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Saint E-Clares

Saint E-Clares

Saint E-Clares Okay, it’s really “eclairs,” we know. But these delicious desserts have the perfect name for the feast of St. Clare! It seems like a lot more work than just buying store bought eclairs. . .but wait until you taste them. It’s well-worth the effort to...

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Maple Snow Taffy Pops

Maple Snow Taffy Pops

Maple Snow Taffy Pops Eighteenth-century Jesuit missionaries like Father Sébastien Rale and Father Joseph-François Lafitau described the making and use of maple syrup by the indigenous peoples with whom they lived. Making maple snow taffy is a simple way to enjoy...

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Seven Spice Chickpea Stew

Seven Spice Chickpea Stew

Seven Spice Chickpea Stew Mary Magdalene is remembered, among other things, for having been exorcized by Jesus of seven demons (Luke 8:1-3) and for being the first to see the risen Jesus, having arrived at the tomb at daybreak on Easter morning, carrying spices with...

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Tortillas

Tortillas

Tortillas Fresh, homemade corn tortillas are WORLDS away from their crumbly store-bought counterparts. And they’re a fun activity to do with kids. It’s like playing with play-dough! A medium dough scoop makes measuring quick and foolproof. I’m generally not a fan of...

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Tarte de Santiago

Tarte de Santiago This cake, which features many traditional Spanish ingredients, is said to have been offered as a celebratory reward to pilgrims who had just finished the Camino de Santiago, the long, prayerful walk to the grave site of St. James. Many pilgrims walk...

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Lace Cookies

Lace Cookies

Lace Cookies Saint Anne is one of MANY patron saints of lacemaking, which, I guess, seems complicated enough to warrant that. These cookies, on the other hand, are pretty straightforward. And quite tasty. Almond flour is available in the baking aisle of my local...

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St. Peter’s Fish

St. Peter’s Fish

St. Peter’s Fish In Matthew 17:24–27 we find the story of the miracle known as the “coin in the fish's mouth.” Jesus tells Peter to go catch a fish in the Sea of Galilee, in which he will find a coin with which he is to pay the temple tax. Galilean tradition tells us...

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Ugandan Kabobs

Ugandan Kabobs

Ugandan Kabobs If you’ve got The Catholic All Year Compendium, you might remember the story of our Advent novena with a Ugandan priest who told the kids a VERY memorable tale about the Christmas Eve slaughtering of cows in Uganda. So we make these Ugandan Kabobs for...

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Pastrami on Rye

Pastrami on Rye St. Anthony died at the age of thirty-five after becoming sick with ergotism, the result of long-term exposure to grains (in his case rye) contaminated with a fungus. The condition is sometimes called “St. Anthony’s Fire.” He was canonized less than a...

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Vanilla Cloud Cupcakes

Vanilla Cloud Cupcakes

Vanilla Cloud Cupcakes What better way to celebrate Jesus ascending into the heavens than with fluffy, cloud-topped cupcakes! This recipe uses real vanilla beans, right in the batter, which is so cool. For the best effect, top with Jesus cupcake toppers (for all the...

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Braided Easter Bread

Braided Easter Bread

Braided Easter Bread In the Compendium, I named this recipe as one I’ve always wanted to try. . .so we finally did! It’s not as hard as it looks, and it makes for a visually stunning and delicious Easter brunch addition. You’ll need dyed NON-boiled eggs for this...

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Fruit Water

Fruit Water Super simple, but sooooo fancy, fruit water is a perfect addition to tea parties, luncheons, and . . . water fights? I think so, anyway. It’s most flavorful when prepared ahead of time and left to steep for 2-4 hours (not more than 10-12). But it’s fun to...

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Water Cake

Water Cake This traditional Italian cake is light, fluffy, and great if you happen to be out of (or avoiding) eggs and dairy. Add cocoa powder, espresso powder, cinnamon, fresh herbs, and/or citrus zest for a punch of flavor, but it’s tasty as is! 2 cups all purpose...

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Flatbread

Flatbread

Flatbread These tasty flatbreads are quick and easy and make an excellent side for curries and any meal that needs a “pusher.” They’re great with dips or folded and filled with sandwich fixin’s. They are relatively flat, but allowed to rise (chametz again). A more...

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Applesauce

Applesauce

Applesauce In a Jewish Passover seder meal, haroset (an applesauce-like mixture with wine, nuts, apples, etc.) represents the mortar used by the Jews in Egypt. Recipes for haroset are available, of course, but my family prefers to go the straight-up homemade...

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Bitter Herb Salad

Bitter Herb Salad

Bitter Herb Salad At a Jewish Passover Seder meal like the one Jesus was celebrating on Holy Thursday with the apostles, bitter herbs are served as a reminder of the bitterness of the slavery endured by the Jewish people in Egypt. This salad is bitter and sour (and...

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Rice Crispy Treat Lamb

Rice Crispy Treat Lamb

Rice Crispy Treat Lamb You could make a lamb cake . . . but those turn out creepy, like, 90% of the time. That’s kind of their charm. But you can make a slightly-less-weird-looking Rice Krispie Lamb in a fraction of the time. Everyone wins! Let a kid do the sculpting...

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Potato Knishes

Potato Knishes

Potato Knishes These hearty and delicious doughy-potatoey bundles are a traditional Jewish delicacy. However, full-disclosure, they wouldn’t be served at an observant Passover meal, because chametz (anything containing grain that has come into contact with water and...

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Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Garlic

Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Garlic

Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Garlic Lamb rib chops make for an impressive presentation with their long handle, and kids like to pick them up and eat them like an ice cream on a stick. But this recipe also works with the little triangular lamb loin chops. Dish for...

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