Celebrate St. Joseph with Simple Pasta and Almond Cookies

During these very trying times, life still goes on. And today Matt Swaim and I chatted about the Feast of St Joseph and why it’s significant, especially during these times when many of us are quarantined at home. (BTW the Sonrise Morning Show and Sacred Heart Radio is holding their pledge drive.) In Italy, the feast of St. Joseph is in March and is usually … Continue reading Celebrate St. Joseph with Simple Pasta and Almond Cookies

Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad

 Salad with wild edibles. See the watercress growing behind the salad?  A reader asked me how I get inspired to write about food every week. Well, here’s the answer. I find inspiration in the simplest of things. Like recently, when I taught interactive classes with children attending the Kids Kuisine event at Anderson Pavilion on the waterfront in Cincinnati.  Headed by Cincinnati Magazine, this fun event … Continue reading Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad

DIY Soft Buttery Pretzels and Cheese Beer Dip

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Matt Swaimand I chatted, as we do every week about Bible foods & herbs. Today the topic was pretzels and also beer. Here’s the ancient history of these foods eaten during Lent in olden times, plus some super recipes. PRETZELS: The pretzel has a deep spiritual meaning for Lent. In fact, it was the ancient Christian Lenten bread as far … Continue reading DIY Soft Buttery Pretzels and Cheese Beer Dip

Peasant Brown Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been intrigued by the recipes that have come my way for Irish brown bread leavened with baking soda. I’m thinking those recipes are surfacing because St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner.  But here’s the deal. I’m not talking about the moist, buttery and fruit studded soda bread I’ve shared in the past. You can find that here on my site. (And yes, it’s … Continue reading Peasant Brown Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

Fasting Bread Recipe

Fasting on bread and water has a long tradition in Catholic spirituality. It’s a personal devotion and goes back to Biblical times. A good spiritual discipline, fasting on bread and water is a way to connect with the meaning of Lent. This is the topic Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, talked about this morning. Fasting is trendy right now too! Before any fast, … Continue reading Fasting Bread Recipe

Mussels 101 and a Yummy Recipe

Mussels. What does that word mean to you? Expensive? Unfamiliar? Too difficult to cook? Mussels (or other bivalves, including clams) were not something I cooked early on in my food career. I hadn’t a clue as to how to store or cook mussels. And those little fuzzy beards hanging on? I couldn’t even go there!  But I soldiered on, and found out that yes, mussels … Continue reading Mussels 101 and a Yummy Recipe