Fall Festivals, the Olive Mass, and Fr. Leo Patalinghug

September 23, 2016

On The Catholic Foodie Show today we talk fall festivals in and around New Orleans (including the inaugural Fried Chicken Festival!) and the first-ever Olive Mass to celebrate food and bless the hands that make it. Fr. Leo Patalinghug (of Grace Before Meals) drops in to talk about the Olive Mass and the work of The Table Foundation.

Full show notes available at CatholicFoodie.com.

#TacoTuesday, St. Martha and the Spice of Life

August 2, 2016

On today's The Catholic Foodie Show... it's #TacoTuesday! We talk tacos and I give you recipe for fish tacos (and I tell you about the first time that I ever tried a fish taco!). I also share with you a reflection on St. Martha who was a dear, dear friend of Jesus. Her feast day was last Friday, but she is going to encourage us today in our own friendship with Jesus and in our efforts to our best in our daily lives without losing our minds. All this and more right here on The Catholic Foodie Show... where food meets faith!


Wash Day Wonders and Red Beans and Rice

August 1, 2016

In this episode of The Catholic Foodie Show I announce the new daily show themes, and I explain what exactly I mean by Wash Day Wonders. I share my recipe for the New Orleans classic dish of Red Beans and Rice, give a shout out to my newly-minted Eagle Scout son Christopher, and reflect briefly on the amazing love that Jesus has for St. Martha. All this and more on The Catholic Foodie Show!

Full Show notes available at http://CatholicFoodie.com.

Beach Food and Summer Vacations

June 17, 2016

On the show today: Beach food and summer vacations... including the need daily to carve out time for rest and relaxation. Trust in God, a "sound-seeing" trip to Joe Patti's Seafood, and beach recipes for Jalapeno Poppers and Boiled Shrimp also on the show. A Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!

Full show notes available at CatholicFoodie.com.

Heather King – Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough

May 18, 2016

Heather King – author of ParchedRedeemedStrippedStumbleShirt of Flame, and Poor Baby – joins me on The Catholic Foodie Show today to talk about her latest book Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough.

Whether rich or poor, most of walk through our days wounded in the area of money and finances. We fear money. We fear not having enough money. We fear what would happen if we had too much money. We fear what people would think of us if they knew how much money we make and what we spend our money on. The way that we see and use money intimately affects the people in our lives.
Most books about money are written to help you make more money. But what if more money isn't the answer? What if the real source of our fear is our relationship with money? In Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough, Heather King shares her own story of recovery around money. In doing so, she opens a door of opportunity for us... an opportunity to examine our own relationship to money and to open that relationship up to healing by our loving God. 
"So, as you’ve now assuredly figured out, unlike so many money books, mine is not about how to make more and consume more. It’s about how to detach from the idea that our identity could possibly lie in how much or how little money we make or have. It’s about discovering that money is a means of love and service. It’s about learning that the real economy is “As you give, so shall you receive.” We get to follow the deepest desires of our heart. The money will come. And we’ll want to share it.

"That hasn’t happened for me by praying a whole bunch of rosaries, holing up in my room, and hoping for the best. The solution for me and many people I know has involved clarity around numbers—how much we spend, how much we earn. It has been clarity around how we spend our time. And it’s been community—meaning friends, a realistic acceptance of the fact that we’re not going to change overnight, and laughs."

Katie Sciba: Finding God among the Pots and Pans… and Anxiety

April 21, 2016

Katie Sciba from TheCatholicWife.net joins me today to talk about how Jesus is right here with us in the midst of the pot, pans, and anxiety. Jesus does not shun the grime and grit of our lives, of our hearts. Listen as Katie shares her story of finding God – of being found by God – in the midst of the ups and downs of family life.

Full show notes can be found at CatholicFoodie.com.

Amoris Laetitia and the Recipe for Joy

April 13, 2016

Pope Francis’ letter Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), love and hospitality in the family, and Robin Davis’ book Recipe for Joy… all this and more on The Catholic Foodie Show!

Full show notes available at CatholicFoodie.com.

French Quarter Festival 2016

April 9, 2016

The French Quarter Festival, known as the “largest free festival in the South,” is this weekend in New Orleans. Leading tourism officials call it the “kickoff to the festival season in New Orleans,” and it is referred to by many as the “World’s largest Jazz Brunch.”


The French Quarter Festival is four days of live performances by local musicians that draws people from all over the world. On twenty-one of its twenty-two stages, only Louisiana musicians are featured. One stage is reserved as an “international stage” where traditional jazz bands from all over the world perform. This year the 33rd French Quarter Festival will feature more that 400 hours of live music and welcome more than 1700 local musicians to its stages. In addition to traditional jazz, attendees will also be treated to contemporary jazz, Cajun-Zydeco, world, brass band, blues, rock, and pop from some of New Orleans’ most well-known musicians. And accompanying the music, over 60 New Orleans restaurants will serve both classic and creative New Orleans food. 

Listen to the show to hear more on the food, the music, and the event known as “the world’s largest Jazz Brunch!”

Full show notes can be found at CatholicFoodie.com.


Dr. Paul Thigpen and The Saints Who Battled Satan

March 14, 2016

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it seems like everything in life conspires against us when we desire to draw closer to God? Dr. Paul Thigpen joins us today to share some hope and encouragement from the saints. Author of Saints Who Battled Satan, Dr. Paul Thigpen understands that just as the New Testament states, in our Christian journey we daily encounter three obstacles: the world, the flesh and the devil. With love and gentleness, Dr. Paul engages us with stories from the lives of seventeen saints... practical wisdom that can help me and you to draw closer to God no matter the struggles we encounter in our daily lives.

I received a review copy of Saints Who Battled Satan. When I saw the title, I first thought of The Exorcist movie and stories of extraordinary encounters with evil… the kind of stories that make me feel uncomfortable to be alone at night. Well, happily, I can say that this book is so much more that than. I don’t know about you, but I have never encountered a demon in real life. But you know what I have encountered? What I do encounter every day of my life? Temptation. Saints Who Battled Satan is full of stories of saints who battled and overcame Satan in very real, practical ways. Not just extraordinary, sensationalized stories, but overcoming temptations in the nitty-gritty parts of life. This is a book I can use. A book that gives me hope and encouragement in my own journey with God.
Full show notes can be found at CatholicFoodie.com.

Catching Up with The Catholic Foodie

March 11, 2016

Lent, the Jennifer Fulwiler Show, talking food and faith at Mater Dei High School, and visiting with friends old and new at the L.A. Religious Education Congress in Anaheim.Full show notes available at CatholicFoodie.com.