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First Communion Banners

First Communion Banner

I was taken back by the artwork for the children’s first Communion banners I saw this past Sunday at St. Rose of Lima. Each one is a special expression of creativity and love for God. I drifted during mass, critiquing and trying to picture what each child looked like that created each illustration. The banners are hung along the walls, they look so beautiful! I commend Tyel for his unconventional color scheme, way to go!  The application of a yellow band on Jaidyn’s makes his name stand out from the crowd! Jayden’s use of shiny beads and […]

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Thank Thomas Jefferson for introducing Mac & cheese to America

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Macaroni and Cheese dates back to the 14th century’s. It was first recorded in the Liber de Coquina, one of the oldest medieval cookbooks. America was introduced to Mac & Cheese in the late 1700’s thanks to Thomas Jefferson. The future American president Thomas Jefferson encountered macaroni both in Paris and in northern Italy. He drew a sketch of the pasta and wrote detailed notes on the extrusion process. In 1793, he commissioned American ambassador to Paris William Short to purchase a machine for making it. Evidently, the machine was not suitable, as Jefferson later imported both […]

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Moogie’s Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

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In my post last week, I mentioned a vegetarian shepherd’s pie that my mom made that was really delicious (according to Matt). She was kind enough to share the recipe below. Make this on St. Patrick’s day tomorrow for your favorite Irish vegetarian. Moogie’s Vegetarian Shephard’s Pie Ingredients I lb red lentils (or brown lentils) 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 parsnip, chopped 1 turnip, chopped 4 cloves garlic crushed 3 carrots cut up 4-5 cups water 1 package of frozen peas 3lbs […]

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The Shepherd’s Pie Tradition

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Everyone knows about our typical St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Rockaway. A day that  starts at the Honan house for breakfast, then the parade and then to my parents house for the traditional Irish feast. I have to say this years menu may have been the best. One item that has been there year in and year out, is our shepherd’s pie. One year back in college after doing the all day partying, me and my Manhattan College crew came back to my parents house and warmed up the shepherd’s […]

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Curried Chick Peas and Spinach

Curried Chick Peas and Spinach

Last night in an effort not to leave my apartment as the snow was falling, I thought, what can I make with what’s in the house? As you all already know, I love Indian food. I’ve come across a lot of curried chick pea recipes that I’ve always wanted to try. I saw this recipe and thought, I think I can make this with what I have in the apartment right now. Below is the adapted version based on my pantry items. It was delicious. Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil […]

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february

february

36 days till spring.

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Baccalà (Foot)balls

Baccalà Balls

I’ve finally gotten around to posting our Christmas Eve Baccalà ball recipe which some of you have expressed interest in. It’s a long process but tradition warrants this meal a must on Christmas Eve. A Sicilian tradition on the Feast of the Seven Fishes: “The most famous dish Southern Italians are known for is baccalà (salted cod fish). The custom of celebrating with a simple fish such as baccalà is attributed to the greatly impoverished regions of Southern Italy.” I was thinking though, why only make this once a year? It’s essentially a finger food, perfect for […]

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Mushroom and Leek Risotto

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I called a co-worker at home over the Christmas break and as we were speaking he said, “I’m making a risotto right now, and as you know, you have to stir, stir, stir!”. I didn’t know but he assumed since I cook a lot, risotto was in my repertoire, but it wasn’t. A few days later, I asked my brothers girlfriend for some recipes, and she sent me a risotto recipe, which seemed like the universe was telling me to make a risotto. Below is the recipe she sent me, […]

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

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Any good cook will sometimes have to improvise with the ingredients on hand when preparing a meal. I always try to have all the right ingredients on hand but occasionally I too, have to make changes. I do not remember my mother ever running out of food when I was growing up. She was always prepared to make her food exactly the same all the time. It was amazing how the meals tasted the same, year after year and always delicious. She would plan ahead by visiting the local Italian […]

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Thank God it’s Christmas!

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