St. Nicholas Traditions and Chai Tea

Some history about the feast of St. Nicholas. Nicholas, born in a section of Greece which is now part of Turkey, came from wealthy parents who died when he was young. They taught him good Christian values, and he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. Each night, Nicholas would disguise himself and deliver such items as food, clothing … Continue reading St. Nicholas Traditions and Chai Tea

My own Hummus and Tabouleh

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve made these 2 Middle Eastern specialties. I grew up with tabouleh and hummus has been a standard on my table for decades.  For Penny Thompson, an Anderson Township, Cincinnati, reader, who wanted to make both of these. As I always say, go to taste – nothing was measured back in the day…. Rita’s Family’s Hummus … Continue reading My own Hummus and Tabouleh

My “Clone” Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie

This week Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, talked about cloves. Of course, cloves are an ingredient in pumpkin pie spice. Cloves are mentioned here in the Bible: Chronicles 9:9: When the Queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she went to him and gave him rare jewels and spices, including cloves. Cloves were a rare spice in Bible days. Cloves … Continue reading My “Clone” Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie

Pistachios during Bible Times and Pistachio Crusted Chicken

Today when Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about pistachios (Genesis  43:11 when Jacob sent his sons with money and food gifts for the Egyptian leader, who was Joseph), I realized how much I love this eating this nut, especially when it’s in season during the holidays here. Did you know that legend says the Queen of Sheba demanded that all … Continue reading Pistachios during Bible Times and Pistachio Crusted Chicken

Olive Oil Visiting Cake

Today when Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted about olives I mentioned that, during Bible times, olive trees were so prolific that they turned up in various places in the Bible. (Think of Jesus in the Agony in the Garden on the Mount of Olives).  In fact, olives were not only used as food but the oil was used in bread … Continue reading Olive Oil Visiting Cake

Photo Tutorial How To Prepare Pumpkins, Squash

Check out our red truck in the field with Farmer Bruner gathering pumpkins and squash. I like to poke them with a fork, microwave for a couple of minutes, pull them out with mitts, let cool and then peel or cut. My friend, Matt Swaim, cuts off the bottom of butternut squash and then stands them up to peel. No microwaving needed. Like spaghetti squash? … Continue reading Photo Tutorial How To Prepare Pumpkins, Squash

Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage

Gourds are mentioned in the Bible in several places.  Lots of different types of wild gourds abounded in the Mediterranean region. Some were edible, some were not.  In 2 Kings 4:39, when Elisha had his people around him, one of his servants put a gourd into a pot of stew. In Jonah 4:6-10, the gourd is identified as the plant under which Jonah found shade. … Continue reading Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage