Container Mary Garden for Mother’s Day

My Mary Garden Each week I chat with Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show. Today, since Mother’s Day is this weekend, we talked about Mary Garden’s. Here’s some fun information. A MARY GARDEN  Mary Gardens were started during medieval times and were usually gardens that were enclosed, often in monasteries.  I have always felt that an herb garden needs a statue of Mary, even before … Continue reading Container Mary Garden for Mother’s Day

Growing Bible Microgreens

Each week as you may know, I chat with Matt Swaim on Sacred Heart Radio, Sonrise Morning Show. Today, with Earth Day around the corner, we talked about the plants we’ve been blessed to have and how to grow them quickly as microgreens. What are microgreens? Most folks know what sprouts are – I grow those usually in water. They are eaten when the first … Continue reading Growing Bible Microgreens

Updated Recipe Majadara

There’s one recipe that we make without fail during Lent: Majadra. It’s a most delicious, wholesome Middle Eastern peasant lentil dish with rice, caramelized onions, and laban/yogurt.  My mom’s hand-written recipe is titled “Majadra”. You may know it as Mujadarra, Moujadara, or Mujadara.  The main ingredients are lentils, onions, rice and yogurt.  Lentils have been grown for thousands of years, even mentioned in the Bible … Continue reading Updated Recipe Majadara

City Chicken: A Ukranian/Polish Dish

Food can connect us in myriad ways. Like the city chicken recipe I’m sharing today.  But here’s the twist: city chicken is made with pork, not chicken.  I did a bit of sleuthing to find out why.  City chicken originated with the Polish and Ukrainian communities who immigrated to the Great Lakes region during the Depression. Cleveland and Pittsburgh were known for city chicken.  Earlier … Continue reading City Chicken: A Ukranian/Polish Dish

Scallops 101

One of my most popular cooking classes is “Fish without fear”.  Quality seafood is expensive, and Lent is the optimum time to explore cooking seafood, since you’ll usually find a good variety at a decent price.  When I teach a seafood class, I always include scallops, since students find them the most intriguing. Yet they are one of the easiest to cook! Scallops are amazingly … Continue reading Scallops 101

Comforting Irish Stew and the Best Soda Bread

There’s an old saying that there’s no language like the Irish for soothing. I’ll take it a step further and say the same about their food. St. Patrick’s Day and comfort food go hand in hand. Like Irish stew. Meat, root vegetables and broth form the base of a hearty, uncomplicated, nourishing peasant stew. I will tell you I’ve made this a couple of times and … Continue reading Comforting Irish Stew and the Best Soda Bread

A tale of 2 Biscotti: 1 Sweet, 1 Savory

I have never met Sam Sifton, food editor of the New York Times, but he and I have something in common. That is, besides our passion for cooking and sharing recipes. A while ago, Mr. Sifton talked fondly about his “relationship” with his old stove. I know exactly how he feels, since the stove I have is an older, electric stove with coiled burners. Like … Continue reading A tale of 2 Biscotti: 1 Sweet, 1 Savory