Ember Days and Lobster

Today is National Lobster Day. Let’s talk about the gold standard of the seafood industry for a moment. When settlers first landed in America, lobsters were in such abundance that they actually washed up on shore in piles nearly two-feet high. They were thought of as the cockroaches of the sea.

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Autumn Ember Days and Grilled Salmon

Ember Days are among the most confusing of Catholic practices. Ember Days are by their very nature an extension of our agrarian roots. Yet most Catholics today are unfamiliar with the term Ember Days let alone how to observe them.

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Chicken Florentine Rigatoni

Growing up, when my sisters and I were teenagers, Dad felt it was time to get us more involved in the family meal. For as long as I can remember, everyone helped. Helping was just a part of everyday family life. Helping lets children feel a sense of self-worth within the family dynamics.

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Ember Days Wednesday and the Autumn Equinox

Can you feel the changes in the air? Today is the Autumn Equinox, the first day of fall in the northern hemisphere. For us, summer is officially over. While some celebrate the Autumn Equinox all day, an Equinox is not a day-long event.

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Welcome to New York State Day

New York played a pivotal role during the American Revolution and subsequent war. The Stamp Act of 1765 brought together representatives from across the Thirteen Colonies to form a unified response to British policies. The Sons of Liberty were active in New York City to challenge British authority.

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Fried Rice Day and Fond Memories

Today is National Fried Rice Day. It’s a day the resonates so well with me. As many of you know, I come from a mixed marriage. Dad is an Okie with Irish-Cherokee roots. Mom was a Filipino by way of Spain with a splash of Chinese for good measure.

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Grilled Chicken and Wives

Today is the 3rd Sunday of September. While Sundays are traditionally reserved for families as a whole (at least back in the day), today is extra special. It’s Wife Appreciation Day.

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National Cheeseburger Day – Hooray!

Sure seems like there are a lot of National Days dedicated to America’s Iconic Burger. We’ve got Hamburger Day (May 28) and Hamburger Month (May, of course). Just a few days ago, we had National Double Cheeseburger Day.

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Life’s Questions and Roasted Garlic Spaghetti

Are you a fan of history? I am – the past fascinates me. Not just the events themselves, but the human element behind it. The whys and hows and eventual outcome. Every deed, no matter how seemingly unimportant at the time, are like a pebble tossed onto the waters. The ripples span out in ways we might not yet fully understand.

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Good Morning Cinnamon-Raisin Bread!

Wow – we’ve reached the middle of September already. Hard to believe. Of all the seasons, I really think I love fall the best. The days are still warm, but the nights are cool. There is a hint of smoke in the air from nearby fireplaces. And a crispness that no other season can impart.

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Our Lady of Sorrow

The title of Our Lady of Sorrows was given to our Blessed Mother to focus on her intense suffering of unimaginable grief during the passion and death of her son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Traditionally, Mary’s suffering was not limited to the events surrounding the crucifixion.

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Celebrating Faith and Food

Within the Christian calendar, and in particular the Roman Catholic Liturgical Year, September 14th is a day of veneration of the Holy Cross. This day goes by various names among the faithful. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (within the Eastern Rite), The Triumph of the Cross (Roman Rite) or simply Holy Cross Day (Angelic and Lutheran communities).

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Making Memories One Dish at a Time

Quit often, I’ll snap pictures of food or create an outline of recipe in the “draft” mode and then wait. Wait for a day that matches up to what I had in mind. I may have made those tacos months ago, just waiting for the perfect day to share. Today’s recipe is just one of those wait and see recipes.

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Celebrating Grandparents Day

May has Mother’s Day. June gives us Father’s Day. In July we celebrate Parents Day. And the Sunday after Labor Day is Grandparents Day. Celebrated in the United States since 1978, the US Senate and then President Jimmy Carter nationally recognize Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia as the founder of National Grandparents Day.

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A Day of Remembrance

If you were to stand silently at attention for a single second for each and every person who died on September 11, 2001 at the hands of 19 terrorists, you would be silent for nearly 50 minutes. Fifty minutes – let that sink in for a moment.

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