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

On a “Roll” – a Jelly Roll!

Good thing I’m short and have a good amount of “padding”. I had just gathered eggs and a wheelbarrow full of wood for the stove. This was when the temperature was in single digits. Well, I hit a patch of ice on the way back to the house. Down I went. The basket of eggs fell out of the wheelbarrow, along with some of the … Continue reading On a “Roll” – a Jelly Roll!

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

Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

When I get several requests for a recipe, I know it’s a hit. Like this crunchy, sweet, yet a bit salty, caramel corn with mixed nuts. I’m making more batches today to give away as edible  gifts for New Year’s.  And talking about New Year’s, I hope you have a healthy, peace filled, family and friend filled 2019! Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts To … Continue reading Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

Christmas “Crack” Toffee

This week on the Sonrise Morning Show Matt Swaim and I chatted about the religious meaning of the 12 days of Christmas song.  Did you know the 3 French hens stand for faith, hope and love?  Pretty cool…I also shared this recipe – so addictive it’s known jokingly as Christmas “Crack”. I hope each of you has a wonderful holiday, filled with blessings of food, family … Continue reading Christmas “Crack” Toffee

Baked Swiss Cranberry Dip – Fan fave!

  This is for Amanda M., who said: “I am desperately looking for your cranberry holiday dip…” No kidding, once you taste this super easy appetizer, it will become a favorite. Daughter-in-law Jessie shared the recipe with me, but I can’t remember from whom she received it. As I always say, it’s not so important where a recipe originates, but what is important is that … Continue reading Baked Swiss Cranberry Dip – Fan fave!