TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A BETTER COOK, AND TO THOSE WHO DON’T

The question I am most often asked about my weekly community dinners is "What do you cook???" My answer is always, "The same things that I cook for my family.  I just make more." One of the biggest hurdles for people to overcome when considering opening their home to invite someone over for dinner is … Continue reading TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A BETTER COOK, AND TO THOSE WHO DON’T

COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

I'm not much of a baker.  I LOVE to create homemade meals from scratch, but my homemade baking repertoire is fairly limited.  Baking requires a lot more precision and patience, and I seem to be somewhat lacking in both of those qualities.   I can probably count on one hand the amount of times that I … Continue reading COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

“HOW COOKING CAN CREATE COMMUNITY”

This article, "How Cooking Can Create Community" appeared in the December 2013 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 78, No. 12, pages 28-32). It is a lengthy piece that actually covers many topics about food and eating, including: how our culture is settling for "edible, food-like substances"  that enable individualistic eating and have far fewer nutritional & societal … Continue reading “HOW COOKING CAN CREATE COMMUNITY”

HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE HOME-COOKED DINNER FOR 14 PEOPLE

Thursday was one of those days. I was busy all day with a full schedule of back-to back-meetings, appointments, errands, household chores, and carpool duties.  And 10 young men were coming to my home at 6pm to join my family for dinner. I started cooking at 5pm. Here is what I did: I dumped a … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE HOME-COOKED DINNER FOR 14 PEOPLE

LOVING PEOPLE WITH FOOD

One of my favorite ways to express love to the people I care about is by feeding them.  Nourishing our bodies and our souls through sharing good food and good conversation is one of life's great simple pleasures. This explains my obsession with cooking magazines and cookbooks.  Perusing pages of recipes and beautiful foodie photographs … Continue reading LOVING PEOPLE WITH FOOD