Peasant Brown Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been intrigued by the recipes that have come my way for Irish brown bread leavened with baking soda. I’m thinking those recipes are surfacing because St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner.  But here’s the deal. I’m not talking about the moist, buttery and fruit studded soda bread I’ve shared in the past. You can find that here on my site. (And yes, it’s … Continue reading Peasant Brown Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Valentine and 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, talked about St. Valentine and why we celebrate Valentine’s Day today. Did you know there was more than 1 St. Valentine? Read on. And I know you’ll have fun and like the vintage chocolate cake recipe – 3 ingredients and you’re done! By the way, don’t forget about someone who may be alone or needing a friendly … Continue reading St. Valentine and 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Easy and Elegant Truffles for Valentine’s Day

Jane’s chocolate truffles Rita’s chocolate truffles The first time I had a chocolate truffle was at a trendy Chicago restaurant during a food convention with my husband and his then employers, Howard and Jan Melvin of The Heritage Restaurant. So long ago!  I was immediately smitten with the silky chocolate confection. Since then I’ve made lots of truffles, but none are better than Jane Cervantes’. … Continue reading Easy and Elegant Truffles for Valentine’s Day

All About Olive Oil and Layered Nachos for Super Bowl

Today chatting with Matt Swaim on the Sunrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio it was all about olive oil. Here’s some interesting Biblical and current facts about this healthy oil.  And, of course, a fun and yummy recipe for game day. Olive Oil Exodus 27:20 Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning … Continue reading All About Olive Oil and Layered Nachos for Super Bowl

Super Bowl Faves: Oven BBQ Ribs and Slow Cooker/Instapot Pulled Pork

I’ve mentioned before that every once in a while you and I are on the same page when it comes to what to make for supper. It happened again recently when, after a presentation, a fellow came up and asked if I had a recipe for oven barbecued ribs. “I don’t want to mess with the grill in this weather,” he said. I had to … Continue reading Super Bowl Faves: Oven BBQ Ribs and Slow Cooker/Instapot Pulled Pork

Can you prep Mac & cheese a day ahead?

  This question from reader Dave R. Yes, you can prep the mac & cheese the day before. But here’s a couple tips I’ve learned along the way: Undercook your macaroni just a bit, drain, and then rinse off, drain with cold water. (I know this is counter intuitive but it not only stops the cooking but rinses away some of the starch so that … Continue reading Can you prep Mac & cheese a day ahead?