Category Archives: Fr. Z’s Kitchen

ASK FATHER: Appurtenant pasta for a Pentecost repast – REPOSTED

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Since Pentecost is known for tongues as of flame descending upon the faithful, is there an traditional linguini dish often served on this feast day? Good for you for asking in advance.  As of this writing, … Read More

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The Lord’s Ascension, Beans, and You

I so very much wanted to be in Rome this month.  My anniversary is coming up.  The strawberries and artichokes are around, along with broad beans. We have lovely customs in our wonderful Roman Catholic Church, including special blessings on … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Lenten Lentils

My post about Benedictines making wine (France) and beer (Italy) reminded me that I once posted a great Lenten recipe for lentils.  I recall that there was some controversy about the use of chicken stock. I made the lentils last … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Cognac and Dijon Beef Stew

I haven’t been doing much in the line of interesting cooking lately. This is partly due to the penitential nature of the season. However, on Sunday I determined to get something done, do something different.  Another motive was the fact … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: fun new, old book and fun new, old post.

The other day a friend of mine was driving through town on his way to his ancestral place and he dropped by for some supper. Astute and considerate, he had spotted in a used bookstore a slim volume he thought … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Gnocchi “Becciu” and a song that has nothing to do with him

Former Cardinal Becciu – whom I suspect will soon be indicted and perhaps extradited – was sacked on Thursday.   I was so glad that it was Thursday, and not Wednesday or Friday… which are Ember Days.  Instead, it was the … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: a spiffy book and thinking ahead

Back in the day, when I was living stably in Italy, I would often be invited to large gatherings of families and friends, sometimes in the countryside on the old family farm or vineyard.   Inevitably there would be a division, … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen and NEW BOOK: Patum Piperium and Christ The Liturgy

A little while ago, a reader in Blighty sent me some Patum Piperium, having described his use of it as a fine smear over well-toasted bread. “Patum Piperium!”, I piped up. “That’s interesting!” He sent me some.  It is very … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Of Roman snails and of medieval cherries

I found at the blog of the British Library a fascinating story about a recipe for cherries in the Medieval period in England. There is a recipe for chyryse in a manuscript of Forme of Cury, a recipe book of Richard … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen and Sacristy: Starching a linen corporal to a glassy finish

A project. Recently, at Corpus Christi, I recalled the story of the Eucharistic miracle at Bolsena during which a Host bled on a corporal, which spurred the institution of the feast.  I got to thinking about corporals.  A little light … Read More

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Your Good News

Do you have some good news for the readership?   How are things going with churches where you are?   (Good news, please.) For my part, some of you great people who follow my live-streamed Mass each day sent donations for flowers.  … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Wherein I received a message from on high about supper

I am taking this as a sign from God. Today I receive in my email a photo from a priest who made cacio e pepe. Nice. A little while later I find another email from a very well-known Catholic writer with … Read More

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New arrivals and Fr. Z’s Kitchen

A really big knife. It’s intended for pizzas, but I am contemplating other uses. And now, directly outside the window across from my door. I was going to post this the other day.  On Memorial Day I got together with … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: The Contraption

A little while ago, I made risotto with taleggio cheese and pears.   One of you readers observed that, from common love for risotto, I should have a KitchenAid Multi-Cooker [US HERE – UK HERE] Given that challenge, I put it … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism™ – Beef!

Last night I hosted another Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism™.  There were six of us, all told. The menu was inspired by some good chats I’ve had recently with His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan, a fine priest in England.  … Read More

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Fr Z’s Kitchen: Special Friday supper for St. Joseph’s Feast

Tonight, it being the wonderful Feast of the mighty St. Joseph, it seemed that a somewhat different supper was appropriate.  And yet it is a Friday, so I opted for seafood. I had thought about some mussels and I remembered … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Risotto pere e taleggio

I should be in Rome right now.  That was the plan.   Since I’m not in Italy, I have brought some Italy to me, via the kitchen. I have made some risotto with taleggio cheese and pear. Here is the mise … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Vignarola romana and using up left overs with stuff in the freezer

The other day I noticed some cheese named for St. Rocco, who is a patron saint invoked against disease and pandemic. I took it as a sign that I should buy it… to help against the Coronavirus, you know.  Trying … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Pasta e ceci alla Romana

Yesterday The Great Roman™ sent me a photo of a fine bowl of pasta e ceci in the Roman style. This is a good lesson about custody of the eyes.   We tend to want what we see.   I immediately wanted … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Lentils from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia. IMPROVISE – ADAPT – OVERCOME

The other day I received my newsletter from the great, , traditional Benedictine monks in Norcia . The beer monks. You might consider subscribing to their beer club!  Sign up and receive their terrific beer every month.  This is very … Read More

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