Pescado al Horno for #NoMeat Fridays in #Lent

Pescado al Horno for CRS Rice Bowl

Pescado al Horno: Traditional Dish of the Philippines This week’s meatless #recipe recommendation from CRS Rice Bowl hits close to home for me. Not only is my friend and fellow Catholic foodie Fr. Leo Patalinghug cooking this very recipe in the video below (he is also a filipino!), but this recipe involves fish! I have […]

Mardi Gras 2014 Recap with Lino Rulli

Lino Rulli and Jeff Young Mardi Gras

It’s Lent Now, I Know Yes, today is the First Sunday of Lent. I know. But I think it’s appropriate to take a look back at Mardi Gras at this point. I mean, doing a recap on Ash Wednesday just doesn’t feel right. And Friday would not have worked either since Fridays throughout the year […]

Mukimo: A Meatless Meal from Kenya for Lent

Mukimo - A Dish from Kenya

Both Prayer and Sacrifice Begin with Charity St. John the Evangelist writes in his first letter that “we love because he first loved us… If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has […]

Make Lent More Meaningful While Making the World a Better Place

CRS Rice Bowl 2014

CRS Rice Bowl and Lent At this time last year I wrote an article about my childhood experience of Lent and I said that, for me, Lent was all about ashes, fish sticks, the Stations of the Cross, and the Rice Bowl. Maybe that’s kind of silly, but it’s true. I still remember those greasy fish sticks […]

The Catholic Foodie, Lent, and NPR

Forget Fish Fridays In Louisiana, Gator Is On The Lenten Menu - The Salt - NPR

Lent Can Be Full of Surprises It’s been an exciting Lent so far. I mean, a pope retires for the first time in 600 years. A new conclave is called. A new pope is elected… the first pope from the Americas, by the way. And we were informed that alligator can indeed be eaten by […]

Pope Francis: Lenten Letter as Archbishop of Buenos Aires

Pope Francis

Pope Francis: Our New Holy Father I admit it. I totally geeked out the last couple of days. Of course, I had been praying for the conclave and for whoever would become our new Holy Father. But as yesterday’s “smoke watch” drew near, I felt nervous and excited. I had Vatican Radio streaming in the […]

The Alligator and the Archbishop: A Lenten Tail?

The Alligator and the Archbishop

Did You Hear the One About the Alligator and the Archbishop? It all started on Ash Wednesday. Someone over at Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery posted a picture of a 3 year old letter on the Insta-Gator Facebook page. The letter just happened to be from the Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans. And […]

Alligator, Chicken Stock, and Bacon Grease. Oh My!

Alligator is OK on Fridays in Lent

Alligator is OK on Fridays in Lent, Says Archbishop of New Orleans The last few days the Louisiana alligator has been in the media spotlight. Again. But this time it’s not because someone is screaming, “Choot ’em! Choot ’em!” Instead folks are screaming, “Cook ’em! Cook ’em!” On Fridays in Lent, that is. 😉 And […]

Ash Wednesday, Lent, Fasting, and Pretzels

Pretzels for Lent

Ash Wednesday and Lent: A Time for Penance From Fat Tuesday to fat pretzels, carnival season and Mardi Gras are now over. Lent is here. And that is a good thing. Life if full of seasons and there is a time for everything. We turn now from our revelry and rejoicing to face our own […]

Pan-Fried Catfish – A Louisiana Lenten Tradition


I’ve been banned. I’m not allowed to deep-fry anything. At least not in my kitchen. Maybe in your kitchen I would be able to. Or in a restaurant kitchen. But I have been banned from deep-frying anything in my own kitchen. Why? Not only is it too messy, but I also don’t do it very […]

Mujadra (Lebanese Lentils and Rice) #SundaySupper

Mujadra - Lebanese Lentils and Rice

Mujadra is tasty, quick, and easy to make. It can be served as the main course (which we do sometimes on those busy Wednesdays when the girls have gymnastics till 8:30 PM!). It can also be served as a side dish. It’s delicious either way! Mujadra is meatless, so it would make a great family […]

The Lenten Kitchen and Fish on Fridays

Why can we eat fish for Lent?

Why fish on Friday? Why can we eat fish on Fridays in Lent? Isn’t fish a kind of meat too? I have to be honest… this was a real stumbling block for me when I first “turned to the Lord” at the age of 16. I lived in Baton Rouge, LA where seafood was just […]