Lentil Stew Has Ancient Biblical Roots

Today Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted about lentils. LENTILS: Ezek. 4:9  “During the first 390 days eat bread made of flour mixed from wheat, barley, beans, lentils and spelt…. There’s also a passage in Genesis 25: 25-34 where Jacob traded his bread and lentil soup for Esau’s birthright.  Dried beans and peas were a mainstay of the Biblical people’s diet. Lentils … Continue reading Lentil Stew Has Ancient Biblical Roots

Comforting Food for Troubled Times

  What a difference a week makes. Last week we were concerned about corona virus but not overly so. Now we’re “sheltering in place,” a term you’ve heard many times since then.  I was at the grocery and not surprised to see lean or empty shelves. No doubt we’re all experiencing a scary time. It’s the unknown that’s so unsettling. So what do we do … Continue reading Comforting Food for Troubled Times

Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad

 Salad with wild edibles. See the watercress growing behind the salad?  A reader asked me how I get inspired to write about food every week. Well, here’s the answer. I find inspiration in the simplest of things. Like recently, when I taught interactive classes with children attending the Kids Kuisine event at Anderson Pavilion on the waterfront in Cincinnati.  Headed by Cincinnati Magazine, this fun event … Continue reading Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad

DIY Soft Buttery Pretzels and Cheese Beer Dip

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Matt Swaimand I chatted, as we do every week about Bible foods & herbs. Today the topic was pretzels and also beer. Here’s the ancient history of these foods eaten during Lent in olden times, plus some super recipes. PRETZELS: The pretzel has a deep spiritual meaning for Lent. In fact, it was the ancient Christian Lenten bread as far … Continue reading DIY Soft Buttery Pretzels and Cheese Beer Dip

Mussels 101 and a Yummy Recipe

Mussels. What does that word mean to you? Expensive? Unfamiliar? Too difficult to cook? Mussels (or other bivalves, including clams) were not something I cooked early on in my food career. I hadn’t a clue as to how to store or cook mussels. And those little fuzzy beards hanging on? I couldn’t even go there!  But I soldiered on, and found out that yes, mussels … Continue reading Mussels 101 and a Yummy Recipe

Lenten Customs and “Bible” Tilapia

This week with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart radio, we talked about Lent, which began this week. Here’s some fun facts along with my newest recipe for Tilapia. LENTEN CUSTOMS  First, why 40 days? And we know that doesn’t include Sundays. Throughout the Bible there are references to events taking place over 40 days or years, such as the Israelites’ 40 … Continue reading Lenten Customs and “Bible” Tilapia

An Ancient Biblical Nut, Pistachios Star in Granola Bars and Maple Granola

I love talking to Matt Swaim each week on the Sunrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods and herbs. Check out his blog – it never fails to give me a chuckle, while educating me, as well. Today we talked about pistachios. Here’s a bit of trivia, along with 2 of the best recipes for granola (yes, another granola, but so simple) and … Continue reading An Ancient Biblical Nut, Pistachios Star in Granola Bars and Maple Granola

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?

MY PASTA FAGIOLI

MY PASTA FAGIOLI One of my most requested. It’s not like the pasta fagioli soup, but is a wonderful pasta with the best sauce. For Carol F., who wants to make it for her vegetarian niece for Christmas.   Made with whole wheat pasta, you’ll taste a nuttiness that you won’t get with regular white pasta. You’ll never miss the meat! While the pasta is boiling, make … Continue reading MY PASTA FAGIOLI