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 kitchn.com 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!

Black Raspberry Jam: Summer in a Jar!

Our black raspberries are ripening so quick this year.  I have to be vigilant, though, about picking enough for jams. The competition is fierce. The birds enjoy berries and the deer, well, they’re greedy. They munch the leaves and tender stems along with the berries.  After 2 days of picking, I finally have enough for jam. A labor of love. Homemade fruit jams capture summer … Continue reading Black Raspberry Jam: Summer in a Jar!

Black Raspberry Jams: Summer in a Jar!

Our black raspberries are ripening so quick this year.  I have to be vigilant, though, about picking enough for jams. The competition is fierce. The birds enjoy berries and the deer, well, they’re greedy. They munch the leaves and tender stems along with the berries.  After 2 days of picking, I finally have enough for jam. A labor of love. Homemade fruit jams capture summer … Continue reading Black Raspberry Jams: Summer in a Jar!

Homemade Black Raspberry Jams: Summer in Jars!

Our black raspberries are ripening so quick this year.  I have to be vigilant, though, about picking enough for jams. The competition is fierce. The birds enjoy berries and the deer, well, they’re greedy. They munch the leaves and tender stems along with the berries.  After 2 days of picking, I finally have enough for jam. A labor of love. Homemade fruit jams capture summer … Continue reading Homemade Black Raspberry Jams: Summer in Jars!

Join me for an International Webinar on Bible Herbs Saturday June 18 2022!

I’m honored to be part of this fun, timely and meaningful event during Corpus Christi weekend, June 18 and 19. Go to: https://chaliceevents.org/love-in-the-kitchen Chalice Canada, a Catholic child sponsorship organization, is the organization that is offering this world-class conference. As Theodoric Nowak, Corpus Christi Engagement Manager, told me: “Chalice Canada is a Catholic international child and elder sponsorship organisation, assisting almost 50,000 children and elders … Continue reading Join me for an International Webinar on Bible Herbs Saturday June 18 2022!

BBQ Ribs for Dad and Happy Chickens

Our vegetable gardens are looking good. Along with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash we’ve planted 6 rows of silver queen corn and 4 of them are already up. Our “girls”/chickens spend time between rows dusting feathers and pecking for worms.  My husband, Frank, hoes the rows to plant corn, since his rows are always straight and tidy. He’s a good garden partner for sure, so … Continue reading BBQ Ribs for Dad and Happy Chickens

Herbal Substitutes for Bible Foods

How fun it is to chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio each Thursday morning. Today we talked about herbal subs for Bible foods, particularly vegetables. And it all starts with the book of Daniel: Daniel 1:12  states, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.” As Matt mentioned, after … Continue reading Herbal Substitutes for Bible Foods

Lebanese Salad “Salata”

I love talking to Matt Swaim each Thursday on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. This week we talked about greens that folks grew back during the Bible days. Yes, they had arugula, carrots, wild herbs, lettuces, many of which grew wild. I shared my family’s Lebanese simple salad and here it is, along with friend and amazing Greek cook Maria Sacalis. Try both! … Continue reading Lebanese Salad “Salata”

Picking Strawberries for Tart

Yesterday I walked across the road to neighbor Erin Philip’s berry garden. I picked enough strawberries to make this lovely, yummy tart. Looks are deceiving. This tart is easy to make with a base of frozen puff pastry. Strawberries are in season, so take advantage. Fresh strawberry tart with puff pastry crust Depending upon size, cut berries in half or slice top to bottom.  Filling … Continue reading Picking Strawberries for Tart

Reminiscing and a Memorial Day Steak

For years, I wrote a cooking column for the Press/Recorder newspapers here in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. At one time, there were almost 2 dozen papers under the corporate umbrella. I got word a couple weeks ago that the paper will cease publication. So sad. Another iconic community newspaper gone. And certainly a sense of community gone, too. Originally, the papers were tossed onto porches … Continue reading Reminiscing and a Memorial Day Steak