Bodacious Baked Beans for Memorial Day

Today when I chatted with Matt Swaim of Sacred Heart Radio we talked about beans. Beans were an important diet staple during Bible times. Here’s a familiar passage and it’s about the popular Ezekiel bread that we enjoy even today. Ezekiel 4:9: And you take wheat and barley, beans and lentils……and put them in a single vessel and make bread of them.  Bible scholars say … Continue reading Bodacious Baked Beans for Memorial Day

Eggs Colored with Natural Dyes and Marbled Eggs

Coloring eggs naturally is something we’ve done for years in our family. And I’m happy to see more of you “coming into the fold”, requesting recipes for coloring eggs with natural dyes. So as promised Matt Swaim on the Sunrise Morning Show, here again are recipes that I hope will become traditions in your family.  Some dyes use ingredients you most likely already have. They don’t … Continue reading Eggs Colored with Natural Dyes and Marbled Eggs

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

Chili like Zip’s Cafe

Update on Zip’s chili: Both Main Street Cafe and Zip’s Chili are owned separately today. (At the time of the article below written years ago, both restaurants were family owned). Dave Murrie owns Main Street Cafe in Newton, and Mike Burke owns Zip’s Cafe in Mt. Lookout. Mike has worked at Zip’s, off and on, since he was 15! He purchased Zip’s from Brian Murrie over 4 … Continue reading Chili like Zip’s Cafe

Make Friends with Amish Friendship Bread

The past couple weeks I’ve had a hankering for Amish friendship bread. Judging from requests coming in, so have you. Maybe it’s the short, frigid days of winter. A slab of warm, fragrant friendship bread with a cup of hot lemon tea…you get the idea. A fun project that’s meant to share. Read the recipe and see what I mean. First make a fermented “sour … Continue reading Make Friends with Amish Friendship Bread

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

Frisch’s Vegetable Soup “Clones”

Gosh, some recipes live on and on, and produce “offspring”, as well. That’s how it is with my and readers’ versions of the famous Frisch’s Big Boy vegetable soup. Now none of these are exactly like Frisch’s veggie soup, since the last time I chatted with them several years ago, was told they use marrow bone and no ground beef or meat in theirs.  Plus … Continue reading Frisch’s Vegetable Soup “Clones”