyme came to mind, so indulge me!  Peas are really a lovely seasonal vegetable, so when they’re abundant, peas are in my meal rotation a lot.  These legumes are good for you, too. … Continue reading Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

 Photo credit Today, Matt Swaim from Sacred Heart Radio’s Sonrise Morning Show and I talked about the upcoming All Saints and All Souls Day and how they relate to a secular Halloween.   When was All Saints Day first instituted? Lots of legends abound about the beginning of All Saints Day. From what I can gather, though, way back in the 800’s the Pope … Continue reading Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!

I was getting ingredients out of the pantry to make a batch of one hour yeast rolls for dinner, when Oliver Phillips, my 10 year old neighbor, called. Oliver wanted to come over and “make something”. So he and I made the rolls together. I let Oliver do the measuring and mixing. “Does this seem hard to you?” I asked. “Not at all,” he said. … Continue reading 1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!

Container Mary Garden for Mother’s Day

My Mary Garden Each week I chat with Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show. Today, since Mother’s Day is this weekend, we talked about Mary Garden’s. Here’s some fun information. A MARY GARDEN  Mary Gardens were started during medieval times and were usually gardens that were enclosed, often in monasteries.  I have always felt that an herb garden needs a statue of Mary, even before … Continue reading Container Mary Garden for Mother’s Day

Growing Bible Microgreens

Each week as you may know, I chat with Matt Swaim on Sacred Heart Radio, Sonrise Morning Show. Today, with Earth Day around the corner, we talked about the plants we’ve been blessed to have and how to grow them quickly as microgreens. What are microgreens? Most folks know what sprouts are – I grow those usually in water. They are eaten when the first … Continue reading Growing Bible Microgreens

Updated Recipe Majadara

There’s one recipe that we make without fail during Lent: Majadra. It’s a most delicious, wholesome Middle Eastern peasant lentil dish with rice, caramelized onions, and laban/yogurt.  My mom’s hand-written recipe is titled “Majadra”. You may know it as Mujadarra, Moujadara, or Mujadara.  The main ingredients are lentils, onions, rice and yogurt.  Lentils have been grown for thousands of years, even mentioned in the Bible … Continue reading Updated Recipe Majadara

City Chicken: A Ukranian/Polish Dish

Food can connect us in myriad ways. Like the city chicken recipe I’m sharing today.  But here’s the twist: city chicken is made with pork, not chicken.  I did a bit of sleuthing to find out why.  City chicken originated with the Polish and Ukrainian communities who immigrated to the Great Lakes region during the Depression. Cleveland and Pittsburgh were known for city chicken.  Earlier … Continue reading City Chicken: A Ukranian/Polish Dish

Scallops 101

One of my most popular cooking classes is “Fish without fear”.  Quality seafood is expensive, and Lent is the optimum time to explore cooking seafood, since you’ll usually find a good variety at a decent price.  When I teach a seafood class, I always include scallops, since students find them the most intriguing. Yet they are one of the easiest to cook! Scallops are amazingly … Continue reading Scallops 101

Comforting Irish Stew and the Best Soda Bread

There’s an old saying that there’s no language like the Irish for soothing. I’ll take it a step further and say the same about their food. St. Patrick’s Day and comfort food go hand in hand. Like Irish stew. Meat, root vegetables and broth form the base of a hearty, uncomplicated, nourishing peasant stew. I will tell you I’ve made this a couple of times and … Continue reading Comforting Irish Stew and the Best Soda Bread