A tale of 2 Biscotti: 1 Sweet, 1 Savory

I have never met Sam Sifton, food editor of the New York Times, but he and I have something in common. That is, besides our passion for cooking and sharing recipes. A while ago, Mr. Sifton talked fondly about his “relationship” with his old stove. I know exactly how he feels, since the stove I have is an older, electric stove with coiled burners. Like … Continue reading A tale of 2 Biscotti: 1 Sweet, 1 Savory

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

Hot Pickled Peppers and What are Those Lines on Peppers

Did you ever wonder what those vertical lines are on hot peppers? They are usually brownish in color and develop as the peppers ripen. It’s called “corking”, which means there’s minor striations or scaring on the ripened pepper.  What has happened is that the pepper needs to stretch to accommodate the quick growth during a lot of rain and plenty of sun. That growth spurt … Continue reading Hot Pickled Peppers and What are Those Lines on Peppers

Hummus and a Kind of Gyro Burger Food for Ancient Israelites

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about what the ancient, common folk Israelites ate. Here’s what I found: DAILY DIET OF ANCIENT ISRAELITESMeals eaten by ancient Israelites fell into 2 categories: daily and festive meals. The daily diet of the ordinary ancient Israelite was mainly one of bread, cooked grains and legumes, like lentils and beans. . Agricultural workers comprised the largest … Continue reading Hummus and a Kind of Gyro Burger Food for Ancient Israelites

More Yummy Asparagus Recipes w Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula and More!

Thanks to Gary and Pat A., listeners to our Sonrise Morning Show for asking about a recipe for asparagus that I talked about with “red sauce”. I think what they are referring to is the recipe with asparagus and roasted peppers (red, yellow, orange, whatever….). So here it is and I hope this is what Gary and Pat want! I’m also including the other recipes … Continue reading More Yummy Asparagus Recipes w Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula and More!

Asparagus Recipes for Easter and Spring!

Yesterday was fun, a productive day. Son Jason brought 2 of his boys over to help with spring chores. The guys got the chimney and gutters cleaned, and paver brick walls reset. Me? Well, I got the tiller going and tilled the big garden. So satisfying! The asparagus bed needed a bit of tilling and dressing, too. It won’t be long before asparagus pops up … Continue reading Asparagus Recipes for Easter and Spring!

Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

Oh gosh, I had so much fun doing my first Zoom presentation for the Boone County Arboretum’s Annual Tea with Josh, Nicole, Stephanie, Donna, and Kris last night. Log onto to their site to see just how lovely and productive this community arboretum is. There may be time for you to bid at the silent auction, too. My talk was about the 4 seasons and … Continue reading Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

2 Artichoke Dips for Super Bowl!

This week Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, and I chatted about artichokes. Part of the thistle family, an appropriate passage can be found in Gen 3:18 “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” In Bible times, the tender leaf and young, undeveloped stalk were eaten, as well as … Continue reading 2 Artichoke Dips for Super Bowl!