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

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

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

Cherry Crisp for Presidents’ Day

Here’s a really easy, and yummy, cherry crisp. It actually tastes better the next day! CHERRY CRISPIngredients 1 can cherry pie filling (buy the can that has “more cherries”) Squeeze or 2 of lemon (opt) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (opt) 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/3 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup chopped toasted or … Continue reading Cherry Crisp for Presidents’ Day

Go Bengals! Cincinnati Chili Clones: Skyline/Empress Chili and More

I promised a while back to share recipes for this iconic chili, and now that our dearly beloved (dare I say “worshipped”?) Bengals are going to the Super Bowl, this chili has gotten a whole lot of press. Here’s a little history, along with the recipes I’ve had in my files. As I’ve told you before, chili, like soup, is subjective to the whim of … Continue reading Go Bengals! Cincinnati Chili Clones: Skyline/Empress Chili and More

A Story: Shepherds and Baby Jesus – A Shepherds’ Night Meal

This is in Luke’s gospel: The shepherds witnessing Jesus’ birth arrived before the Magi/Kings and were the first to not only witness the birth but to evangelize the birth long before the wise men. Research indicates Jesus was less than a week old when the angel appeared before them showing the shepherds the way. The shepherds were in the area around Bethlehem, shepherding their flocks in … Continue reading A Story: Shepherds and Baby Jesus – A Shepherds’ Night Meal

Christmas Blessing Mix to Make

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods. Today we talked about St. Nicholas – his feast day is December 5. Check out the poem about “Blessed Christmas” and the foods that are significant with the poem. It’s at the end of this message. The poem is in bold; the ingredients are not. Some history … Continue reading Christmas Blessing Mix to Make

Herbs Preserved in Salt or Sugar

I’ve been growing herbs for many years and some of you have, too. Then there are those who began planting herbs during the pandemic, and found that these gifts from nature are easy to grow and add so much flavor to foods.  Enjoy the flavor and nutrition of herbs long after the harvest season is over by preserving them.  I’ve preserved herbs in too many … Continue reading Herbs Preserved in Salt or Sugar