Memorial Day is Just Days Away

Today is the Friday before Memorial Day. The Friday before Memorial Day has a number of National Days all on its own. But we are getting a little ahead of ourselves. Today is also May 27, and you know what that means? It’s National Grape Popsicle Day!

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Divine Mercy Sunday Family Supper

There are feasts celebrated within the Church calendar that have been established by the Church – the celebration of a Feast Day for a particular saint comes to mind. Saint Patrick and Saint Nicholas are probably the most recognized Feast Days even among non-Catholic communities.

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Get Along Little Doggie

Today is one of those National Days that was just packed with inspiration. Right out of the gate, there were three very different styles to celebrate. Picking just one was impossible, so why even try?

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A Feast for Saint Mary Magdalene

Today is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. Hers is a relatively new Feast Day to the Catholic Calendar. On June 3, 2016, the Holy see raised the liturgical rank of the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to a Feast Day. Mary Magdalene is considered to be the Apostle to the Apostles.

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Pennsylvania 6-5000

The moment I heard that today was National Pennsylvania Day my head was filled with a Jazzy Fox Trot. I might be old, but I’m not that old. Missed the 40s by a decade or so. And in case you are wondering Pennsylvania 6-5000 was an actual telephone number. Had you dialed that in 1940, you would have gotten the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Completely different Pennsylvania, I know.

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Feast of the Presentation of Mary

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared any of my Catholic traditions with you. If you are uncomfortable with the subject, that’s fine. Please skip this as I’ve never wanted to offend anyone. If you’d like to hear more and get some delicious recipes, stick around!

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Let Us Honor Our Veterans Today

In America, Veterans Day is a day to close many schools and business. There are sales galore for things we might not really need. Many establishments offer discounts to active and formal military members as a way of saying thank you.

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Welcome Summer with the Delicious Flavors of Italy

Summer is almost here. Tomorrow is the official first day of summer. Are you ready for all the fun of the season? I don’t know about you, but the last thing anyone wanted to do around here was to be stuck in the kitchen cooking. No, truth be told, a bowl of Huckleberry Ice Cream sounded like the perfect solution.

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Making Sunday Supper Special

So often, we reserve certain “traditions” for particular days. Turkeys at Thanksgiving and Ham at Easter are two great examples of this. Why Ham at Easter? There are all sorts of theories – most of which aren’t very flattering to the Christian believer who eats ham at Easter.

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Entertaining with an Italian Flair – Two Options, No Waiting

Recently I watched one of my favorite movies, “Under a Tuscan Sun”. I adore that movie on so many levels – the adventure, the characters, the relationships and the food – lots and lots of food. That got me to craving an Italian Affair.

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Baked Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Rice & Broccoli in a Cheese Sauce

Way back in 1977, I held my first ever dinner party.  Okay, so it wasn’t a huge party – there were only three of us dining that evening.  Sue, my best friend at the time, her then boyfriend Allen and me.  Still, I felt so “adult”, entertaining friends in my tiny walk-up apartment.  I will never forget that night for many reasons.  Although Sue and I met in Elementary School, we didn’t really forge our deep friendship until years later, when we were in our early twenties.  (And boy, have I dated myself or what!)

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Valentine’s Day: Chicken Marsala and A Dash of Romance

Valentine’s Day 2018 poses some major problems for Catholics. Not since 1945 has Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fallen on the same day. For those of you not familiar with Catholic teachings, Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten Season; a somber day of fasting and abstinence. Simply put, by today’s rules, fasting means small meals and abstinence means “no meat”.  Somber Days are not days for celebration, indulgence and chocolates. A real killer to all the romance of a fancy dinner, champagne and caviar, wouldn’t you say?

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