Best Barbecued Baked Beans for Labor Day

LABOR DAY BARBECUED BAKED BEANS 2 cans pork and beans, 16 oz ea. 1 can regular beans, your choice, drained 1 cup favorite barbeque sauce or more to taste 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped but not peeled 4 strips bacon, sauteed and cut up   Mix everything together. Pour into two quart sprayed casserole. Bake … Continue reading Best Barbecued Baked Beans for Labor Day

Black Bean & Corn Salsa for Labor Day

Like I do every Thursday morning, I chatted with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods & herbs. Today we talked about beans, and how these ancient legumes are so popular today. (Did you know that during Bible days beans were even used politically? A white bean was a “yes” vote; a dark bean a “no”.)  Back then, unless you were … Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa for Labor Day

Mother’s Day Recipes: Two Fab Desserts for Mom’s Day

My Mom, Mary Nader, really did follow the beat of a different drummer. Mom was traditional in many ways except when it came to clothes. She was the first on our block to wear petal pushers (we call them Capris now). Not so much because they were fashionable, but because they were comfortable. I’m a little bit like my Mom in that respect. I like … Continue reading Mother’s Day Recipes: Two Fab Desserts for Mom’s Day

Creamy/chunky potato soup for St. Patrick’s Day

When I was in first grade at St. Margaret of Cortona School in Madison Place, Sister Justina asked me why I wasn’t wearing a green ribbon in my hair for St. Patrick’s Day.  “Because I’m Lebanese”, I replied timidly. That’s all changed, and even I’m a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Creamy or chunky potato soup You can eliminate the bacon and use vegetable … Continue reading Creamy/chunky potato soup for St. Patrick’s Day

Champ or colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day – what’s the diff?

CHAMP WITH SCALLIONS The story goes that in the 5th century AD, St. Patrick went to Ireland, killed all the snakes and converted the people. What were they eating? For starters, leeks, cress, and cabbage, all of which are….you guessed it…green! Think abut it, though. The food pyramid stresses green leafy veggies and good root vegetables like potatoes, so the Irish were way ahead of their … Continue reading Champ or colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day – what’s the diff?

Two way red beans & rice for Fat Tuesday – vegetarian or w/meat

  VEGETARIAN RED BEANS AND RICE If you’ve any doubt at all about all the “good” things in here, check out my tips at the end of this recipe. Go to taste on the spices & herbs.  I usually add more garlic, cumin and chili powder.  When you include rice with a bean, you have a great protein filled dish. Now if you’re celebrating Fat … Continue reading Two way red beans & rice for Fat Tuesday – vegetarian or w/meat