Holiday Beef Tenderloin with Latin Rub and the Secret to Extra Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Rare beef tenderloin Just the mention of beef tenderloin in my recent column brought about requests for roasting. I can understand that, since choice tenderloin is expensive but so appropriate for the holidays and easy to roast. Plus it can be made ahead. If you’re serving this as part of a buffet, roasted asparagus sprinkled with Parmesan right when it comes out of the oven … Continue reading Holiday Beef Tenderloin with Latin Rub and the Secret to Extra Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Passover Brisket 2 ways

This week when chatting with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, the subject of Passover traditions came up. And you know what? Passover can be celebrated by anyone, Christians, Jews, whoever. At our Catholic Church one year we held a Passover dinner and it was meaningful and I might add delicious. Here’s a couple favorite recipes for Brisket – hard to … Continue reading Passover Brisket 2 ways

Corned Beef & Cabbage, Champ & Soda Bread for St Patrick’s Day

I remember one St. Patrick’s Day in particular. I was a first grader at St. Margaret of Cortona School. Sister Justina asked me why I wasn’t wearing a green ribbon in my hair. “Because I’m Lebanese”, I replied timidly. The real reason, I suspect, is that Mom couldn’t afford to buy green ribbon for us 8 girls. Sister chuckled and said, “You don’t have to … Continue reading Corned Beef & Cabbage, Champ & Soda Bread for St Patrick’s Day

Chili like Zip’s Cafe

Update on Zip’s chili: Both Main Street Cafe and Zip’s Chili are owned separately today. (At the time of the article below written years ago, both restaurants were family owned). Dave Murrie owns Main Street Cafe in Newton, and Mike Burke owns Zip’s Cafe in Mt. Lookout. Mike has worked at Zip’s, off and on, since he was 15! He purchased Zip’s from Brian Murrie over 4 … Continue reading Chili like Zip’s Cafe

More Valentine’s Day treats: Foolproof Filet Mignon and Nutella Chocolate Sauce

Well, I couldn’t resist sharing 2 more Valentine’s Day recipes after I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show about St. Valentine and his connections with this “lovely” day.  Did you know that St. Valentine, who lived in the 3rd century Rome, was immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer who in the 14th century wrote a lot about St. Valentine and connected him with what … Continue reading More Valentine’s Day treats: Foolproof Filet Mignon and Nutella Chocolate Sauce

Tom’s Award Winning Chili and Fire Crackers for Super Bowl

  Tom Feie’s chili is on the menu. Tom, an Eastside Cincinnati resident, shared his recipe that won first place in a corporate chili contest 3 years running. Yes, the chili takes a bit of time to assemble, but once it starts cooking, requires little attention. Serve some fire crackers on the side. They stoke up the heat quotient with red pepper flakes. A word … Continue reading Tom’s Award Winning Chili and Fire Crackers for Super Bowl