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

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

Famous Recipe Pasta Salad for July 4

With July 4 coming around the corner, we’ll be entertaining and glad to do it, considering last year’s pandemic restrictions have been lifted.There are good passages in the Bible about entertaining and simply having fun with those we love. Today Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio chatted about entertaining Ecclesiastes 3:1,4“For everything there is a season, and a time for every … Continue reading Famous Recipe Pasta Salad for July 4

Citrus Cake with Secret Glaze and 7 Up Cake Memorial Day Desserts

Many of you know each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about the miracles with food that were performed during Bible days. For example, water turned into wine at Cana. Another example: 1 Kings 17, the prophet Elijah visits the home of a poor widow and her son. He says to her, “Make me … Continue reading Citrus Cake with Secret Glaze and 7 Up Cake Memorial Day Desserts

Asian Ramen Cole Slaw Still Popular Picnic Fare

Today chatting with Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart radio reminded me of a popular and yummy way to use an ancient vegetable which has Biblical roots. We talked about cabbage and how it was cultivated thousands of years ago. Who knew?! Anyway, cabbage alone has huge health qualities, including vitamin C for immune system health. Cabbage is even trendy as a juice … Continue reading Asian Ramen Cole Slaw Still Popular Picnic Fare

5 Good Container Herbs for Cooking

When Mother Nature offers her wild bounty, she doesn’t take into account we may be busy with other things, like harvesting spring produce or working to patch leaky gutters. That’s why I’m a bit late in getting this column to my editors. For the past week, along with regular chores, we’ve been outdoors, sometimes over hill and dale, foraging for wild edibles. Morels are in … Continue reading 5 Good Container Herbs for Cooking

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

Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I went to the grocery with a list. All resolve left me when I spied a display of fresh, huge, beautiful blueberries in the produce section. Not on my list, but on sale!  Impulse buying? Yes, and no regrets. Especially on a snowy day with thoughts of a warm fire, a piece of fresh baked blueberry coffee cake accompanied by a mug of steaming … Continue reading Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Foolproof Holiday Beef Roast and Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

The pandemic continues to influence how and why we entertain. The “why” is easy — that’s called nurturing and we all need that. The “how” is the harder part — following guidelines so we stay healthy.  Maybe you’ll celebrate the New Year like we are doing, another smaller gathering. No matter, entertaining will still go on. So I’m sharing 2 tried & true recipes again. … Continue reading Foolproof Holiday Beef Roast and Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread