Be sure to mark your personal calendars and the family refrigerator calendars for these exciting opportunities.
(A trio of penne pastas for a five-course dinner – an auction prize for Catholic Charities!)
Tour the Secrets of Napa Valley!
June 23-28, 2012. Food and wine lovers, reserve NOW for another opportunity in Napa Valley. Our Fruit of the Vine Tour was so popular and well-received that we’re returning for more faithful and culinary inspiration. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot now!
(One of the international award-winning vineyards to visit.)
The International Premier – Primetime!
(Click to play the promo for Fr. Leo’s new Show on EWTN: Savoring Our Faith)
Sunday March 4, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. Be sure to watch the international premier of the full-length series – Savoring Our Faith on EWTN. Fr. Leo’s little cooking clips on EWTN were so popular the network offered a primetime spot for a full series that features original recipes, special guests, and more faithful foodie inspiration that will feed you – body, mind, and spirit! Tell family and friends!
(Yes, I made desserts and even baked off some tuile.)
Spicing Up Married Life!
We continue to move forward in finalizing our book designed specifically for couples – dating, engaged, new, and senior married couples. The response to be recipe testers was so great that we took extra time to prayerfully consider who would participate in this unique opportunity. We have finalized this extensive list and those names selected will be notified with details. To those who offered help, stay tuned for exclusive discounts on the book when it’s published this year – just in time for wedding seasons and the holidays!
(Picture of my grandparents, who were married some 60+ years! Grandpa has gone to God, but grandma is still praying her rosary.)
See, Hear, and Taste the message yourself!
If interested in booking a Grace Before Meals presentation, don’t delay. The schedule continues to fill up quickly for 2013, as we bring our message to all parts of the country and the world!
Watching our segments on TV or online is fun, and we love the cyberspace interactions. However, everyone who personally experiences Fr. Leo during live presentations says it’s more intense and, in some cases, “life changing,” Afterwards, some people say they see their faith, their family meals, and the Eucharist differently, more deeply. Nothing is better than hearing the Grace Before Meals message in person and tasting the food yourself! So book early, and be sure to check out where Fr. Leo be next!
(Event in Folsom, Ca. Fr. Leo shares his message with a packed house. Thank God Jesus is there to “multiply” the food!)
Let Us Pray:
God, continue to bless our Grace Before Meals movement and all of those who are a part of it. Keep us fixed on our mission to bring families closer to our family dinner table and to Your Family Table of the Last Supper. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Grandma and Grandpa (my parents) with their healthy, happy, and bountifully blessed grandchildren.)
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(Fr. Leo at the International Festival and Celebration at Corpus Christi ,Tx., Cathedral.)
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Our movement continues to gather support from people around the world. It’s always good to take a moment and keep everyone updated with what’s happening. We use these “fifth weeks” of the month to provide this information about what you can expect from our “kitchen” in the next few months. As always, stay tuned by visiting the website for updated blogs. Here are the topics we will hit today:
3)July R&R; Website
5)The Napa Valley Retreat and Mediterranean Culinary Cruise
7)Exciting neWs To aNnounce
8)Prayer Requests, Concluding Prayer
(Fr. Leo with Joe Anderson, a.k.a. Joe Nation on YouTube. Fr. Leo recently visited his former parishioner in Los Angeles and cooked a big meal for this talented YouTube personality.)
As you can see, Fr. Leo has joined the ranks of Twitter at @cooking_priest. Sign up for free and enjoy the bite-sized moments of daily life that can help make for a more exciting day. You can follow along by clicking the link below.
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(One of the delicious desserts on the Culinary Cruise: phyllo dough wrapped berries and brie.)
We are also in the process of changing our Facebook account status to a public page, so that even more friends can participate in the social networking to get news, stories, inspirations, food ideas, and so much more! All of those connected to the Grace Before Meals page are encouraged to switch over to Fr. Leo’s Personal page and once the switch is made, just click “Like”! A simple click and you’re on your way to a growing worldwide community of faithful foodies!
(Pilgrims on a recent Grace Before Meals trip: Greg and Jennifer Willits, Hosts of “The Catholics Next Door” on SiriusXM 129. They were the first to introduce me to the social networking scene.)
3) July R & R
In July, Fr. Leo and the Grace Before Meals team will take some time for smuch needed R&R. Every week in July, we will be sharing “Blasts from the Pasts” to relive some fond memories to update some of our newly subscribed members with some favorite moments from the past two years. During this time Fr. Leo will still be working – editing his second book – as well as preparing for the next semester at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, which begins just next month. The other members of the team will continue to hammer out glitches with our new website, to hopefully make it even easier for you to get the information and inspiration you need. Be sure to Create an Account with us and check out the Recipes section as we continue to add categories and recipes for your convenience.
(Dishing up some food during the Culinary Cruise. I needed a better system to keep up with the hungry taste testers!)
4) Recent Travels
Fr. Leo’s on the road again. . .and again. . .and again! This summer Fr. Leo will travel the globe sharing the message and spreading a table of God’s love with his pilgrimages, retreats, conferences, cooking demonstrations, book signings, and media appearances. Just this summer alone, he will travel to Rome; Genoa, Italy; Tunisia; Barcelona, Spain; Monaco; Palermo, Sicily; Napa Valley, California; Orange County, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Brownsville, Texas, New Orleans; Charleston, South Carolina, Vancouver, British Columbia, Minneapolis; St. Paul, Minnesota; New York, and of course a few local presentations in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area as well! As you can see, our grassroots movement thrives on the personal experience of Grace Before Meals.
So if your parish, diocese, or conference group wants to secure Fr. Leo for any future events, please, give us a call, e-mail or fill out the “Book Fr. Leo” form on our website. But be sure to schedule with us about nine months to one year in advance. We’ll be sure that your event is truly blessed with food for body, mind, and spirit!
(In honor of the upcoming 4th of July weekend, our country’s freedom to travel is the direct fruit of the sacrifices of our military personnel. So it was an honor to present a Grace Before Meals demonstration at Fort Mead, Maryland Military Installation for our military families.)
5) The Napa Valley Retreat and Mediterranean Culinary Cruise
The Culinary Cruise and Napa Valley Retreat: These events were BIG hits! As you have seen in previous Blasts, the Culinary Cruise was an incredible opportunity that combined, faith, food, fun, and friendship. The Napa Valley Retreat also earned two big thumbs up. This unique opportunity to explore the food and wine culture of Napa Valley through the eyes of faith gave participants a real cultural appreciation and theological understanding of why Jesus said, “Take this all of you and drink it!” If you missed an opportunity to travel, learn, and share a table with Fr. Leo on these recent trips, but you’re seriously interested in future opportunities, please e-mail us or give us a call so that we can put you on our list to personally notify when the next trip is being planned. You and your friends can even take advantage of a possible discount if you book a certain number by a certain date!
(Pilgrims on the culinary cruise: my nephew and niece at the Spanish Steps.)
6) Summer Days
Outdoor fun! With summer showing off its sunny days, families ought to take full advantage of the outdoor weather (and we continue to pray for those who have suffered from the effects of inclement and tragic weather). If you haven’t had a big family barbecue yet, what are you waiting for? Fr. Leo’s web series for tailgating and scout’s camping gives families great-tasting but simple recipes to make family celebrations a big hit!
(World Youth Day 2007 – Me grilling my own dinner at a restaurant after one of the events. At this fancy steakhouse the guests have a chance to cook their own food or to have it cooked for them. Guess what I’d rather be doing – serve instead of be served!)
7) AND NOW FOR SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS!
Fr. Leo will be filming a 13 part series of Savoring our Faith on EWTN. He’s slated to be in a home in Alabama, which will be transformed into a studio kitchen for Fr. Leo’s new and exciting series. Although it may be several months before it will air on EWTN, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with some fun video segments on the Web, as well let you know the official airing of the show. We may even have a “virtual” party where everyone can tweet about this new and exciting series!
(On set for Life on the Rock on EWTN – 2010.)
8 ) Prayer Requests
Ongoing prayers! As we close this update and E-mail Blast, our team is very aware that our movement is also a “ministry,” in that we truly try to transform the world from within through prayer and God’s spirit. It’s not just our own efforts, but our work aided by God. That’s what makes it a ministry in a loose sense of the word. And because people experience God’s love through our movement, many people e-mail and call us to ask for prayers. Thank you for trusting us with your prayer requests. Please know that you are remembered in our prayers, devotions, and even in Fr. Leo’s mass intentions regularly. We kindly ask that you also pray for us.
Pray that we can receive the proper financial support and sponsors for our movement to grow and develop into future shows on other major networks and TV channels. Our grassroots efforts, combined with word of mouth help our movement to grow, but there’s still a whole world we’re trying to help.
(I was praying for leniency when the fire fighters came to one of my cooking demonstrations. I apparently set off a fire alarm cooking up a flambé right underneath a smoke detector. December 2009.)
Let us pray: Father in these summer months, we pray that You keep our families and friends safe from all travel dangers and accidents. Keep our families firm in their faith by practicing their Sunday and Holy Day obligations during vacations, as well as spreading the Faith by praying grace before meals before every meal, no matter where they are! Help us to enjoy the blessings of these summer days. We remember those who have been adversely affected by storms and other weather problems. Give them consolation and support, dear Lord. And finally, keep our hearts and souls ever close to You by personal conversion, daily prayer, and works that help build up Your kingdom of love on Earth. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Prayers at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II. Please Blessed Holy Father, intercede for Jesus on behalf of Grace Before Meals, that we will be given the accurate direction on where He wants us to go with this movement, the prayerful and financial support we need from our friends and the Web community, and the encouragement to help families grow closer to Him and one another through the food we eat at our table and our Father’s Table!)
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Your responses help us know what we can do to help serve our growing community better. It also helps us realize that our word is reaching your hearts and minds. Post your comments below.
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“See” Food Diet – Lenten Special
It’s a corny joke, but true: I see food, I want to eat it. That’s my diet! But on this Ash Wednesday, “Sea” food is the primary protein for our menus.
Last week’s E-Blast provided me a chance to share some insights about humility through the lens of food. I know people who love food, like myself, have to approach food with a great sense of humility – especially since today’s Ash Wednesday “feast” begins a period of fasting and abstinence. In fact, the entire 40-day season, leading up to the celebration of Easter, is filled with opportunities to grow in humility – through prayers, fasting, and abstinence.
On Fridays in particular, the day of the week that we recall the suffering Jesus endured on Good Friday, we commemorate our compassion with Him by making little sacrifices, such as not eating meat (abstaining) and fasting (i.e., having less food than normal). There are several links to help develop a better understanding of the importance of this discipline that not only helps the body, but more importantly the spirit.
So this month’s dinner inspiration is all about Lent-friendly meals. Now today (Ash Wednesday) and Fridays of Lent are days of fasting and abstinence. But that doesn’t mean family’s can’t “celebrate” a family meal together. And even though you’re technically fasting and abstaining, nowhere does it say you also must endure a flavorless meal.You just shouldn’t eat it in abundance as you would any other day.
Consider these recipes as part of your own Lenten “See” food diet. When you see your dish, you will automatically think of God’s goodness! These recipes are Lent Kosher, but so delicious to the eyes and palate that you may wonder if it’s okay to eat this during Lent. Admittedly, these recipes are quite delicious, but you’re also not going out of your way to make them. And I’m glad to say these recipes follow the letter of the law (and the spirit of the law if as long as you don’t overeat) of our Lenten season.
To see the recipes and ingredients to the WONDERFUL dishes below, CREATE AN ACCOUNT for FREE on the Grace Before Meals website to have ACCESS TO ALL RECIPES and other exclusive information. And be sure to subscribe to Fr. Leo’s “Food for the Body, Food for the Soul” weekly email blast. Go here and register now.
First menu: Seafood Stew
Ingredients: Serves 4
Instructions: Boil pasta according to instructions. When cooked al dente, drain water, drizzle some olive oil, divide among the different serving bowls, and set aside. In a large pan or pot, heat olive oil and sauté pepper flakes and garlic. Add the mussels (get ready for a little sizzle action), white wine, water, and tomato paste. Stir together until the liquids begin to simmer. Add the lime, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. As soon as mussels begin to open up, add the rest of the seafood and gently stir all together, making sure the seafood is almost completely submerged in the broth. When shrimp turns pinkish white, the dish is finished cooking. To serve, ladle broth over the pasta. Distribute the seafood into each bowl.
During a recent gathering for priests I made this same dish, but I also shaved a little parmesan cheese on top. I know I broke an Italian culinary “rule” by adding cheese to seafood. But the salty and creamy cheese provided a nice complement to the briny flavors of the broth. I also served sautéed, grilled broccoli rabe and some crusty bread. It was a delicious Lent-approved meal. It was easy to make, with very little stress, but still quite flavorful. The penitential aspect of this dish is that you’ll want to eat more, but will need to exercise moderation!
Lemon Pepper Crusted Sea Bass
Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Score the fish 2-3 times on both sides. Season with salt and pepper inside the cavity and on the fish. In the cavity of the fish, place lemons, garlic, and rosemary. Drizzle olive oil over both sides of the fish. Heat oven-safe pan over high heat. Be sure to heat the pan until sufficiently hot. You can test by sprinkling some water on it so that the water beads, dances, and quickly evaporates. When sufficiently heated, carefully place the fish, searing one side for about 1-2 minutes. Then carefully flip the fish to the other side, and transfer the entire pan to the oven for 10-12 minutes. To test if the fish is cooked, try pulling one of the fins off the fish. If the fin comes out completely without resistance, the fish is perfectly cooked. Use HEAT-RESISTANT potholders and remove the pan from the oven. Let the pan cool before transferring to your plate. Obviously you’ll want to learn how to fillet a fish, which is why I’ve included a link to help you make a simple fish dish into deliciously beautiful art!
I’d serve this with a simple risotto or some of the potatoes I suggested last month. A few greens of your choice will make this a great dish for your Lenten Friday meal.
Dish # 3: Bruschetta topped with caramelized onions, apples and blue cheese
Finally, here’s a Lenten-friendly dish vegans may think is a bit decadent. But again, it’s perfectly acceptable for Lent. So move over cheese pizza, this veggie-inspired recipe can transform our minds and remind us that non-meat recipes can be more than a side dish.
This simple plate is definitely healthy and surprisingly simple to prepare.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush bread with olive oil. Place bread in oven for only 2-4 minutes until golden brown. Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté onions until translucent. Add the apples and gently fold into the onions. When bread is golden brown, place two pieces on each plate. Top off with some of the onion and apple combination. Spoon on some fresh blue cheese crumbles. Serve with a side of oven-grilled asparagus and viola, a vegetarian’s delight!
Father in Heaven, food is Your gift. During this season of Lent, we abstain from certain foods as a way to help us hunger for truth. Even with delicious food eaten with moderation, help our families develop greater faith and trust. Remind us at every meal that You feed us with the food of everlasting life! Amen.
Do you have any Lenten Friendly recipes? Give these recipes a try and let us know what you think! Your critique and comments are so helpful to our movement, and they truly encourage families to do something different and bring inspiration to your family meal! If you have a recipe that you’d like to share, please post your comments below.
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I just received some pictures from Dan DiSilva of the band Crispin (a Catholic Funk Band). Danny invited me to be part of his “gig” at the convention center site for vocations.com – a group that promotes a deeper understanding of Vocations in the Church. However, as part of his way to “tempt” me to be part of his show he sent me pictures of some of the Australian Cuisine! Actually, he didn’t have to tempt me at all. It’s an honor to work with this great guy, great Catholic and great musician / performer. He’s actually over there now doing some leg work for his presentations and snapped a few shots of some stuff that he hopes I’ll cook for him at his temporary Sydney flat. Gosh, I am truly looking forward to getting to Australia on the 13th – 21st. BUT, with pictures like this I may have to just stick with Outback Restaurant as my favorite Aussie Flavor. Just kidding.
Hey y’all. I’m on my way to Rome and using the Wi-Fi in London Airport on layover. I thought to type up a few lines about how incredibly fun (but busy) the summer has been so far. Let’s begin with Priest and Seminarian Retreats. Check out the pictures of the various people I met along the way at both the Seminarian Retreat I led for Charlotte a few weeks ago.
I was also at Steubenville University where I met hundreds of priests, deacons and seminarians. There, I gave 3 workshop presentations: (1) Teaching the Theology of the Body to Your Parish; (2) Mary in Priestly Formation; and (3) Using the New Media in the New Evangelization to Feed Your Parishioners. What fun! But those poor priests, deacons and seminarians who had to sit and listen to me. Talk about doing purgatory time!
This picture is a set of twin priests: the Gilbert Brothers. I met them at Steubenville.
They attribute their twin priestly vocation to their parent’s strong faith, and by bringing their children to church regularly, had family meals, family prayers – and not just at Mass, but even in private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. These were really good guys! They didn’t have any fancy recipes to share, but they give us the Bread of Life. What more can you ask from these Manchester, NH priests!?!
This next picture is of Fr. Joe Campbell who has a twin brother (Fr. James) who is also a priest.
Fr. James Campbell didn’t come to this retreat, but he looks just like Fr. Joe Campbell. Although, Fr. Joe says Fr. James is crazier and not as good looking! Go figure.
How did this set of twins become priests? Well, just read what I said about the Gilbert Father Brothers and you’ll see a xerox copy: the parents raised the children in faith, stressed the importance of family prayers, had regular family meals, and made sure the young children spent time before the Eucharist!
I realize I’ve been on a vocation kick lately, but that’s only because Archbishop O’Brien talks about it all the time too. So, I’m just taking my Bishop’s lead! I’ll keep you posted with more of the happenings I’ve had so far!
Please forgive the mistake of spelling Colombia with a “u” – ColUmbia. This error is one example why I didn’t do so well in Spelling Bees! I could almost hear the buzzer saying that I spelled it wrong. I’m sure Deacon Hector will forgive me – or at least he will have to start learning before he’s ordained a priest!
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- Dinner Discussion
- Faithful Foodie
- Feast Days
- Food for the Body
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- From the Feedbag
- Grace Before Meals
- In Memory
- Menu Inspiration
- Merry Christmas
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- Restauraunt Reviews
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