The Carmelite Order and dedication to the Virgin Mary has a long history among the Faithful. The Oral Tradition of the Catholic Church traces the Carmelite Order to the Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel in what is now Palestine.Continue reading “Our Lady of Carmel and Friday’s Taco Feast”
Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day. If you are thinking sautéed shrimp with lots of butter, you are right. In America, often shrimp entrees are called Scampi in our Italian Restaurants. Scampi over Pasta. Scampi Salad. Is Scampi Italian for Shrimp? Or is Scampi a way to cook Shrimp?Continue reading “Yummy National Shrimp Scampi Day”
Today marks the sixth and final “ordinary” Friday of Lent. Sunday will mark the observation of Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, with Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.Continue reading “National Spinach Day and the 6th Friday of Lent”
Something interesting happened during the first lock-down in California. Unlike other lock-downs that have followed, during that first one Hubby worked from home and Kiddo was temporarily out of work. As you can imagine, the Event Industry came to an immediate girding halt.Continue reading “Flavors of The Big Easy for the 3rd Friday of Lent”
Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If we were in Mexico, nine days ago would have marked the first day of the Novena to Honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. We would have lit a candle each day for nine days, said prayers and sought intervention through our Blessed Mother that she may gain favor with her Son.Continue reading “Our Lady of Guadalupe”
Today is National Mail Order Catalog Day, Ice Cream Pie Day and my personal favorite, Fajita Day. Although I will admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for Mail Order Catalogs. I can remember the Sears Christmas Catalog – as thick as a phone book and packed with all sort of childhood fantasies. Page after page, it was enough to put Santa’s Workshop to shame.Continue reading “There’s More to Fajitas than Chicken”
Kiddo is not a big fan of Fridays in our house. Sure, he enjoys grilled cheese and tomato soups. He even likes Tuna Melts and meatless pastas. When it comes to most things that swim, he’s not always a fan. He’ll eat squid but not necessarily want salmon. That said, this simple battered shrimp received Kiddo approval.Continue reading “It’s A Fab Friday V-J Everyone!”
Hey there – how’s life? Time finally seems to be moving again – sort of and just a little too fast to suit me. I don’t mean life is returning to normal, because in California it is anything but. Yet time still flies. We’re now a whole three weeks beyond half way through the year, on the backside.Continue reading “Cajun Kabobs and More”
Shrimp again? Yeah, I know we just had Tex-Mex Diablo a couple of weeks ago, and Louisiana Shrimp a couple of weeks before that. What can I say? Our local market has been promoting shrimp, and when the price is right, we buy.Continue reading “Shrimp Diavolo Italian Style”
Diablo – Devil in Spanish. Another word for Hot Stuff when it comes to food. Chicken Diablo, Scallops Diablo and Hubby’s all-time favorite Shrimp Diablo. It’s that dash of Habanero Pepper Sauce that brings on the heat.Continue reading “Sizzling Shrimp Diablo Tex-Mex Style”
While I’ve never been to Louisiana, I do love the food. Maybe it comes from my southern roots via Pops. Maybe it is that love of spice and flavor and anything down home. All I know is that while I’ve never been to Louisiana, I feel deeply connected to the Gulf region.Continue reading “Louisiana Shrimp Etouffée 2”
Each year on April 8, we celebrate National Empanada Day. The name Empanada comes from the Galicia, Portuguese and Spanish verb em pandar, which means to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around a seasoned filling. The Empanadas are then baked or fried, like savory hand pies.
We all love Taco Tuesday, even during Holy Week. In the past, we’ve tried to refrain from any meat during the entire forty days of Lent. Remember, those forty days do not include Sundays. Even during Lent, Sundays are Feast Days of the Lord. How did we do in our quest of No Meat Lenten Season? Failed. We did stick to the No Meat Friday, but didn’t make it through an entire forty-day abstinence.
Did you know that today is National String Popcorn Day? Yep, it is. I’ve always wanted to string popcorn and make cranberry garland for my tree. When my children were little, the best Christmas we ever had was filled with paper decorations and a cardboard box painted to look like a fireplace. How else was Santa going to get into our tiny apartment?
It’s only fitting that a state that gave us National Treasures such as Jazz, Creole Cooking and America’s best Mardi Gras would have its own special day. Part of the Louisiana Purchase of land from France in 1803, Louisiana was the first of 15 states to be carved out of the region. The great state of Louisiana entered the union in 1812.