August 27 and 28: Saints Monica and Augustine Wine-Soaked Pears

2 reasons this recipe works for these 2 saints: 1. In his Confessions, Augustine shares that when she was a little girl, his mother Monica had a little obsession with wine, bringing her little wine glass with her from house to house. She was eventually scolded by one of her serving maids, and that ended […]

August 24: Saint Bartholomew Chili Cheese Potato Skins

2 things this O.A. (original apostle) is most often known for: 1. Bartholomew, patron saint of tanners, is often depicted with a large knife and holding his own skin.  He was flayed alive. 2. He is usually identified as Nathanael (John 1:45-49, John 21:2). Ingredients 3 russet potatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 onion, diced […]

August 23: Saint Rose of Lima Tallarines Verdes (Peruvian Pasta)

4 key things about Saint Rose: 1. She was a Third Order Dominican inspired by the life of Saint Catherine of Siena. 2. Saint Rose was the first Catholic to be canonized in the Americas—the first to be declared a saint. 3. She also had a special devotion to the Child Jesus and to his Blessed […]

August 22: Queenship of Mary “Queen Cake”

2 mysteries of the Rosary that tie perfectly into today’s celebration (which is the fifth Glorious Mystery!): 1. The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of Mary, which we celebrated a week ago! I love how these two celebrations line up together so closely. 2. The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation. Elizabeth greets Mary with the […]

August 19: Saint John Eudes Cognac Stawberries

3 things about another (and probably new to you!) St. John: 1. A French saint, he had zealous devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart. 2. He was the founder of two religious orders, one specifically for prostitutes who wanted to escape that lifestyle. 3. “All that is his is yours: his spirit, […]

August 16: Saint Stephen of Hungary White Yam Bites

2 fun facts about this saintly king of Hungary: 1. Born a pagan, he is the first canonized saint of his country. He was baptized around the age of 10. 2. He married Saint Henry’s sister; I love when saints’ worlds collide! 2 tips for this recipe: 1. Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt […]

August 15: Assumption Blueberry and Blessed Thyme Sorbet

1 fun story about St. Thomas the Apostle and the Assumption: While preaching the Gospel in India, Saint Thomas received tried to return West for departure of Mary from her earthly life; he did not make it until the third day after she was laid to rest. Approaching her tomb, he was astounded to see […]

August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Lemon and Blessed Sage Chicken Thighs

2 other Biblical figures who were assumed into Heaven: 1. Enoch2. Elijah 3 tips for this recipe: 1. This recipe almost tastes like guilt-free fried chicken, so go ahead and batter the chicken in the flour mixture ahead of time–it will be crisp and brown on the outside, soft and tender on the inside! 2. […]