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Turkish Meatballs for Iftar Dinner

Turkish Meatballs for Iftar Dinner

April 10, 2021

By Lucia Ferrara
Today’s recipe, Kadinbudu Kofte or Turkish Meatballs, is a dish that Turkish Muslim families have at their Iftars, the evening feasts that end the daily fasts during the holy month of Ramadan. Make the dish and join us April 20 for a virtual Iftar dinner!

St. Joseph Table Part 2: Pasta Milanese

St. Joseph Table Part 2: Pasta Milanese

March 10, 2021

Spaghetti topped with Milanese sauce and seasoned breadcrumbs is traditionally served at St. Joseph Tables on the saint’s feast day March 19, an ancient Sicilian tradition. Lucia Ferrara will teach us how to make it.

St. Joseph Table Part 1: Bread

St. Joseph Table Part 1: Bread

Bread, formed and baked into fancy shapes, is the star of food-laden St. Joseph Tables, a Catholic-Italian tradition that dates from the Middle Ages. Lucia Ferrara and Christen Cota will teach us how to make this bread.

Cooking & Spiritualty #12 Caprese Sandwich with Home-made Pesto

Caprese Sandwich with Home-Made Pesto

February 10, 2021

By Lucia Ferrara
Because it uses fresh ingredients, this easy-to-make hot, toasty sandwich is perfect for a lunch or a weeknight supper when you are in a rush. Serve with soup or salad.

A Holiday Tradition: Stuffed Artichokes

A Holiday Tradition: Stuffed Artichokes

December 9, 2020

Stuffed Artichokes
By Lucia Ferrara
Stuffed artichokes, a family holiday tradition, reminds me of why we celebrate Christmas, a season of loving and giving kindness and the birth of our savior.

Zuppa Toscana (Tuscany Soup)

Zuppa Toscana (Tuscany Soup)

November 25, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
If you’re looking for something a little bit different this holiday season, Zuppa Toscana (Tuscany Soup) may be what you’re looking for. It is a very hearty soup, made rich with cream. We also reflect on Psalm 34:8, God as our refuge.

The Frittata

The Frittata

November 11, 2020

Lucia Ferrara makes a frittata, a recipe she grew up with that combines eggs and cheese with whatever vegetables and/or meat you have on hand. She also talks about cooking as a spiritual practice she learned in the kitchen with her mom.

Lucia’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lucia’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 28, 2020

The recipe many have been waiting for: Lucia Ferrara, director of hospitality of the Renewal Center, reveals her recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. She also talks about Fr. Joe Nassal’s book, "Rest Stops for the Soul."

Reuben Sandwiches

Cooking & Spirituality: Reuben Sandwiches

October 14, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Today we make Rueben sandwiches, with tangy sour kraut, salty corned beef perfectly pulled together by the toasted deli swirl pumpernickel and rye bread. We also talk about the dangers of "spiritual snacking."

pata e fagioli soup

Pasta e Fagioli Soup

October 1, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Pasta e Fagioli Soup (pasta and bean soup) is a very hearty soup. Served on a nice cool falling evening, you just about can’t beat it. This recipe feeds four to eight people, and I guarantee, they will be coming back for seconds.

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